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University of Southern California Gould School of Law
USC Shield.svg
Parent school University of Southern California
Established 1896
School type Private
Parent endowment $3.7 Billion (2007)[1]
Dean Robert K. Rasmussen
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Enrollment 651[2]
Faculty 91[2]
USNWR ranking 18[2]
Bar pass rate 91% (ABA profile)
Website www.law.usc.edu
ABA profile USC Gould School of Law

The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a law school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904.[3]

History[edit]

USC Law School had its beginnings in 1896 when Judge David C. Morrison opened his courtroom for 36 law apprentices, among whom were future California Supreme Court Justice Frederick W. Houser and his wife, Sara Isabella Wilde; the couple would soon form the Los Angeles Law Students Association to discuss the concept of a formal law school.[4] Their efforts resulted in the incorporation of the Los Angeles Law School in 1898.[5] The first law degree was awarded in 1901 to Gavin W. Craig.[4] Over the next several decades, USC Law rose to become one of the most prominent national law schools, priding itself on an interdisciplinary form of study. 2002 saw the beginning of the USC Law Graduate and International Programs. It is an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school since 1924.[6] It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1907.[7]

Academics[edit]

USC Law awards the J.D., LL.M., and M.C.L. law degrees. It currently has about 600 J.D. students (200 per year), and a growing LL.M. program of about 90 students. It offers two certificate programs: business and entertainment law.[8]

Rankings[edit]

USC Law has consistently been ranked between 15th and 18th by the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" since the magazine has published an annual version of its rankings,[9][10] ranking 18th in 2011.[2] "The Law School 100", a ranking scheme that uses qualitative criteria instead of quantitative, ranks the law school 14th overall, tied with Duke, UCLA, and Vanderbilt University.[11] It was listed with an "A-" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.[12]

USC Law also ranked 12th in the 2011 National Law Journal job placement study, with over 32% of its graduating class hired by the NLJ 250 largest law firms in the United States.[13]

USC Law has been noted as one of the top law schools for bar exam preparation.[14][15]

Academic journals and honors programs[edit]

USC Law hosts three academic journals and offers one additional honors program: Southern California Law Review, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (formerly the Review of Law and Women's Studies), Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.[16]

Selected law students can participate in one honors program in an academic year.[17]

USC Law has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.[18]

Clinical programs[edit]

USC maintains six client clinics to provide students real experience with lawyering skills.[19]

  • Employer Legal Advice Clinic – counseling Los Angeles-area non-profits with employment law issues; assisted small businesses to regenerate after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
  • Immigration Clinic – providing pro bono representation to clients in a variety of immigration cases from over 25 different countries
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic – assisting artists, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and policymakers with intellectual property issues
  • Mediation Clinic – providing mediation for small claims and civil harassment cases for the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Post-Conviction Justice Project – representing clients on civil issues related to incarceration, parole hearings, and constitutional rights
  • Small Business Clinic – providing corporate legal assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and small businesses

Study abroad program[edit]

USC Law offers international study abroad programs, providing credit to J.D. students. Students may spend a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Bocconi University, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, and Bond University.[20] Previously, students could pursue a J.D./LL.M dual degree with the London School of Economics.[21]

Dual Degree Programs[edit]

USC Law maintains dual degree programs with the Marshall School of Business, the Department of Economics, the School of Public Administration, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Social Work, the Davis School of Gerontology, the School of Religion, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the School of International Relations.

Dual degree programs are accelerated - If a Master's degree normally requires one year of study, a student in a dual degree program earns both degrees in only three years. If the Master's degree normally requires two years of post-baccalaureate courses, a total of four years is required.

Qualified students can earn the following degrees in conjunction with their J.D.:

USC Law also maintains two other dual degree programs. A program administered in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology enables a student to receive a J.D. from USC and a Ph.D. in social science from Cal Tech. A dual degree program initiated with the USC School of Pharmacy enables a qualified student to earn a J.D. and a Pharm.D. degree. Students admitted to the J.D./Pharm.D. program must begin their studies in the School of Pharmacy.At the request of individual students, other dual degree programs may be initiated with the concurrence of USC Law and the other departments involved.[22]

Employment[edit]

According to the Gould School of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 63.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[23] Gould's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 23.9%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[24]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Gould for the 2014-2015 academic year is $81,679.[25] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $304,270.[26]

Noted people[edit]

Deans[edit]

  1. 1904–1927, Frank M. Porter
  2. 1927–1930, Justin Miller
  3. 1930–1948, William G. Hale
  4. 1948–1952, Shelden Elliott
  5. 1952–1963, Robert Kingsley
  6. 1963–1968, Orrin B. Evans
  7. 1968–1980, Dorothy W. Nelson
  8. 1980–2000, Scott H. Bice
  9. 2000–2006, Matthew L. Spitzer
  10. 2006–2007, Edward J. McCaffery[27] (interim)
  11. 2007–present, Robert K. Rasmussen

Faculty[edit]

