University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Admissions: University of Southern California (Gould)

Fall 2009 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 6,024
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 1,322
Overall acceptance rate 21.9%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 215
Number of full-time program applicants 6,024
Number of full-time program acceptances 1,322
Full-time acceptance rate 21.9%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 215
Number of part-time program applicants 0
Number of part-time program acceptances 0
Part-time acceptance rate N/A
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 0
Fall 2009 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.47-3.71
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 165-167
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 3.47-3.71
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 165-167
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students N/A
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students N/A

Careers: University of Southern California (Gould)

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2008 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 89.6%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 70.7%
Class of 2008 Graduates
Total graduates 210
Graduates employed at graduation 91.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 97.1%
Starting Salaries of 2008 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $145,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 82%
Median public service starting salary $45,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2008)
Percent employed in academia 3.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 6.5%
Percent employed in government 4.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 5.0%
Percent employed in law firms 76.0%
Percent employed in public interest 5.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 5.0%
2008 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 86%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 7.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.6%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 85.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.7%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services
(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations First-year students meet individually with career counselors to map personalized job search strategy. Counselors are attorneys with deep understanding of legal job market; one staff member focuses on clerkship assistance. Services include workshops, simulated interviews, mock alumni interviews, career guidance, resume help. Extensive national alumni network offers broad networking opportunities.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 89.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 9.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%