About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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If you believe that USC Gould clearly offers the best path to your legal future, applying for the Binding Early Decision could be the right option for you.
Every student admitted through the Early Decision program is guaranteed a minimum scholarship covering at least 50 percent tuition for the first year of law school. The scholarship is guaranteed for the remaining two years at that same dollar amount.
You may apply to only one law school for binding early decision admission. You remain eligible to apply for nonbinding admission at other law schools.
If you are admitted to USC Gould, you must agree to attend and immediately withdraw all of your other law school applications and refrain from initiating any new ones.
Students admitted to USC Gould through Binding Early Decision will not be granted deferrals. If you apply for Binding Early Decision, we expect that you are fully ready to commit to USC Gould upon being admitted.
To be considered for Binding Early Decision, you must apply by the deadline and follow the application process for three-year JD admission. You must also include a signed Binding Early Decision agreement form, available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not include the signed Binding Early Decision agreement form. Once the application is submitted, it may not be withdrawn (without good cause) or changed to regular decision.
The application fee is waived for candidates seeking admissions under the Binding Early Decision option.
The LSAT is required for all Binding Early Decision applicants. You must take the LSAT no later than the November 11, 2022 administration. If you intend to take the November LSAT, you must apply by the November 20, 2022 deadline and your score will be sent with your CAS report when it is available. If you intend to take only the GRE, you are not eligible to apply to the Binding Early Decision program. GRE only candidates must apply via the regular decision application.
Applications must be complete by December 6, 2022. Applications that remain incomplete as of December 7, 2022 will be rolled over to the regular decision cycle. Decisions on all early decision applications will be rendered no later than December 23, 2022.
Binding Early Decision candidates are evaluated using the same criteria as all other applicants. Candidates may be admitted, denied or rolled over to the nonbinding decision pool. Candidates who are rolled over or denied are no longer bound by the terms of the Binding Early Decision agreement and may continue applying to other law schools. However, if you are denied admission to USC Gould, you may not reapply via the nonbinding decision process.
If admitted, you will be asked to submit an Enrollment Confirmation Form, and pay a one-time seat deposit of $1,000 by the deadline. Scholarship awards will be made before the deposit deadline. If you wish to compare multiple admission offers, Binding Early Decision may not be right for you.
Binding Early Decision admissions decisions are made in mid to late December. We accept applications on a rolling basis, as space is available. You will be notified via email and postal mail. No admissions decisions will be released over the phone.
We encourage you to visit USC Gould to observe a class, schedule a tour or attend an information session to ensure that USC Gould is the right fit for your needs and goals.
USC Gould reserves the right to revoke an admission offer if a candidate fails to comply with any of the application instructions. At the dean or Admissions Committee's discretion, USC Gould also may provide the names of applicants admitted through Binding Early Decision to other law schools upon request.
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