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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.
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On the first day of orientation, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are exceptional second-year law students who want to help you have a fun, successful and engaging first year. They provide continuous guidance and support throughout your first year, helping you feel welcomed, connecting you with your new environment and directing you to resources to help you become an integral part of the law school community.
You'll also have access to peer tutors — outstanding upper-division students who have prior experience teaching or mentoring students. Peer tutors host workshops and send weekly tips to you throughout your first year at USC Gould. They also are available for individual or small-group meetings to help with study skills and exam-prep techniques.
Dedicated legal writing fellows provide still further assistance to help you transition from academic writing to legal writing. Each writing fellow is paired with one of the legal writing professors. Fellows attend each writing class, teach proper legal citation form, and provide individual assistance with writing assignments during weekly office hours.
First-Year Peer Mentors
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Liz was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and resided there until her family moved to Denver, Colo. right before high school.
Liz earned a degree in Philosophy and Psychology with a minor in History in 2021 from the University of Michigan. Outside of the classroom in college, she was very involved in MUSIC Matters, an organization that put together a large music and lifestyle festival in Ann Arbor each year, along with filmmaking and peer mentoring.
After graduating college, Liz came straight to law school. As a 1L, she was a representative for Street Law and was a member of the Entertainment Law Society, Music Law Society, and Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society. Over the summer, Liz worked for a fantasy sports start-up, PrizePicks, and performed research for Professor Bob Rasmussen.
In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors (especially at the beach), try out new restaurants, travel, and complete jigsaw puzzles. She is really looking forward to meeting the Class of 2025! Fight on (and Go Blue)!
Monya was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif, and earned a degree in Psychology at USC in 2020. Monya was a 1L representative for the Real Estate Law Society, Health Law Society, and Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association.
As a 2L, Monya is excited to be the president of Real Estate Law Society and a peer mentor. During her free time, Monya enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her corgi. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2025 to the Gould family. Fight on!
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Enzo is from sunny San Clemente, Calif. and earned a bachelor's degree at the beautiful California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Enzo was an active participant in Cal Poly Mock Trial and helped develop the Gould trial team during his 1L year.
Over the summer, Enzo worked at the USC Gould Immigration Clinic, where he provided legal aid to individuals seeking asylum, citizenship, and protection from removal. As a 2L, Enzo is excited to serve as the faculty selection chair for the Student Bar Association, the vice president of the Criminal Law Society, a board member of the Gould trial team, and a member of the Immigration Clinic.
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Natalie was born and raised in Miami, Fl. and graduated from Georgetown University in 2020 with a degree in Foreign Service. Some of her favorite moments during her undergrad college experience include studying abroad in London and Madrid and visiting the New Beginnings Youth Development Center, part of the Washington, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, to play basketball with the residents and engage in peer mentorship and discussion, hoping to reduce the cycle of recidivism.
In her first year of law school at USC, Natalie served as a 1L representative for the Latinx Law Student Association and the International Refugee Assistance Project. This summer, she was excited to work for the Hon. Adalberto Jordan of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. As a 2L, she will be the co-events chair for LLSA.
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys hiking with family and friends, reading novels, binging new TV shows on Netflix, and trying out new restaurants. She is excited to be a peer mentor and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2025!
Undergraduate: George Washington University
Nick was born and raised in Marin County, Calif. He earned a degree in Psychology, including a minor in German from The George Washington University. During his junior year, Nick spent seven months studying in an immersive German language program at the Albert Ludwigs UniversitÃ¤t in Freiburg, Germany. During his time at GWU, Nick worked for California Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) and at the American Psychological Association.
Prior to attending Gould, Nick worked as a business and technology consultant in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health.
Over the summer Nick was excited to work as a law clerk at ATHLAW LLP, and looks forward to taking courses in negotiation, conflict resolution and international business transaction this year.
In his free time, Nick enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and weight training. He is excited to meet his peer mentees and the rest of the class of 2025!
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana, Monroe
Emma grew up in Bordeaux, France. She came to the US when she was recruited by the University of Louisiana Monroe for their water ski team. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. As an undergrad, she participated in mock trial tournaments and used her love for languages to translate letters from immigrants waiting in detention centers. After graduating, she volunteered in Costa Rica in a self-sustainable camp aimed at saving sea turtles and protecting the environment.
As a 1L, Emma was an Honor Scholar Academic co-chair and 1L representative for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic. This summer, she was excited to work in-house for Tekion Corp., a tech startup based in the Silicon Valley. As a 2L, Emma will serve as president of the Business Law Society.
