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.
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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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Appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, the Hon. Daniel Stephen Murphy is a Superior Court Judge for the County of Los Angeles. As a judge, he has been honored by the Whittier Bar Association and the Southeast Bar Association.
Previous to his appointment, Murphy was a municipal lawyer for the City of Long Beach, serving first as a deputy city prosecutor, then as a deputy city attorney, a principal deputy city attorney, and finally, as assistant city prosecutor.
Murphy attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in 1984 with a BA degree in Political Science. He attended Loyola Law School and received his JD in 1987. At Loyola, he was on the Dean’s List 1984-85 and 1986-87. Murphy received the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in Criminal Law and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. While attending Loyola Law School, Murphy clerked at the law firm of Chase, Rotchford, Drukker & Bogust from 1985-1987.
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May 23, 2023
Re: David B. Cruz
Professor David Cruz was recently interviewed about a controversial bill that was passed in Connecticut. "Paying even modest attention to the bill’s definitions should make it clear beyond doubt that it will not be the source of protections based upon the age of people to whom one is attracted or with whom one has sex," Cruz said.
"Marine Biodiversity: Trends, Targets, and the BBNJ," Lewis and Clark School of Law 2023 Environmental Law Symposium: Protecting Biodiversity: Five Decades of Progress but an Uncertain Future, Portland, OR, April 7, 2023.
Comment Letter from Law Professors, Economists, and Business School Professors to the Federal Trade Commission on Proposed Non-Compete Clause Rule, Jonathan Barnett (co-lead author, with Adam Mossoff and Ted Sichelman), April 19, 2023.
"Survival Equity and Climate Change Triage: How to Decide Who Lives and Who Dies," presentation as part of Adapting to a Warming World: Perspectives from the Environmental Law Collaborative, Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, University of Iowa School of Law, Iowa City, IA, April 14, 2023.