Training Lawyers, Training Leaders

Training Lawyers, Training Leaders

In 2020 the USC Gould School of Law will celebrate its 120th year. For more than a century, our law school has served as a leader in legal scholarship and a champion for public service. As we celebrate USC Gould’s 120 years at the forefront of legal education, we do so with an eye on the future and all that remains to be accomplished.

Our USC Gould student body is a source of great pride. The newly-arrived JD Class of 2022 has already set records with the highest median GPA of any entering class in Gould’s history. Beyond the metrics, these students represent an incredible array of impressive backgrounds and life experiences: Peace Corps volunteer, Pulitzer Prize finalist, ordained rabbi, and helicopter flight paramedic, to name just a few.

The students enrolled in our Graduate & International Programs are an equally impressive group. They come with a variety of professional backgrounds, including patent law, IP, real estate, business and commercial law, law enforcement, health care, accounting, arbitration, entertainment, and dispute resolution. Combined, this year’s classes are among the most geographically diverse to date and represent forty countries across six continents. 

USC Gould’s ability to anticipate the changing landscape of the legal profession has allowed us to remain ahead of the curve. Our new degree and certificate programs are equipping our students for success in the myriad ways they will use their law degrees. This fall, we welcomed the inaugural classes of our LLM in International Business and Economic Law and on campus Master of Studies in Law. Next year, we will launch both an LLM and certificate program in Privacy Law and Cyber Security.  

We also continue to better the physical space of our law school and have made many aesthetic and functional improvements. A recent renovation of our library has vastly improved the experience for our students using the space to study, collaborate, and do research. More significantly, the law school is in the quiet phase of a building campaign. A new building would not only increase our footprint and allow us to better accommodate our student body, it would better reflect our position among the nation’s elite law schools.

Contributions from alumni and friends like you have allowed us to grow and thrive year after year, and for that, we are sincerely grateful. Our most critical priority continues to be scholarship support; it is crucial to our success that the very best students are able to attend, regardless of their socioeconomic status. With the support from our donors, we have been able to grant scholarships to nearly all of our JD students. 

Our law school is worth your investment, and our students are absolutely deserving of it. Between their academic excellence, co-curricular pursuits, clinical work, and pro bono service, they are a credit to our law school. We have 120 years of Trojan lawyers of which to be immensely proud, and this next generation is poised to carry on that legacy.

With your gift to any fund, you make your mark on the future of USC Gould. Whether you support the scholarships that make it possible for a deserving student to attend, the organizations our current students are involved in, or the programs that serve the larger local and global communities, your gift makes an impact.

Thank you for being a part of the remarkable legacy of USC Gould. Fight On!