Overview

Applicants
4,823
Acceptance Rate
24%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.76
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
185

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
162 - 166

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
187

34
Female
14
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The University of Southern California Gould School of Law offers students a law degree that's "very respected" with a "strong alumni network." Students boast that USC Gould "runs Los Angeles and has very deep ties throughout the West Coast." The small class sizes help foster an overall atmosphere of "community and support" that students praise as a selling point, but that doesn't sacrifice rigor: "The level of academic preparation could not have been much higher," says one student. "Graduates are well prepared for the bar exam and nearly all of us have desirable jobs waiting for us." Students also appreciate the "variety of courses that [offer] practical hands-on skills necessary for a transactional practice, which is not very common among law schools." Students are attracted to USC Gould's diverse offerings in business, tax, and entertainment law. With USC's proximity to the L.A. film and music industries, most students expect to benefit from being part of "the Trojan family" and stay on the West Coast. Many aim to enter "Big Law" firms, business, and entertainment law fields. The USC Gould faculty is made up of "world renown scholars" who are accessible and able to "take a personal interest in the lives of [their] students." Professors are generally "organized, provid[e] relevant feedback, [show] a stunning mastery [in] their fields," and often become "life-long mentors.

Administrators are described as immensely "responsive to student requests," by adding new courses to the curriculum, for example. Students also say that the legal writing program is "one of the best" and that the "focus on writing through supplemental writing programs and writing-specific courses" brings about real results. The Career Services Center offers "valuable" guidance; one student says that the Center's "constant availability" was a "priceless" resource in her experience at Gould. However, another student points out that that the center is less useful if you aren't looking for a career path that "boosts the school's reputation, namely in Big Law or judicial clerkships." Another student points out that this concern has been addressed, and that they have "heard the cries of students who felt alone in their public interest goals, and has actually delivered on their promises to do more to balance out the career spectrum here."

Career overview

Median Starting Salary
$140,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
92%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
86%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
185

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Law firms of all sizes (global, national, small- and medium-sized); corporations; federal and state judges; government (federal, state, local); public interest agencies; entertainment companies; and, JD-advantage employers.

Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Larry Flax
Co-founder, California Pizza Kitchen

Jackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney

Frederick J. Ryan
Publisher, Washington Post

Amy Trask
Analyst, CBS Sports

Lydia Wahlke
General Counsel, United States Soccer Federation

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$59,816

% Students Receiving Some Aid
96%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$61,898
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$16,704
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$16,704
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$6,490
Fees
$813

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
624
Parent Institution Enrollement
45,687

Average Age at Entry
23

% Out-of-State
36%
% International
3%

Demographics

37.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
48% female
52% male

Campus Life

Students Say

USC Gould students claim that a spirit of "collegiality" is the "best part" of campus life. The small campus and class size, along with the strong alumni network, foster a close community of supportive peers. "People form life-long friendships," one student says, "and generally have a really good time with each other. There are naturally different cliques, but they are still integrated." Gould students point out, "USC does not rank students outside of the top 10 percent, so there is not a super competitive atmosphere." While campus life is close-knit and there are plenty of sponsored social activities (such as the 3L Gala and SBA offerings), students also make a point to head out into Los Angeles and take advantage of the cultural offerings and beautiful hiking areas. Gould students uniformly gripe about the "underwhelming" "aesthetics" of the "drab" law school's buildings on "an otherwise gorgeous campus," but that "practically and functionally" the facilities meets basic requirements and that the "buildings on the rest of campus are so impressive that they compensate for this." Other students hope for some renovations to the "small" library.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
David Kirschner
Associate Dean

Address
USC Gould School of Law School
699 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074

Phone
213-740-2523

Email
admissions@law.usc.edu