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USC Gould School of Law

Law affects everyone, and students can broaden their education by understanding the concept of law and its impact on society. Our goal is to provide students an opportunity to explore the role of law early in their undergraduate studies.

To accomplish this, USC Gould School of Law, one of the nation's top-ranked law schools, offers an array of undergraduate programs and courses taught by its internationally renowned faculty. Students may participate in one of the many majors, minors, and/or stand-alone courses. To discover how law impacts almost every facet of life contact undergraduate@law.usc.edu

Undergraduate Courses

USC Gould School of Law's undergraduate courses meet a variety of graduation requirements. Some courses satisfy USC General Education (GE) requirements, and others are either required or are electives in several USC majors and minors.

For more information, visit The Schedule of Classes

LAW-101w Law and the U.S. Constitution in Global History (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category G: Citizenship in a Diverse World
Learn how taking a stand for a powerful idea can make an impact! Explore how committed advocates have transformed U.S. constitutional law.

LAW-200w Law and Society (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category G: Citizenship in a Diverse World
How do we, as individuals or as a society, have an impact upon judicial decision and help shape the meaning of the Constitution?

Learn how to read and write about key Supreme Court cases. Consider the social context in which they arose, the stories of individuals who became a part of our constitutional history, and the resonance their stories have today.

LAW-201 Law and Politics (4 units)

How do we select and elect our candidates? Why do so many think the system is broken? Examine the relationship between the rules that structure the political system, the theories behind them, and the reality of how the political system actually works.

LAW-202 Wrongful Convictions (4 units)

Discoveries of false convictions mount steadily, making wrongful convictions a prominent concern in the American criminal justice system.

Explore sources of error throughout the criminal process: the police investigation, the pre-trial process, the adjudicatory process, and the post-conviction process.

Investigate the relationship between public media and the criminal process, the role of non-governmental organizations, and the impact of civic engagement on public policy making.

LAW-205 Introduction to Criminal Law (4 units)

Who knew crime could be this much fun? Join us on a journey to learn more about the United States criminal justice system and explore the fundamentals of substantive criminal law.

LAW-210p Fundamentals of the U.S. Legal System (4 units)

LAW-210 prepares you to become a critical thinker and well-informed citizens. Learn about equal protection rights, our nation's governing structure, and basic private law by studying case law and applying their analysis to current events. This class is a sneak peek into law school, but is also appropriate for students who want to learn more about how the branches of government have shaped history and our daily lives.

LAW-212 Immigration Law for a New America (4 units)

Examines current immigration law in America, the normative debates over immigration policies and the role the government plays in expanding or limiting immigration rights.

LAW-220 The Legal Profession (2 units)

What are the various roles that lawyers play?
Learn the basic structure of the American legal system, the educational training that lawyers receive, and become exposed to various types of legal careers.

LAW-225 Current Court Cases (2 units)

Exposes students to the impact of legal decisions on society through analysis of pending and recent cases on the court's docket.

LAW-250w Children and Law (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category G: Citizenship in a Diverse World

What legally defines a child in the eyes of the law?

Explore legal issues and implications surrounding children - essential to domestic, international, family, psychological and education-based decisions.

LAW-275p The Origin and Evolution of American Civil Rights Law (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category H: Traditions and Historical Foundations

For over 150 years, American civil rights laws have aimed to make all persons equal under the law, but what does legal equality mean and how can it be achieved? Explore this history and address important questions that continue to vex civil rights enforcement.

LAW-300 Concepts in American Law (4 units)

Discover how U.S. laws were shaped by the human condition,
all while learning from the lawyers and judges responsible for landmark legal decisions in American law.

LAW-310w Global Justice for Mass Atrocities and Genocide (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category G: Citizenship in a Diverse World

How does the international community establish laws against genocide?
Explore the development of international laws that protect human rights.

LAW-320p Law, Slavery, and Race (4 units)

Satisfies Global Perspective in Category H: Traditions and Historical Foundations

Uncover how law, politics and culture impacted the institution of slavery and the development of modern conceptions of race.

LAW-324 Sports Law (4 units)

Examines the relevance and application of legal structures to all participants in the sports enterprise by providing an overview of legal and ethical issues.

LAW-350 Law and Entrepreneurship (4 units)

Registration Restriction: Not open to Accounting and Business Administration majors

Planning to work for a startup or to start your own business? Learn the legal information you need to know - from formation to fundraising, intellectual property laws to IPOs - to be an entrepreneur.

