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									 USC LAW
University of Southern California
The USC Campus
Enlivened with the spirit
of collaborative learning,
USC sits in the heart of
Los Angeles. Here you’ll
find a true academic
community where faculty
and students share a
passion for learning and
a commitment to the
rule of law.
Spirit of Self-determination
With a rigorous multi-
disciplinary curriculum,
USC Law prepares new
generations of attorneys
to define their own futures
and change the world.
It’s intense and tough,
but worth it.
100 Year Heritage
Today’s USC Law reflects
a distinguished past built
on the principles of equity
and excellence. Courage
to break new ground
drove the past and fuels
the future.

A diverse community of intelligent
and successful individuals ready
to redefine the legal profession.
                                          Who We Are            8

                                          Curriculum           14
Three years of challenge and
experience with a focus on an
interdisciplinary approach to learning.

                                          Public Service       30
An ongoing commitment to using
legal skills to make the world a better
place for all of us.

                                          Faculty              34
A dedicated group of distinguished
legal all-stars ready to light your way
and guide your future.

                                          Student Experience   40
USC Law focuses on high-caliber
collaborative learning that will change
your life forever.

                                          Legacy               46
100 years of leadership and excellence
created by a forward-thinking group
of diverse individuals.

A successful USC alumni network
of graduates opening doors to every
aspect of the law all over the world.
                                         Alumni Network                     54

                                         Living                             64
From a variety of neighborhoods to
cultural venues to outdoor adventures,
it’s all here waiting for you.

                                         Los Angeles                        73
Los Angeles is a world-class
laboratory to learn the law and
begin your career.

                                         Apply                              76
Getting in and getting the support
you need to begin your journey
starts here.

                                         Admissions                         78
You’ll find a straightforward
application process and an admissions
committee interested in the real you.

                                         Financial Aid                      84
USC Law provides several options
for financing your legal education.

                                                          USC Gould School of Law   7
We are committed to creating a place where learning,
community, public interest and multidisciplinary
study combine to create the nation’s most exciting
legal education program. USC Law is a small, selective
national law school with a 100+ year history and
a reputation for academic excellence.

Our admissions standards are high. Our classes are
tough enough to challenge the brightest students.
If this academic setting suits your goals and learning
style, read on. And make an informed, confident
decision. USC Law is a place where your success
is our highest priority.

Robert K. Rasmussen
Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair In Law

USC Gould School of Law   9
                     1:11       Faculty to Student Ratio

                   Average class size in second and third year classes

                   9,185      Alumni network worldwide

Applications received for class enrolling in Fall 2009

      215  Entering class size for Fall 2009

Self-identified students of color enrolling in Fall 2009

                                                           USC Gould School of Law   11
     97%           Graduates employed 9 months after graduation
                                (based on Class of 2007)

 $160,000             Average starting salary/private practice
                                (based on Class of 2007)

90% vs. 74.8%
   July 2008 California Bar                                       July 2008 average
passage rate for USC graduates                                California Bar passage rate

4,520             Number of hours of pro bono service by USC Law students
                                    (Academic Year 2008-09)

                                                                              USC Gould School of Law   13

                              USC Law’s curriculum is comprehensive, interdisciplinary
                              and designed to challenge. We ground students in the reality
                              of the law: letter and spirit, theory and practice. Not only
                              will you learn the functions and structures of legal rules
                              and argument—you’ll learn how lawyers actually work by
                              participating in clinics, internships and externships.

What makes USC Law’s          Because we believe your legal education               First Year
curriculum among the best?    should be deep as well as broad, our three-year       Prepare to examine the foundations of the law
The challenge—including
                              curriculum lets you specialize in traditional law     and develop the lawyering skills you’ll need for
rigorous first-year courses
                              or an emerging field. We stress the interconnec-      any legal career you choose. Your course materials
that provide a solid
foundation in the law.        tions among law and other academic areas,             will include the basic sources of law—case reports,
The choices—exciting          from economics and history to public policy and       constitutions, and statutes. Teaching methods vary
options for your second       health care. USC Law’s scholarly yet practical        across courses, but expect to engage in Socratic
and third years. And the                                                            dialogue and participate in class discussions
                              approach ensures that you will gain the skills
chance to learn by doing—
                              and perspective every lawyer needs.                   analyzing legal issues, reasons, and arguments.
and witness the results.
                                                                                    First-year classes meet in sections ranging
                              Whether you think you would like to enter             in size from 17 to 80 students—small enough to
                              private practice, public service, academia            foster class participation, big enough to offer
                              or the corporate arena, USC Law will help you         diverse perspectives.
                              design a course of study that meets your plans
                              for the future. USC Law provides an innovative        Constitutional Law: Learn how responsibility for
                              take on traditional law, and we encourage             creating and administering the law is shared by the
                              pioneering viewpoints. Through mind-expanding         executive, legislative, and judicial branches; the nation
                              course work and hands-on experience with real         and the states; and the government and the individual.
                              clients, USC Law really prepares you for practice.    Topics include federal powers, the role of the
                                                                                    Supreme Court, due process, and equal protection.

                              Juris Doctor Degree
                              USC offers its Juris Doctor degree through            Contracts: Develop an understanding of the rules
                                                                                    that regulate consensual agreements entered into
                              a three-year (six semester), full-time academic
                                                                                    for commercial purposes. Discover what promises
                              program. Your first year will consist of 9 required
                                                                                    the state should and does enforce, and what remedies
                              courses. In your second and third years, you will
                                                                                    are available when enforceable promises are broken.
                              choose the courses you take. A total of 88 credits
                              is required to graduate.

Criminal Law: How does a legislature or court decide        In the Legal Research component, explore the basic             In classrooms, library carrels,
that a particular behavior is a “crime?” Find out as        sources of law for federal and state jurisdictions.            computer labs, student

you explore the moral, psychological, and philosophical     Analyze research methods and techniques. And learn             lounges or even outside
                                                                                                                           on a grassy lawn, USC
issues involved in ascribing criminal responsibility.       to use a vast array of sources—from books to online
                                                                                                                           Law is alive with students
                                                            research systems.
                                                                                                                           immersed in the study
Law, Language, and Values: Get your first glimpse                                                                          of the law. From morning
of how legal rules and concepts function in the             Procedure: What constitutes fair, adequate, and                until evening, there
organization of society. True to USC Law’s                  efficient procedure in resolving legal disputes? Learn         are theories to master,
interdisciplinary focus, this class draws on a broad        how authority for these matters is allocated between           clinical skills to hone,

variety of fields—including economics, philosophy,          federal and state courts and among Congress, the               oral arguments to perfect
                                                                                                                           and hot topics to debate.
and psychology—to examine the underlying structure          executive branch, and the courts.
of legal argument and decision.
                                                            Property: Analyze the development of rules dealing
Legal Profession: Examine the ethical dilemmas              with land, water, and other natural resources from
attorneys confront in their various roles. Topics include   historic and economic perspectives. Your study includes
conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and problems        the controls placed on use and exploitation of land
inherent in adversarial advocacy.                           by local, state, and federal governments.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy: Develop              Torts: Explore the individual’s obligation to refrain
your analytic, research, and communication skills           from harming others. Study the bases for compensating
in this two semester course. Start fall semester with       the injured either by holding responsible whoever is at
short, written exercises, then progress to drafting         fault for harm or by invoking other principles of liability,
legal office memoranda. In the spring, concentrate          including the efficiency of resource allocation and
on developing your skills in written advocacy by            the spreading of losses.
drafting legal briefs. And in your first-year moot-court
program, discover and develop your own eloquence
in advocacy by practicing oral argument.

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 Year        1                                             Year      2+3                                 Legal Clinics
                                                                                                         Employer Legal Advice Clinic
                                                                                                         Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic
                                                                                                         Immigration Clinic
                                                                                                         Post-Conviction Justice Program
                                                                                                         Small Business Clinic
                                                                                                         Mediation Clinic

                                            Summer Internships

                                                                                  Personalized Academic Path
     9 Foundation Courses
                                                                                  Upper Level Courses and Seminars
     Constitutional Law
                                                                                  Clinical Training and Public Interest Law
                                                                                  Corporate and Business Law
     Criminal Law
                                                                                  The Court System and Civil Rights
     Law, Language, and Values
                                                                                  Environmental Law and Land Use
     Legal Profession
                                                                                  Family Law, Health, and Behavioral Sciences
     Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy
                                                                                  Government Regulation
                                                                                  Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Patent Law
                                                                                  International Law
                                                                                  Law and Society
                                                                                  Law of Taxation

                                        Student Organizations

                                                                                                             Continuing Legal Education Program
                                                                                                             Institute on Entertainment Law and Business
                                                                                                             Institute for Corporate Counsel
                                                                                                             Institute on Real Estate Law and Business
                                                                                                             Tax Institute
                                                                                                             Probate and Trust Conference
                                                                                                             Intellectual Property Institute
                                                        Interdisciplinary Education
                                                        Center for Law, Economics, and Organization
                                                        Center for Law, History, and Culture
                                                        Center for the Study of Law and Politics
                                                        Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics
                                                        Center on Law and Philosophy

                                                                                                                       Curriculum Overview

                                                                                                                       Year 1
                                                                                                                       9 Foundation Courses:
                                                                                                                        Constitutional Law
                                                                                                                        Criminal Law
           Judicial Clerkships                                                                                          Law, Language, and Ethics
                                                                                                                        Legal Profession
           Clinical Externships
                                                                                                                        Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

                                                                                     88 Credits Required to Graduate
           Entertainment Practicum                                                                                      Procedure
           International Programs                                                                                       Property
           Public Interest
                                                                                                                       Student Organizations
                                                                                                                       Summer Internship

                                                                                                                       January:      Public Interest Career Day
                                                                                                                                     Interview Program
                                                                                                                       February:     Spring On Campus Interview Program

                                                                                                                       Year 2
                                                                                                                       Foundation Courses completed.
                     Judicial                                       Academic                                           Pursue your personal interest in the law.
Law Review                                   Moot Court
                     Clerkship                                      Support                                            Recruitment Interviews
and Journals                                 Competition
                     Preparation                                    Program                                            Moot Court Competition
                                                                                                                       Public Service Opportunities
                                                                                                                       USC Law Journals and the Law Review
                                                                                                                       Academic Honors Programs
                                             Bar                                                                       Student Organizations
                    Student                                       Part-Time                                            Part-time Employment
Public Service                               Examination
                    Organizations                                 Employment                                           Summer Internship

                                                                                                                       August:    Early Interview Week
                                                                                                                       August:    Off Campus Interview Programs in
                                                                                                                                  New York and Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                       September: Fall On Campus Interview Program
                                                                                                                       January:   Public Interest Career Day
                                                                                                                                  Interview Program
                                                                                                                       February:  Spring On Campus Interview Program

                             Dual Degree Programs
                             J.D./Master of Arts in Economics                                                          Year 3
                             J.D./Master of Business Administration                                                    Continue pursuing your areas of interest.
                             J.D./Master of Business Taxation                                                          Prepare for Judicial Clerkships.
                                                                                                                       USC Law Journals and the Law Review
                             J.D./Master of Arts in International Relations                                            Academic Honors Programs
                             J.D./Master of Arts in Communications Management                                          Student Organizations
                             J.D./Master of Arts in Political Science                                                  Part-time Employment
                                                                                                                       Bar Examination Preparation
                             J.D./Master of Science in Gerontology
                             J.D./Master of Real Estate Development                                                    August:    Early Interview Week
                             J.D./Master of Social Work                                                                August:    Off Campus Interview Programs in
                                                                                                                                  New York and Washington, D.C.
                             J.D./Master of Public Administration                                                      September: Fall On Campus Interview Program
                             J.D./Master of Public Policy                                                              January:   Public Interest Career Day
                             J.D./Master of Philosophy                                                                            Interview Program
                                                                                                                       February:  Spring On Campus Interview Program
                             J.D./Doctor of Pharmacy
                             J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science (CalTech)
                             J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
                             J.D./LL.M. (London School of Economics)

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2nd and 3rd Years                            In your second and third years, you         In addition, you may earn as many as 12
With your first-year foundation firmly       can earn academic credit by serving         credits for graduate-level courses that
in place, you’re ready to develop and        as an editor or staff member for one of     are related to law and offered by other
pursue your personal interest in the law.    USC Law’s scholarly journals. Faculty       academic departments at the University
Your coursework is entirely up to you.       members will review and evaluate your       of Southern California—an excellent
Choose from USC Law’s broad curricu-         written work. You also can earn academic    chance to complement your legal training
lum of courses, seminars, clinical           credit by writing a dissertation under      with relevant courses.
instruction, and supervised writing          faculty supervision, or by assisting
programs. Some upper-division                on directed research projects.              Center for Law, History, and Culture:
courses explore basic subjects, such                                                     Encourages the study of law as a historical
as taxation, evidence, and criminal          Interdisciplinary Education                 and cultural institution with USC’s College
procedure. Others provide advanced           At USC Law, we believe that knowledge       of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
instruction that assumes knowledge           of legal rules alone does not equip
of basic subjects. Upper-level courses       students to excel in the law. Many of our   Center for Law, Economics,
and seminars are small, and instruction      professors hold advanced degrees in         and Organization:
is intensive. Seminars are offered on        economics, history, philosophy, political   Conducts research to improve our

many topics and are designed to facilitate   science, or psychology. In addition to      understanding of how law, economics,

in-depth, small-group discussion.                                                        and organizations interact while drawing on
                                             imparting their legal expertise, they
                                                                                         the resources of USC’s Marshall School
                                             reveal how diverse forces beyond the
                                                                                         of Business and its College of Letters, Arts
                                             law affect legal decision-making.
                                                                                         and Sciences’ department of economics.
                                             Interdisciplinary teaching deepens
                                             students’ understanding of the law
                                             and opens doors to unique opportunities.
                                             Outside the classroom, students can
                                             get involved with six interdisciplinary
                                             centers that explore and shape the law
                                             in a larger context.

Center for the Study of Law and Politics:         Legal Clinics                                 The clinical program offers two kinds
Explores the intersection of law, institutions,   By the time you’ve finished your first        of training. Through classroom exercises
and citizens as part of a broader political       year of the USC Law curriculum, you’ve        that simulate real-life law practice,
system in partnership with the California         learned that lawyers do not live by theory    you’ll use hypothetical case materials
Institute of Technology (Caltech).                alone. To instill lawyering skills of the     to study a case and take it to court,
                                                  highest quality—and to steep students         with actors serving as clients and
Pacific Center for Health Policy                  in real experience of the law—USC Law         witnesses. And in the clinics, under
and Ethics:                                       maintains six client clinics (five of which   the supervision of faculty members
Works to improve the quality of the health-       are live client clinics and not simulated)    and practicing attorneys, you’ll work
care system by focusing on traditional and        that give you the opportunity to put          with actual clients—sharpening your
emerging ethical dimensions of health care,
                                                  theory into practice. Los Angeles itself      skills while experiencing the impact
biomedical research, and medical education.
                                                  allows USC Law to offer an incredible         your legal education can have on real
                                                  diversity of legal clinics with exposure      people in the community.
Center on Law and Philosophy:
                                                  to both litigation and transactional work.
Promotes interdisciplinary scholarship
                                                                                                Small Business Clinic: USC Law’s newest
in legal, moral, and political philosophy,
                                                                                                clinic provides Los Angeles-area businesses
and publishes the online Journal of Ethics
                                                                                                with a wide range of services while teaching
and Social Philosophy (JESP).
                                                                                                students the ABCs of business law, primarily
                                                                                                relating to the formation of small businesses.
                                                                                                Clinical work will focus on business transac-
                                                                                                tions, such as contract negotiations, creating
                                                                                                partnerships and limited liability companies,
                                                                                                and taxation issues.

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Employer Legal Advice Clinic: This clinic         Intellectual Property and Technology              Immigration Clinic: In a city shaped by
gives you the opportunity to contribute           Law Clinic: Opportunities to learn                immigrants, gain first-hand legal experience
to the local community while you deepen           about intellectual property law abound            with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
your knowledge of employment law and              in Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading        Service (USCIS), the Immigration Court,
develop skills in client counseling, advice,      centers for media, entertainment, and             and law enforcement agencies involved
and legal drafting. Students assist businesses,   technology. This clinic represents clients in     in immigration matters. Cases range from
nonprofit organizations, and community-           cases that may involve technology, copyright,     asylum claims by people who fear persecu-
based entrepreneurial outreach programs           trademark, privacy, and First Amendment           tion if returned to their homes to claims
seeking to promote economic development           issues. Law students engage in patent             for relief from deportation filed by people
in low-income communities throughout              evaluation and application; the review of         held at regional USCIS detention centers.
greater Los Angeles. Legal projects cover         technology contracts; litigation involving        You also have the opportunity to represent
a broad range of employment-related               intellectual property; and film clearance work.   clients seeking relief under the Violence
matters and involve advising clients                                                                Against Women Act, which enables male
of their obligations under federal, state,        Mediation Clinic: Created to give students        and female immigrants to file their own
and local law, and assisting clients in           hands on experience with an essential task        claims for permanent immigration status if
revising or developing employment                 of lawyering—helping people solve problems        they are being abused by a spouse or parent
policies and practices in order to satisfy        creatively, effectively, and efficiently—the      who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
their legal obligations.                          Mediation Clinic teaches students the dispute
                                                  resolution skills required to become profes-
                                                  sional mediators. Unlike traditional litigation
                                                  clinics where students advocate for one side
                                                  in a dispute, USC students do not represent
                                                  one side or the other. Instead, they are
                                                  third party neutrals who act as facilitators
                                                  to help craft a resolution to the lawsuit.
                                                  By the end of the semester, students will
                                                  have mediated six or more Los Angeles
                                                  County Superior Court cases.

