About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-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 interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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 and outcomes. 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
Expanding access and supporting excellence through generous giving
USC Gould School of Law
- ABOUT USC GOULD
- A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
- + HISTORY OF USC GOULD
- LAW, RACE AND EQUITY
- + NEWS
- + EVENTS
- BOARD OF COUNCILORS
- CONSUMER INFORMATION (ABA REQUIRED DISCLOSURES)
- VISIT US
- SOCIAL MEDIA
- + CONTACT US
Monday, July 11, 2022
USC Gould philanthropy initiative offers opportunity to champion law students through need-based scholarships
By Leslie Ridgeway
|Barbara Danz (JD1992) and husband Tad’s contribution helped establish a $100,000 core endowment for need-based scholarships.|
When Barbara Danz (JD 1992) and her husband Tad recently contributed the final $25,000 needed to establish an $100,000 core endowment at USC Gould School of Law for need-based scholarships, her motivation was simple and straightforward.
“My USC Gould education contributed immensely to my success,” said Danz, who came to USC Gould after a successful career in consulting. “I support scholarships because I want to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities that I did.”
Danz’ contribution joined a $50,000 gift from an anonymous faculty member, along with $25,000 from Tamerlin Godley (JD 1996), partner at Paul Hastings LLP, and her husband Tim, all of whom understood the benefit in helping talented law students pursue their careers without the looming pressure of debt.
The establishment of the need-based scholarship endowment, accompanies a push to raise annual/current use need-based scholarship funding for our incoming Fall 2022 1L class. For the last decade, all scholarships have been merit-based. This year, the introduction of a need-based component to financial aid supplements the core merit-based funds that 97% of our students receive, and is entirely dependent on philanthropy from our alumni and friends.
“The more merit and need-based scholarship we can provide, the more students will have the opportunity to choose their desired area of law without concerns about salary,” says Dean Andrew Guzman. “Our Access and Excellence Initiative gives our students access to a top-ranked legal education which will make their chosen area of law accessible as well. We hope our alumni see the same value in this approach that we do and will give to this initiative.”
|Tamerlin Godley (JD 1996, above right) and her husband Tim contributed to a $100,000 core endowment for need-based scholarships.|
Supporting current use need-based scholarships is a matter of ensuring that a diverse group of students has the chance to thrive in the legal profession. For Karen Bedrosian Coyne (JD 1995), CFO of Karisma Foundation and COO of the Bedrosian Trust, supporting current use need-based scholarships is a matter of ensuring that a diverse group of students has the chance to thrive in the legal profession.
“Students who have the drive to work the hardest, achieve the most, and distinguish themselves from among their peers deserve every opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals,” Coyne says. “Helping to level the financial playing field and reducing the financial barriers to education are the least I can do to help ensure that the highest caliber students join the ranks as graduates of USC Gould. “
“While law school certainly is an expensive endeavor, it is one that represents an investment in the future, and an investment that will yield dividends over a lifetime,” says David Kirschner, associate dean of admissions and financial aid. “We are thrilled to be able to offer need-based scholarships so that the investment in oneself is more attainable for those with the least financial resources to afford it.”
In fall 2022, USC Gould Admissions is hoping to provide need-based scholarships to 20 percent of the incoming class need-based scholarships, with a goal of raising enough funds for these scholarships to support every incoming class going forward. Every scholarship given is guaranteed for each student’s three years at Gould.
“[We] are honored to support these important scholarships,” Godley says. “My USC law degree has given me access and opportunities I could never have imagined. The scholarship I received when I was in law school made a world of difference. We are pleased to be a part of helping others in this exciting way.”
For information on supporting USC Gould law students by giving toward current use need-based scholarship funding or by adding to the need-based scholarship endowment, please contact the Development Office at (213) 821-3560 or give online at https://gould.usc.edu/alumni/student-scholarships-aid/.
A lifelong love of storytelling
September 18, 2023
USC Gould welcomes JD class that raises standards of achievement
September 18, 2023
New 1L class is the most academically accomplished on record at the law school
Facing the tragedy of war
September 13, 2023
Professor Marcela Prieto’s new book, “The Morality of the Laws of War,” argues for strengthening international law to el...