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University of Southern California (USC Law School)

What sets USC Law students apart from their peers at other institutions? Extraordinary academic credentials, and a rich diversity of background and experience.

Each year USC Law receives over 7,000 applications. With roughly 200 spaces to fill in the entering class, admission is highly selective. Our application deadline is February 1, 2006, but early applications receive priority review. We strongly encourage you to submit your application prior to the deadline.

The USC Law Academic Support Program provides a variety of resources to assist all students as they learn how to study law, and to support students seeking to improve their academic performance in law school.

In cooperation with faculty, the Program offers periodic co-curricular workshops designed to assist students in learning methods of studying law, including practical skills and approaches designed to help students achieve success in their classes. The Program offers a variety of online and written resources recommended for students seeking assistance in their legal studies. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources rather than spending money on other resources available elsewhere.

As the first law school established in the Southwest, USC Law has been a major feeder for legal employers throughout the region for more than a century. With its large and lucrative legal market and enviable weather, California is a great place to start a career, but expect to be lured by jobs throughout the country. Beyond the West, New York City and Washington D.C. are the most popular placement areas for USC graduates.

You don’t have to navigate a legion of secretaries to speak to a professor. Just knock on the office door! Even our nationally recognized stars, such as Susan Estrich and Elizabeth Garrett, are available to students and work closely with a number each year on independent research projects. If you come to USC Law from a large public institution where the faculty seemed inaccessible, get ready for the college experience you always wanted.

Experts estimate that the typical law-school graduate will change jobs eight or nine times over the course of a career. USC’s Trojan Family can make those transitions easier to pursue and more pleasant to accomplish. The strength of this alumni network is legendary – and real. Join the Trojan Family and enjoy a lifetime of professional contacts, friends, and support.

If you’re looking for the largest U.S. government center outside Washington D.C., look no further than L.A. The Los Angeles Superior Court is the busiest court system in the country, handling more than 600,000 cases per year. And as home to industries as diverse as entertainment and aerospace, this world-class city also offers some of the most exciting work experiences available in the private sector.

Frank Rothman Scholars Program

The Frank Rothman Scholars Program selects one top applicant each year to receive the Frank Rothman Scholarship, which includes full tuition for three years and a summer position at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom during the summer after the student's first year of Law School. The scholarship honors the late Frank Rothman, a 1951 USC Law School graduate and one of the nation's most respected litigators.

One of USC Law’s top advantages is the University of Southern California, which has climbed to the top ranks among national universities. Time magazine recently named USC “College of the Year,” and the university is among the top ten destinations for National Merit Scholars. Don’t forget to count the benefits of USC’s fully resourced campus: libraries, tree-lined parks, fountains, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and 18 dual-degree programs.

Summer Fellowships

A unique opportunity to experience the law, explore career options, build relationships, and help fund your legal education. Real experience, a guaranteed position, and a paycheck – what a great way to spend the summer after your first year of law school!

Each spring USC Law’s Admissions Office awards top admitted applicants our Summer Fellowships, which provide a guaranteed paid position during the summer following the first year of law school.

The Fellowship is offered in partnership with prestigious law firms, businesses, and public-interest organizations. Fellows spend half the summer at a law firm and half at a business – learning about legal transactions from both sides – or spend the whole summer at a public-interest organization. When they return to their second year of law school, Fellows bring solid work experience to guide the next steps in their education.

School name:University of Southern CaliforniaUSC Law School
Address:699 Exposition Blvd., University Park
Zip & city:CA 90089-0071 California

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