Post-Conviction Justice Project: Through          Dual-Degree Programs                          Dual-Degree Programs
this yearlong program, students, supervised       USC Law sponsors several dual-degree          J.D./Master of Arts in Economics
by full-time faculty, represent actual clients    programs, in partnership with other           J.D./Master of Business Administration
in traditional post-conviction situations,        professional schools at USC, Caltech,         J.D./Master of Business Taxation
such as parole hearings and habeas corpus         and the London School of Economics.           J.D./Master of Arts in International Relations
petitions, and also advise clients on civil       Participate in one of these programs          J.D./Master of Arts in Communications
issues, such as immigration, civil rights,        and leave USC Law with recognized              Management
criminal detainer, and return-of-property         competence that combines with your            J.D./Master of Arts in Philosophy
matters. As a participant, you attend
                                                  legal education to prepare you for specific   J.D./Master of Arts in Political Science
seminars covering substantive law relevant
                                                  career options.                               J.D./Master of Arts in Public Policy
to your case, discussing such subjects as
                                                                                                J.D./Master of Science in Gerontology
the laws of sentencing and parole, prison-
                                                  Many dual-degree programs can be              J.D./Master of Real Estate Development
ers’ constitutional rights, the use of evidence
                                                  completed in three to four years.             J.D./Master of Social Work
of battering in criminal cases, and gender
                                                  To pursue a dual degree, you must apply       J.D./Master of Public Administration
and racial bias in the criminal justice system.
                                                  separately to the J.D. program and to         J.D./Doctor of Pharmacy
Students have argued their cases before the
                                                  the non-law discipline, at the time of        J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Politics
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—an exciting
                                                  your application to USC Law or during          and International Relations
preview of the work they can do as attorneys.
                                                  your first year of law school.                J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science
                                                  All dual-degree candidates, with the          J.D./LL.M. (London School of Economics)
                                                  exception of those participating in the
                                                  J.D./Doctor of Pharmacy program,
                                                  must complete their first year of law
                                                  school before taking non-law courses.

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LL.M. in Tax Program                         by introducing them to American law           Continuing Legal Education Program
The new LL.M. in Taxation degree             and the U.S. legal system. The students       At USC Law, opportunities for learning
program at USC Law enrolls outstand-         enrolled in the program take classes          continue beyond graduation. Major
ing U.S. and foreign law graduates           alongside J.D. students. Our LL.M.            institutes and conferences offered
who are interested in the advanced           program brings talented attorneys             by our Continuing Legal Education
knowledge of tax law. Students develop       from Brazil, China, Germany, Great            Program bring alumni, practicing
a broad set of tax lawyering skills and      Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, and Korea      attorneys, and guest speakers together
obtain comprehensive tax knowledge           to campus to study the American               to explore the latest perspectives on
through intensive study. Students may        legal system and share their global           specialized and emerging fields while
enroll on a full-time or part- time basis,   perspectives with J.D. students.              they network and share experiences
but must already hold a J.D. or the                                                        with participating J.D. students.
equivalent from a law school approved        International Programs                        Students also serve as coordinators,
by the American Bar Association.             In addition to bringing global                research assistants, and editors
                                             perspectives to campus, USC Law               of institute proceedings.
Master of Law (LL.M.)                        gives second- and third-year students
USC Law’s master’s degree program            the chance to study law abroad. You may       Institute on Entertainment Law and
for outstanding foreign graduate             apply to spend one semester studying          Business: Explores new frontiers in the
students trained in law brings a rich        at the University of Hong Kong. Or for        law and economics of entertainment-industry
array of educational backgrounds,            a European focus, spend two semesters         dealmaking.
cultures, and perspectives to our diverse    of law school at the London School of
and challenging classrooms. This rigor-      Economics to earn both a J.D. and an          Institute for Corporate Counsel:
ous, two-semester, full-time program         LL.M. in little more than three years.        Keeps in-house and outside counsel
prepares participants for leading roles      If you’re interested in international busi-   abreast of the latest legal developments
in international government and business     ness transactions or in comparative law,      affecting corporate clients. Also maintains

                                             USC’s international programs provide          an extensive corporate law research center.

                                             a valuable opportunity to take your
                                             legal education on the road.

Institute on Real Estate Law and Business:      Judicial Externships                           The benefits of hands-on
Informs commercial real estate professionals    At USC Law, you have the career-               experience are undisputed.
                                                                                               Taking advantage of the many
about critical issues facing the industry,      making opportunity to earn academic
                                                                                               opportunities for nonacademic
including financing, construction,              credit while working as an extern for
                                                                                               learning, such as working
environmental, and land use challenges.         a state or federal judge. Judicial externs     on a law journal or in a clinic,
                                                develop legal analysis and writing skills,     lets you explore your interests
Tax Institute: Offers new perspectives          gain exposure to adversarial practice,         and helps to focus your career
on critical issues of tax and tax policy,       and witness the judicial decision-making       goals. It’s a chance for real-
including developments in corporate,                                                           world lawyering and honing
                                                process from a unique and valuable
                                                                                               your leadership skills.
partnership, real estate, and individual        perspective. Working closely and
taxation, and estate planning.
                                                collegially with judges, externs often
                                                develop important, lasting relationships.
Probate and Trust Conference: Explores
evolving law related to probate, trust,
                                                Entertainment Practicum
and estate planning.
                                                Southern California is the ideal place
                                                to explore options in entertainment
Intellectual Property Institute: Brings
                                                law. This practicum blends classroom
together sophisticated legal and business
                                                study of substantive entertainment-
professionals to share creative ideas and
                                                related legal issues with the chance
up-to-the-minute information from the wide
                                                to earn additional academic credit
variety of arenas in which copyright, patent,
                                                through placements in studios and
trademark and other IP issues arise.
                                                other entertainment businesses.
                                                Students also may participate in USC
                                                Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law
                                                and Business seminars.

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           Clinical Externships                                         Summer Fellowships
           Put classroom learning into practice through an              Real experience, a guaranteed position, and a
           externship with a government agency, public-interest         paycheck—what a great way to spend the summer
           organization, or legal services program in your area         after your first year of law school! Each spring USC
           of interest. Supervised by practicing attorneys              Law’s Admissions Office awards top admitted applicants
           and faculty members, you’ll earn academic credit             our Summer Fellowships, which provide a guaranteed
           while representing real clients and learning important       paid position during the summer following the first year
           government processes. This program, which offers             of law school. The Fellowship is offered in partnership
           academic credit, provides a valuable opportunity             with prestigious law firms, businesses, and public-
           to observe and affect government and legal processes         interest organizations. Fellows spend half the summer
           from the inside.                                             at a law firm and half at a business—learning about
                                                                        legal transactions from both sides—or spend the whole
           Choose from more than 70 pre-approved agencies,              summer at a public-interest organization. When they
           some of which are listed below:                              return to their second year of law school, Fellows
           Alliance for Children’s Rights                               bring solid work experience to guide the next steps
           American Civil Liberties Union                               in their education.
           Asian Pacific American Legal Center
           Bet Tzedek                                                   There is no formal application process; all USC Law ap-
           California Attorney General: Civil Law and Public Rights     plicants are considered for these prestigious fellowships.
             Division, Criminal Division, Environmental Division
           Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking                 Fellowship Law Firms
           Community Benefits Law Center
                                                                        Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger
           Directors Guild of America
                                                                        Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp
           District Attorney
                                                                        Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
           Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
                                                                        Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood
           Federal Trade Commission
           HIV and AIDS Service Center
                                                                        Businesses and Public Interest Organizations
           Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
                                                                        Disney Studios
           Mental Health Advocacy Services
                                                                        Majestic Realty
           Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
           National Immigration Law Center
                                                                        Public Counsel
           Natural Resources Defense Council
                                                                        USC General Counsel
           Neighborhood Legal Services
                                                                        Warner Brothers Studios
           Public Defender, Federal and County
           Screen Actors Guild
           United States Attorney: Civil Division, Criminal Division,
             Tax Division
           United States Securities and Exchange Commission
           Wage Justice Center

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                   Judicial Clerkships

                   Judicial Clerkships are a key credential for your future
                   practice of law—no matter what the area of legal specialty.
                   Many USC Law graduates win coveted berths as judicial
                   law clerks to federal and state judges. By beginning their
                   legal careers in a judge’s chambers, and taking on these
                   prestigious clerkships, USC Law graduates find themselves
                   in the enviable position of being later courted for a wealth
                   of amazing career opportunities in both the public and
                   private sectors. It’s commonly noted that a judicial clerkship
                   can help accelerate a young attorney’s path to law firm
                   partnerships and other prestigious positions.

                   The experience in and of itself is considered         Clerkship positions are highly competitive.
                   unmatched and prestigious amongst lawyers.            However, USC Law mentors students who wish
                   Offering a unique glimpse behind the scenes,          to be judicial clerks through the process. Starting
                   clerkships let young lawyers see how judges           in the first year, students review the possibility,
                   think and courtrooms work. Invaluable                 and find out more information about various
                   insights, useful for all of an attorney’s future      opportunities. Clerkship workshops are held
                   dealings with any kind of judge, are gained.          to further assist students. USC Law conducts
                                                                         a number of receptions and lunches throughout
                   Judicial clerks serve judges in trial and appellate   the academic year so that students can learn
                   courts, typically engaging in legal research          first-hand from the judges themselves the
                   and writing to meet their judge’s obligations.        importance and prestige of clerkship positions.
                                                                         Then in the beginning of their third year, students
                   USC Law alumni have held judicial clerkships          apply for clerkships. USC Law has created
                   in the United States Supreme Court, the United        a faculty clerkship committee to help students
                   States Court of Appeals, the United States            with the application process, and will even pay
                   District Court, and State Courts throughout           for application expenses involved. In addition,
                   the United States.                                    when possible, USC Law supports clerkship
                                                                         candidates by helping to pay for travel to
                                                                         interviews with judges outside the greater
                                                                         Los Angeles area.

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Moot Court

 Moot Court allows USC Law students to take
 part in simulated court proceedings before
 mock appellate-court panels made up of sea-
 soned practicing attorneys and sitting judges
 from the local community and across the
 country. Actually preparing cases that mimic
 real cases often pulled from current events
 provides you with lively hands-on experience.
 It’s an exciting opportunity to research, write
 and present in order to hone these important
 skills in a controlled environment.

Through USC Law’s Hale Moot Court honors
 program you will take mock cases before
“the court”—a panel of visiting attorneys
 and jurists who assess your performance.
 Even if you don’t participate in this honors
 program, you’ll experience Moot Court
 through our first year Legal Writing, Research
 and Advocacy course, in which you prepare
 appellate briefs and deliver oral arguments.

 Ackerman Courtroom, complete with jury
 deliberation room and a judge’s chambers,
 provides all the necessary resources for Moot
 Court and clinical training. The courtroom
 is one of USC’s special studio classrooms.
 It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology
 to enable instructors to integrate multiple
 media forms into their teaching activities,
 as well as capture and record proceedings,
 presentations, lectures, and discussions.

 All studio classrooms feature a touch-screen
 control system, dual projectors and screens,
 a document camera, an electronic writing
 tablet, and multiple cameras and micro-
 phones for video teleconferencing, online
 streaming, and digital recording.

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                   Commitment to Public Service

                   Can one law student make a difference? The USC Law
                   community says, unequivocally, “Yes.” Whether you’re
                   assisting a family in adopting a child, or a veteran with
                   medical and housing benefits, you can make a difference
                   through countless volunteer opportunities, internships,
                   in-house legal clinics, and grant programs.

                   USC Law’s student-run Public Interest Law           to residents rebuilding their lives. Students
                   Foundation (PILF) offers myriad volunteer           stood up for migrant workers in Coachella Valley
                   opportunities in partnership with Los Angeles’      during winter break 2009. LAAB worked with
                   leading public interest organizations. PILF also    California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) to
                   provides more than 25 summer grants that enable     identify the effects closure of the Desert Mobile
                   students to work for a variety of public-interest   Home Park might have on the thousands who
                   agencies each summer —gaining practical legal       would be left homeless. Other student-led service
                   experience while providing desperately needed       projects include Latino Law Students Association’s
                   legal aid to the poor and underrepresented.         Teen Court, a diversion program for first-time
                                                                       juvenile offenders in lieu of formal juvenile
                   USC Law’s Office of Public Service (OPS)            court proceedings, and Street Law, a nationally
                   supports all student-driven service projects.       recognized educational outreach program that
                   The OPS also coordinates public-service extern-     teaches legal literacy to local high school students.
                   ships. Approximately 100 students annually earn
                   academic credit and develop their advocacy skills   USC encourages students to pursue careers in
                   while working for public interest organizations,    public interest, pro bono opportunities, and other
                   government agencies, and judges.                    public service beyond law school by providing:

                   USC Law’s Clinical Program offers students          PILF’s Irmas Fellowship:
                   an opportunity to participate during the            An annual fellowship for a one-year, post-graduate
                   academic year or work full time over the summer     position with the nonprofit agency of the fellow’s choice
                   for one of several in-house clinics, including:
                   Employer Legal Advice Clinic, Immigration           Clinton-Orfalea Fellowship:

                   Clinic, Intellectual Property and Technology,       A one-year, post-graduate opportunity to work on one

                   Post-Conviction Justice Project, Small Business     of the foundation’s domestic or international initiatives

                   Clinic, and Mediation Clinic.
                                                                       Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP):
                                                                       Funds which help repay student loans for graduates
                   There are many ways to get involved in public
                                                                       working in public service
                   interest projects at USC Law. Legal Aid
                   Alternative Breaks (LAAB) sponsored spring
                                                                       PILF’s Outstanding Public Interest Graduate Award:
                   break trips to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast,
                                                                       Honors alumni commitment to public-interest careers
                   where students provided crucial legal services

Interested in learning more? Visit:
Office of Public Service:
Public Interest Law Foundation:
Latino Law Students Association Teen Court Program:
Street Law Outreach Program:

                                                      USC Gould School of Law   31
       Number of Students*                                                           GPA Range, 2009 Entering Class*

        JD Student Body
                                                         First Year Students
        (as of Spring 2009)

                                                                                     3.47                  3.60                  3.71
                                                         Selectivity Rate
                                                                                      25th%                Median                  75th%

                                                                                     LSAT Range, 2009 Entering Class*
                                                         Female Students

       37%                                               Students from
                                                         Outside California          165                    167                   167
                                                                                      25th%                Median                  75th%

       72                                                Colleges & Universities

                                                                                     Top 6 States Where USC Law Graduates Take the Bar Exam

                                                                                     Washington                                     New Jersey
                                                         Average Age of Students
                                                                                              Arizona                           New York

       Student Ethnicities, 2009 Entering Class*

        Asian-American: 18%                                           Other/
                                                                      Unknown: 28%

        American: 6%

        White: 38%                                                    American: 6%
                                                                      Hispanic: 2%
                                                                      Foreign: <1%   California                                   Pennsylvania

*Data reflects demographic information as of 8/19/2009

Employment Information: Class of 2008                                                       Employers Participating in USC Law Recruitment Events
                                                                                            (Top 10 States Represented)

                                                                                                 Washington                        Illinois        Massachusetts

                                                                                                                                                  New York

Median Starting Salary/Private Practice

Employer Type • Median Base Salary

Private Practice                                                $160,000
Business                                                           $95,000
Public Interest                                                    $45,000
Judicial Clerkships                                                $55,000                                                                    Georgia

Government                                                         $55,000                  California   Arizona    Texas                 District of Columbia

Private Practice Salaries by Law Firm Size

Number of Attorneys/Median Base Salary • Private Practice

251+ • $80,000

101-250 • $110,000

26-100 • $160,000                                                                               Percentage of Graduates Employed
                                                                                                (9 months after graduation)
2-25 • $160,000

                                                                                              Breakdown by Employer Type
                                                                                              (USC Law School Class of 2008)
                               14%                                    68%

                                                                                               Private                           Business: 6%
                                                                                               Practice:                         Public Interest: 6%
                                        9%                                                     76%
                                                                                                                                 Judicial Clerkship: 5%
                                                  9%                                                                             Government: 4%
                                                                                                                                 Academic: 3%

The tally of graduates who accepted jobs in private practice does not include those
graduates who accepted judicial clerkships positions, but who also have offers in private
law firms and will join the firms at the completion of their clerkships.