In her free time, Emma enjoys surfing, working out, and testing French restaurants in LA!
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Oscar was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He understands the value of community and the importance of a strong social network which helps you thrive and succeed in many new social settings.
Oscar spent the summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, doing corporate transactional work for Marval, O'Farrel & Mairal, the country's largest law firm. He is excited to share his experience with incoming 1Ls!
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Lucas is from Los Angeles, Calif. and graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2020 with a degree in Economics. As an undergrad, Lucas was a research assistant in the UC Berkeley Department of Economics. Lucas also worked for the Berkeley Student Cooperative.
In his 1L year, Lucas was a member of the Entertainment Law Society, OUTLaw, and the Business Law Society. This summer, Lucas worked as an intern for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and as a research assistant for Professor Erik Hovenkamp. Lucas is excited to serve on the board of OUTLaw next semester!
Lucas has 17 years of experience as a pianist, having played for his high school band, choir, and other local community organizations. He mainly plays classical music but is currently learning to play jazz!
In his free time, Lucas enjoys going for walks around his neighborhood, hanging out with friends, and hiking. He is excited to get to know the incoming 1L class!"
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Vikram was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of California, Riverside in 2017. After graduation he worked as an accountant at a start-up law firm in the Bay Area after which he decided to go to law school.
As a 1L he was involved with the South Asian Law Students Association, Legal Technology Association, and the Business Law Society. Over the summer he worked at Gunderson Dettmer LLP in the Bay Area.
Outside of school Vikram enjoys playing basketball, soccer and skiing, as well as traveling and meeting up with friends to eat. He is excited to welcome the class of 2025 and get to know the newest Trojans!
Zoe is from Lower Merion, Pa., right outside Philadelphia. She graduated from USC in 2021 with degrees in Political Science and Journalism (yay double Trojans!). During Zoe's time at USC, she worked in the student-run newsroom as an executive producer and interned for four prime time shows at MSNBC. During her senior year, she worked on one of the 2021 NYC mayoral campaigns and after graduation worked the final weeks of the campaign on the ground.
At Gould, Zoe was 1L representative for the Jewish Law Students Association and played in the annual UCLA-USC basketball game. She is an experienced point guard. As a 2L, Zoe will be a secretary for JLSA and will serve on the board for the Legal Technology Association. For her 1L summer, Zoe interned at an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills and assisted a part-time Gould lecturer on his pro-bono voting rights case regarding fair access to voting in Georgia.
In her free time, Zoe loves to hike, play tennis, and explore Los Angeles. Zoe is looking forward to meeting the new 1Ls and supporting them this upcoming year.
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Maura grew up in Portsmouth, R.I. She earned a degree in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Maura was involved in Model United Nations and Alpha Chi Omega.
In her first year of law school, Maura was involved in the Women's Law Society and the Business Law Society. For her 1L summer, Maura worked at the Los Angeles office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
In her free time, she loves reading, trying new restaurants in LA, and spending time with friends. She is incredibly excited to meet the new 1L students and serve as a peer mentor!
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Claire grew up in Cary, N.C. She graduated from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she studied journalism, religious studies, and history. As an undergrad, Claire worked for The Daily Tar Heel, TedxUNC, and a state senator.
Before law school, Claire worked in North Carolina politics and ran a judicial campaign during the 2020 election cycle.
As a 1L, Claire was a Supreme Court Chair for the Student Bar Association and planned a soccer tournament between the Gould classes. During her 1L summer, she was excited to work for the Post-Conviction Justice Project at Gould, and looks forward to continuing her SBA and PCJP work during her 2L year.
In her free time, Claire enjoys painting, trying new recipes, recommending books, watching the same movies over and over again, and being overly competitive about the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Claire is excited to welcome the incoming 1L class!
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Gil was born in San Francisco, Calif. but moved to Toronto, Canada when he was four. He graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science. At Columbia, Gil also played for the varsity men's soccer team. After graduating, Gil worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for three years as a senior structured products analyst.
As a 1L, Gil was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Entertainment Law Society, and was events chair for the Student Bar Association. Over the summer, Gil worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles.
Gil has lived and played soccer in six different countries and played for a professional club in Europe.
In his free time, Gil enjoys lying down. He is so excited to get to know the incoming 1L class!
