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University of Southern California Gould School of Law

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“I would most certainly recommend USC Gould School of Law”
July 2019CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Very helpful professors, career services, and student services staff in general, collegial student environment

Downers

Grades take forever to be returned, which can really impact the process of searching for internships

Comments

If you are looking for a job in LA post-employment go here or UCLA, both have excellent ties in the LA market (but you should go here, boo UCLA)

Would You Recommend

Yes

“LLM”
January 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

-excellent administrative staff support

-take all major classes with JD students

-easy access to LA downtown and all fun spots

-JD transfer option

Downers

-no enough diversity. too many Asians

-expensive (tuition and living expenses)

Comments

expense is high. easy to apply but not easy to get a job in LA after graduation. most of students go back to their home country afterwards

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Best Choice”
July 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Environment (quality of teaching and peers)

People

Location (close to Downtown LA)

Opportunities (on and off campus)

Alumni Network

Downers

The law school building is grey and unattractive.

Housing is pricy

Comments

The job opportunities are incredible.

People really want to help you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Fantastic Place to Be”
July 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Community/other students

Fantastic and experienced Faculty

Los Angeles weather!

Great merit scholarships

Downers

Los Angeles Location

The rather atrocious building

Occasional administrative bureaucracy

Comments

Law school isn't the most fun experience, but USC is truly a fantastic place to do it, with fantastic people and fantastic weather.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

All of the students are very bright and engaged. Everyone is motivated to learn. That said, the environment is collegial, not competitive. People are friends and everyone is open. The faculty is extremely accessible - your teachers will know you by name, most will have you to their homes or do lunches with you, etc. Most 1L classes use Socratic method, but to varying degrees (tends to be more popular among older professors) and it definitely gets more relaxed 2nd semester of the 1L year. Strong emphasis on both theory and cases. Writing program is absolutely amazing - arguably the best at a top 20 school.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is typical for a large city, but better than NY. The campus is gorgeous. Libraries on campus are good, but not great. COmputer lab is great. Courtroom is great. Dining at the law school is okay, but lots of other options since the law school is actually on the main campus unlike some schools. Law school has its own security guards so it's safe and you park in a locked structure so your vehicle is safe as well. Everyone seems really happy - hard not to be happy in beautiful Southern California!

Admissions

Strong LSAT and GPA will get you in; if you are just okay on numbers, a great personal statement that is detailed and really gets at who you are will give you a good shot. if you have good numbers and a great persoanl statement, you'll probably get a good scholarship.

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

LA is expensive, but you can't beat the culture, weather and nightlife, so it's worth it. I moved to LA from Michigan for law school not knowing what expect and now I'm here permanently, so I think that says a lot about the big picture. The campus is great, though the law school itself leaves something to be desired. Supposedly the school is working on a plan to build a new joint business/law school in the near future. The library, moot court room and cafe are brand new though.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

USC offers the whole package. Incredible faculty, small class sizes, a well-balanced curriculum, a broad array of extracurricular and research opportunities, constant mentorship and academic advising, and a highly inquisitive and diverse student body that further enrich the academic experience.

Quality of Life

The facilities at USC are definitely well-loved. From the outside, the law school building is a Brutalist structure that doesn't do much on the eyes, but all of the classrooms are outfitted with the newest technology--I have been in in-class video conferences with speakers from abroad and can request class recordings whenever I'm out. Technology support at the law school is unlike anything I've experienced--the school employs several full-time tech support staff, and I actually had my laptop repaired for no charge. The library was recently renovated and has comfortable chairs for the many hours of studying you will be doing in law school. The community around SC, which is lower income, allows for many service opportunities. You can find any kind of entertainment or dining at or around USC--the wider campus community offers an array of opportunities, and downtown LA is a short trip up Figueroa.

Admissions

USC's admissions process is very smooth. While they do want a personal statement and an additional essay, both are very short and reasonable as compared to other schools that want a novel. In general, the application itself is very concise. I was notified of my acceptance almost immediately--within 2 weeks of applying--which I really appreciated considering the admissions process can be very stressful. The support from the admissions staff is great as well.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Some classes employ the Socratic method, others are problem method. Some teachers emphasize theory/policy, some emphasize practicality. There is a lot of academic support. Classes are small. The students are collaborative and not overly competitive. Grading is on a curve. Many professors have been teaching the classes for many years and are prominent in the field.

Quality of Life

There is a large range of housing options.Many first year students elect to live close to campus. The library has great hours and resources. There is a courtroom and three computer labs. I feel very safe on campus because there is a lot of security. Students are generally very happy.

Admissions

LSAT score, essays, application fee

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

My school offered a mix of practical and theoretical classes. With a definite social sense of a bias toward corporate law.

Quality of Life

N/A

Admissions

Standard Law school application. Financial Aid opportunities definitely existed.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

The admissions process is standard. A personal statement, application, LSAT score are all required. There are numerous scholarship opportunities and the school assists with the financial aid process.

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

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