LAW-352 Introduction to Law and Economics (4 units)

An exploration of core aspects of the US legal system (property, contracts, torts, criminal law, civil procedure) from the perspective of basic economics theory.

LAW-402 Psychology and Law (4 units)

Examine policies, procedures, and practices within the criminal justice, drawing on perspectives from cognitive, social, and clinical psychology.

LAW-403 Mental Health Law (4 units)

From civil issues to criminal defenses, where do ethics come into play regarding mental health in the courtroom?

LAW-404 Law and Psychology: Examining the Criminal Justice Process (4 units)

Recommended Preparation: PSYC 100

Examine policies, procedures, and practices within the criminal justice system, drawing on perspectives from cognitive, social, and clinical psychology.

LAW-406 Individual Rights in the U.S. Constitutional Law (4 units)

What prevents your government from treating you unfairly or unequally? What protects your right to act, think and make decisions free from government interference? Learn about individual and group rights in the Constitution and how they apply to you!

LAW-493 History of Discrimination at the University (4 units)

This research seminar seeks to uncover, publicize, and lay groundwork for remedying USC's hard history of discrimination.

LAW-498 Law Internship (2 or 4 units)

Intensive experience with a law/social justice related non-profit organization, or public agency.

Law Minor Programs

Legal Studies Minor (22 units)

The Legal Studies Minor provides an academic foundation in law for undergraduate students. The minor allows students to deepen their understanding of the U.S. legal system as a part of their bachelor's degree.

The curriculum includes a Fundamentals of the U.S. Legal System course in addition to an array of in-depth and real-world legal courses. Classes from the Economics, History, Philosophy and Political Science departments at Dornsife and Price School of Public Policy are also a part of the curriculum to amplify legal studies with historical, societal and economic understanding.

Law and Social Justice Minor (18 units)

The Law and Social Justice minor provides foundational knowledge of current legal systems of justice and encourages critical-analysis skills to recognize where and how changes can be made.

Existing legal structures have a profound effect on the distribution of power and resources in society. To move society toward more just outcomes can require understanding the current legal system, the forces that have shaped it, and available avenues for change. The Law and Social Justice Minor provides foundational knowledge of current legal systems of justice and with the critical-analysis skills to recognize where and how changes can be made. Further, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and social justice with elective course choices from Dornsife, Annenberg, and Social Work.

Law and Migration Studies Minor (20 units)

The Law and Migration Studies Minor introduces students to the U.S. legal system as it relates to various aspects of immigration law, its impact on our communities, and consequences for our society nationally and globally.

The curriculum in law and migration studies will allow students to familiarize themselves with many dynamic and complex concepts of immigration law and migration studies. Further, it provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and migration with elective course choices from various departments within Dornsife College and the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Student Testimonials

Marilyn Aguilar

"I loved the exposure that this class provided. Through this class I met a woman I looked up to as a role model but that I never thought I'd have the opportunity to meet, the District Attorney of Los Angeles, Jackie Lacey (Gould Class of 1982). It's an opportunity I am forever grateful for because I not only got to shadow her, but I also started interning in the complex child abuse unit - which was of my interest - that same semester. I honestly wouldn't change anything about the course!"

- Marilyn Aguilar
Psychology and Philosophy major, USC '19
Course: LAW-220 The Legal Profession

Claire Moody

"I was extremely excited about the opportunity to take classes at a top law school as an undergraduate. I felt the minor would be a great way to prepare me for law school and teach me a little bit more about the way law classes work. The legal studies minor also gives me unique opportunities to attend events and hear from professionals, Deans, and professors. Overall, the opportunity to strengthen my understanding of the US Legal system as part of my undergraduate career was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

- Claire Moody

Jalen Layfield

"I declared the Legal Studies Minor because I have always had an interest in law but have never given the opportunity to learn about it until now. Growing up I would watch television shows such as Law & Order and I found myself fascinated with how they were able to make such compelling arguments by just using words. In then those words were brought to life and given meaning in a court room; that meaning was different for each individual, which was even more fascinating!"

- Jalen Layfield

3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD

The 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD program is designed for outstanding USC undergraduates interested in attending USC Gould School of Law. You will be able to complete your undergraduate and law school studies in six years instead of the usual seven, helping you fast-track your career. The accelerated degree pathway is open to all majors.


To be considered for the 3+3 accelerated Bachelor/JD program you must:

  • Complete your undergraduate degree requirements by the end of your third year of college.
  • Maintain a 3.80 undergraduate cumulative GPA.
  • Report an SAT/ACT score within the 85th percentile.

