Student Services Office
The Student Services Office is committed to providing students with the tools they need for personal and academic success. Student Services incorporates four different student-focused offices:
Office of Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for ensuring that students are able to meet the financial demands of attending law school by ensuring that loan paperwork is processed properly, and that students are aware of all sources of revenue available to them.
Office of Public Service
The Office of Public Service provides students with opportunities to serve the community through public service, pro bono and community service activities. The Office of Public Service also coordinates public-service externships. Approximately 100 students annually earn academic credit and develop their advocacy skills while working for public interest organizations, government agencies, and judges.
Office of the Registrar
The Registrar is responsible for helping students achieve their academic goals at the law school. The Registrar is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of law school grading, the fairness and efficiency of the class registration process and the confidentiality of student records. The Registrar oversees student assignments to honors journals and Moot Court, and determines students' eligibility for graduation and the bar exam.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs ensures that student voices are heard and respected by the law school administration. The Office of Student Affairs provides counseling for academic and personal issues, coordinates disability accommodations, supports student organizations and provides mentorship to students through the Peer Mentor Program.
Student Services Programs and Events:
The following are some examples of programs coordinated by the Student Services Office:
- Orientation - The Student Services Office coordinates the law school's Orientation Programming. We look forward to welcoming you to the Trojan Family with fun and informative panels and presentations.
- Peer Mentor Program - The Peer Mentors assist incoming 1Ls with the transition to law school by providing continuous guidance and support throughout their entire first-year at USC. Each first-year section is assigned two Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors are second-year students who want to help new students have a fun and successful year of law school!
- Loan Repayment Assistance Program - To make public service a more manageable option financially, USC Law developed the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). LRAP provides assistance in repaying loans to graduates who accept employment with low-paying public interest organizations and government agencies. Alumni accepting judicial clerkship positions may also apply for LRAP assistance.
- Enrollment Workshops - The Office of the Registrar coordinates spring semester workshops intended to assist 1Ls with the transition to their second and third year class scheduling.
- Student Appreciation Days - The Student Services Office will occasionally thank our amazing students by buying breakfast or lunch for the student community.
Student Services Staff:
- Kyle Jones - Associate Dean and Dean of Students
- Debra Barnett - Assistant Director of Student Affairs
- Aba Cassell-Lemus - Registrar
- Malissa Barnwell-Scott - Director of Office of Public Service
- Mary Bingham - Director of Financial Aid
- Carla Golle - Associate Director of Registration and Records
- Beverly Moore - Student Services Assistant