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.
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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.
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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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Beneath the region's radiantly blue skies and sunshine, Los Angeles offers a wealth of enticing employment opportunities — from Silicon Beach to Downtown L.A. Los Angeles is one of the world's largest legal markets and the second largest in the United States. At USC Gould, you'll be in the world entertainment capital and a vital center for business and international trade, as well as one of the country's busiest court systems.
Our location gives us access to an extraordinary pool of judges, lawyers, government officials and members of the entertainment, technology, business and public interest community who enrich your education by sharing perspectives honed from daily practice.
Everywhere you go in Southern California, you'll find members of the Trojan Family poised to open doors, give advice and help pave your way to success. Whether you want to explore practice in a public interest agency, law firm, corporation or entertainment and technology firm, or extern in a courthouse, you'll find a multitude of options waiting for you.
Los Angeles also offers more than great weather and career choices. The city abounds in unparalleled cultural opportunities, exciting sporting events and eclectic cuisine. Los Angeles is home to more museums, music and theaters than any other city in the country, as well as vibrant shops, arts galleries and nightlife.
Los Angeles has an accessible and easy-to-use public transit system convenient to campus. Jump on the Metro right outside USC Gould's door and be transported to Santa Monica, Pasadena or Long Beach with the swipe of a card.
Whether you want to work, volunteer or play, there's no better place than L.A. Explore all that the city has to offer through Discover Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times guides and TimeOut.
Trailblazer Elyn Saks sees ‘gender-inspired mental health activism happening all the time now’
June 6, 2023
USC Gould professor is founder, faculty director of Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics
USC Gould Law Library showcases ‘rejuvenating power of music’
June 2, 2023
Performances feature LA Philharmonic concertmaster, saxophone quartet
‘The Best Beloved Thing is Justice’
June 1, 2023
New book by Gould alum Lisa Kloppenberg celebrates life of Judge and former Dean Dorothy W. Nelson