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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Lecturer in Law699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: February 2, 2022
Jonathan Yang is an economic development and transactional attorney in Los Angeles. In his private practice at O'Melveny & Myers, the city's oldest law firm, he focuses on infrastructure projects, real estate and green energy. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, ranging from advising nonprofits and small businesses to leading a firm-wide pro bono voter protection effort in partnership with the NAACP. From 2021 to 2022, he served as an O’Melveny Fellow at Public Counsel, where he counseled small businesses and advocated for policies to support an equitable economic recovery. He serves on the boards of numerous civic, community and political organizations.
Yang received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he represented clients through the Community Enterprise Project, served as a fellow in the Law and Government Program of Study, and worked with Inner City Law Center and the offices of the California Attorney General and the Speaker of the California Assembly. He was part of research teams addressing state attorney general engagement with artificial intelligence, municipal power to address economic inequality, and payroll fraud in the underground economy. Before law school, he handled strategic partnerships, international relations, special events and a range of other projects for the Mayor of Los Angeles. He received his BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, where he served as President of the Yale Political Union.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Jean Reisz wrote an op-ed explaining why Ron DeSantis dropping migrants off on Martha’s Vineyard may be illegal. "Certain factors – like DeSantis’ intent and knowledge of the migrants’ immigration status – could create potential civil and criminal liability," she wrote.
"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.