The strength of the Trojan Family is marked by the care Trojans show for one another, and we have seen that strength on full display as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with tremendous compassion for one another.
USC Gould was able to respond swiftly and effectively, moving more than 180 courses to a virtual platform and training more than 1,000 students and 200 faculty members to teach, learn, and collaborate in this new digital environment. The law school’s staff members are also working remotely and are continuing to support our students through advising, counseling, career development, and other vital services.
Our students have shown remarkable resolve and commitment to their educational and professional goals in the midst of unthinkable disruption. However, for many of our students, the economic and practical burdens of this new reality create serious hardships affecting their legal education and livelihood.
The urgent needs of our students in this moment have led us to create the Gould Student Emergency Fund, to assist with essential bills, such as groceries and medical expenses. If you are in a position to help, we hope you will consider supporting our students at this pivotal moment.
Despite the unprecedented challenges we face today, our law school is carrying on, and our community is finding creative and inspiring ways to stay connected and make a difference:
- The Post-Conviction Justice Project won a parole grant for a client during the clinic’s first-ever virtual parole hearing;
- Our 3L Class recently donned their finest and gathered for their 3L Gala via Zoom;
- The Class of 1985 kicked off their 35th Reunion year with a virtual happy hour;
- Remembering how difficult the job market was when graduating during the recession, Matthew Cave ’11 and his partners donated 5% of their April profits toward the Gould Student Emergency Fund and other local organizations in which they are involved;
- And members of the Gould community have shared words of encouragement and snapshots of their new remote environments via the #GouldGuides and #GouldTogether social media campaigns.
This year marks 120 years for the USC Gould School of Law. Indeed, we are enormously proud of the legacy of thought leadership, innovative scholarship, and public service that has become our hallmark. At the same time, we are truly grateful for the commitment, compassion, and care of our alumni, which inspire future generations of Gould students.
Thank you to all members of USC Gould who have already come forward with financial support and other offers of help. We are one Gould Trojan Family, and we are strongest together, even when we are apart.
The University's COVID-19 Response
USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.