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This is who we are:
USC Law boasts 51 full-time faculty
and more than 75 adjunct professors
with legal expertise in a variety of
areas, including politics, intellectual
property, business, international,
entertainment, ethics and tort
reform. USC Law’s interdisciplinary
focus is strengthened by these
faculty members, many of whom
hold doctorates in other fields.

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 Jody David Armour                       Kim Shayo Buchanan                    Alexander M. Capron                   David B. Cruz
 Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law         Assistant Professor of Law            Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare     Professor of Law
                                                                               Law, Policy and Ethics, University
                                                                               Professor of Law and Medicine

 Education: B.A., Harvard                Education: B.A., Queen’s              Education: B.A., Swarthmore           Education: B.S., B.A., University
 University; J.D., University            University; J.D., University of       College; LL.B., Yale University       of California, Irvine; M.S. Math-
 of California, Berkeley                Toronto; LL.M., Columbia               USC Law role: Co-director of          ematics, Stanford University; J.D.,
 Specialty: Race issues in legal         University; J.S.D. (in progress)      the USC Pacific Center for Health     New York University
 decision-making                         Columbia University                   Law and Ethics; also teaches          Specialty: Civil rights, equality
 Experience: Practiced in                Specialty: Constitutional law;        at USC School of Medicine.            issues, constitutional law
 San Francisco and Pittsburgh            torts; prisoners’ rights;             Specialty: Legal/medical issues,      Experience: Clerked for The
 and taught at the University            reproductive rights; race,            biomedical ethics                     Honorable Edward R. Becker,
 of California, Berkeley; Indiana        gender and sexual regulation          Experience: Served as director        Judge of the United States Court
 University; and the University          Experience: Litigation associate      of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights        of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
 of Pittsburgh.                          at McCarthy Tétrault and at Sack      and Health Law at the World           Served as a Bristow Fellow in the
 Published work: “Just Desserts:         Goldblatt Mitchell, in Toronto;       Health Organization. Appointed        Office of the Solicitor General
 Narrative, Perspective, Choice,         Senior Fellow, Center for Repro-      by President Clinton as a member      in Washington, D.C.
 and Blame”; “Stereotypes and            ductive Rights, in New York City      of the National Bioethics Advisory    Published work: “Spinning
 Prejudice: Helping Legal Decision-      Published work: “Impunity:            Commission. Served as executive       Lawrence, or Lawrence v. Texas and
 makers Break the Prejudice Habit”;      Sexual Abuse in Women’s Prisons”      director of President’s Commission    the Promotion of Heterosexuality”;
 Negrophobia and Reasonable              and “Lawrence v. Geduldig:            for the Study of Ethical Problems    ”Making Up Women: Casinos,
 Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being       Regulating Women’s Sexuality.”        in Medicine and Biomedical and        Cosmetics, and Title VII”;
 Black in America                        Classes: Constitutional               Behavioral Research and chair        ”Disestablishing Sex and Gender”
 Classes: Torts; Enterprise              Law; Prisoners’ Rights;               of the Biomedical Ethics Advisory     Classes: Constitutional Law;
 Liability; Stereotypes, Prejudice,      Reproductive Rights                   Committee of the U.S. Congress.       Federal Courts; Sexual Orientation
 and the Rule of Law                     How you made it through               Served on the board of the Joint      and the Law; International/
 Best advice anyone ever gave            law school: “When discussions         Commission on Accreditation           Comparative Perspectives on Sex,
 you about law school: “You’re not       in my law school classes got too      of Healthcare Organizations.          Gender, and Sexual Orientation;
 going to law school to memorize         far removed from reality, clinic      Published work: Law, Science,         Identity Categories; Law, Identity,
 a lot of rules; you’re here to learn    work always reminded me that          and Medicine, “Legalizing             and Culture
 to think like a lawyer. Rules come      law does matter in the lives of       Physician-Assisted Death,”            Next frontier in your field:
 and go rapidly, but mastering           ordinary people. There may have       Treatise on Health Care Law          “Two frontiers I see in my fields are
 the legal method—the way                been a few parties, as well...”       Classes: Torts; Torts II;             the legal treatment of gender
 lawyers approach, argue, and            Next frontier in your field:          Law, Science, and Medicine            identity and expression and
 resolve disputes—is an enduring        “In my area of research, we’re                                               transgender persons and the
 achievement.”                           trying to advance a human-rights                                            possibilities for progressive
 Next frontier in your field:            analysis in American constitutional                                         constitutionalism in the presence
“Applying the insights of cognitive      law while simultaneously trying                                             of a conservative federal judiciary.”
 science to legal conceptions            to prevent the erosion of
 of human responsibility in torts        the hard-fought gains earned
 and criminal law.”                      by the generation before us.”

 Mary L. Dudziak                       Susan R. Estrich                      Niels W. Frenzen                     Ariela J. Gross
 Judge Edward J. and Ruey              Robert Kingsley Professor of Law      Clinical Professor of Law            John B. and Alice R. Sharp
 L. Guirado Professor of Law           and Political Science                                                      Professor of Law and History
 and History

 Education: A.B., University           Education: B.A., Wellesley            Education: B.A., Beloit College;     Education: B.A., Harvard
 of California, Berkeley; J.D.,        College; J.D., Harvard University     J.D., Drake University               University; J.D., Stanford Law
 M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. American         Specialty: Law and politics,          Specialty: Immigration law           School; Ph.D. History,
 Studies, Yale University              criminal law, gender discrimination   Experience: Practiced with           Stanford University
 Specialty: International influences   Experience: Clerked for The           non-profit legal organizations in    Specialty: American legal
 on American legal history; history    Honorable J. Skelly Wright,           Los Angeles and Miami. Serves        history, with an emphasis on
 of law and war                        Judge of the United States Court      on board and is past president       the antebellum South
 Published work: Exporting             of Appeals for the District of        of the Coalition for Humane          Experience: Taught law and history
 American Dreams: Thurgood             Columbia Circuit, and The             Immigrants’ Rights of Los Angeles    at Stanford University.
 Marshall’s African Journey; Legal     Honorable John Paul Stevens,          and El Rescate Legal Services        Published work: What Blood
 Borderlands; Cold War Civil Rights:   Associate Justice of the United       in Los Angeles. Serves on            Won’t Tell: Racial Identity on Trial
 Race and the Image of American        States Supreme Court. Taught          the Advisory Committee of the        in America; Double Character:
 Democracy; September 11 in            at Harvard Law School. Served         Florida Immigrant Advocacy           Slavery and Mastery in the
 History: A Watershed Moment?;         as special assistant to Senator       Center in Miami.                     Antebellum Southern Courtroom;
“The Little Rock Crisis: Race,         Edward M. Kennedy and staff           Published work: “National           “Beyond Black and White: Cultural
 Resistance, and the Image of          counsel and special assistant to      Security and Procedural Fairness:    Approaches to Race and Slavery”;
 American Democracy”; “The             the chief counsel for the U.S.        Secret Evidence and the Immigra-    “Litigating Whiteness: Trials of Racial
 Supreme Court and Racial              Senate Judiciary Committee.           tion Laws”; “Selected Evidentiary    Determination in the Nineteenth
 Equality During World War II”         Served as national campaign           Issues Related to Deportation        Century South”
 Classes: Constitutional Law,          manager for the Dukakis-Bentsen       Proceedings”                         Classes: Contracts; American
 The Constitution in the 20th          campaign in 1988. She is a weekly     Classes: Immigration Clinic;         Legal History; Race, Gender,
 Century, Law and War in the           syndicated columnist, a regular       Immigration Law; Terrorism           and the Law
 20th Century                          contributor to Fox News, a radio      Seminar                              Best advice anyone ever gave
 Next frontier in your field:          talk show host, and a frequent        Smartest thing you did in law        you about law school: “Go to your
“First, historians took an             national commentator on law           school: “Began volunteer work        professor’s office hours even if
 international turn, showing that      and politics.                         with the American Civil Liberties    you don’t have a specific question.
 the narrative of American legal       Published work: The Case for          Union. It helped me decide what      Choose upper-level courses based
 history isn’t contained within        Hillary Clinton; Sex and Power;       I wanted to do after law school      on the professors you want to
 American borders. Now historians      Getting Away with Murder: How         and helped open the door to          learn from—not on whether it’s
 are thinking transnationally, so      Politics is Destroying the Criminal   summer employment and work           on the bar exam.”
 that legal historians will explore    Justice System; Real Rape;            after graduation.”
 the ways law travels around the       Dangerous Offenders: The Elusive
 world and the role of law in          Target of Justice (with Moore,
 global events and movements.”         McGillis, and Spelman)
                                       Classes: Criminal Law; Gender
                                       Discrimination; Election Law

                                                                                                                   USC Gould School of Law               37
 Gillian K. Hadfield                      Thomas D. Lyon                           Daria Roithmayr                        Camille Rich
 Richard L. and Antoinette                Judge Edward J. and                      Professor of Law                       Assistant Professor of Law
 S. Kirtland Professor of Law             Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law
 and Professor of Economics               and Psychology

 Education: B.A.H., Queen’s               Education: B.A., Dartmouth               Education: B.S., UCLA;                 Education: B.A., Brown University;
 University; J.D., M.A., Ph.D.            College; J.D., Harvard                  J.D., Georgetown University             J.D., Yale University
 Economics, Stanford University           University; Ph.D. Psychology,            Specialty: Critical Race Theory        Specialty: Constitutional law,
 Specialty: The design of legal           Stanford University                      Experience: Clerked for The            feminist legal theory, legal ethics,
 and dispute resolution systems,          Specialty: Law and psychology,           Honorable Marvin J. Garbis,            employment discrimination, and
 contract law and theory, economic        family law, evidence                    Judge of the U.S. District Court        children and the law.
 analysis of law, and gender in           Experience: Served as research           in Baltimore, Maryland. Served as      Published work: “Performing
 economics and law                        associate at Harbor-UCLA                 special counsel to Senator Edward      Racial and Ethnic Identity:
 Experience: Clerked for The              Medical Center. Was attorney             M. Kennedy, practiced law in           Discrimination by Proxy and
 Honorable Patricia Wald, Chief           with Children’s Services Division        Washington, D.C., and is a             the Future of Title VII”
 Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals,      of Los Angeles County Counsel.           consultant for the Education           Experience: Postgraduate research
 District of Columbia Circuit. Served    Taught at Stanford University.            Rights Project in South Africa.        fellowship at Yale School. Clerked
 as a National Fellow at Stanford         Published work: “Complex                Taught at the University of Illinois    in the Southern District of New
 University’s Hoover Institution          Questions Asked by Defense               College of Law.                       York for District Judge Robert L.
 and as Senior Visiting Olin Fellow       Lawyers But Not Prosecutors              Published work: “Locked in             Carter., and on the Eleventh Circuit
 at Columbia Law School. Served           Predicts Convictions in Child Abuse      Segregation” and “Access,              Court of Appeals for Circuit
 as president of the Canadian Law        Trials”; “Maltreated Children’s          Adequacy, and Equality: The             Judge Rosemary Barkett. Joined
 and Economics Association and            Understanding of and Emotional           Constitutionality of School Fee        Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, for
 director of the American Law             Reactions to Dependency Court            Financing in Public Education.”        general commercial litigation
 and Economics Association.               Involvement”; “Coaching, Truth           Classes: Civil Procedure;              and internal investigations. Also,
 Published work: “Legal Barriers to       Induction, and Young Maltreated          Critical Race Theory                   worked on various pro bono
 Innovation: The Growing Economic         Children’s False Allegations and         How you made it through law            matters involving Title VII retalia-
 Cost of Professional Regulation          False Denials”; “Truth Induction         school: “Because I was a single        tion claims and disability rights.
 of Corporate Legal Markets”;             in Young Maltreated Children: The        mom, I had limited time to             Classes: Children, Sexuality
“Levers of Legal Design: Institutional    Effects of Oath-Taking and Reassur-      spend in the library around really     and the Law; First Amendment
 Determinants of the Quality              ance on True and False Disclosures.”     stressed out people. Hanging           (also called Constitutional Law II);
 of Law”; “Framing the Choice             Classes: Evidence; Law and               out with a 3-year-old (or other        Legal Profession
 Between Cash and the Courthouse:         Psychology; Child Interviewing          “normal people”) helped keep            Next frontier in your field:
 Experiences with the 9/11 Victims        Best advice anyone ever gave             things in perspective! An exercise    “Negotiating the law’s need for
 Compensation Fund”; “Don’t               you about law school: “Don’t quit        routine and regular recreation         stability in defining racial and
 Forget the Lawyers: Legal Human          after your first year. The worst part    was equally essential.”                ethnic identity as well as
 Capital and the Role of Lawyers in       is over.”                                Best advice to someone who             individual plaintiffs’ desire
 Supporting the Rule of Law”              Next frontier in your field:             chooses USC Law: “Remember,            for anti-discrimination laws
 Classes: Contracts; Legal               “I’d like to learn more about             legal practice is a team sport!”       that are dynamic enough
 Profession; Theories of Conflict         linguistics and language                                                        to fully reflect the complexity
 and Dispute Resolution; Empirical        development, in order to                                                        of their lived experiences.”
 Studies of the Legal System              improve the way we question
                                          children in court.”

                                                                                 2009 Faculty

                                                                                 Scott A. Altman               Martin L. Levine
                                                                                 Pauline M. Aranas             Sharon A. Lloyd
                                                                                 Jody David Armour             Rebecca S. Lonergan
                                                                                 Jonathan M. Barnett           Thomas D. Lyon
                                                                                 Anthony Michael Bertelli Andrei Marmor
                                                                                 Scott H. Bice                 Sam Martinuzzi
                                                                                 Albert O. Brecht              John G. Matsusaka
                                                                                 Michael J. Brennan            Edward J. McCaffery
                                                                                 Rebecca L. Brown              Paul J. Moorman
Christopher D. Stone                    James C. Spindler
                                                                                 Kim Shayo Buchanan            Kevin J. Murphy
J .Thomas McCarthy Trustee              Associate Professor of Law
                                                                                 Deborah A. Call               Wendy Y. Nobunaga
Professor of Law                        and Business
                                                                                 Alexander M. Capron           Clare Pastore
                                                                                 Marshall Cohen                Cynthia Prado-Guyer
                                                                                 Catherine Coleman             Linda Bassett Puertas
Education: A.B., Harvard                Education: A.B., Princeton
                                                                                 Geoffrey Cowan                Noel M. Ragsdale
University; J.D., Yale University       University; J.D., Harvard University
                                                                                 Kareem U. Crayton             Brian M. Raphael
Specialty: Environmental issues,        Specialty: Corporate and securities
                                                                                 David B. Cruz                 Robert K. Rasmussen
the regulation of corporations,         law, law and economics, interna-
                                                                                 Judy K. Davis                 Chloe T. Reid
law and philosophy                      tional business transactions
                                                                                 Matthew DeGrushe              Camille Gear Rich
Experience: Served as a                 Experience: Taught law and was
                                                                                 Mary L. Dudziak               Stephen M. Rich
principal investigator for the U.S.     John M. Olin Fellow in Law and
                                                                                 Susan R. Estrich              Daria Roithmayr
Department of Energy in legal,          Economics at the University of
                                                                                 Edward J. Finegan             John E. Rolph
institutional, and financial aspects    Chicago Law School. Practiced law
                                                                                 Raymond Flores                Jean Rosenbluth
of geothermal resource develop-         with the New York and Hong Kong
                                                                                 Niels W. Frenzen              Heidi L. Rummel
ment. Counseled the U.S.                offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
                                                                                 Alice R. Galstian             Gabriela E. Ryan
Sentencing Commission on                Published work: “Conflict or Cred-
                                                                                 Ronald R. Garet               Elyn R. Saks
corporate crime. Taught at Yale         ibility: Analyst Conflicts of Interest
                                                                                 Elizabeth Garrett             Robert M. Saltzman
University and the University           and the Market for Underwriting
                                                                                 Howard A. Gillman             Hilary M. Schor
of Michigan. Served as consultant       Business”; “Why Shareholders Want
                                                                                 Thomas D. Griffith            Michael H. Shapiro
to the Commission for Environ-         Their CEOs to Lie More after Dura
                                                                                 Ariela J. Gross               Dan Simon
mental Cooperation of the North         Pharmaceuticals”; and “IPO Liability
                                                                                 Gillian K. Hadfield           Edwin M. Smith
American Free Trade Agreement.          and Entrepreneurial Response.”
                                                                                 Cynthia B. Herrup             James C. Spindler
Published work: “Common but             Classes: Securities Regulation;
                                                                                 Leeanna Izuel                 Matthew L. Spitzer
Differentiated Responsibilities in      Commercial Law; Theoretical
                                                                                 Diana C. Jaque                Nomi M. Stolzenberg
International Law”; “The Environ-       Inquiries Into Corporate and
                                                                                 Ehud Kamar                    Christopher D. Stone
ment in Wartime: An Overview”;          Securities Law
                                                                                 Gregory C. Keating            Nina Walton
Law, Language, and Ethics; Should       Next frontier in your field:
                                                                                 Edward Kleinbard              Gary Watson
Trees Have Standing—Toward             “I research primarily in corporate
                                                                                 Daniel M. Klerman             Mark I. Weinstein
Legal Rights for Natural Objects;       fraud. The field is always changing
                                                                                 Rosanne Krikorian             Simon J. Wilkie
Where the Law Ends; Earth and           because firms are constantly
                                                                                 George Lefcoe                 Diana I. Williams
Other Ethics; The Gnat is Older         figuring out ingenious ways to
                                                                                 Tami K. Lefko                 Leonette M. Williams
than Man: Global Environment and        game the rules, and regulators
                                                                                 Jack Lerner                   Gideon D. Yaffe
Human Agenda; Should Trees Have         are constantly bumbling around,
                                                                                 Shmuel Leshem
Standing? And Other Essays on           making things worse.”
Law, Morals, and the Environment
Classes: Property; Globalization;
Rights of Groups; International
Environmental Law

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                             Student Experience

                             USC Law offers support in many areas of student life. From the
                             moment you begin law school, you’ll have access to programs,
                             workshops, organizations, and activities that provide personal,
                             academic, and professional enrichment. Through USC Law’s
                             Student Services, we offer the Academic Support Program as
                             well as the Office of Student Affairs. We’re here to help you
                             have the best possible law school experience.

