University of Southern California (Gould)

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699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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The Gould School of Law at University of Southern California has an application deadline of February 1. The full-time program application fee at the Gould School of Law at University of Southern California is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $55,023 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.4:1. The Gould School of Law at University of Southern California has 106 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, much of the classwork is interdisciplinary and designed to introduce students both to the foundations of law and the real-life challenges of lawyers. Law students can also complete dual degrees at other respected academic departments at USC, including a J.D./MBA through the Marshall School of Business and a J.D./M.A. in Communications Management through the Annenberg School of Communications. Some of these programs can be completed in three years, the same length of time a traditional J.D. requires.

The school runs more than five clinics to give students hands-on legal experience, including an Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic and a Small Business Clinic. There are eight centers on campus that examine specialized legal issues, including the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics and the Center for Law and Social Science. There are also a variety of student organizations to check out, ranging from a cappella singing group Lawcapella to the Space Law Society. USC Law students have three journals to get involved with: The Southern California Law Review, The Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and The Review of Law and Social Justice. Law students can apply for on-campus housing, but the school notes that most students live off campus.

Notable alumni of USC Law include Larry Flax, co-founder of California Pizza Kitchen, and Charles Prince, former chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup.

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Year founded 1900
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (213) 740-2523
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 106
Student-faculty ratio 11.4:1
Total faculty 125

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 602
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 238


Tuition and fees

full-time: $55,023 per year

Room and board $16,000


Employed at graduation2 58.8%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $60,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 474,988

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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