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.
Learn about our interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
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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USC Gould School of Law
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Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Dean of Students for the JD ProgramEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last Updated: July 26, 2022
Dr. Nickey Woods is associate dean for student affairs, diversity, equity and inclusion, and dean of students for the JD program. She joined USC Gould School of Law in 2021 as the inaugural assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Her professional expertise includes diversity, equity and inclusion; universal design for learning (UDL), student resilience and retention; learning and motivation; and disability advocacy. Woods previously served as a director in student affairs at UCLA and as an assistant dean in UCLA's Graduate Division.
A first-generation college student, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA, where she was an honor roll, all-conference member of the women's basketball team. She earned a master's degree in education with an emphasis in cross-cultural teaching at National University and a doctorate in educational leadership, with a concentration in educational psychology, at the USC Rossier School of Education.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Dean Andrew Guzman was quoted about the USC Gould JD Class Of 2025. “This is an important time to be studying law, as there is no profession that is more essential to the success of democracy,” he said. “Even the smallest legal changes can affect the lives of so many.”
"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.
"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).
"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.