A great benefit for          Academic Support                                      Mentorship: We offer a Peer Mentor Program that
USC Law students is that     It is common for first-year law students to           helps incoming students transition into law school
we are a small, tight-knit
                             seek guidance in learning the new language and        by providing trusting interactions with a second-year
community, amidst a large
                             analytic skills that confront them in law school.     student mentor. Mentors guide new students to social
and vibrant campus with
                             The Academic Support Program assists students         and developmental resources that help them become
resources that serve
thousands of students.       as they learn how to study law. It also works         an integral part of the law school and alumni community.
USC Law’s School Office      to support students seeking to improve their
of Student Services          academic performance throughout their studies.        Health and Wellness: Law school involves a great
recognizes and addresses                                                           investment of time and effort that can often lead to
                             With the guidance of peer tutors and faculty, new
the unique needs of                                                                anxiety and stress. We help students maintain a healthy
law students.
                             students learn to hone their writing skills through
                                                                                   balance between school and life. Through on-campus
                             periodic co-curricular workshops as well as
                                                                                   counseling and medical services, students receive
                             specialized courses, myriad online resources,
                                                                                   the assistance required to face mental and physical
                             and individual counseling. All of these resources
                                                                                   challenges. For students with disabilities, we work
                             and approaches are designed to help students
                                                                                   with other university services to coordinate necessary
                             achieve success in their classes, on the Bar
                                                                                   accommodations and support.
                             examination, and in law practice.

                                                                                   Awards: Each spring, USC Law presents the Edward
                             Office of Student Affairs
                                                                                   and Eleanor Shattuck Awards, the Miller Johnson
                             USC Law’s Office of Student Affairs provides
                                                                                   Equal Justice Award and the Mason C. Brown Award
                             personalized support for students. There are          to selected graduating law students.
                             many programs and services that help students
                             with the personal issues associated with
                             transitioning to law school, and then thriving
                             once here. Some things you can access through
                             Student Affairs:

Student Organizations: The diversity of USC                International Law and Relations Organization
Law’s student population is reflected in over              J. Reuben Clark Law Society
thirty political, religious, social, cultural and ethnic   Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
organizations. Students play an active and valued          Latino Law Students Association
role in the day-to-day operation of the law school         Law Students Campaign Against Sexual Assault
and are encouraged to pursue their interests through       Legal Aid Alternative Breaks (LAAB)
the creation of new student organizations and events.      Law Students for Reproductive Justice
The Office of Student Affairs oversees the following       Middle Eastern South Asian Law Association (MESALA)
student organizations you may wish to participate in:      Muslim Law Students Association
American Indian Law Student Association                    Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
Ampersand (”&“) Literary Magazine                          Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)
Asian Pacific American Law Students                        Real Estate Law
 Association (APALSA)                                      Review of Law & Social Justice (RLSJ)
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)                      Street Law
Consumer Attorney’s Association                            Student Bar Association (SBA)
 of Los Angeles (CAALA)                                    Slumbusters: Club for Housing and
Christian Legal Society                                     Unlawful Detainer Law (CHUD)
Community Service Affairs                                  Surf Law Society
Corporate Law Society                                      USC Law Democrats
Diversity Affairs Committee                                USC Sports Law Society
Entertainment Law Society                                  Women’s Law Association (WLA)
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society
Health Law and Bioethics Society
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society

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Jacqueline Shaprow • Chicago, Illinois                                         Jessica Walker             • Austin, Texas

What’s your favorite place on           The Journal of Health Psychology,      What’s your favorite place on            What’s been your favorite class
the USC campus and why?                 Yo! Raps Magazine, and Down            the USC campus and why?                  so far and why?
The fountain in front of the law        South. I also have a short story       Overall, I really love walking around    Law, Language, and Ethics, a class
school. It’s nice to sit there and      of mine sitting in the law library     campus... the paths by architecturally   that is unique to USC. We explored
read on a sunny day.                    in a book called “Reaching the Bar,”   awesome buildings are very peaceful.     the intersection between our
Where do you study on campus?           which is about the lives of women      Where do you study on campus?            identities as people and as lawyers,
The Lincoln Room in the                 working within the legal profession.   The big blue couches in the              and how to be loyal to both of
Law Library.                            What’s been your favorite class        law school; they are incredibly          those personalities. It was a really
Do you get involved in any sports,      so far and why?                        comfortable!                             great way to start the law school
cultural events, students groups,       Gender Discrimination with             Where do you hang out                    experience, and a way to connect
and/or extracurricular activities       Susan Estrich because she is very      on campus?                               with classmates.
at USC?                                 entertaining, has a lot of energy,     There is a fountain outside of the       What’s your best advice to people
I am going to work as a Student         and always gets the students           law school that is the perfect place     considering law school?
Ambassador with the Admissions          involved in her lectures.              for a lunch in the sun, or a moment      Make sure you think about what
team this year. I would like to         What’s your best advice to people      of quiet thinking.                       attracts you to law school, and what
inspire students to come to USC         considering law school?                Where do you eat on campus?              you want to be able to do with your
because it’s a great school. I have     Figure out which law school you can    The big secret they don’t tell you       degree. Find a school that will help
informally mentored several USC         see yourself spending time at each     about law school is that there is such   you reach those goals, and find a
students who were in their first year   and every day.                         a thing as a free lunch! So usually I    place you’re comfortable… because
of law school when I was a second       Why did you choose USC Law?            eat at whatever meeting I’m going to     finals everywhere are stressful, but
year law student. Outside of school,    I fell in love with my husband         on a particular day. Another favorite    having a supportive community
I am a Yale Alumni Interviewer and I    the summer prior to law school         of mine is the Greek place near the      makes a huge difference.
have coordinated several Master’s       and he proposed to me a day            university bookstore.                    Why did you choose USC Law?
Teas at Yale with prominent figures     before school started, and he was      Do you get involved in any sports,       Out of all the law schools I looked
in the entertainment industry since     attending USC Law at the time—         cultural events, students groups,        at, the community at USC was the
graduation. I have arranged for         so of course I had to go there.        and/or extracurricular activities        most welcoming. I wanted a school
inspirational speakers to visit         I also love LA!                        at USC?                                  that was challenging without being
low-income schools in Los Angeles                                              I am involved in Street Law, which       cutthroat, that had professors
to motivate students of color.                                                 is an organization that goes to local    who were brilliant yet focused on
I’ve published articles in the                                                 schools to teach kids about legal        teaching, and USC was the best fit.
California Family Law Monthly,                                                 topics, the Women’s Law Association,
The Los Angeles Daily Journal,                                                 and the Corporate Law Society.

Natalie Hardwick • Nichols, South Carolina                                    Matthew Cave • Farmington, Michigan
What’s your favorite place on          What’s your best advice to people      What’s your favorite place on           What’s your best advice to people
the USC campus and why?                considering law school?                the USC campus and why?                 considering law school?
The Law School (that’s where all       I would suggest that anyone            The Lyon Center (one of USC’s           I really enjoyed taking a year off
the cool kids are).                    considering law school really think    recreation centers) because it’s        after undergrad to gain some work
Where do you study on campus?          about the things he/she hopes to       where I go to unwind.                   experience and relax. I recommend
Mostly the top floor of the library,   gain from the experience and what      Where do you study on campus?           at least considering some time off
but occasionally, outside by the       matters most to him/her, and then      I usually study in the Law Library,     before starting law school. Also,
fountain and at Coffee Bean &          pick the school that best provides     but sometimes I go to the Doheny        remember to enjoy yourself during
Tea Leaf across the street.            those things.                          Library for a change of scenery.        the first year of law school. There
Where do you hang out                  Why did you choose USC Law?            Do you get involved in any sports,      will always be more work that you
on campus?                             I was seeking something very differ-   cultural events, students groups,       could be doing, but overworking
The blue couches on the first floor    ent from what I had already experi-    and/or extracurricular activities       yourself can be counterproductive.
of the law school.                     enced. I spent my entire life before   at USC?                                 If you feel overwhelmed, talk to
Where do you eat on campus?            law school on the East Coast (first    I play pick-up basketball with a        your classmates about it—every-
Chipotle! (although, technically,      in South Carolina, then in North       group of law students as often as       one’s going through the same thing
I suppose that is off-campus),         Carolina for college, then Northern    I can. We put together a few teams      together and you can and should
The Lot, and at the Law School Café.   Virginia /Washington D.C. for work)    for the intramural league last year     support each other.
Do you get involved in any sports,     and wanted to see what the West        and we plan to do the same in           Why did you choose USC Law?
cultural events, students groups,      Coast was like. Law school seemed      the future. I also teach for the        The location, reputation, and the
and/or extracurricular activities      like the perfect way to transition     Legal Research, Writing, and            school’s incredible connections.
at USC?                                to a completely new place, while       Advocacy Program.                       What’s the best thing about
I’m the Secretary of the Sports Law    still having a support system and      What’s been your favorite class         Los Angeles?
Society and a Legal Writing Fellow.    established social network through     so far and why?                         There’s something fun to do around
I also participated in Street Law      school. I’m not getting any younger,   My favorite class so far has been       every corner; you’ll never get bored
last year.                             so it was time to start living a       Constitutional Law with Prof. Cruz.     here. Also, the career opportunities
What’s been your favorite class        little and try something new! Plus,    The content of the class was very       are fantastic.
so far and why?                        when I visited, I fell in love with    interesting and we had some great
I enjoyed almost all of my classes     the campus and the people—it is        group discussions. Also, I think Con
my first year and I think that is      hard not to!                           Law is an incredibly important class
because I found both the material                                             because of its relevance to our daily
interesting, and the faculty to                                               lives, not only in our roles as law
be great.                                                                     students and lawyers.

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Ephraim Walker • Antioch, California                                         Becky Raizman • Wyncote, Pennsylvania
What’s your favorite place on           What’s your best advice to people    What’s your favorite place on          What’s been your favorite class
the USC campus and why?                 considering law school?              the USC campus and why?                so far and why?
The Lyon Center, because I am           Know what you’re getting yourself    I’d have to say the quad (though       Constitutional Law—Professor
a gym rat. I spend all of my away       into. This is a HUGE decision in     my friends make fun of me for          Garet’s passion for the material
time from the books there.              your life. Do not take it lightly,   calling it that—must be an East        and his dedication to his students
Where do you study on campus?           and be ready to sacrifice three      Coast thing)—the big green space       is unparalleled. It’s also a class
The law library and McCarthy            years of your life to the library.   outside Leavey Library where I can     where we examined current issues
Quad soaking up some rays.              Good luck!                           lay out and tan... I mean, study.      so you don’t ever feel like you’re
Where do you hang out                   Why did you choose USC Law?          Where do you study on campus?          studying law in a vacuum.
on campus?                              Reputation and diversity. Oh         I occasionally can be found in the     What’s your best advice to people
The law school on the blue              yeah, the Tier 1 ranking and the     law library or at Doheny Library,      considering law school?
couches or the Lyon Center in           national championship football       but I actually prefer to study at      I’d advise people considering law
the gym. Or sometimes the law           team didn’t hurt!                    random coffee-shops off-campus         school to definitely take some time,
school café.                                                                 to remind me that there is life        whether during an internship or
Where do you eat on campus?                                                  outside the law school bubble.         preferably, taking some time off
The law school café or Chipotle.                                             Do you get involved in any sports,     between undergrad and law school,
What’s been your favorite class                                              cultural events, students groups,      to work in a legal setting. After
so far and why?                                                              and/or extracurricular activities      working as a government paralegal
Stereotypes, Race and the Rule                                               at USC?                                for two years and volunteering at
of Law with Professor Armour.                                                I’ve been involved in PILF, the        some legal clinics, I was able to
That class really opened up my                                               Women’s Law Association (the           find out what kinds of things I’d be
eyes to the issues that affect black                                         1Ls were Powderpuff Football           doing as a lawyer on a day-to-day
people, and society as a whole.                                              champs!), and the Jewish Law           basis, and this confirmed my desire
I thought the class discussions were                                         Students Association. I also got       to ultimately attend. At least I knew
insightful and revealing. I would                                            to see The Color Purple the            what I was getting into!
recommend the class to anyone                                                musical with a group of USC            Why did you choose USC Law?
who wants to get a deeper insight                                            student through the Arts and           I chose USC Law because of
into race relations in the law school                                        Humanities initiative. I like to       its small size and supportive
and in society as a whole.                                                   take part in the law school’s social   environment, the public interest
                                                                             activities, whether they are bar       opportunities, the opportunity to
                                                                             reviews or sports tournaments          live in Southern California, and the
                                                                             or tailgating for football games.      scholarship/financial aid package.

Cherise LaTortue • New York, New York                                           J. Alejandro Borbon • Glendale, Arizona
Where do you study on campus?          What’s your best advice to people        What’s your favorite place on           Student Groups: I am involved
I study best at home. The library is   considering law school?                  the USC campus and why?                 in La Raza and participate in most
too quiet, and I prefer “background    Hmmm… think twice! If law school         One of my favorite places on            of the events that the organization
noise” when I study—television,        is just your default choice, I would     campus is the intramural field.         coordinates. Our biggest event is
radio, or talkative roomie.            say reconsider your choices. Law         It’s where I play soccer with other     Judges and Lawyers Night which
Where do you hang out                  school takes determination, com-         law students from time to time.         takes place in the spring. The event
on campus?                             mitment, and passion. If you enter       Playing soccer at the intramural        allows USC Law students to meet
Other than the classroom, the          law school only because you had          field helps me relax and forget         prominent judges and lawyers from
infamous blue couches.                 no better alternative, your life         about law school for at least           the Los Angeles legal community.
Do you get involved in any sports,     would be hell. But if you think you      a couple of hours.                      Activities: I do my part to support
cultural events, students groups,      really want to be a lawyer, then law     Where do you study on campus?           every law school organization/club
and/or extracurricular activities      school is only a hurdle (albeit a high   It varies depending on the intensity    by attending any organization’s
at USC?                                one) that you must jump in order         of the studying that I plan to do.      event that provides free food
Student Groups: BLSA, WLA,             to achieve your dream. Don’t get         Serious studying = Law library,         and/or drinks.
Corporate Law Society, Street Law,     me wrong, life will still be hell, but   second floor, big tables                What's your best advice to people
and PILF.                              at least you will have a light at        Casual studying = Law school café       considering law school?
What’s been your favorite class        the end of the tunnel.                   Stressed out, hating my life, and       If you can, take a year off after
so far and why?                        Why did you choose USC Law?              don’t want to see any other law stu-    undergrad before attending law
Civ Pro. I like structured courses,    Climate! Climate! Climate!               dents studying = Any USC library        school. The first year will be a lot
rather than theoretical (e.g. Torts)   I attended undergrad in NYC              except the law school library           of work so you should come in
Plus Professor Roithmayr is great.     and lived there for 7 years. I hated     Do you get involved in any sports,      rested. Also, once you get to law
I also loved Crim Law. Professor       the cold. However, it did not hurt       cultural events, students groups,       school, don’t study every moment
Simon made the class innovative        that the school was in the Top 20        and/or extracurricular activities       of every day! Give yourself at least
and interactive.                       in the nation, and the best school       at USC?                                 one day to just rest and do some-
                                       for minority students. I remained        Sports: I like to play soccer when-     thing fun in L.A. Go to the beach,
                                       at USC because the alumni network        ever I get the chance. I usually play   hang out with family/friends, or
                                       in strong, and the people at the         with other USC Law students be-         do something else not related to
                                       school are helpful and I appreciate      cause most of them play at my skill     law school. Trust me, a little down
                                       its open-door policy.                    level (my skill level being slightly    time once a week will do wonders
                                                                                above terrible).                        for your stress level.

