University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

669 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 | Google Map

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Founded 1896 | ABA Accredited 1924

The University of Southern California, Gould School of Law is a private, highly selective law school with over a 105-year history and a reputation for academic excellence. Under the leadership of a stellar, energetic faculty, the school's rigorour, interdisciplinary program focuses on the law as an expression of social values and an instrument for implementing social goals. USC is known for its diverse student body, its leadership in clinical education, and its tight-knit alumni network composed of national leaders in the legal profession, business, and the public sector. With 190 entering students in each class, the school is small, informal, and collegial.

USC Gould School of Law is located on the beautiful 226-acre main campus of the University of Southern California, just south of downtown Los Angeles and in the heart of city's exciting Arts and Entertainment Corridor and not far from the new LA Live development. The campus offers a lush, park like atmosphere within a bustling urban setting. A dynamic laboratory for legal training, Los Angeles, the second largest legal market in the US, is a center of state, national and international commerce and government. The law school is housed in a five-level facility that provides a superb setting for professional training and legal research.


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"We place a premium on collegiality here at USC, so you definitely want to make a good impression with anyone you come into contact with..." - Chloe Reid - Associate Dean and Dean of Admissions, USC Gould School of Law

October 21, 2010 \ In our 16th installment of our 224 part series "Better Know A Dean," we sat down with Chloe Reid, Associate Dean and Dean of Admissions at USC School of Law.

Dean serves as the chief admission officer for the law school, which includes oversight for admissions and financial aid for first year students. Prior to joining USC Law. in 2006, Dean Reid served as Director of Admissions and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Whittier Law School and as Assistant Director-Council Affairs for the Law School Admission Council. She also served as Executive Dean (chief operating officer) at Antioch University, where she was appointed Interim President for a year and a half.

AD Thanks for agreeing to sit down with us Dean Reid.
CR It’s my pleasure, I’m glad I was able to find the time – I’m right in the middle of our recruiting season, so you have caught me between trips!
AD Okay, well then I won’t waste and of your time and get right down to business.
CR I appreciate that!
AD USC has a reputation of being a very collegial place. In fact, on your website Dean Rasmussen states, “collegiality, rather than competition, is the defining characteristic of our community.” As you know, at many schools the stiff competition for top jobs can turn even the most mild-manner law student into a cutthroat who finds himself cutting pages out of books in the library. How is USC able to maintain civility – especially during a down economy when top jobs are scarce and the competition for grades is so heated?
CR Clearly, the small size of our entering class -- around 210 -- gives us the distinct advantage of creating a culture of collegiality. This is educationally and philosophically important to us as well as to the profession. Being able to get along well “in the sandbox” is a quality that lawyers must possess. I think it is fair to say that our admissions process does a terrific job in identifying and selecting candidates who exhibit collegiality. We scour the personal statement and the letters of recommendation to determine how a candidate might “fit” into our community. We understand we are not magicians, and can’t predict how everyone will react once in the class. However, we know that if most members of the class share this characteristic and philosophy, they will create a classroom environment that is friendly, respectful and professional, which they will carry over the Bar.
AD USC stresses that its “Trojan Family Connections” offer its law students access to an alumni network that will help them both pre- and post-graduation. Does the system work in the reverse? I mean are legacies offered any preferences during the admissions process?
CR Legacies are not granted any type of preference in the admissions process. In fact, it comes as a surprise to many when they learn that we don’t even ask the question on our admissions application. I believe that once you ask the question of candidates, an expectation of something special is created. All candidates are put through the same rigorous selection process.

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