Undergraduate: University of Alabama
Maddie grew up in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She graduated in 2021 from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide), earning master's and bachelor's degrees in Marketing. During her time at Alabama, she was involved in her sorority and Hillel, spent time going to football games and hanging out in Tuscaloosa, and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
During her 1L year, Maddie was section rep for the Student Bar Association and Jewish Law Society. She also helped found the Fashion and Beauty Law Society. As a 2L, Maddie will continue her involvement in these organizations, as 2L class president, secretary of JLSA, VP of FBLS, and on the board of Business Law Society. This past summer, she externed at the Office of the Independent Assessor for the LA Fire Department.
In her free time, Maddie loves to go to the beach, drink copious amounts of coffee, watch Alabama football, work out, and spend quality time with her friends and family. She is excited to be a Peer Mentor and welcome the Class of 2025 into the Trojan Family. Fight On!
William Jahi Jenkins
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Jahi was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Political Science. During his undergraduate experience, he was a moot court participant, student lobbyist, member of several organizations, and conducted research on homelessness in the university honors program.
As a 1L, Jahi was a 1L representative for the Black Law Students Association and the Energy and Environmental Law Society. As a 2L, Jahi will serve as the president of BLSA and communications chair for EELS. In addition, he is excited to be involved in USC's Mediation Clinic. For his 1L summer, Jahi is working for Clarkson Law Firm PC, a private litigation firm based in Malibu, Calif., that focuses on consumer protection.
In his free time, Jahi loves to play a variety of musical instruments (piano, drums, bass guitar, etc), lift weights, play basketball, spikeball, read, and travel. Jahi is very excited to be a peer mentor and meet the incoming class.
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Yaz was born and raised in the egg capital of the world - Petaluma, Calif. In 2019, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Philosophy. Between undergrad and law school, Yaz worked full-time in the Film Studio Business and Legal Affairs department at Endeavor Content - a film television, sales, financing, and development company.
As a 1L, Yaz was a member of the Entertainment Law Society, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society, the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals program, and the Gould Honors Scholars program. During her 1L summer, Yaz worked on the Commercial Legal team at Apple Inc.
As a 2L, Yaz will continue her involvement in student organizations as president of the Entertainment Law Society. Outside of school, Yaz enjoys trying out new restaurants, attending cycling or high intensity interval training workout classes, and spending time with her friends and family. She's so excited to be a peer mentor this year and can't wait to welcome the class of 2025 into the Trojan Family!
Undergraduate: New York University
Pieter was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Political Theory. During his time at NYU, Pieter worked for TED Conferences, the organization behind TED Talks, and Sanctuary for Families, a non-profit dedicated to aiding survivors of domestic abuse.
This past year, Pieter was a 1L representative for the International Refugee Assistance Project, Armenian Law Students Association, and International Law and Relations Organization. Over the summer, he was excited to work as a law clerk at Clarkson Law Firm PC, and looks forward to serving as president of ILRO and vice president of Alumni Relations for ALSA this year.
In his free time, Pieter enjoys running, watching soccer, and cooking. He is excited to meet his peer mentees and the rest of the 2025 class!
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Marc grew up in Chino Hills, Calif., and graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At UC Berkeley, he was mainly involved with the men's basketball team on campus as a strength and conditioning intern. After graduation, Marc was a financial analyst at Verizon Media (now Yahoo!).p>
During his 1L year, Marc was a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Legal Technology association. He was also a student representative for the Philippine American Bar Association. During his 1L summer, Marc worked in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins LLP.
In his free time, Marc enjoys working out, trying new foods, and watching Los Angeles Lakers games. He is looking forward to meeting the class of 2025! Fight on!
Sandra Susan Mathew
Undergraduate: West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Sandra is a transactional lawyer from India specializing in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Gould, she worked at a Big Law firm in India for three-and-a-half years. As an undergrad in India, she was actively involved with an NGO which aimed to increase access and diversity in law schools in India.
While at Gould, Sandra enjoyed being a member of the South Asian Law Student Association, Womxn of Color Collective, and C. David Molina First-Generation Professionals program. As a 2L, Sandra is excited to serve as the president of SALSA. During her 1L summer, she interned with Neighborhood Legal Services at their Shriver Housing Project-LA. During her 2L summer, Sandra was excited to work at Latham & Watkins in their LA offices.
Sandra loves gardening, reading, exploring LA's restaurants, and catching up on the best K-Drama recommendations. Sandra is very excited to be a peer mentor and resource to the Class of 2024! Welcome to Gould!