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This is our legacy:
With more than 100 years of
renowned legal education, USC Law
is an institution that continues to
make history, through its philosophy
of innovation, and through its
people. By the students, for the
students, that’s the founding
premise and guiding principle
behind USC Law.

At the end of the 19th century, when there was no    Women in the Law                                           Like Los Angeles itself,
formal law school in Southern California, aspiring   The five women on the committee that founded               USC Law has become a
                                                                                                                national player. In academic
lawyers prepared by “reading law” at local firms.    USC Law began a tradition of women in
                                                                                                                circles, it enjoys a reputa-
Then, in 1896, a band of ambitious apprentices       leadership perpetuated throughout the school’s
                                                                                                                tion for intellectual vitality.
brought organized legal education to Los Angeles.    history. In 1911, USC formed the nation’s first            Nearly half the faculty hold
Their goal: Create “a school of permanent charac-    female law-student sorority, Phi Delta Delta.              doctoral or master’s
ter,” and educate lawyers of exceptional quality.    By 1930, USC was a national leader in preparing            degrees in addition to their

                                                     women for careers in law, and, in 1968, became             JDs. Uniquely multidisci-
Today’s USC Law reflects a distinguished past
                                                                                                                plinary in character, the
built on the principles of equity and excellence,    the first leading law school with a female dean.
                                                                                                                school has strong programs
and the courage to break new ground.                 Today, women constitute approximately half                 in law and economics,
                                                     of each class, making way for a new generation             law and humanities and
Diversity Pioneers                                   of trailblazers.                                           clinical legal education.
From its informal beginnings, the fledgling
                                                                                                                Also driving the school’s
institution made diversity its earliest hallmark     Law Without Boundaries
                                                                                                                reputation are its gradu-
and embraced this innovation every step of the       Recognizing the complexity of law practice in
                                                                                                                ates. Today as in years past,
way. USC Law’s early yearbooks showcase              an increasingly interconnected world, USC Law              the accomplishments of
the school’s deep commitment to diversifying the     professors began to integrate the social sciences,         USC Law alumni in private
profession. The faces of students reflect            such as anthropology and economics, into                   practice, public service,

                                                     their law classes as early as the 1960s. Today,            government, teaching,
the communities that USC alumni have gone
                                                                                                                the judiciary and business
on to lead.                                          USC Law continues to transcend traditional
                                                                                                                add luster to USC’s name.
                                                     boundaries through the many professors who
Alumni on the Bench                                  hold advanced degrees in economics, history,               Philanthropy—much of
In the school’s first 100 years, more than 450       political science, and psychology, in addition             it from alumni—has lifted
graduates have held state and federal judgeships,    to law credentials.                                        the school to new heights.
                                                                                                                Our endowment ranks
making USC Law a key contributor to leadership
                                                                                                                among the nation’s 10
in the legal profession. In 1906, Frederick W.       Public Interest
                                                                                                                largest private law school
Houser ’00, became the first alumnus to serve        Believing that practical experience is essential,          endowments. Another
on the bench when he was elected to the Los          in 1928, USC became one of the country’s first             key indicator of academic
Angeles Superior Court. Georgia Bullock ’14          law schools to establish a public-interest clinic.         competitiveness is the

                                                     In time, the clinic evolved into the Legal Aid             number of chairs and
became the first woman appointed to the Los
                                                                                                                professorships, which
Angeles Superior Court. In recent years,             Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the state’s
                                                                                                                now total 37.
USC Law graduates formed the majority on             largest providers of free legal services
the California Supreme Court—unprecedented           and a place where USC students continue to
among law schools.                                   contribute. Today, USC’s programs put students
                                                     to work in diverse communities through seven
                                                     clinics: post-conviction matters, children’s legal
                                                     issues, employment law, business law, intellectual
                                                     property, immigration, and mediation.

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                             1900                                           1911
                             Program becomes affiliated                     USC Law moves to the
                             with USC; the university                       Tajo Building (below). After
                             awards degrees for study                       15 years of changing head-
                             completed at the Los Angeles                   quarters, USC Law found
                             Law School. As early as 1885,                  stability in this downtown
                             USC officials had contem-                      building, at the corner of
                             plated forming a law school.                   First Street and Broadway.
                             This affiliation realized the                  The school remained at this
                             dream of early advocates                       site until 1925.
                             Robert Widney and George
                             I. Cochran, both Los Angeles
                             attorneys and USC trustees.

1896                            1901                          1907                                         1912
Year established. Judge         USC begins awarding law       USC Law gains membership                      Stare Decisis—the school’s
David C. Morrison “threw        degrees. Gavin W. Craig       into the Association of                       yearbook—reflects an
open the doors of his           receives the first diploma.   American Law Schools.                         increasingly diverse and
courtroom” for 36 law                                                                                       international student body.
apprentices—five of them                                                                                    Japanese, Filipino, Armenian
women—to hear prominent                                                                                     and Russian Jewish students
local attorneys praise the                                                                                  are represented in photo-
concept of a formal law                                                                                     graphs, along with women
school. James Brown Scott                                                                                   and the school’s second
(above), who was to head                                                                                    black student. The yearbook
the nascent institution,                                                                                    includes a section (above)
exhorted the students                                                                                       devoted exclusively to
to create a “law school                                                                                    “co-education.” A year earlier,
of permanent character.”                                                                                    students had founded Phi
                                                                                                            Delta Delta, the nation’s first
                                                                                                            women’s law student sorority.

1924                                                 1927                               1930                                          1949
You Chung Hong ’24,                                  Southern California Law            Manuel Ruiz Jr., USC Law’s                    First William Green Hale
LLM ’25 (below) graduates.                           Review is first published.         first known Latino alumnus,                   Moot Court competition.
Hong was the first Chinese                           Edited and managed by              graduates. Ruiz was
American admitted to practice                        law students, this flagship        considered the “California
in California and became the                         USC Law journal is known           dean of Mexican American
nation’s foremost Chinese civil                      for publishing high quality,       lawyers.” He was appointed
rights attorney.                                     cutting-edge scholarship           by President Nixon to the
                                                     by nationally known academ-        U.S. Commission of Civil
                                                     ics. Today, the Review’s           Rights, and he authored
                                                     circulation is among the           numerous works, including
                                                     largest in the nation, and         the seminal Mexican
                                                     its articles among the most        American Legal Heritage
                                                     frequently cited.                  in the Southwest.

                           1925                              1928                               1931                              1948
                           USC Law moves to the              Among the first public             African American, Edwin           The first USC Institute on
                           University Park campus.           interest law clinics in America.   Jefferson graduates (above).      Federal Taxation is held.
                                                             Students pioneered the             He rose to leadership posi-       The flagship of USC Law’s
                                                             practice of providing pro          tions in Los Angeles, and was     continuing legal education
                                                             bono legal advice to the poor      appointed to the bench in         programs, the Institute
                                                             through the USC Legal Clinic.      1940. Other early outstanding     on Federal Taxation is one
                                                                                                African-American alumni           of only three such law school-
                                                                                                include David Williams ’37,       sponsored institutes in the
                                                                                                who became a federal judge;       country today.
                                                                                                Bert McDonald ’23, the first
                                                                                                black lawyer in the Los
                                                                                                Angeles City Attorney’s
                                                                                                office; and Crispus Attucks
                                                                                                Wright ’38, who together
                                                                                                with McDonald, Williams and
                                                                                                others founded the John M.
                                                                                                Langston Bar Association in
                                                                                                1943 (other bar associations
                                                                                                had racial restrictions).

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     1961                          1965                                1970                              1973                         1981
     Southern California Law       “Law, Language, and                 Chicano Law Students              Exchange program with        Post-Conviction Justice Project
     Review, first published in     Ethics” first offered. This        Association is founded.           Caltech begins, enabling     is founded. The program gives
     1927 is edited and managed     signature course, required                                           professors at both           students real-world training
     by law students, like these    of all first-year law students,    USC Law moves into its            institutions to co-teach     as advocates for prison inmates.
     from 1961 (below). This        transformed the way law            current headquarters,             and co-author works
     flagship USC Law journal       is taught at USC. Drawing          the Elvon and Mabel Musick        in law, economics and
     is known for publishing        on fields such as philosophy,      Building (below). The five-       political science. The
     high quality, cutting-edge     psychology and economics,          level, 88,000-square-foot         partnership evolved into
     scholarship by nationally      the course encourages stu-         facility provides state-of-       the Program in Law and
     known academics.               dents to examine legal issues      the-art resources, including      Rational Choice in 1992,
                                    in a comprehensive context.        a computerized library.           allowing for enhanced
                                                                                                         interaction between the
                                                                                                         schools, joint faculty
                                                                                                         workshops, and a joint
                                                                                                         degree program.

1955                                            1968                                                  1971                          1987
Legion Lex is founded.                          Judicial administration                               Asian Law Students            The Public Interest Law
This active and successful                      expert Dorothy W. Nelson                              Association is founded.       Foundation is founded. The
volunteer fund-raising                          LLM ’56 (above) becomes                                                             foundation subsidizes hun-
support group for USC Law                       the first woman dean of a                                                           dreds of student-advocates
has generated millions of                       leading American law school.                                                        serving the elderly, abused
dollars in annual contribu-                                                                                                         and neglected children,
tions—erecting buildings,                                                                                                           homeless families and other
supporting faculty research                                                                                                         vulnerable populations.
and teaching, and providing
student scholarships.

                                                                      1969                                                                              1989
                                                                      The Black Law Students                                                            Children’s Legal
                                                                      Association is founded.                                                           Issues Clinic

1990                                1992                               2001                              2005                               2006
The Musick Building’s new           Southern California                Two new interdisciplinary         The Center on Law and              Office of Public Service
wing opens. Adding 62,000           Interdisciplinary Law Journal      institutes formed: The Center     Philosophy and the                 is formed to expand
square feet to the 1970             is founded. This student-          in Law, Economics and             Intellectual Property              opportunities for pro bono
facility, this expansion            managed publication focuses        Organization as well as           and Technology Law Clinic          legal work, internships and
yielded the Ackerman Moot           on the scholarly work of legal     The Center in Law, History        are founded, promoting             service-learning programs.
Courtroom, new seminar              academics, economists,             and Culture.                      additional interdisciplinary       USC Law students provided
classrooms, offices for             physicians, anthropologists                                          scholarship.                       assistance to Gulf Coast
student organizations and           and experts in other fields                                                                             hurricane victims.
clinical programs, lounges          who analyze law from their                                           A new café and refurbished
and a cafeteria, computer           particular perspectives. The                                         law library (below) opens.
and video labs and a greatly        Southern California Review                                           The library features
enlarged law library.               of Law and Social Justice                                            a new multimedia room
                                    (below), inaugurated in 1991,                                        and computer lab.
                                    explores legal issues relating
                                    to gender and society.

    1991                                       2000                                 2004                                                                  2007
    Pacific Center for Health                  The Center for the Study             The Initiative and Referendum                                         Robert K. Rasmussen
    Policy and Ethics is founded.              of Law and Politics is created:      Institute—the nation’s most                                           becomes Dean of
                                               A unique network of inter-           prominent educational and                                             USC Law.
                                               connected scholars, drawn            research organization focused
                                               from diverse disciplines             on direct democracy—moves                                             Small Business
                                               such as law, political science,      to USC Law and joins the                                              and Mediation
                                               economics, public admin-             Center for the Study of Law                                           Clinics are founded.
                                               istration, psychology, and           and Politics.

                                        1998                             2002
                                        Employer Legal Advice            Graduate and International
                                        Clinic is founded.               Programs are launched with
                                                                         an inaugural class of 12
                                        The USC Center for               students. Now the Master
                                        Communications Law and           of Laws and Master of
                                        Policy opens.                    Comparative Law programs
                                                                         include 100+ international
                                                                         students from dozens of
                                                                         countries on five continents.

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Alumni Network

This is who we become:
Leaders in the practice of law. Career
advantages begin before you even
search for a job, and continue long
after you receive your degree. From
our Alumni Mentor Lunch in your
first year which introduces you to
the USC Law Alumni Network, to our
Career Services support throughout
your career, USC Law networking
epitomizes a collegial approach
to career-building.

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     Jen Flory ’05                                                        Ben Wang ‘03
     Staff Attorney                                                       Associate
     Western Center on Law                                                Irell & Manella LLP
      & Poverty (WCLP)                                                    Los Angeles, California
     Los Angeles, California

Jen Flory joined WCLP as a law clerk in 2003 and was a Skadden            “USC, of course, taught me the fundamentals of the U.S. legal
 Fellow from 2005-2007. As a clerk, Flory coordinated a project to         system, including subjects that impact my life on a daily basis, such
 increase access to health care for immigrants. Her fellowship project     as constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, and professional
 focused on health care for low-income Californians by monitoring          responsibility,” states Ben Wang. “USC also exposed me to the
 the implementation of new reforms, identifying best and worst             multitude of policy considerations that guide our legal system
 practices of providers, and advocating on affordability issues.           and shed light on what we expect from our government and peers.
                                                                           It also prepared me for the demanding and challenging nature of
 Flory continues her work in WCLP’s health unit. “My primary               the legal profession. Successfully juggling classes, extra-curricular
 substantive areas are access to health care services for low-income       activities, and jobs prepared me well for the long hours that come
 persons and dealing with medical debt,” explains Flory. “I work           with being a lawyer.”
 on impact litigation, administrative advocacy with state and county
 agencies, provide technical assistance on legislation, and train legal    While at USC, Wang was the Executive Notes Editor of the
 services advocates around the state.” While a student at USC,             Southern California Law Review. Additionally, Wang was a teaching
 Flory also worked at Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, the          assistant for Professor George Lefcoe’s Real Estate Transactions
 American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and in the USC     and Real Estate Finance classes, and a legal writing instructor. After
 Immigration Clinic. She was president of USC’s Public Interest Law        graduation, Wang joined Irell & Manella LLP as an associate working
 Foundation and recipient of the Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Prize        in the firm’s litigation workgroup. Within a few months of arriving,
 for her commitment to social justice. Prior to attending law school,      Wang participated in a four week trial in Federal district court
 Flory earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Penn State            during which he conducted the direct examination of a witness,
 and taught at Cerritos and Fullerton colleges.                            assisted in the opening and closing statements, prepared direct and
                                                                          cross examination questions, and was specifically mentioned during
 When asked about her transition from teacher to attorney, Flory says,     the Judge’s bench ruling as a positive example of allowing young
“I saw public interest law as an opportunity to combine my interest        lawyers to participate in trials. Further, the Judge ruled in Wang’s
 in social causes, research and advocacy.” USC made it possible for       client’s favor on all issues.
 Flory to get experience while still a student. She received funding
 through the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and a private grant     Prior to Irell & Manella, Wang served as a law clerk to the Honorable
 to work summers at public interest agencies. Flory notes, “I don’t        Ferdinand F. Fernandez, United States Court of Appeals for the
 know that other law schools make it as easy to get so much                Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable George H. King, United States
 hands-on experience.”                                                     District Court for the Central District of California. Both judges are
                                                                           also USC Law alumni.

