The University of Southern California Gould School of Law draws on the resources of the Los Angeles legal community to provide an education to our students that combines the theoretical perspective of full-time faculty with the practice experience of some of the world’s leading lawyers. Our network of adjunct faculty allows the law school to offer over 100 classes to upper-year students. These courses exposure our students to the dynamism of modern legal practice.
Between our six in-house clinics (International Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Post-Conviction Justice, Arbitration and Mediation, Immigration and Small Business) and our array of externship opportunities, over two-thirds of upper-division USC law students elect to participate in an experiential learning opportunity.
To further enhance our students’ learning experience, the Gould School of Law last year launched certificate programs in Business Law and Entertainment Law. The aspiration of each program is to expose students to graduate students in cognate professional schools at USC and to the leaders in the business and entertainment communities. To give one example, the Deals course (an elective in the Business Law Program) is cross-listed in the Marshall School of Business. The teams of law school and business school students analyze major, real-world transactions. These transactions were largely put together by USC alumni, and these alumni return to the class to hear the students’ presentations and to share insights both on the presentations and on how the actual deal was executed. This and similar courses to offer our students a distinctive educational experience.