Application Process

The law school application must be submitted by January of your third year in college. The LSAT is not currently required under this special program, however, this may be subject to change per the American Bar Association's yearly review of program regulations.

      1. Meet with your major academic advisor to discuss your remaining degree requirements, and the likelihood of completing your bachelor's degree in three years. If graduating in three years is feasible, request a course plan that reflects your anticipated graduation date. Make sure your STARS Report is updated, including all necessary course substitutions or waivers

      2. Schedule an appointment to meet with a USC Gould Office of Undergraduate Law advisor to determine your remaining degree requirements and the likelihood of completing your degree in three years.

      3. After meeting with a USC Gould Office of Undergraduate Law advisor, submit your law school application. Application components include the following:
      • All undergraduate transcripts
      • Personal statement (2-4 pages)
      • Two letters of recommendations (at least one academic)
      • A reported SAT/ACT score within the 85th percentile
      • An account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) so USC Gould can receive a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report on your behalf.
      • Personal interview

    USC Gould does not accept applications for the 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD degree submitted via LSAC.

    Review our most frequently asked questions here

    View dates and deadlines for the 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD degree.

Undergraduate Majors

USC Gould offers two interdisciplinary majors in partnership with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Additionally, law courses, taught by Gould School of Law faculty and lecturers, are offered in the Public Policy and Law track.

Major: Law, History, and Culture (BA)

Law, History and Culture is an interdisciplinary major combining approaches from history, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion and classical studies to explore the law's position at the nexus of society.

The major helps undergraduate students develop the critical skills of reading, writing and analysis crucial to both a liberal education and the study of law. Students will gain theoretical and analytical perspectives on ethical, political and social issues relevant to law as they explore specific legal issues from a humanistic perspective.

View the Law, History, and Culture (BA) curriculum

Please email Melissa Calderon for more information and to declare the major in Law, History and Culture (BA).

Major: Philosophy, Politics and Law (BA)

Philosophy, Politics and Law is an interdisciplinary major that offers undergraduate students a basic education in philosophy, political theory and elements of law.

This major may be of particular interest to students contemplating post-graduate work in law; those interested in a career in public service or politics; and those attracted by the rigor of philosophy and its attention to foundational issues, who are also interested in politics and law.

View the Philosophy, Politics and Law (BA) curriculum

Please email philosophy@dornsife.usc.edu for more information and to declare the major in Philosophy, Politics and Law.

Major: Public Policy (BS)

The Public Policy major includes a selection of undergraduate law courses taught by the distinguished faculty and lecturers of the Gould School of Law in its Public Policy and Law track.

View the Public Policy (BS) curriculum

Please email Josephine Le for more information and to declare the major in Public Policy.

Other Undergraduate Minors that Include Law Courses

Minor: Forensics and Criminality

The interdisciplinary minor in Forensics and Criminality is designed for undergraduate students, who are interested in the study of law, deviant behavior or careers in the criminal justice system. Students study the psychological and/or ethical issues related to criminal behavior, consider criminality in the context of social class analysis, and learn about the American system of criminal justice.

Minor: Forensics and Criminality curriculum

Please schedule an advisement appointment with Karla Rivera.

Minor: Law and Public Policy

The minor in Law and Public Policy draws upon four fields of study: public policy and management, law, economics and political science. It provides undergraduate students with an understanding of the political and economic contexts in which laws are made as well as how legal institutions shape policy formulation. Students learn to analyze the consequences of policy and alternatives; the roles played by government, business and nonprofit organizations in public decision making; and the legal bases for various areas of public policy.

Minor: Law and Public Policy curriculum

Please email Josephine Le for more information and to declare the minor in Law and Public Policy.

Minor: Law and Society

The interdisciplinary minor in Law and Society focuses on the effect of law on society as well as the ways in which social forces influence the legal system. "Law on the books" will be compared to "law in action." Undergraduate students are introduced to key legal institutions, policies, and the constitutional principles that underlie political debates.

Minor: Law and Society curriculum

Please email Dominique Hall-Carr (last names A-L) or Kiki Miller (last names M-Z) for more information.

Minor: Psychology and Law

The interdisciplinary Minor in Psychology and Law brings together courses in psychology that focus on the social, clinical, cognitive and societal aspects of psychology and how they relate to law. This knowledge is augmented with courses from USC Gould School of Law that identify the relationship between mental health, social psychology and law.