Jeremy Miller grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. and earned a degree from the University of Southern California in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting and strategy. During his undergraduate years, Jeremy was an active member of the USC Hillel, serving on its executive board, and deeply enjoyed working at the USC Marshall School of Business tutoring and counseling students as a teaching assistant. Jeremy spent time interning in many different disciplines from investment banking to accounting to data analytics.
Jeremy was always drawn to the study and practice of the law due to its nuance and complexity as well as its impact on society. A career in the law will fit with Jeremy's endless curiosity and desire to ask "why?" He intends to take advantage of both his degrees and practice tax law.
During 1L, Jeremy was a 1L representative for Real Estate Law Society and Jewish Law Student Association. During his 1L summer, Jeremy interned in the tax and real estate groups of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. Besides being a peer mentor in his 2L year, Jeremy will conduct research with faculty, participate in the Mediation Clinic, and co-lead the Business Law Society's Transactional Law Dinner.
Soleil grew up in Morro Bay, Calif. before moving to Solana Beach, Calif. in middle school. She spent her freshman year at the American University of Paris and transferred into USC, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Psychology and Law. As an undergrad, she was a flyer and tumbler for the USC Cheer competitive cheer team, represented her sorority as Panhellenic Delegate, and served on the Panhellenic Council.
During her 1L year, she was the 1L representative for the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals program, Law Students for Better Health, and Criminal Law Society. She also co-founded the Fashion and Beauty Law Society. This upcoming year, she is so excited to be the president of Law Students for Better Health and Fashion and Beauty Law Society, in addition to serving as the secretary for the Student Bar Association.
In her free time, Soleil enjoys going to the beach and music festivals, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her friends. She is so excited to meet Gould's newest class!
Undergraduate: University of British Columbia
Daniella was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and recently moved to Los Angeles for law school. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2021 with a degree in Commerce Accounting and Real Estate. One of her most memorable experiences as an undergrad was studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain during a worldwide pandemic!
Daniella has enjoyed being a member of the USC Business Law Society, Women's Law Association, and Real Estate Law Society, including attending many events and taking part of mentorship programs. During the summer, Daniella worked with the USC Small Business Clinic and is incoming treasurer for the Business Law Society.
Outside of school, Daniella is a very active person who loves to swim, hike, golf, ski, snowboard and cycle. She is very excited to meet the incoming 1L class and can't wait to welcome them in the fall!
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara
Tallin grew up in Toronto, Canada and graduated summa cum laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy. As an undergraduate, she interned at the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office, was vice president of a nonprofit and vice president of her sorority.
As a 1L at USC Gould Tallin worked as a legal intern at USC's Worker's Rights Clinic and a 1L representatve for the Public Interest Law Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the Privacy Law Society, and the American Constitution Society.
Over the summer, she worked as a legal intern at Lone Star Justice Alliance filing civil rights cases in Texas!
A fun fact about her: She has lived in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, the U.K. and Italy! In her free time she loves surfing, hiking, going to farmer's markets, and doing yoga.
Tallin is excited to welcome the class of 2025!
Walter is from Los Angeles, Calif. and attended USC for undergrad. Having grown up in a family business, Walter developed a great appreciation for entrepreneurship and technology and thus studied accounting and computer programming to position himself for an interesting career in the law.
In his 1L year at Gould, Walter thoroughly enjoyed his Contracts and Property classes. He loved being a 1L representative for the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals program and Sports Law Society and will return this year as the co-president of FGP. During his 1L summer, Walter loved his time interning in the IP litigation group at Morrison Foerster LLP.
Outside of law school, Walter finds himself most at home eating double-wrapped-Chipotle-chicken-burritos in the great outdoors. Always up for an adventure, he won't ever turn down travel or a Spartan Race invite. Walter LOVES playing basketball, watching the NBA, and staying ever hopeful that the Lakers will return to at least a respectable level of decency.
Walter is super excited to welcome the newest Gould Class to the Trojan Family! Fight on, y'all
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Havyn grew up in Moorpark, Calif. and graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans (Roll Wave!) in 2021 with a double major in Economics and Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. As an undergrad, Havyn studied abroad in London, was a radio DJ and media director for a New Orleans-area radio station, and tutored student athletes.
Havyn decided to attend law school to pursue an intellectually stimulating career in which she could help others. She applied to Gould through the binding early decision program because she knew she wanted to be a Trojan! As a 2L, she is excited to be a board member of the Music Law Society, the Women's Law Association, and the newly formed Fashion and Beauty Law Society.
