Acceptance Rate
Median Undergrad GPA
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
163 - 167


Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

Application Fee

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

Other Admission Factors


LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty

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
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

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.

Prominent Alumni

Nanette Diaz Barragan
U.S. Representative, California's 44th congressional district

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


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

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% Students Receiving Some Aid

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Parent Institution Enrollement

Average Age at Entry

% Out-of-State
% International


% Under-represented Minorities

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

Admissions Office Contact

David Kirschner
Associate Dean

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