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.
Incoming USC Gould students receive scholarship funding
Increase in financial aid for USC Gould students since 2011
California Bar pass rate in 2022 (among top 3 in the state)
Employed full-time 10 months after graduation (2021 JD Class)
Combining world-class scholarship with exceptional experiential learning, USC Gould puts legal knowledge in your mind — and the future in your hands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interim Dean, USC Gould School of Law