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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.
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Last Updated: January 3, 2018
Erin Van Dorn is the Director of Admissions for the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. As director, Ms. Van Dorn is responsible for counseling students worldwide on the law school admissions process as well as supporting the mission and responsibilities of the admissions office in achieving a qualified, diverse, and elite class of law students. Director Van Dorn is a respected member of the legal education community having presented on several panel presentations for the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and co-developing a presentation on employer outreach for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).
Ms. Van Dorn earned her dual BA cum laude in history and political science from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and her JD from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI.
While in law school, she was President of the Christian Legal Society and Secretary of the Association for Public Interest Lawyers as well as a member of the Law Student Honor Board and an Admissions Student Ambassador. She spent a semester as a public defender as well as serving the military and international community through an externship with the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) at Newport Naval Base. She also studied abroad in London and Moscow. Ms. Van Dorn began her career in law school administration as an alumni recruiter for RWU Law. She has served the law school community as the Assistant Director of Admissions at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY, the Associate Director of Admissions at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA, and most recently as the Associate Director of Career Development and Employer Outreach at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA. Her experience extends beyond admissions to areas including financial aid, housing, career counseling, networking, and judicial clerkships. In her free time, Erin is passionate about bone marrow donation awareness and is the volunteer coordinator for national walk+runs with Be The Match ®.
Three clients freed from California prisons
July 9, 2020
USC Gould's Post-Conviction Justice Project helps secure second chances for three clients serving life sentences.
A sweeping look at transgender rights
June 30, 2020
David Cruz co-writes groundbreaking casebook, Gender Identity and the Law
In Memoriam: Professor Edward Kleinbard
June 29, 2020
Prof. Kleinbard was an important member of Gould for more than a decade, one of the nation's top tax scholars