2-5                       years alumni

  Norma García                                                              Dana S. Treister
  Guillén ‘02                                                               ’94
  Associate                                                                 Partner
  Sheppard Mullin Richter                                                   Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
   & Hampton LLC                                                            Los Angeles, California
  Costa Mesa, California

Norma García Guillén specializes in business law and has been                As a real estate partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Dana
at the center of intellectual property cases, as well as unfair             Treister’s practice focuses on all forms of real estate transactions,
competition, securities, business torts and breach of contract claims.       with an emphasis on the acquisition and sale of commercial
She has successfully prosecuted and defended cases in both state             properties, loan transactions, land use and entitlement work,
and federal courts. García Guillén is also a founding member of              real estate finance, and leasing transactions. He also has extensive
Sheppard Mullin’s Latino Business Practice Group, a unit charged             experience representing developers and in forming joint ventures.
with providing representation to the emerging Latino business
sector. To further support these goals, García Guillén serves as            Treister received his B.A. degree from Stanford University and J.D.
President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.
                                                                             degree from the USC Law, where he was elected to the Order
                                                                             of the Coif. At USC, he was managing editor of the Law Review
Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, to immigrant parents from
                                                                             and a legal writing instructor. Following law school, Treister served
Guerrero, Mexico, García Guillén graduated Smith College with
                                                                             as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Davies in the Central
a B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies. While at Smith
                                                                             District of California.
College, she co-founded the national award-winning mock trial
team and headed the on-campus Latina organization, Nosotras.
                                                                             Currently, Treister teaches Real Estate Transactions as a Lecturer
                                                                             in Law at USC Law. He is a founder of the Adam Freeman Scott ’93
At USC, García Guillén was a member of the Jessup International
                                                                             Memorial Endowment, which awards a summer grant to students
Moot Court program, the Immigration Clinic, and president of La
Raza Law Students Association. She was awarded USC’s Shattuck                working in public interest. Treister is also very active in the

Award for her leadership, dedication and service.                            community, serving on the board of trustees for the Los Angeles
                                                                             Conservation Corps, the Los Angeles Chapter of Facing History
Numerous publications have recognized García Guillén’s                       and Ourselves, and the Pacific Oaks College and Children’s
accomplishments and humble beginnings: the Orange County                     School. Treister has also served on the steering committee of
Register; Latina magazine; Selecciones; and La Opinion. OCMetro              the Construction and Development Committee of the State Bar
named her one of 20 Women to Watch.                                          of California and is an active member of the Real Property
                                                                             Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
In her current role as President of the Hispanic Bar Association
(HBA), García Guillén works tirelessly to diversify the legal profession,   “Enjoy law school,” advises Treister. “Students who focus too
build bridges with the Hispanic legal communities in both the                much on their career while still in school will miss a lot of the enjoy-
U.S. and other countries, and help increase opportunities for                ment that comes from being in an environment where learning
HBA members and Latino law students. Activities include: Annual              and education are the goal without the everyday pressures of
MCLE Travel Seminar to Mexico, roundtables with Mexican and                  a busy practice.”
U.S. legislators, Immigration Law Clinic, and monthly bar reviews.

5-10                           years alumni

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     Suzanne L. Bell ‘90                                                 Karen B. Wong
     Deputy Director for Legal                                           ’86
      Recruitment and Outreach                                           Partner
      Office of Attorney Recruitment                                     Global Project Finance
      and Management                                                     Milbank, Tweed, Hadley
      U.S. Department of Justice                                           & McCloy LLP
     Washington, D.C.                                                    Los Angeles, California

 Before becoming a lawyer, Suzanne Bell was an assistant treasurer       Karen Wong has been a Milbank partner since 1996. Her practice
 for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York. Since graduating         focuses on the representation of sponsors and financing parties
 from USC, she has worked in just about every legal environment,         in connection with the development, acquisition, financing and/or
 except a corporation. Bell served as a Research Attorney for the        restructuring of power, petrochemical and other infrastructure
 Los Angeles Superior Court, and was an associate at the law firm,       facilities in North America, Asia, and Latin America. In her over
 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Since 1995, Bell has worked for the U.S.     twenty-one years of practice, she has led numerous development,
 Department of Justice, first as an Assistant United States Attorney,    financing and acquisition transactions involving electric generation
 then as Deputy General Counsel.                                         assets (including large scale coal, gas and LNG fired cogeneration
                                                                         plants, as well as solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, biomass,
 Currently Deputy Director, she provides general oversight of the        waste energy and other renewable energy facilities), transmission
 DOJ’s legal recruitment programs and retention and diversity            lines, and oil and gas pipelines.
 initiatives and works with DOJ components in developing a strategic
 plan for enhancing the DOJ’s outreach and recruitment efforts           Wong’s current transactions include several developments of coal
 to ensure continued success in attracting and retaining highly-         and petroleum coke gasification poly-generation and substitute
 qualified legal talent from diverse backgrounds.                        natural gas projects, and financing transactions in the renewables
                                                                         (wind and solar), ethanol and biofuels sector throughout the United
 Bell has a challenging job—the U.S. Department of Justice is the        States. “Find a career path that will make you happy,” Wong advises
 largest legal employer in the world with more than 9,500 attorneys      young attorneys, “because your best work doesn't come out when
 nationwide. Annually, the DOJ hires approximately 120-150               you don’t like what you’re doing. After practicing for over 21 years,
 entry-level attorneys through the Attorney General’s Honors             I am happy to say that I am still find the legal work I’m doing to
 Program, 100 second-year law students through the Summer Law            be interesting, challenging and fulfilling.”
 Intern Program, 650 lateral or experienced attorneys, and 1800
 law student volunteers. In addition to conducting the Honors            Hailing from a Trojan family, Wong received her B.S. in Business
 Program interviewer training for the attorneys in the DOJ, Bell’s       Administration from USC magna cum laude, then received a J.D.
 team has also expanded management training initiatives, including       from USC Law. She served on the editorial boards of Major Tax
 workshops lateral or experienced attorneys.                             Planning and the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal
                                                                         (formerly known as the Computer/Law Journal). She is listed as
“My career has evolved,” says Bell. “I had no idea that I would be       a leading lawyer in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA for Projects
 involved in recruitment for the Department of Justice. It’s important   in California and was recommended in PLC Which Lawyer? for
 to develop a reputation for excellence. Excellence helps create         banking and finance.
 opportunity. I recognized and landed this great opportunity
 because I was flexible and open to new ideas.”                          On the international arena, she is representing the sponsors of
                                                                         a mine mouth power project in Lao PDR that will sell electricity
                                                                         to the Thai and Lao state-owned utilities.

10-25                                  years alumni

  Mark L. Karasik                                                          Joyce L. Kennard
  ‘81                                                                      ‘74
  Principal                                                                Associate Justice
  Baker & McKenzie LLP                                                     Supreme Court of California
  Chicago, Illinois                                                        San Francisco, California

Mark Karasik has defended and prosecuted scores of commercial              Court Watch calls Judge Joyce Kennard, “possibly the most
civil litigation matters. He is a trial lawyer who has defended products   individualistic justice on the Supreme Court.” Kennard has a legacy
manufacturers in product liability cases, employers in wrongful            of dissent and championship of liberal-leaning causes. She has a
termination and employee discharge cases, and professionals in             record of significant rulings, including Sands v. Morongo Unified
breach of fiduciary duty litigation. Karasik has been involved in jury     School District regarding religious observance in public schools,
trials, bench trials, national and international arbitrations. He also     Kasky v. Nike regarding labor practices and commercial speech,
has significant trial experience in the areas of negligence, product       and Stevenson v. Superior Court, regarding age discrimination and
liability, contracts, and professional and fiduciary litigation.           public policy. Kennard works hard to look through the formalities
                                                                           to discover the real people at the heart of important issues.
Karasik specializes in complex litigation that helps insure success
for his clients. He has worked for U.S. health care conglomerates          Born of a Dutch father and a Chinese-Indonesian mother, Kennard
and insurers and handled litigation matters for national and               has braved internment in World War II Japanese and New Guinea
international product manufacturers as well. Karasik’s litigation          prison camps, the early death of her father, the amputation of
clients include AH Robins, Addison-McKee, Inc., Ford Motor Co.,            her leg due to infection as a teenager, and on-going discrimination
Intercraft, McDonald’s Corp., 6 N. Michigan Avenue Trust, Hubbell,         due to being mixed-race. She eventually moved to California,
and The Beitler Company.                                                   attending USC and receiving a B.A. magna cum laude in German,
                                                                           then simultaneously attaining her J.D. from USC Law and an
In addition to his litigation work, Karasik is also a frequent speaker     M.P.A. from USC’s School of Public Administration. Prior to her
and author on topics relating to areas in his particular practice          position on the Supreme Court of California, her previous judicial
expertise. He has been elected to membership in the American               experience includes serving as Associate Justice on the state Court
Board of Trial Advocates. Karasik is also a current appointee              of Appeal in Los Angeles; judge of the Los Angeles County Superior
to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission          Court; Associate Justice pro tempore on state Court of Appeal in
Hearing Board, and acts as a Hearing Board Chairman, appointed             Los Angeles; judge on Los Angeles County Municipal Court; senior
by the Illinois Supreme Court.                                             attorney on state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles; and Deputy
                                                                           Attorney General in Los Angeles.
Karasik received his B.A. at USC in 1978, before continuing his
studies at USC to receive his J.D. in 1981. “My education at USC           Kennard has received numerous awards and accolades for her many
Law was intense and far-reaching,” says Karasik. “It exposed me            accomplishments over the years, including the Alumni Merit Award
to most areas of the law. My education at USC Law showed me that,          from USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development; the Public
as a trial lawyer, one can be successful in many different areas of        Service Award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association;
the law, following my philosophy that variety is the spice of life.”       and inclusion in the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. She was included
                                                                           in The Counselors, conversations with 18 courageous women who
                                                                           have changed the world, by Elizabeth Vrato, and the law review
                                                                           article entitled Joyce L. Kennard: An Independent Streak on
                                                                           California’s Highest Court (65 Albany Law Rev., p. 1181, July 2002).

25+                          years alumni

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Alumni Network

Whether you stay in California, or your dreams take you elsewhere,            USC Law’s Career Services understand the legal job market and
USC Law offers plenty of support. The Career Services Office is               how to best launch you into it. They work closely with students
ready to help you launch a cross-country job search by providing              through leading career management workshops and providing
information about firms, scheduling special interviews, participating         individualized counseling. Career Services also works closely with
in recruiting programs, and tapping into reciprocal career assistance         alumni, bringing them back to campus to speak about their careers,
provided by other law schools. Each fall and spring, hundreds of              participate in workshops and mock interview programs that allow
private law firms, government and public interest agencies, and               students to practice their job interview skills.
corporations from around the country visit USC Law to interview
students for permanent and summer jobs.

USC Alumni work in firms and governmental agencies all over the globe, including:

West                                             McGuireWoods LLP
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP            McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP          Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Arnold & Porter LLP                              Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP            Southwest
Baker & Hostetler LLP                            Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP                 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP
Bingham McCutchen LLP                            Morrison & Foerster LLP                     Dechert LLP
Bryan Cave LLP                                   Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP                  Fennemore Craig PC
California Department of Justice                 Office of Chief Counsel                     Fish & Richardson PC
Dewey LeBoeuf LLP                                O’Melveny & Myers LLP                       Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
DLA Piper US LLP                                 Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP           Greenberg Traurig LLP
Fenwick & West LLP                               Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP       Hunton & Williams LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP                              Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP         Jones Day
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP                         Proskauer Rose LLP                          Littler Mendelson PC
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP                      Quinn, Emanuel, Urguhart, Oliver            Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, PA
Goodwin Procter LLP                                & Hedges LLP                              Office of Chief Counsel,
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman                  Reed Smith LLP                                Internal Revenue Service
  & Machtinger LLP                               Ropes & Gray LLP                            Osborn Maledon, PA
Greenberg Traurig, LLP                           Seyfarth Shaw LLP                           Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Hogan & Hartson LLP                              Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP     Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Holland & Knight LLP                             Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP                    Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Howrey LLP                                       Sidley Austin LLP                           Snell & Wilmer
Internal Revenue Service                         Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP    Texas RioGrande Legal
Irell & Manella LLP                              Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP           U.S. Air Force Jag Corps
Jones Day                                        Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP               U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP                       State of California,                        U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Kaye Scholer LLP                                   Office of the Attorney General            United States Postal Service
Kirkland & Ellis                                 Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP               Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP   Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP                             U.S. Attorney’s Office
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP                 U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Loeb & Loeb LLP                                  U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Los Angeles County District Attorney             Venable LLP
Los Angeles County Public Defender               White & Case LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP                    Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP                     Winston & Strawn LLP
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP

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Alumni Network

Midwest                                 Southeast                               Northeast
Faegre & Benson LLP                     Dechert LLP                             Arnold & Porter LLP
Foley & Lardner                         Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow,           Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Greenberg Traurig, LLP                    Garrett and Dunner LLP                Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Holland & Knight LLP                    Foley & Lardner LLP                     Dechert LLP
Jones Day                               Greenberg Traurig LLP                   Federal Bureau of Investigations
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP              Holland & Knight LLP                    Federal Communications Commission
Kirkland & Ellis LLP                    Hunton & Williams LLP                   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Latham & Watkins LLP                    Jones Day                               Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow,
Littler Mendelson PC                    Littler Mendelson PC                      Garrett and Dunner LLP
Office of Chief Counsel,                Office of Chief Counsel,                Fish & Richardson PC
  Internal Revenue Service                Internal Revenue Service              Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP   Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP   Foley & Lardner LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP                     Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP     Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP                U.S. Air Force Jag Corps                Greenberg Traurig LLP
Sidley Austin LLP                       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers            Hogan & Hartson LLP
U.S. Air Force Jag Corps                U.S. Navy Judge Advocate                Holland & Knight LLP
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers              General’s Corps                       Hunton & Williams LLP
U.S. Navy Judge Advocate                                                        Internal Revenue Service
  General’s Corps                                                               Jones Day
Winston & Strawn LLP                                                            Latham & Watkins LLP
                                                                                Littler Mendelson PC
                                                                                Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
                                                                                Office of Chief Counsel
                                                                                Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
                                                                                Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton
                                                                                  & Garrison LLP
                                                                                Pepper Hamilton LLP
                                                                                Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
                                                                                Ropes & Gray LLP
                                                                                Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
                                                                                Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
                                                                                Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP
                                                                                Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
                                                                                  & Flom LLP
                                                                                U.S. Air Force Jag Corps
                                                                                U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                                                                                U.S. Department of Agriculture
                                                                                U.S. Department of Commerce
                                                                                U.S. Department of Justice
                                                                                U.S. Department of Labor
                                                                                U.S. Department of Transportation
                                                                                U.S. Department of Treasury
                                                                                U.S. Navy Judge Advocate
                                                                                  General’s Corps
                                                                                U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
                                                                                Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Europe                                     Asia
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP            Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
U.S. Air Force Jag Corps                   Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers               U.S. Air Force Jag Corps
U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
White & Case LLP                           U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps

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                                   If you’re going to spend three years as a law student
                                   immersed in the law, shouldn’t you choose a setting
                                   that’s dynamic, diverse, and rich in opportunity?
                                   That’s Los Angeles—the perfect place to study hard
                                   (maybe even at the beach), lose yourself in the local
                                   culture, and plot your first big career move.
From outdoor adventures to         USC is at the center of one of the most exciting        If it’s drama you long for, choose from the
late-night hot spots, cultural
venues to career options,
                                   urban environments of the 21st century. Los             renowned Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper
it’s all here waiting for you.     Angeles is ethnically diverse, culturally vibrant,      Forum, or a plethora of smaller stages that boast
Los Angeles is a global center
                                   and has a fantastic and varied climate that             big names and world-premiere shows.
for business, technology,
culture, media, and world          permits unparalleled year-round recreational
trade — the perfect backdrop       activities. It’s one of few places in the world where   If you’re a sports fan, you don’t need us to tell
for your legal education.
USC Law takes full advantage       you could ski on snow-capped mountains in the           you that Los Angeles is a sports haven. Starting
of L.A. as a living laboratory     morning and hit the beach with your surfboard           with our own national champion USC Trojans,
by allowing students to put
their legal skills to use within   by afternoon.                                           you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the best
the community through                                                                      in everything from football to basketball, baseball
various public service and
other opportunities.
                                   All aspects of high and popular culture are repre-      to hockey, and golf to soccer. Enjoying sports is
                                   sented in Los Angeles; L.A. is an incredible center     a year-round activity here. Local opportunities
                                   of outstanding and innovative film, music, theatre      include skiing in the San Gabriel mountains,
                                   and dance. L.A. is also one of the most affordable      hiking and camping in the California desert or
                                   and diverse cities in which to eat. From the fresh      the Santa Monica Mountains, and swimming
                                   produce in numerous farmers’ markets to side-           or surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Weekend trips
                                   walk stands that are L.A. institutions, you will        from Los Angeles include some of the most
                                   find not just the best hamburgers and hot dogs,         awe-inspiring places on earth, including the
                                   but also amazing sushi, burritos, dim sum, pho,         Sierra Nevada mountains, Joshua Tree and Death
                                   kalbi and pupusas.                                      Valley National Parks, the Mojave Desert, and
                                                                                           the Baja coast.
                                   If it’s culture you’re looking for, look no farther.
                                   Los Angeles boasts world-class art museums              Living in Los Angeles means choices. Just pick
                                   such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum            a neighborhood from Downtown L.A. to Beverly
                                   of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County             Hills to Silver Lake or Pasadena to Venice Beach,
                                   Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum of Art.             Los Angeles’ eclectic and varied neighborhoods
                                   Depending on your musical tastes, you could enjoy       offer a wide range of lifestyles. Each one has
                                   the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney             housing options, shops, restaurants, and parks
                                   Concert Hall, a world-music festival at the             with its own unique flavor and vibe.
                                   Hollywood Bowl, or a small rock gig at the Roxy
                                   on just about any given night of the year.