Outside of school, Havyn enjoys thrifting, playing soccer, and walking around beautiful Los Angeles. Havyn is looking forward to befriending and supporting new Gould students as a peer mentor!
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Michael was born and raised in San Diego, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in mechanical engineering and a certificate in entrepreneurship and technology. While at Berkeley, Michael interned for a medical device startup, and held leadership positions in a human-centered design club and his fraternity. After graduating, Michael studied for and passed the patent bar exam.
During 1L, Michael was a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society and the Legal Technology Association. During his 1L summer, Michael engaged in patent prosecution at an intellectual property law firm in Palo Alto, Calif.
Some of his favorite memories from 1L include getting to know classmates during breaks between classes, going to USC football games, and hanging out at Terrace.
He is excited to meet the new 1L's!
Undergraduate: Western Washington University
Dawson grew up in rural Alaska. Although he did not live in an igloo, he did use dog sleds as a means of transportation, but generally drove a car. He earned a degree in Economics at Western Washington University in 2019 and moved to Chicago to work in finance upon graduation. After two years of working with numbers, he decided that words were more fun and moved to Los Angeles to attend law school.
Dawson serves as the VP of Finance for the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and is working as a Gould writing fellow this summer. He also serves as an editor and author at the People's Tax Page, a non-profit founded by Gould Professor Ed McCaffery that focuses on disseminating information about tax law, consumer finance, and economic policy.
In his free time, Dawson likes hiking, skateboarding, photography, and hanging out at the beach. He looks forward to meeting the class of 2025 and sharing his insights regarding the infamous 1L year!
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
Sydney grew up in Lexington, Ky. She earned a degree in Religion from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she completed an honors thesis titled,"The Sacralization of Absolute Power: God's Power and Women's Subordination in the Southern Baptist Convention." Sydney worked as a litigation paralegal at a firm in Boston, Mass., and simultaneously worked as a private tutoring consultant in the Boston area. One of her most enjoyable jobs was working on the Bowdoin Facilities & Grounds crew for several summers.
During her 1L year, Sydney was a member of OUTLaw and the Sports Law Society. During her 1L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine. As a 2L, Sydney looks forward to serving as president of the American Constitution Society.
In her free time, Sydney loves to run ultramarathons, rock climb, play rugby, listen to Taylor Swift, stay (perhaps too) active on Goodreads, and cheer on her favorite women's soccer team, Angel City FC - just down the street from USC. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2025 as a peer mentorâ€”Fight on!
Undergraduate: Whitman College
Alexandra, better known to most as Allie, grew up in Fairfax, a small town in northern California. She graduated from Whitman College in 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. While studying science at Whitman, she also took language classes, was captain of the Alpine ski team, took voice lessons, and was very involved in the Outdoor Program, leading hiking and backpacking trips and working as the Wilderness Orientation program coordinator.
After returning from living in Germany, Allie decided she wanted to shift the trajectory of her career and become a lawyer. At Gould, she works with the Immigration Clinic and is treasurer of the International Law and Relations Organization.In her free time, Allie enjoys finding local coffee shops and breweries, discovering the hiking LA has to offer, playing IM and rec soccer, and skiing as many days as she can get away to Tahoe for!
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Rachel grew up in Metro Detroit, Mich. She followed in her family's footsteps and attended Michigan State University (Go Green!) where she graduated with high honors and a degree in Professional Writing. During her time as an undergrad, Rachel worked for the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and the Michigan Victim Advocacy Network.
During her first year at Gould, Rachel was a 1L representative for the Women's Law Association, and during her 2L year, Rachel will be co-president of WLA.
Rachel spent this summer externing for Judge Michael Newman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She is so excited to learn more about the federal court system!
In her free time, Rachel enjoys hanging with friends, going to the beach, hiking, knitting, and finding good affordable restaurants in LA.
Undergraduate: Miami University of Ohio
Cindy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2021, where she double majored in Psychology and Music Performance. In college, she worked as an orientation leader, psychology research assistant, and volunteer pianist.
During her 1L summer, Cindy externed for the Hon. Roberta S. Hayashi of the Superior Court of California in the County of Santa Clara. As a 2L, she is excited to serve as the secretary of the Womxn of Color Collective, fundraising chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and treasurer of the Legal Technology Association.
In her personal time, Cindy loves playing tennis, piano, and Wordle. She can't wait to meet the incoming 1L class!
