USC Law School

General Info

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The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a graduate 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. It currently has about 630 J.D. students (210 per year), and also has a growing LL.M. program of about 90 students. Law School 100, a ranking scheme that purports to use qualitative criteria instead of quantitative, ranks the law school fourteenth overall, tied with Duke, UCLA, and the University of Texas. The 2008 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks USC Law School at number sixteen.

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USC Law School Admissions

USC Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 30% of its applicants. Comparatively, Usc is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 4244 1270 (29.92%) 190 (4.5%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.49 3.76 3.86
LSAT 161 166 167

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $58,022 $58,022
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $22,710
  • Living off-campus: $22,710
  • Living at home: $11,910

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 12/01
  • Application Fee: $75

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USC Law School Community

USC Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Usc is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 45
  • Part Time: 73


  • # Female Faculty: 45
  • # Minority Faculty: 16


13.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

USC Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. USC Law School 1L section size is 18% smaller than law schools in California and 15% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

USC Law School: 127
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 717
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 91

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 171
  • Law Journals: 148
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 0.5%
  • Second Year: 2.6%
  • Third Year: 0.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

USC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The USC Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 95% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 95.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 59.0%
  • Business: 11.0%
  • Government: 12.0%
  • Public Interest: 10.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • California: 87%
  • New York: 3%
  • District of Columbia: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 95.8%
  • First Time Takers: 214
  • Average School: 86.8%
  • Average State: 66.4%
  • Pass Difference: 20.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 172 of 199 (86.4%)
  • State Average: 66.4%
  • Difference: 20.4%