About USC Gould
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.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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.
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Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Juris Doctor (JD) Program
- JURIS DOCTOR (JD) DEGREE
- + CURRICULUM
- CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
- JD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
- CLASS RANK AND GRADING
- CLINICS AND PRACTICUMS
- DUAL DEGREES
- STUDY ABROAD
- DATES AND DEADLINES
- CLASS PROFILE
- + TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
- COST OF ATTENDANCE
- COST AND VALUE
- TYPES OF AID
- FRANK ROTHMAN SCHOLARS
- PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS
- HONORS SCHOLARS
- FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS
- LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LRAP)
- EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
- RECRUITMENT EVENTS
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- + ALTERNATE ADMISSIONS PATHS
- TRANSFER STUDENTS
- VISITING STUDENTS
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- CONTACT US
While the USC Gould community is working remotely
beginning March 16, 2020
The JD Admissions and Financial Aid Office will be available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We will also be hosting virtual office hours daily via Zoom. You may download Zoom for free and log in to have your questions answered live by a counselor.
JD Admissions Virtual Office Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm (PDT)
Financial Aid Virtual Office Hours: 1:00 - 2:00pm (PDT)
Join a Zoom meeting: https://usclaw.zoom.us/j/291687722
Meeting ID: 291 687 722
Dial by your location
- +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
- +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number: https://usc.zoom.us/u/abXgmov6MT
Zoom Best Practices
Below are a few Zoom best practices and helpful information in preparation of these online sessions:
- Sign in using your first and last name, not a nickname or a set of numbers/letters.
- Find a quiet location from which to join your session, and make sure you have access to a stable Wi-Fi signal.
- Join a session a few minutes early to test your audio and video connections.
- You should also make sure you have the latest Zoom app downloaded (Zoom.us menu > Check for updates)
- If able, use a headset (or earbuds) instead of your device's speakers and a microphone. The connection may sound fine to you, but the speakers and microphone generate too much static for others.
- Mute your audio unless you are speaking, to prevent unintentional background noise from disrupting the conversation.
A legal education is a major investment in your future, and it requires a significant financial commitment. We are here to help.
More than 95 percent of incoming USC Gould students receive some form of scholarship support and, as an admitted student, you will automatically be considered. Award amounts typically range from $10,000 per year up to full tuition, and no minimum grade point average is required. Overall, financial aid for USC Gould students has increased 172% since 2011 to improve the actual cost and value.
We offer several special scholarship opportunities, including full-tuition scholarships with guaranteed summer employment. Learn more about our Rothman Scholars, Public Interest Scholars and Honors Scholars.
In addition, the USC Gould Financial Aid Office will work with you one-on-one to help you navigate the scholarship and financial aid application process — and assist you with counseling and other resources for debt management and financial planning so you are well-prepared for life after law school.
How to Apply
Admitted first-year applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship award. With the exception of the Rothman Scholarship and Public Interest Scholars, no applications are required for scholarship consideration. Scholarship notifications are sent separately from admission decisions.
If, in addition to scholarship support, you want to be considered for student loan programs, you will need to submit the following:
USC's FAFSA code is 001328. The deadline to apply is generally soon after January 1 each year.
USC Gould does not require parental information on the FAFSA, nor do we require the Need Access Application.
After completing the steps above, admitted applicants will receive electronic notification of eligibility for student loans. If eligible, you will be informed of the additional steps required to secure the desired student loans.
Scholarships are unavailable if you are transferring from another law school.
International applicants are eligible for scholarship awards, but must provide additional materials. As a non-resident student, you will need an I-20 for a F-1 student visa. Please be prepared to provide the appropriate documentation verifying proof of financial support should you be admitted and choose to enroll at USC Gould. This may include bank statements, affidavits of support if the funds are not in your name, and a copy of the information page of your passport.
We established an endowed scholarship to support deserving students who have a dream of attending law school. Each year, we are blown away by the high academic merit and extraordinary drive of incoming USC Gould law students. We are proud to take an active role in helping to attract, welcome and retain the very best students to the Trojan Family.
C. Thomas Hopkins, JD 1993
From the very first day of classes, my decision to attend USC and all of the effort that went into having this opportunity were immediately validated. I would not have the current privilege of attending USC Gould and all of the opportunities for personal and academic development that come with it, were it not for this financial assistance.
Kevin Kinder, JD 2018
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