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Nicole grew up in Kent, Conn. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2021 with a degree in Political Science. As an undergrad, Nicole was a member of the Korean Student Organization, a volunteer tutor at a Chicago-area elementary school, and a project leader for a student-run political consulting group on campus.
As a 1L, Nicole was a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and Law Students for Better Health. She was excited to work for the Post-Conviction Justice Project over the summer. As a 2L, Nicole serves as co-vice president for the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals program and as co-social chair for APALSA.
Outside of school, Nicole enjoys cooking, eating, working out, skateboarding, and doing yoga. Nicole can't wait to meet the Class of 2025!
Transfer Peer Mentors
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Caleb grew up in Wilton, Conn. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2021 with a degree in Economics. As an undergrad, Caleb worked with professional and collegiate athletes in a number of different roles and founded a fraternity.
This past year, Caleb was a 1L representative for the Sports Law Society, and is excited to serve as the co-president next year. During his 1L summer, Caleb is working as a law clerk at ATHLAW LLP.
In his free time, he loves starting new TV shows, playing basketball, and getting out in nature. He is excited to meet the new 1L class and serve as a peer mentor!
Grace was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2019 with a degree in International Relations Global Business. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied abroad at King's College in London. Prior to attending law school, Grace worked at Oracle Corporation for one year.
Grace spent her 1L year at Southwestern Law School before transferring to USC Gould where she is now involved in the Small Business Clinic. Grace was a summer associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and looks forward to becoming a peer mentor in the upcoming year.
In her free time, Grace enjoys traveling, hiking, and baking.
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Noah grew up in Lakewood, Calif. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Classical Civilizations. While at UCLA, Noah worked with the UCLA football team as an equipment manager, worked as a summer camp counselor at the Bruin Woods Resort at Lake Arrowhead, and was involved with the UCLA Cheese Club and UCLA Mentorship Program.
This past year, Noah was a 1L representative for the Sports Law Society, the Music Law Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and Street Law. Over the summer, Noah worked as a law clerk at ATHLAW LLP. As a 2L, Noah is excited to be the social chair for the Sports Law Society and the social chair for the Student Bar Association!
In his free time, Noah enjoys video games, gardening, and hanging out with friends. Noah is looking forward to meeting the new class of USC Gould law students! Fight on!
2022-23 Academic Success Fellows
Katarina (Kat) Ulich (Sections A-E)
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Kat was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 2021, Kat graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied business. At USC, Kat is involved in the Student Bar Association as the Academic Affairs Chair and in the Business Law Society as the Co-Vice President. She loves skiing, spending time at the beach, and taking her 2-year-old puppy Westy on hikes. Kat spent her 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Kirkland & Ellis in NYC. She can't wait to get to know the Class of 2025!
Jesse Eaton-Luria (Sections F-J)
Undergraduate: University of California - Santa Barbara
Jesse is from Marin, California and graduated from UCSB in 2020 with a degree in Global Studies and Spanish. She LOVES UCSB and enjoys visiting whenever she can. She studied abroad her junior year in Santiago, Chile and backpacked in Torres del Paine, Patagonia and on the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. She also worked in Costa Rica for 3 months for a non-profit organization and was set to do the Peace Corps in Colombia before Covid-19 changed her plans and she found herself at law school; the theme is that Jesse loves to travel! During her 1L summer, Jesse was an in-house legal intern for the Public Interest Network, and she is interested in pursuing human rights and environmental law. In her free time, Jesse enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, playing spikeball and pickleball, and eating dessert. She can't wait to meet you all and support you in any way she can!
Jessica Block (Sections K-O)
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Jessica was born and raised in Irvine, California. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2020 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Public Health. During undergrad, Jessica studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and volunteered as a court watcher in the Orleans Parish criminal courts. During her 1L summer, Jessica was a law clerk at CDF Labor Law LLP in Orange County. During her 2L summer, Jessica was a summer associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Newport Beach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to concerts, yoga, skiing, and finding the best ice cream in Los Angeles. She is really looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to Gould!
Dan Klerman awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to conduct research in Israel
June 7, 2023
At Hebrew University in Jerusalem, USC Gould professor will compare immigration policies
Trailblazer Elyn Saks sees ‘gender-inspired mental health activism happening all the time now’
June 6, 2023
USC Gould professor is founder, faculty director of Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics
USC Gould Law Library showcases ‘rejuvenating power of music’
June 2, 2023
Performances feature LA Philharmonic concertmaster, saxophone quartet