About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
- Student Life
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals andoutcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
Academic Journals and Moot Court
- STUDENT LIFE
- STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- + ACADEMIC JOURNALS AND MOOT COURT
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (RLSJ)
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERDISCIPLINARY LAW JOURNAL (ILJ)
- HALE MOOT COURT HONORS PROGRAM
- LIFE IN LOS ANGELES
- LIFE ON CAMPUS
- DIVERSITY AT USC
- USC TROJAN NETWORK
- PEER SUPPORT
- + FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS
Three student-run honors law journals and a challenging moot court give our JD students even more opportunities to flex their burgeoning legal and writing skills outside the classroom. The selection process for these popular Honors Programs is highly competitive, and chosen students may only join one during each academic year. To be considered for a journal position, you must enter the annual Write-on competition.
Southern California Law Review
Founded in 1927 and published six times a year, the Southern California Law Review has one of the highest circulations of any such journal in the nation. Students manage and edit the review with complete autonomy. Members conduct independent legal research, prepare notes and comments for publication, and edit the works of their peers along with articles and book reviews submitted by faculty members and other scholars. The editorial staff also hosts an annual symposium that attracts renowned law professors and practitioners from across the U.S.
Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice
Published three times a year, the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice aims to influence the development of the law in ways that encourage full and equal participation of all people in order to promote positive social change. Review members hold an annual symposium that brings together leading lights from the intersection of law and social justice. Staff members are appointed on the basis of outstanding legal scholarship as well as their Write-on competition entries, and members receive academic credit.
Interdisciplinary Law Journal
Articles for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal incorporate insights from a range of fields, from economics and medicine to anthropology and security, to assess existing laws and propose reforms. The publication goes beyond interdisciplinary inquiry at other journals to introduce vital ideas pointing the way to the future of legal practice and scholarship. Members edit the journal, write notes for publication and receive academic credit. Staffers are selected from the second-year JD class on the basis of outstanding legal analysis and performance in the Write-on competition.
Hale Moot Court Honors Program
Since 1948, the Hale Moot Court Honors Program has enabled students to develop advocacy skills and then test them in competition with others. At the end of the spring semester's Legal Writing and Research course, each first-year JD student writes an appellate brief and presents an oral argument. Based on scores by faculty and fellow students, 40 participants are chosen for the Hale Moot Court Competition in the second year. They write appellate briefs, attend an oral advocacy clinic, take part in filmed practice rounds, and present arguments before state and federal judges, practicing attorneys and faculty members.
The competition culminates with four students facing off before a panel of distinguished judges. Awards are given for the best oral arguments and best briefs. Participants can apply to be on the next year's Moot Court Executive Board, as well as for the National Moot Court team, which represents USC Gould in nationwide competitions.
Learning to Lead
June 14, 2017
USC Gould hosts training for formerly incarcerated emerging leaders
Legal scholar and sociologist recognized for exceptional promise, creativity and achievement
He Lets the Constitution Be His Guide
May 26, 2017
Prof. Michael Shapiro sees bioethics and constitutional law as "mutually illuminating"