Minor: Psychology and Law curriculum

Please email psycadvisor@dornsife.usc.edu for more information and to declare the minor in Psychology and Law.

Other Minors

The Justice, Voice and Advocacy, Health Policy, and Resistance to Genocide Interdisciplinary minors include elective undergraduate law courses taught by the distinguished faculty and lecturers of USC Gould School of Law.

Minor: Justice, Voice, and Advocacy curriculum

Minor: Health Policy curriculum

Minor: Resistance to Genocide Interdisciplinary curriculum

Please email undergraduate@usc.edu for more information.

Gould Undergraduate Student Organizations

USC Gould Affiliation: Undergraduate Student Organization Guide

USC Gould is pleased to provide leadership, guidance and support to undergraduate student organizations across campus who have sought affiliation with and been approved by the USC Gould Office of Undergraduate Law. We value the impact student organizations can have in developing and fostering leadership, teamwork, and community. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Corporate Law & Financial Regulation Association (CLFRA)

The Corporate Law & Financial Regulation Association (CLFRA) is a USC community organization open to all undergraduate students in any major, dedicated to educating undergraduate USC students about the fields of law and business through an immersive approach. Implementing guest panel discussions with corporate lawyers, hands-on legal writing activities and navigating international law and business transactions. CLFRA ensures an authentic and rewarding approach to the fields of law and business. Moreover, the organization engages in services with real client work, which includes the process of business deals.

CLFRA was founded during the 2018-2019 school year in an effort to provide a space for legal and business minds to congregate and improve upon their technical skills, while also learning more about their future professions through interactive panels and projects. The vision of the organization is to engage with all forward-thinking undergraduate USC students and progress through challenging and rewarding career-focused projects.

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Food Recovery Network of USC (FRN)

The Food Recovery Network of USC is dedicated to combating food insecurity and food waste on campus and in the surrounding community. Our objectives are to shift USC dining policies with support from USC Auxiliary Services, conduct cooking demonstrations with EBT budget-friendly recipes, and recover surplus food on campus to donate to partner agencies.

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Journal of Law and Society at USC (JLS)

The University of Southern California Journal of Law and Society is a student-run, interdisciplinary Journal that promotes outstanding undergraduate scholarship. Guided by top faculty members at the University of Southern California, papers selected for publication undergo a rigorous editing process by undergraduate students at USC to ensure that each paper is of the highest quality. The USC Journal of Law and Society seeks to publish papers from a wide range of disciplines that reflect diverse viewpoints, and strives to promote greater awareness and understanding of the legal field.

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USC Phi Alpha Delta (USC PAD)

USC Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is the University of Southern California's premier Pre-Law society, focused on the pre-law development and journey of USC undergraduate and graduate students. USC PAD offers unique professional development resources, including resume workshops, law school admissions panels, networking events, and speaker meetings with professionals in the legal field while also promoting bonding between members through social events and peer mentorship.

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USC Society of Women in Law (USC SWIL)

USC Society of Women in Law (SWIL) is USC's first and only female-empowering, pre-law society. The organization provides a friendly and safe environment for members to explore the legal industry. USC SWIL hosts events ranging from female lawyer panels on various legal practices, to LSAT and law school application assistance as well as various member bonding activities to accomplish this goal.

The mission of USC SWIL is to foster a community of female-identifying undergraduate, pre-law students as a platform for networking, and exploring possibilities of a law school education and/or legal career.

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Southern California Moot Court

The purpose of this organization is to allow students to better their oral and written advocacy skills in the context of appellate-style litigation to prepare them for law school and for a career as an advocate. The program is intended to be accessible to all undergraduate students who are interested in law school.

Moot Court, by its very nature, teaches you how to "think like a lawyer" - a skill that law schools and law practitioners alike find critical to legal practice. It's the ability to come to legal conclusions by looking at a set of facts, then looking at applicable law and, ultimately, applying the law to the facts.

Beyond training our members with the skills necessary to thrive in competition, our mission is to train advocates to win real cases for real clients, making a real difference in American jurisprudence.

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Undergraduate Instructors

List of Our Undergraduate Instructors

To learn more about undergraduate programs and courses or to declare a Legal Studies Minor, contact:

Javier Mulato, M.Ed.
Senior Student Services Advisor
Email: jmulato@law.usc.edu
Office: 213-821-9553

Maddy Zamany
Director of Undergraduate Programs

Javier Mulato
Senior Student Services Advisor



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