In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. USC Gould requires applicants for admission to fully disclose responses to the following questions:
If the answer to any of the questions is in the affirmative, then a full written explanation must accompany the application. Candor is extremely important and appreciated by the Admissions Committee.
For applicants interested in the practice of law in California, information can be found at the State Bar of California website.
Students who are enrolled in schools that are approved by the American Bar Association may apply for admission as transfer students. We do not consider applicants from law schools that are not approved by the American Bar Association. In addition, the following general guidelines apply:
USC Gould School of Law is approved by The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar may be reached at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.