  • Jody Armour[28] – specializes in race issues; author of Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism
  • Scott Bice – expert on federal courts; former dean of USC law school (1980–2000)
  • Alexander Capron[29] – specializes in law and medicine
  • Susan Estrich[30] – Professor of Law and Political Science. A Fox News commentator, Professor Estrich is frequently asked to comment on political interest stories. As an author, most recently, she has published The Case for Hillary Clinton, 2005, and Soulless: The Right Wing Church of Hate, 2006. Estrich is a woman of firsts; she was the first woman to become Editor in Chief of the Harvard Law Review, the youngest woman to receive tenure from Harvard Law School (before leaving to teach at USC), and the first woman to ever run a Presidential campaign (Dukakis, 1988).
  • Elizabeth Garrett[31] – appointed to President Bush's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform; USC Vice President of Academic Planning and Budget, Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy
  • Carole E. Handler – Professor of antitrust and intellectual property law
  • Edward Kleinbard[32] – tax expert; former chief of staff of Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation
  • George Lefcoe[33] – real estate expert; author of the widely used "Real Estate Transactions" textbook
  • Matthew McCubbins[34] – specializes in statutory interpretation
  • Elyn Saks[35] – expert on mental health law, author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Former faculty[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Law[edit]

U.S. federal Court of Appeals judges[edit]
U.S. federal District Court for the Central District of California judges[edit]
  • William Matthew Byrne, Jr. (1956) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1971–1998)
  • Thurmond Clarke (1927) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1966–1970); Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (1955–1966)
  • Elisha Avery Crary (1929) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1966–1975); Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (1962–1966)
  • Richard Arthur Gadbois, Jr. (1960) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1982–1996)
  • Peirson Mitchell Hall – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1966–1968); Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (1942–1966)
  • James M. Ideman (1963) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1984–1998)
  • David Vreeland Kenyon (1957) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1980–1995)
  • George H. King (1974) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1995–present)
  • Stephen G. Larson (1989) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2006–2009)
  • Nora Margaret Manella (1975) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1998–2006)
  • Edward Rafeedie (1959) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1982–1996)
  • Albert Lee Stephens, Jr. (1938) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1966–1979); Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (1961–1966)
  • Alicemarie Huber Stotler (1967) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1984–2009)
  • Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi (1959) – first Japanese American federal judge; Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1976–1996)
  • Dickran Tevrizian (1965) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1985–2005)
  • Laughlin Edward Waters, Sr. (1947) – Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1976–1986)
  • David W. Williams (1937) – first African American federal judge west of the Mississippi River; Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1969–1981)
Other U.S. federal court judges[edit]
California Supreme Court justices[edit]

From 1989–1990, with Eagleson, Kaufman, Kennard, and Lucas were concurrently serving on the California Supreme Court, USC Gould School of Law became the first (and so far only) law school whose alumni constituted a majority of that Court's justices.[37] All four were appointed by Republican Governor George Deukmejian.

Business[edit]

Other[edit]

Politics[edit]

Sports and media[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "USC Financial Report 2006-2007". USC. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: University of Southern California (Gould)"". Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://lawweb.usc.edu/who/history/
  4. ^ a b http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/history/timeline.cfm
  5. ^ http://lawweb.usc.edu/who/history/timeline.cfm
  6. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ AALS Member Schools
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/04/where-are-us-ne.html
  10. ^ http://www.law.stanford.edu/publications/projects/lrps/pdf/lomiowayne_rp4.pdf
  11. ^ The Law School 100 - The Best Law Schools in the United States Based on Qualitative, Rather Than Quantitative, Criteria
  12. ^ Larsen, Rebecca (March 2011), Most Diverse Law Schools (Diversity Honor Roll), The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (6): 30–37 
  13. ^ http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?interactive=true&id=1202543436520
  14. ^ http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/top_schools_named_for_exceeding_expectations_on_bar_pass_rates/
  15. ^ http://lawweb.usc.edu/news/article.cfm?newsID=3837
  16. ^ USC Student Journals and Honors Programs
  17. ^ USC Student Honors
  18. ^ Order of the Coif member schools
  19. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/why/academics/
  20. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/how/gip/studyabroad.cfm
  21. ^ http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/catalogue/schools/law/dual.html
  22. ^ USC Law - Dual Degree Programs
  23. ^ "Employment Statistics". 
  24. ^ "University of Southern California Profile". 
  25. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". 
  26. ^ "University of Southern California Profile". 
  27. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=237
  28. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=129
  29. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactinfo.cfm?detailid=205
  30. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=211
  31. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=216
  32. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=68912
  33. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=229
  34. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=1432
  35. ^ http://weblaw.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=300
  36. ^ http://www.usc.edu/uscnews/newsroom/news_release.php?id=2490
  37. ^ "Alumni on the Bench". USC Gould School of Law. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  38. ^ Myrna Oliver, "William Hogoboom, 84", Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2003
  39. ^ "Retired Judge William P. Hogoboom Dies", Metropolitan News-Enterprise, August 26, 2003
  40. ^ Associated Press (17 June 2006). "Charles Older, 88; Presided Over Manson Trial". Washington Post. 
  41. ^ Thurber, Jon. "J. Curtis Counts; Labor Negotiator Headed Federal Mediation Service", Los Angeles Times, July 4 (1999. Accessed July 2, 2009.
  42. ^ California State Bar Membership Records) – Amy Trask

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