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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Students lead numerous organizations at USC and the law school. USC Gould provides leadership, guidance and support to undergraduate student organizations across campus that have sought affiliation with and been approved by the USC Gould Office of Undergraduate Law.
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We value the impact student organizations have in developing and fostering leadership, teamwork and community. Read the Undergraduate Student Organization Guide to learn more about the benefits and process for affiliating your organization with USC Gould.
Affiliated Undergraduate Organizations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
The Trojan Review is an undergraduate law review designed to provide undergraduates with the resources and knowledge necessary to explore legal writing, research, and then share their findings in a scholarly fashion. In essence, it was created to familiarize undergraduates with the opportunities in the field of law and encourage one another to think critically and holistically about pertinent legal topics.