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.
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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.
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Juris Doctor (JD) - Cost of Attendance
USC Gould School of Law
- 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
- FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- 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
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The average cost of attendance is detailed below and includes tuition, fees, books and living expenses during the nine-month academic year. This amount also represents the maximum total financial aid package (all loans and grants combined) you can expect to receive per year.
USC Gould students pay the same tuition rate regardless of their state of residence. Please note that rates for tuition and fees are set annually and are subject to change. In recent years, tuition has increased by 3-5% each year.
Law students are strongly discouraged from working during the first year, but may hold part-time employment of up to 20 hours per week during the second and third years.
2023-24 Estimated Cost of Attendance
|Living at Home||Living On/Off Campus|
2023-24 Estimated Tuition and Fee Details
The figures below represent estimated costs for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.
|Student Expense||Fall Charge||Spring Charge||Status|
|Student Bar Association Fee||$60||$60||Mandatory|
|Student Health Services Fee||$600||$600||Mandatory|
|Norman Topping Scholarship Fund||$11||$11||Mandatory|
|Graduate Student Programming Fee||$40||$40||Mandatory|
|USC Health Insurance Plan||$948||$1,754||Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided.|
|Public Interest Law Fund||$25||$25||Optional|
|Tuition Refund Insurance||$120 (approx.)||$120 (approx.)||Optional|
|Parking Permit||$500 (approx.)||$500 (approx.)||Optional|
|USC Dental Insurance||$136||NA||Fall only enrollment, but coverage is for the full year.|
Note: Admission deposit credit will be split in half with one-half being credited to your fall semester bill and the other half to your spring bill.
3L students only will have an increased Estimated Cost of Attendance to accommodate 'Licensing Fees'(approx. $1,670) as applicable for the State Bar Examination.
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USC's Office of Student Financial Services offers numerous payment options, including an interest-free USC Payment Plan for tuition, fees, university housing, meals and other charges, paid in monthly installments.
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