The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, University of Southern California (USC) Gould, School of Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904. A lively campus with the activities and events that take place at a world-class university, students also share experiences in one of the greatest cities in the world: Los Angeles. USC Law has consistently been ranked between 15th and 18th by the U.S. News and World Report list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" since the magazine has published an annual version of its rankings.
USC Law's Graduate and International Programs office offers various graduate law programs for international students intending to pursue a further degree in the United States. The programs offered include the following:
Master of Laws (LL.M.) program
This program is designed for international Attorneys, Judges, Government Officials, Prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers, and recent law graduates who are interested in receiving a degree in American law, and the U.S. legal system, and prepares them for leadership roles in the global market.
Master of Comparative Law Program (M.C.L.)
To qualify for admission to the M.C.L. program, applicants must have earned their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) outside of the United States and must have earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree or the equivalent.
Visiting International Program
The Visiting International Program (VIP) is designed to provide international legal and business professionals with an opportunity to build a foundation in American law over two semesters of study at USC Law on a non-credit, non-degree basis. In addition, the program offers current LL.M. students the ability to continue their legal studies for an additional year and, if they should desire, prepare for a bar exam by taking additional bar-related courses.
Summer Law & English Program
The University of Southern California Law School invites to participate in its 4 week summer program, the "Summer Law & English" Program. The 2012 Summer Law & English program will run from July 16, 2012 through August 10, 2012. The program is a unique course designed for international lawyers, corporate legal counsels, business professionals, government officials, and law students who would like to learn about the American legal system while improving their English ability. The summer law program is designed primarily for those who have earned or will earn their first law degree (LL.B. or equivalent) outside of the United States and for students of all levels of English fluency.
Academic Journals and Honors Programs
USC Law hosts three academic journals and offers one additional honors program: Southern California Law Review , Interdisciplinary Law Journal , Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice and the Hale Moot Court Honors Program . Selected law students can participate in one honors program in an academic year. USC Law has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.
The Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library
The primary function of the Gabriel and Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and The Asa V. Call Law Library is to support the teaching and research activities of the USC Law community. The Law Library also serves the scholarly needs of the larger USC University community, greater Los Angeles and, as physical and staff resources permit, assists the general public and legal scholarship beyond the University. The Law Library's primary responsibility is to develop its collection and information technology to support the teaching, research, and writing efforts of the faculty and students of USC Law. The Law Library also assumes the responsibility for providing the basic legal materials needed for the University community, unless the materials are collected by another library within the University. The Law Library has over 380,000 volumes and volume equivalents. The Law Library also has access to a large collection of legal and legal-related databases.
USC maintains six client clinics to provide students real experience with lawyering skills: Employer Legal Advice Clinic - counseling Los Angeles-area non-profits with employment law issues. Immigration Clinic - providing pro bono representation to clients in a variety of immigration cases from over 25 different countries. Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic - assisting artists, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and policy makers with intellectual property issues. Mediation Clinic - providing mediation for small claims and civil harassment cases for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Post-Conviction Justice Project - representing clients on civil issues related to incarceration, parole hearings, and constitutional rights. Small Business Clinic - providing corporate legal assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and small businesses.
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