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The first law school in Southern California and among the most distinguished nationwide, the USC Gould School of Law is committed to providing a legal education that trains tomorrow’s leaders in law and society.

USC Gould’s Juris Doctor (JD) degree program prepares students to pursue their passions and launch meaningful careers across legal practice, business, government and public service.

  • Learn the foundations of law in the heart of Los Angeles, the second largest legal market in the U.S.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world, practice-focused experience at the school that helped pioneer clinical and interdisciplinary legal education
  • Shape your academic journey through multidisciplinary offerings, study abroad programs, and dual degrees

Commitment to Student Support

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95% +

Incoming USC Gould students receive scholarship funding

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172%

Increase in financial aid for USC Gould students since 2011

USC Gould Measures of Merit

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88.3%

California Bar pass rate in 2022 (among top 3 in the state)

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90.67%

Employed full-time 10 months after graduation (2021 JD Class)

Where Excellence

Meets Opportunity

At USC Gould, we are focused on honing your expertise in a wide range of legal specialties and providing the skills to reach your professional goals.

Combining world-class scholarship with exceptional experiential learning, USC Gould puts legal knowledge in your mind — and the future in your hands.

What drew you to USC Gould?
Mirelle Raza JD 2021

“It was definitely USC Gould’s Public Interest Scholars program. Plus, when I visited campus, everyone was so warm and genuine. Within the first hour, I knew I’d be coming here.”

— Mirelle Raza JD 2021

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Uniquely

Student-Centered

At the heart of our educational philosophy is a deep-rooted commitment to student success.
 
At USC Gould, you are part of a scholarly community that is not only vibrant and diverse, but also supportive and collegial. You also have access to resources, programming and dedicated staff that will help you throughout your law school journey.

What sets the USC Gould JD program apart?

Small class sizes

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you are able to learn, interact and engage directly with our renowned faculty — who know you by your first name.

Supportive and collegial atmosphere

One of the hallmarks of USC Gould is our collaborative learning environment, where fellow students are your colleagues, not your competition. We are also home to over 40 student groups that match your breadth of interests.

Diverse and multi-talented cohort

USC is proud to be among the nation’s most diverse law schools. Nearly 50% of JD students come from are underrepresented minority backgrounds and more than 10% are first-generation college students.

Interdisciplinary, individualized and experiential education

From our wide range of course offerings to study abroad alliances with leading global universities, you will find – and explore – your passion through a customized course of study. Our hands-on clinics enable you to represent clients and make a vital impact on people’s lives and the community.

Learning law in the heart of LA

Our dynamic University Park Campus is located in the heart of sunny Los Angeles — the country's second-largest legal market — a nexus of entertainment, business and culture, a gateway to the Pacific Rim, and a burgeoning technology hub known as Silicon Beach.

Dedicated Career Services and Resources

From the beginning of your legal studies, Gould’s Career Services Office works one-on-one with you to tailor your plan for a seamless transition to the practice of law.

Students for now — Trojans for life.

When you graduate from USC Gould, you join USC's famed Trojan Family.

An alumni network nearly 437,000 strong, the Trojan Family spans the globe and will remain one of your most valuable — and lifelong — professional resources. Our more-than 14,000 law alumni share a steadfast commitment to nurturing the next generation of students.

Celebrating Gould’s History of Diversity

Spotlights on Notable Alumni
Trojan Title IX trailblazer never hesitates to challenge the status quo
Dorothy Wright Nelson went from dean of USC Gould to judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Dorothy Wright Nelson went from dean of USC Gould to judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
A Champion for Principles
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (JD 1956) reflects on her many "firsts" in politics
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (JD 1956) reflects on her many "firsts" in politics
Living – and protecting – the American dream
Alum You Chung Hong helped thousands of families, becoming the nation’s foremost Chinese attorney.
Alum You Chung Hong helped thousands of families, becoming the nation’s foremost Chinese attorney.

Interested in Applying?

Learn more about our JD application process and admissions requirements.

Through the legal knowledge and analytical skills gained at USC Gould, our students are well-positioned for careers that effectuate great change and bring great benefit to society. We tend to attract students who are not only academically accomplished, but who also have a strong moral and ethical fiber — which is very important for practicing law and serving as a leader.

Franita Tolson

Interim Dean, USC Gould School of Law

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