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.
- Alumni and Giving
USC Gould School of Law
- STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE
- STUDENT LIFE
- STUDENT RESOURCES
- STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- + ACADEMIC JOURNALS AND MOOT COURT
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (RLSJ)
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERDISCIPLINARY LAW JOURNAL (ILJ)
- HALE MOOT COURT HONORS PROGRAM
- OTHER ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
- LIFE IN LOS ANGELES
- LIFE ON CAMPUS
- DIVERSITY AT USC
- + DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT PREVENTION AND REPORTING
- DESIGNATED EMPLOYEES (MANDATORY REPORTERS)
- SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT IN PARTICULAR
- REPORTING SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT AT AN EXTERNAL SITE
- SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT RESOURCES
- USC TROJAN NETWORK
- PEER SUPPORT
- + FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS
On the first day of orientation, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are exceptional second-year law students who want to help you have a fun, successful and engaging first year. They provide continuous guidance and support throughout your first year, helping you feel welcomed, connecting you with your new environment and directing you to resources to help you become an integral part of the law school community.
You'll also have access to peer tutors — outstanding upper-division students who have prior experience teaching or mentoring students. Peer tutors host workshops and send weekly tips to you throughout your first year at USC Gould. They also are available for individual or small-group meetings to help with study skills and exam-prep techniques.
Dedicated legal writing fellows provide still further assistance to help you transition from academic writing to legal writing. Each writing fellow is paired with one of the legal writing professors. Fellows attend each writing class, teach proper legal citation form, and provide individual assistance with writing assignments during weekly office hours.
First-Year Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors for the 2022-23 Academic Year coming soon.
Transfer Peer Mentors
Transfer Peer Mentors for the 2022-23 Academic Year coming soon.
2022-23 Academic Success Fellows
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Kat was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 2021, Kat graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied business. At USC, Kat is involved in the Student Bar Association as the Academic Affairs Chair and in the Business Law Society as the Co-Vice President. She loves skiing, spending time at the beach, and taking her 2-year-old puppy Westy on hikes. Kat spent her 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Kirkland & Ellis in NYC. She can't wait to get to know the Class of 2025!
Undergraduate: University of California - Santa Barbara
Jesse is from Marin, California and graduated from UCSB in 2020 with a degree in Global Studies and Spanish. She LOVES UCSB and enjoys visiting whenever she can. She studied abroad her junior year in Santiago, Chile and backpacked in Torres del Paine, Patagonia and on the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. She also worked in Costa Rica for 3 months for a non-profit organization and was set to do the Peace Corps in Colombia before Covid-19 changed her plans and she found herself at law school; the theme is that Jesse loves to travel! During her 1L summer, Jesse was an in-house legal intern for the Public Interest Network, and she is interested in pursuing human rights and environmental law. In her free time, Jesse enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, playing spikeball and pickleball, and eating dessert. She can't wait to meet you all and support you in any way she can!
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Jessica was born and raised in Irvine, California. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2020 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Public Health. During undergrad, Jessica studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and volunteered as a court watcher in the Orleans Parish criminal courts. During her 1L summer, Jessica was a law clerk at CDF Labor Law LLP in Orange County. During her 2L summer, Jessica was a summer associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Newport Beach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to concerts, yoga, skiing, and finding the best ice cream in Los Angeles. She is really looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to Gould!
Professor Emily Ryo moderates panel with activists and leaders Connie Chung Joe, Russell Jeung
Graduates pursuing public sector careers encouraged to look into qualifications