  Encino     Sherman Oaks


                                                                                                   Glendale                                         Pasadena

                                                                                Los Feliz
                                                             101                                             Eagle Rock
                                                                                     Silver Lake
                                                                    Hollywood                       5
                               Beverly Hills
                                                 West Hollywood

                               West Los Angeles

           Santa Monica                        Culver City





                                   Los Angeles
                                   International Airport

                                         Manhattan Beach                            110

                                               Hermosa Beach                                                                                        Metro Rail

                                                                                                                                                    Metro Line
                                                                                                                 710                                Opens
                                                 Redondo Beach                                                                                      2010

                                                                                                                                Map not to scale.

                                                                                                                Long Beach        405
                                       Rancho Palos Verdes

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This is where we are
9,107 law firms in Los Angeles County,
of which, 3,259 are located in the city,
Fortune 500 businesses and thousands
of start-ups, 52 courthouses, 841
museums and galleries, theaters,
hiking trails, and dance clubs. There
is no better living laboratory in which
to study law than Los Angeles, one
of the world’s most innovative and
influential legal markets. L.A.’s major
court system and extensive legal
community provide countless
opportunities for career training
and exploration.
                   Victoria Linn, Culver City
                   Where do you live and why?
                   I live in Culver City, which is about 9 miles west of
                   campus. When I moved to LA, I wanted to live closer
                   to the water and in a neighborhood where a lot of other
                   young professionals lived. Culver City fit both of those
                   requirements, and the rental rates there are still affordable
                   for a law student on a tighter budget.
                   How do you get to USC?
                   I drive to school, and the commute is only about
                   20 minutes door-to-door.
                   What do you like best about your neighborhood?
                   I love the fact that my neighborhood doesn’t feel too
                   congested or too suburban. It’s a quiet neighborhood,
                   but there’s still a lot to do.

                   Jameil Johnson, Cardinal Gardens
                   Where do you live and why?
                   I live in Cardinal Gardens, which is the USC
                   undergraduate housing. I am a Resident Advisor (RA)
                   for USC undergraduate students. Being an RA and
                   living in the dorms with undergrads is perfect for me.
                   I enjoy mentoring younger students.
                   How do you get to USC?
                   I ride my bike.
                   What do you like best about your neighborhood?
                   I like being close to campus.

                   Emily Schroeder, Downtown
                   Where do you live and why?
                   I lived in Beverly Hills my first year, but recently moved
                   downtown. I would recommend living close to school for
                   first year students. You have to be at school a lot, and
                   reducing the commute helps with managing your time.
                   Wished I had lived closer because it would have given
                   me more flexibility and free time.
                   What do you like about where you live?
                   I really like my new building. It is brand new and has
                   great amenities. My old apartment smelled bad, and made
                   all my clothes smell, so anything was an improvement
                   from there!

Lee Linderman, Downtown
Where do you live?
I live in Parkside Apartments on campus. I will be trying
to live as close to campus next year as I can. I have lived
in a graduate apartment on campus because I didn’t want
to waste any time commuting, particularly when I saw how
much time I would be wanting to spend on campus anyway.
How do you get to USC? Car? Transit?
I bike, there is no point adding car-troubles to my potential
list of concerns.
What do you like best about your neighborhood?
I like the student population in the neighborhood.
There is a strong sense of community.

Amanda Rubenstein, The Villas at Park La Brea
Where do you live and why?
I live at The Villas at Park La Brea and love living there.
We have a year round heated pool (one of the bonuses
of So Cal is year round tanning) and a jacuzzi open late.
There’s also a gym with big screen TVs and iPod hook
ups that I use everyday... and here’s the best part:
buffet brunch on Saturdays!
How do you get to USC?
I drive to school and it usually takes me about 20 minutes
(15 without traffic).
What do you like best about your neighborhood?
The best part about the neighborhood is the relative
wealth of plays, musicals, concerts and sporting events
that occur within walking distance.

Scott Tillett, Mid-Wilshire
Where do you live?
I live mid-city, near La Brea. I’m south of the Grove
Shopping Center and halfway between the beach and USC
off of the 10 freeway.
How do you get to USC? Car? Transit?
I drive my car to school because nobody walks in L.A.
They are putting in a light rail that will take you from
Venice Beach to Downtown (as I understand it) and I would
take that if it was up and working.
What do you like best about your neighborhood?
I have interesting neighbors and friends. They are involved
in the music industry. I live in the top story of an old 2-story
building with character. I don’t feel as if I live in a box like
dorm rooms and apartments.

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                                        2          nd
                              Largest city in the U.S.A.: City of Los Angeles

                3,900,000     Approximate population: City of Los Angeles

                                Square miles in size: City of Los Angeles

                             Different languages spoken: City of Los Angeles


 Los Angeles                                                      Los Angeles is a vital center of business, the arts, and international trade,
                                                                  where lawyers-in-training can find established and emerging industries: entertain-
                                                                  ment, manufacturing, communications, biotechnology, and multimedia. Beyond
                                                                  learning and career, Southern California offers every diversion a hard-working
                                                                  law student could want: cafés, restaurants, beaches, galleries, and every sporting
                                                                  event under the sun.

 Hollywood & Highland                       “There is no one best thing about         “Los Angeles is the only major              “What do I do for fun in Los Angeles?
 In the heart of Hollywood, the              L.A. Everyone finds different things      American city bisected by a mountain        Go out to dinner with friends,
 Hollywood and Highland Center is            to love—hiking in the hills, lounging     range. You don’t necessarily think          especially little cafés in West
 a great place to shop, dine, or stay.       at the beach, clubbing on Sunset,         of hiking or mountain biking in L.A.,       Hollywood, and explore parks and
 Its crown jewel is the Kodak Theatre,       people watching in Beverly Hills,         but if you can when you’re in               hiking trails with my dog.”
 home of the annual Academy                  theater, music or opera downtown,         L.A., you should go up a trail in the       – Marcia Mowbray, student
 Awards® Oscar Ceremonies. Los               the weather, ethnic neighborhoods,        Santa Monica Mountains—beautiful
 Angeles means celebrity—movie,              the excitement of the entertainment       greenery and spectacular ocean views
 television, music and Internet stars        industry...”                              minutes away!”
 abound. The entertainment industry          – Dan Klerman, faculty                    – Ariela Gross, faculty
 in Los Angeles is also big business,

                                                                                      “The best thing about L.A.
 employing some 250,000 people.              Griffith Park
 Its products impact culture around          At 4,210 acres, Griffith Park is one
 the world.                                  of the largest urban parks in North

“The Hollywood Bowl is the ultimate
                                             America. Los Angeles’ “Central Park”
                                             has something to offer everyone,
                                                                                       are the local neighborhoods.”
 L.A. experience… thousands of               including miles of hiking and eques-      – Martin Levine, faculty
 people enjoying picnic dinners, most        trian trails, the Greek Theatre with                                                  Dodger Stadium
 with flowers and wine, then hearing         its open-air concerts, one 9-hole and     Metro                                       Los Angeles is home to two
 some of the world’s finest musicians        two 18-hole golf courses, a 113-acre      Everyone always hears about its             Major League Baseball teams, two
 in a lovely outdoor setting. And it         Zoo, and the newly renovated iconic       car-crazy culture, but Los Angeles          National Hockey League teams,
 isn’t expensive!”                           observatory atop Mount Hollywood.         County’s Metropolitan Transit Author-       two Major League Soccer Teams, two
 – Bill Givens, staff member                                                           ity has a combined daily ridership of       National Basketball Association teams,
                                            “I love the Huntington Library &           1.7 million. Besides operating over         one Women’s National Basketball
 Watts Towers                                Botanical Gardens. You can spend          2,000 peak-hour buses on an average         Association team, one Major League
 Simon Rodia created this collection         the entire day just walking all of the    weekday, Metro also designed, built         Lacrosse team, and an Arena Football
 of lacy spires between 1921 and 1954        gardens. The Art Gallery houses one       and operates 73.1 miles of Metro            League team. USC has the third most
 using broken bottles, tile, pebbles,        of the largest collections of British     Rail service. In addition to being com-     NCAA national championships, all
 steel rods and seashells. It’s a tribute    art work in the country. Nice tearoom     mitted to providing environmentally         sports combined, in the United States.
 to one man’s quirky artistic vision and     and café for lunch.”                      conscious transportation, Metro has         You do the math. Los Angeles is
 expresses the iconoclastic nature           – Amy Stevens, staff member               commissioned over 250 artists for a         a sports town.
 of the people who live Los Angeles.                                                   wide variety of projects, including rail
 A population of 3.9 million makes L.A.      Mountain Hiking Trails                    stations and streetscapes.                 “My Three Favorite Places in L.A.:
 equivalent to the eighth largest state      L.A.’s weather is renowned. With                                                      • The Coliseum on game day—
 in the nation.                              only 15 inches of rainfall and           “The best thing about L.A. is with little      I have never seen a greater sight!
                                             moderate temperatures all year,           money there is something to do             • Malibu—great views (check out
“The best thing about Los Angeles            it’s a perfect place for adventuring      for any interest a person might have.”        Duke’s)
 is its openness. Everyone in Los            outdoors. Hike, jog or walk through       – Beverly Moore, staff member              • The Grove—food/movies/shopping”
 Angeles tends to be very open and           rugged hills and leafy canyons                                                        – Michael Max Page, student
 tends to accept you as you are,             throughout the city. Santa Monica         Ethnic Diversity
 and treat you like an equal. There          Mountains National Recreation Area,       The City of Angels has always been          LACMA
 is such a breadth of diversity here,        for instance, is a contiguous             diverse. Twenty-six of the original         Los Angeles has over 80 stage
 you just can’t get anywhere being           conglomeration of 350 public parks        forty-four settlers (pabladores) were       theaters and 300 museums, more
 close-minded and you get to see             and 65,000 acres that is home to deer,    black or mixed ancestry. Most of            than any other U.S. city. There are
 this amazing display of culture and         coyotes, foxes, hawks, and quail.         these people came from Sinaloa,             historic buildings, libraries with special
 diversity. You can walk down the                                                      Mexico, where two-thirds of the             collections, botanical gardens, and
 street and grab a pupusa, a Thai           “My three favorite places in Los           residents were mulattos. Los Angeles        various art and science institutions,
 tea, and some Korean BBQ on your            Angeles are The Coliseum, Staples         has welcomed immigrant populations          all of which make L.A. an interna-
 way to the Spanish market, all in the       Center and USC. I love sports             from all over the globe. Today, Los         tional cultural center. The Los Angeles
 same block!”                                and I love the University of              Angeles boasts a rich tapestry of           County Museum of Art (LACMA)
 – Will Coucheron-Aamot,                     Southern California.”                     ethnic groups, including the nation’s       is one of the largest art museums
    staff member                             – Jameil Johnson, student                 largest Arab and Asian communities.         in the country, housing a collection
                                                                                                                                   of over 100,000 artworks.

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 Walt Disney Concert Hall                 “What’s the best thing about               “My first big excursion in Los Angeles       Thriving Economy
 The Los Angeles Philharmonic, one         Los Angeles? The beach, the beach,         was to Little Tokyo, and I completely       Agriculture was once the primary
 of the world’s outstanding orchestras,    and the beach.”                            fell in love with the area. It’s fun,       source of wealth in the 19th century
 resides in the acoustically superb,       – Julia Kim, student                       hip, and there are tons of little things    and early 20th in Los Angeles. Then
 stunning Frank Gehry-designed Walt                                                   to see and do. The combination              came the Cold War and the rise of
 Disney Concert Hall in Downtown.          Third Street Promenade                     of Pinkberry, Japanese food, bubble         the aircraft and aerospace industries.
 Los Angeles is simply one of the most     Total retail sales in Los Angeles are      tea, museums and lots of funky              Entertainment and hospitality have
 important sites in the world for the      upwards of $223 billion. From mega         knick-knacks makes Little Tokyo an          always been a significant part of
 recorded music industry. Composers,       indoor malls to quaint neighborhood        easy choice. Plus it’s a great place        the economy here. Now, L.A. is
 musicians, producers, recording           shops, L.A. has options for every          to study on a weekend (in a tea shop)       one of the top ranked counties in
 engineers, and performers of every        taste and budget. Some well-known          and it has dozens of opportunities for      manufacturing in the nation, of such
 style and genre of music—jazz, heavy      shopping areas are the Beverly             study breaks built in.”                     diverse items as dental equipment,
 metal, rock, rap, opera, symphony,        Center, Melrose Avenue, The Grove,         – Elena Taryor, student                     games and toys, gas transmission
 punk, and pop are all drawn here.         Robertson Boulevard, the infamous                                                      and distribution equipment, guided
                                           Rodeo Drive, and most recently,           “Best thing about L.A.: its diverse          missiles, and women’s apparel.
“I’d say that my favorite must-see         Historic Downtown Los Angeles.             population, of course—over 92
 location in this city is the Disney       In Santa Monica, the Third Street          languages are spoken by students           “What’s the best thing about Los
 Concert Hall. Whether you’re going        Promenade attracts throngs of              in the Los Angeles Unified                  Angeles? The light. It’s what attracted
 for a concert or just to see the          people with its three-block stretch        School District!”                           the movie industry, and there isn’t
 architecture, the building is truly       of pedestrian-friendly shopping, cin-      – Daria Roithmayr, faculty                  light like it anywhere else.”
 one of the biggest draws for visitors     ema multiplexes, and outdoor cafés.                                                    – Greg Keating, faculty
 in the downtown area. You’ll never
 see another building quite like it,
 and you’ll certainly never hear a live
 concert more clearly.”
                                          “The best thing about Los Angeles is that you
 – Kareem Crayton, faculty
                                           can be snowboarding in the morning, watching
“I’d recommend seeing the Hollywood
 night life—any of the clubs on
 Sunset—at least once even if it’s
                                           a movie in Hollywood in the afternoon, and then
 not your scene or even if you’re
 really broke.”
                                           enjoying a nice dinner and walk along a beach
 – Parfait Mwez, student
                                           in the evening… all in the same day!”
 The Beach
                                           – Cindy Guyer, staff member
 Sun and fun awaits everyone at
 Los Angeles’ 75 miles of coastline.
 There are 20-plus beaches, each with                                                 LAPL & LAUSD                                Business in Los Angeles
 its own unique experience, including     “LACMA. On the weekends there               Los Angeles Public Library System           Walt Disney Co., the 7th largest
 swimming and bonfires at Dockweiler,      are concerts and old movies.”              (LAPL) and the Los Angeles Unified          California company, is headquartered
 volleyball at Manhattan, romantic         – Michelle Buckley, staff member           School District (LAUSD) are among           in Los Angeles along with a variety of
 sunsets at El Matador, the new                                                       the largest such institutions in the        other major corporations, such as Hil-
 $1.5 million solar-powered Ferris         La Brea Tar Pits                           country. LAUSD is the second largest        ton Hotels, Belkin (electronics), Prin-
 wheel at Santa Monica, surfing at         La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world’s       school district in the United States,       cess Cruises, Cunard Line, CB Richard
 Zuma, and people-watching at Venice.      most famous fossil sites, is recognized    serving grades K-12, with over              Ellis (real estate), and every major
                                           for having the largest and most            2,500 schools, 700,000 students,            motion picture studio. The economy
                                           diverse assemblage of extinct Ice          and 83,967 regular employees.               is dominated by the entertainment
                                           Age plants and animals in the world.       LAPL system operates 72 public              industry, the tourism service sector,
                                           It’s a step back into ancient Los          libraries throughout the city to serve      retail and manufacturing. Manufactur-
                                           Angeles, when animals such as saber-       the diverse population of Los Angeles       ing of textiles and toys employs huge
                                           toothed cats, giant sloths, and huge       with extensive collections, electronic      numbers, while the high-tech industry
                                           mammoths roamed here. This is only         resources, and innovative programs          is gaining a firm foothold in L.A.
                                           one of the many attractions favored        for all ages.
                                           by tourists. About twenty-four million
                                           people come to Los Angeles every
                                           year for their vacation.

