USC Gould School of Law

USC Gould School of Law is a graduate school within the University of Southern California. Established in 1896, it is the oldest law school in the Southwestern United States.

It offers various graduate law programs for international students including LL.M., LL.M. in Tax Program, M.C.L. Program, VIP Program, Summer Law & English Program, JD Study Abroad. The Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) Program is a one-year degree program designed for experienced lawyers, corporate counsel, consultants, prosecutors, judges, academics, members of government ministries and bankers.

USC Law is home to the following research centers: the Center for Law and Philosophy; the Center for the Study of Law and Politics; the Center for Law, Economics and Organization; the Initiative and Referendum Institute; the Center for Law, History and Culture; and the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

Notable alumni of the School include Louis Galen (former CEO of Golden West Financial), Larry Flax (co-founder of California Pizza Kitchen), Charles Prince (former chairman & CEO of Citigroup), Alan Hoffman (former Vice President of Timmons and Co.), etc.


- USC Law School is placed 18th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" 2010.

- 23rd in the Leiter Law School Rankings by Faculty Quality Based on Scholarly Impact - Median Per Capita Citations (2007).

- 14th in the Leiter: Law School Rankings by Student Quality - Rank by 25th Percentile LSAT (2007).