USC Gould is one of the nation’s top-ranked law schools with a 115+ year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are known for our diverse student body, interdisciplinary education and our tight-knit alumni network of over 10,000 professionals throughout the globe. With entering JD class sizes of less than 200 the learning experience is intimate and collegial. Our location in Los Angeles provides unlimited opportunities in one of world’s top legal markets. It is home to major entertainment, business and law firms, as well as a gateway to international markets.
From your first day on campus you’ll notice USC Gould is different. It’s small enough to be a community in the real sense of the word even though USC is one the country’s largest research universities, and located in the second largest city in the United States. People know your name here, faculty and administration are accessible, and your success is everyone’s priority – all of which makes for an unparalleled student experience.
The USC Gould School of Law faculty is nationally recognized for its scholarship in many fields including administrative law, constitutional law, bankruptcy and corporate law, intellectual property, law and race, and taxation. Interdisciplinary scholarship in law and economics, law and history, law and philosophy, law and politics, and law and psychology has long been a signature of the school.
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Alumni of the USC Gould School of Law constitute a network of over 10,000. Gould alumni are a diverse group of professionals that includes legal experts who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in many fields of law, such as arbitration, business, entertainment, real estate, and government. Whether newly graduated or recently retired, all of USC Gould’s alumni share a Trojan connection that is both lifelong and worldwide.
The Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library supports the teaching and research activities of the USC Gould community.
Juris Doctor Degree Requirements
To receive the Juris Doctor degree from the USC Gould School of Law students must successfully complete all of the following:
- the first-year Curriculum and a Legal Profession course (either in the first or second year) and the course on Constitutional Law: Rights
- 88 total units
- 35 upper-division graded units
- Six semesters of full-time attendance
- the Upper-Division Writing Requirement
- the Practical Skills Course Requirement
- 65 units in “Regularly Scheduled Class Sessions”
Juris Doctor Learning Objectives
In accordance with the American Bar Association’s Standard 302. Learning Outcomes, USC Gould School of Law follows this standard which provides that a law school shall establish learning outcomes that shall, at a minimum, include competency in the following:
- Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
- Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context;
- Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and
- Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.
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