University of Southern California, Gould School of Law


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USC Law is recognized as one of the best law schools in the nation, thanks to its rigorous academic programs, interdisciplinary approach to legal education, and stellar faculty. (USC Law School Website) After the traditional first-year offerings, students are given free reign to develop their own course of study, choosing from over 100 electives covering a truly broad range of legal study. USC Law provides a wide variety of optional specialized courses. Often these reflect the research interests of the faculty. Because there are specialty courses in nearly every major area of the law, students will be able to concentrate in a particular area, or, if they prefer, to pursue a broad, basic legal education. (USC Law School Website) Indeed, the courses that students can take and combine are plentiful and entirely up to the individual.

In addition to the core legal courses, students have extensive opportunities to expand their legal education through numerous honors programs, clinical offerings, cutting-edge, sponsored research, and dual degree programs. USC Law also offers opportunities to participate on three scholarly journals the Southern California Law Review (which boasts one of the largest circulations in the country), the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. For students looking to develop oral appellate advocacy, students may join the Hale Moot Court Honors Programs.

USC Law offers several hands-on legal clinics: the nationally recognized Post-Conviction Justice Project, the International Human Rights Clinic, the Mediation, the Small Business Clinic, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, the Immigration Law Clinic. Each offers students the chance to gain valuable advocacy and lawyering skills by representing real clients in real world situations, under faculty supervision.

In regards to research, USC Law sponsors several centers, including the Center for Communication Law and Policy, the Center in Law, Economics, and Organization, and the Center for the Study of Law and Politics. Additionally, USC Law offers 16 dual-degree programs in coordination with the several graduate programs, including the Graduate School of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the School of Public Administration, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Social Work, the School of Religion, the Annenberg School of Communications and the School of International Relations.

For students interested in the public sector, the Office of Public Service provides comprehensive options and coordination for public and community service. These include over 60 clinical field placements, which allow students to earn academic credit while engaging in public service.

Those craving to study abroad may participate in the law school's semester abroad exchange program with the University of Hong Kong, with a focus on international business, or with the London School of Economics. Other programs offered around the world by other ABA-approved law schools are available as well.

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