“The best thing about L.A. is                                                         Central Civil West Courthouse
                                                                                      The Central Civil West Courthouse
                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles Public Defender
                                                                                                                                   The concept of Public Defender
                                                                                      in Downtown houses The Los Angeles           was pioneered by the County of
 stepping outside in the morning                                                      Superior Court. Court Divisions
                                                                                      include Appellate, Civil, Criminal,
                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles, which responded to
                                                                                                                                   the need for legal representation

 and smiling because it’s 75                                                          Family, Juvenile, Mental Health,
                                                                                      Probate, Small Claims and Traffic.
                                                                                                                                   for all citizens as early as 1914.
                                                                                                                                   Since then the idea has spread
                                                                                      This court is notable for its many           to many other cities and states,
 degrees, sunny, not humid,                                                           high-profile cases, including Los
                                                                                      Angeles’ infamous celebrity murder
                                                                                                                                   and the Public Defender is now
                                                                                                                                   a well-established concept servicing

 and just perfect weather, and                                                        cases. With its nearly 50 courthouses,
                                                                                      600 judicial officers, and a staff of
                                                                                                                                   courts throughout the U.S. The L.A.
                                                                                                                                   Public Defender’s Office handles
                                                                                      5,400 the Superior Court system              misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile
 you feel incredibly fortunate                                                        serves the 9.5 million people of Los         cases, mental health cases, and
                                                                                      Angeles County with courtrooms               some civil cases. It employs over
 to live in such a place.”                                                            spread throughout the 4000 square
                                                                                      mile County—from Pomona to
                                                                                                                                   700 attorneys, 78 investigators,
                                                                                                                                   55 paralegals, 17 psychiatric social
 – Becky Raizman, student                                                             Santa Monica and from Lancaster              workers, and a clerical/secretarial
                                                                                      to Long Beach.                               staff of approximately 150.

“The best feature of the Los Angeles       Los Angeles City Hall                     “I encourage visitors to sample L.A.         “What do I do for fun in Los Angeles?
 metro region is its diversity, with       The Los Angeles Civic Center, where        architecture. Most people don’t              I don’t know where to begin to
‘critical mass’ of at least a dozen        City Hall is located, is the largest       associate us with wonderful buildings.       answer that question. The beach, the
 cultures and countries represented        grouping of government buildings           And we do have some awful struc-             Hollywood club scene, watching the
 in their own ‘mini cities’ and a choice   in the U.S. outside of Washington,         tures. But we also have the Gamble           Lakers at the Staples Center, the list
 of living styles as broad as can be       D.C. City Hall itself was built in         House by Greene and Greene, Frank            goes on and on.”
 imagined (live at the beach, in a         1928 and has a distinct monumental         Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House, and            – Emeka Orjiakor, graduate
 canyon, in the hills, in a high rise,     pyramid-capped tower. It is home to        of course Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall.”
 in a loft, in a suburban setting, etc.”   the City Attorney, the elected chief       – Scott Altman, faculty                      Law in Los Angeles
 – Scott Bice, faculty                     prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles.                                                 Founded in Los Angeles in 1937,
                                           The Office of the City Attorney is the    “There is some of everything here.            Latham & Watkins is the largest and
 The New Downtown                          third largest municipal law office in      L.A. is huge and you can pretty much         highest-grossing law firm on the West
 Downtown Los Angeles is in the            the nation, with over 500 attorneys        bet that if there is something you           Coast. It fields 2,100 lawyers in 26
 midst of a major revitalization.          practicing both criminal and civil law.    want, L.A. has it!”                          offices around the world, with over
 With new construction, of such                                                       – Sunita Bali, student                       $2 billion in revenue. Other top L.A.
 magnificent buildings as the Staples      “What do I do for fun in Los Angeles?                                                   firms include O’Melveny & Myers,
 Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall,          I’ve gone to a couple TV show tapings,    West Los Angeles                             Neilson Elggren Durkin & Co.,
 and the Cathedral of Our Lady of           which is an incredible experience.        Municipal Courthouse                         Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Paul
 the Angels, along with thousands           When I have time, I head to Disney-       The West Los Angeles Municipal               Hastings Janofsky & Walker. California
 of new residential units, typically        land. Most weeks, my fun is limited       Courthouse is a $40 million court            has approximately 150,000 resident
 sleek modern lofts, the city center        to trying new restaurants or going        facility for the County of Los Angeles.      and active attorneys, according
 is itself increasingly vibrant. The        to a movie.”                              It contains eight courts and the offices     to the American Bar Association.
 establishment of business improve-         – Jessica Walker, student                 of the Marshal, the Sheriff, the District
 ment districts and the construction                                                  Attorney, and the Court Clerk. The          “I can do anything and everything I feel
 of subway, light-rail and commuter         Law in Los Angeles                        District Attorney, elected by Los            like in L.A., that is why I love it. I can
 train systems, has brought major           Founded in Los Angeles in 1937,           Angeles county voters, prosecutes            hike, ski, surf, run, go to a world-class
 office space users along with shops        Latham & Watkins is the largest and       felonies throughout the county, and          museum, listen to any type of music
 and restaurants causing a true             highest-grossing law firm on the West     misdemeanors in unincorporated               or eat any type of food I can imagine.”
 renaissance downtown.                      Coast. It fields 2,100 lawyers in 26      areas, as well as 78 of the 88 cities        – Wende Nichols-Julien, graduate
                                            offices around the world, with over       in the county. The largest local
                                            $2 billion in revenue. Other top L.A.     prosecutorial agency in the nation,
                                            firms include O’Melveny & Myers,          the Los Angeles’ D.A. has a staff
                                            Neilson Elggren Durkin & Co.,             of approximately 2,105 that includes
                                            Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Paul          1,017 deputy district attorneys,
                                            Hastings Janofsky & Walker. California    277 investigators, and 811
                                            has approximately 150,000 resident        support personnel.
                                            and active attorneys, according
                                            to the American Bar Association.

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                       Apply: What to do Next

 1       August/       Register for LSAT and Subscribe to LSDAS
                       Subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), and take the LSAT
         September     no later than December 2009. For more information, contact the Law School Admission
         2009          Council (LSAC) at or by calling (215) 968-1001.

     2   October       Get Letters of Recommendation Written and Submit to LSDAS
                       We require that you submit at least two letters of recommendation through the LSDAS
         2009          Letter of Recommendation Service. At least one of these letters should specifically address
                       your academic abilities. Letters submitted through LSDAS will be copied and sent to us
                       along with your LSDAS Report. Applicants may submit additional letters of recommenda-
                       tion (no more than 2) directly to the law school.

     3   December      Begin Admissions Application
                       Complete USC Law’s Application for Admission and write your personal statement.
         2009          The application can be found online at You may
                       transmit your application electronically using LSAC’s electronic application service.
                       LSAC will send both printed and electronic versions of your application directly to
                       USC Law. (Applications will be considered postmarked on the day they are submitted
                       electronically.) Applicants seeking need-based application fee waivers should consult
                       the website for instructions.

     4   January 1,    File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
                       Complete the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at
         2010 When completing the FAFSA, list University of Southern California
                       (code #001328) in the schools release section of the form, so that USC Law will receive
                       your data. If your tax information is not yet available, you may use estimates. Parental
                       information is not required. Submit the FAFSA to the processor as soon as possible after
                       January 1, 2010. To be considered for all available financial aid, be sure the processor
                       receives your FAFSA no later than March 1, 2010.

     5   February 1,   Final Deadline for Application Submission
                       Priority review will be given to applicants who file a timely application by February 1,
         2010          2010. Typically, most applicants who submit by this deadline will receive an admissions
                       decision by April 15.

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A straightforward application.   What sets USC Law students apart from their               Our Admissions Committee: All admission decisions
An admissions committee
interested in the real you.
                                 peers at other institutions? Extraordinary                at USC Law are made by the Faculty Committee
Terrific opportunities—and       academic credentials, and a rich diversity of             on Admissions and Financial Aid. The committee is
all the support you need                                                                   composed of members of the faculty, the associate
                                 background and experience.
to pursue them. The next
move is yours.                                                                             dean, the director of admissions, and an elected

                                 Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, you must plan to    student representative. The committee reads all files

                                 receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college    thoroughly and considers each application on an

                                 or university before enrolling at USC Law. We base our    individual basis. All committee decisions are final.

                                 admission decisions on academic record, LSAT score,
                                 personal statement, letters of recommendation, and        Your Personal Statement: The admissions committee
                                 other information in your application file.               gives careful attention to your personal statement.
                                                                                           We are particularly interested in your motivation for

                                 Academic Requirements: In reviewing application           studying law, your academic background, leadership

                                 files, the committee focuses on college grades,           qualities and other qualities you possess that may

                                 academic major, selection of courses, grade trends        enhance the diversity of our student body. If you are

                                 and significant scholarly achievements. Although          a college senior or recent graduate, you may wish to

                                 USC Law does not require specific college courses         mention your work history and extracurricular activities.

                                 for admission, we look favorably on students who          If you have spent a year or more in the workforce after

                                 have selected intellectually challenging courses          college, tell us about your employment experience;

                                 of study.                                                 enclose a resume to illustrate your chronological
                                                                                           work history.

                                 Whatever your discipline, we urge you to concentrate
                                 on developing strong writing and analytic skills.         There is no specific word or page requirement or limit

                                 Courses that require intensively researched written       for your personal statement. However, the committee

                                 projects and active participation in classroom dialogue   values carefully crafted essays that are clear, concise,

                                 also will be helpful in preparing you to study law.       and compelling.

Letters of Recommendation: We require two letters         • have struggled against prejudice, economic                    USC Law’s admissions
                                                                                                                          committee takes care to
to be sent along with applications. However, we will       disadvantage, family or personal adversity, or other
                                                                                                                          admit students who will
accept additional letters. The most influential letters    social hardships (perhaps as a result of disability,           bring exceptional talent,
                                                           race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender,                 broad life experience, new
of recommendation focus on your academic potential.
                                                                                                                          perspectives, and strong
They are written by people who know you well, and          sexual orientation and gender identity, or                     potential to our campus.
can evaluate your academic performance. Although           religious affiliation);
recommendations not pertaining to academic abilities
are helpful, academic recommendations carry the most      • lived in a foreign country or spoke a language other
weight with the admissions committee.                      than English at home;

Contribution to Diversity: USC Law’s admissions           • have unusual career goals, employment history
process is guided by the view that a student body that     (perhaps military or law enforcement experience), or
reflects the broad and rich diversity of our society       educational background (including graduate study);
provides a superior educational environment for all law
students. The primary goal of our admissions process      • demonstrate unusual extracurricular achievement
is to enroll students who demonstrate outstanding          (including school or community service).
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of our student body or the legal profession.              you would like this factor considered in the admissions
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The history of the USC        Admissions Decisions: The committee normally begins         Applicants With Disabilities: It is the policy and
Gould School of Law is
                              to mail admission decisions in January and continues        practice of USC Law to comply with the Americans
peopled by legal innovators
who went on to head firms,    through May. Applications that are completed prior          with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
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We look for students who                                                                  students and applicants with disabilities. Under these
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                       If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you are required to submit a separate explanatory statement:

                          Yes         No        Have you ever been dropped, suspended, warned, placed on academic or disciplinary probation, disciplined, expelled,
                                                or requested or advised to resign from any post-secondary school, college, university, professional school, or law school?
                                                (If yes, you are required to submit a separate explanatory statement from the institution’s dean providing information
                                                about the incident.)
                          Yes         No        Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation)? If yes, then please submit
                                                an addendum explaining the circumstances and the resolution.
                          Yes         No        Are any charges pending against you?
                          Yes         No        Have you ever been or are you currently registered at another law school?

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Your first day at USC Law,      Tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 academic year            Frank Rothman Scholarship Program
you’ll notice something
different. When you walk into
                                are $23,137 per semester, including mandatory               USC Law recruits and supports exceptionally
the admissions office, don’t    health, student government, and activity fees.              qualified law students through the Frank
be surprised if people know
                                Resident and non-resident students pay the same             Rothman Scholars Program. One student is
your name—an experience
many students never forget.     tuition. Rates for tuition and fees are set annually        selected from each incoming class to receive
                                and are subject to change.                                  a full-tuition scholarship for three years at USC
                                                                                            Law. Recipients also receive a Summer Fellowship
                                Financial Aid: USC Law provides several options             that provides a guaranteed job in the law firm
                                to students seeking to finance their legal education.       of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom,
                                Applying for financial aid is simple and straightforward,   following the first year of law school.
                                but requires close attention to detail and deadlines.
                                Begin the process by submitting the Free Application        The admissions office invites top admitted
                                for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible         applicants to apply for the Rothman scholarship;
                                after January 1, 2010. Carefully read the information       to be considered for an invitation, you should
                                provided here, and follow the instructions in the
                                                                                            submit your admissions application early.
                                Financial Aid Application Checklist on page 85.

                                                                                            Frank Rothman Scholars are selected entirely
                                Scholarships: If you are admitted to USC Law,
                                                                                            on the basis of merit. Criteria include strong
                                you will receive our Application for Scholarships and
                                                                                            undergraduate record, LSAT score, and additional
                                Financial Aid in your admission packet. Be sure to
                                                                                            accomplishments, such as publishing books and
                                submit the application immediately. All admitted
                                                                                            articles, running a business, inventing useful
                                applicants who submit the application in a timely
                                                                                            devices, and other similar, highly significant
                                manner will be considered for scholarship assistance.
                                                                                            achievements. Finalists are provided with airfare

                                All scholarships awarded to incoming first-year students
                                                                                            and lodging in order to participate in interviews
                                are guaranteed for three years. Scholarships are            and meetings at USC Law. Final selections are
                                awarded in amounts ranging up to full tuition. Most         made in the spring.
                                scholarships are based on need and merit, although
                                the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee may also
                                award a small number of scholarships based solely on
                                the applicant’s potential, as indicated by the strength
                                of the admissions file. If you receive a scholarship your
                                first year, you can expect the same level of assistance
                                in your second and third years.

Loan Programs: To be eligible for loan programs,            Financial Aid maintains a directory of scholarship              Attending USC Law means
                                                                                                                            joining a close-knit commu-
file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid           programs offered by outside philanthropic and legal
                                                                                                                            nity of legal scholars who
(FAFSA) soon after January 1, 2010. Do not wait for         organizations. These opportunities are available                share a commitment to
an admissions decision before submitting the FAFSA.         primarily to students in their second and third years           excellence, collaboration,
                                                                                                                            and maintaining the USC
                                                            of law school.                                                  family tradition of colleagues
Admitted applicants who apply for financial aid will                                                                        helping each other succeed.
first be packaged with any scholarships awarded.            The Veterans Affairs office on campus can assist
The next $20,500 of financial need is met by the            veterans in receiving educational allowances.
Federal Stafford Loan. While you are enrolled at USC
Law, a portion of this loan may be interest-free. The       Loan Repayment Assistance Program: The USC
Federal PLUS Loan or private alternative educational        Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
loans are available to meet any additional needs.           provides assistance in repaying loans to graduates
These loan programs are available to all creditworthy       who accept employment with low-paying public-
students without regard to need, and provide enough         interest organizations. If you work for a qualifying
funds at competitive rates to meet the budgeted             organization after graduating, you may apply a
expenses of most students. If you are admitted              specified percentage of your earnings to your annual
to USC Law, our financial aid office will send you          loan repayment obligations; USC Law will advance
information on applying for both the federal loans          LRAP funds to cover the remainder. All LRAP
and private alternative loan programs.                      assistance will be forgiven if you remain in qualifying
                                                            employment for five years.
Other Resources: Second- and third-year students
may be eligible for work-study funds. The work-study        Attending USC Law means joining a close-knit
program enables you to earn money toward your               community of legal scholars who share a commitment
law school education by working in government or a          to excellence, collaboration, and maintaining the
non-profit law office, or as a research assistant for law   USC family tradition of colleagues helping each
faculty. Many USC Law students also help finance            other succeed.
their education through lucrative, law related work
assignments during the summers or during the second
and third years of law school. USC Law’s Office of

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     85% Percentage of students receiving some form of financial aid (scholarships or loans)
                                    (based on Fall 2009 entering class)

     $10,000                         Median scholarship award
                                    (based on Fall 2009 entering class)

                                                                                                                        Financial Aid Checklist

                                                                                                                        Use this checklist to ensure that you follow all
                                                                                                                        steps necessary to apply for Financial Aid, including
                                                                                                                        scholarships and loans.

                                                                                                                        All Applicants

                                                                                                                        Complete the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
                                                                                                                        online at

                                                                                                                        When completing the FAFSA, list University of Southern California (code #001328)
                                                                                                                        in the schools release section of the form, so that USC Law will receive your data.
                                                                                                                        If your tax information is not yet available, you may use estimates. Parental
                                                                                                                        information is not required.

                                                                                                                        Submit the FAFSA to the processor as soon as possible after January 1, 2010.
                                                                                                                        To be considered for all available financial aid, be sure the processor receives
                                                                                                                        your FAFSA no later than March 1, 2010.
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                                                                                                                        Admitted Applicants

                                                                                                                        USC Law’s Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid is included in the
                                                                                                                        packet with your admission letter. For optimum consideration, submit this application
                                                                                                                        immediately after you are admitted. Once we receive the application, we will review
                                                                                                                        your file for scholarship assistance and loan eligibility.

                                                                                                                        To help ensure that you receive a timely offer of financial aid, carefully follow
                                                                                                                        the additional instructions provided with your admission letter.

                                                                                                                        If you have questions about financial aid, please call the Financial Aid Office

                                                                                                                        at (213) 740-6314 or send an email message to
Los Angeles, California 90089-0074
         (213) 740-2523


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