USC (Gould) c/o 2018

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2018)

Which doctrinal courses have you been assigned for the Fall term?

Poll ended at Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:01 pm

(1) Civ Pro, Torts, Contracts
3
30%
(2) Civ Pro, Con Law, Contracts
4
40%
(3) Civ Pro, Torts, Con Law
3
30%
 
Total votes: 10

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USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby FlyingNorth » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:54 pm

**Special thanks to LawsRUs for designing the OP**
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KEY DATES

***Admitted Students Weekend (Thursday, April 9 – Saturday, April 11)***

Thursday
Diversity Reception: 4/9, 5-7pm

Friday
Law Day Program: 4/10, 8am-5pm
Closing Reception: 4/10, 5-7pm

Saturday
USC Football Spring Practice: 1-5pm
(RSVP’s taken on a first-come, first-served basis)

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Scholarship Award Reservation: 4/15

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First tuition deposit: 5/1 ($500)
Second tuition deposit: 7/1 ($500)

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PROGRAMS

Clinical Programs
-Immigration Clinic
-Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic
-International Human Rights Clinic
-Mediation Clinic
-Post-Conviction Justice Project
-Small Business Clinic

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Student Journals and Honors Programs
- Southern California Law Review
- Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice
- Interdisciplinary Law Journal
- Hale Moot Court Honors Program
* Write-on competitions for honors journals take place after 1L year. Students are given about two weeks to complete the write-on.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER LINKS

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
LawSchoolChannel
ABA 509 Report, 2014
LSN
LST

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ACADEMICS

Graduation Requirements
- the first-year curriculum**
- 88 total units
- 35 upper-division graded units
- six semesters of full-time attendance
- the upper-division writing requirement
- the practical skills course requirement
- 65 units in "regularly scheduled class sessions"

** The first-year curriculum
Fall:
- Law, Language and Values (2 units)
- Torts (4 units)
- Procedure (4 units)
- Contracts (4 units)
- Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy (3 units)

Spring:
- Criminal Law (3 units)
- Constitutional Law (4 units)
- Property (4 units)
- Legal Profession (3 units)
- Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy (2 units)
(1 Elective)

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Academic Calendar 2015-2016

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Grading System
Gould uses both letter and numerical grades.
Highest Honors: A+ 4.1-4.4; A 3.9-4.0
Honors: A 3.8; A- 3.5-3.7; B+ 3.4
No Designation: 1.9-3.3

- 1Ls are not officially ranked. Only the students in the top 10% of the class are told of their standing.
- The median is published.

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Dual Degree Programs
Masters of Arts in Economics, International Relations, Philosophy, or Political Science; Master of Business Administration; Master of Business Taxation; Master of Communication Management; Master of Public Administration; Master of Public Policy; Master of Real Estate Development; Master of Science in Gerontology; and Master of Social Work.

Certificate Programs
- ADR
- Business Law
- Entertainment Law

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Support for Public Interest
- Public Interest Law Foundation Irmas Fellowship: An annual fellowship for a one-year, post-graduate position with the nonprofit agency of the fellow's choice.
- Clinton-Orfalea Fellowship: A one-year, post-graduate opportunity to work on one of the foundation's domestic or international initiatives
- PILF's Outstanding Public Interest Graduate Award: Honoring alumni commitment to public-interest careers
- ~25 summer grants
- Office of Public Service
- Legal Aid Alternative Breaks (LAAB)
- The Justice Bus Project
- Annual Public Interest Career Fair
- Street Law
- LRAP**

** LRAP
- Income of $50,000 or less: Full
- Income of $50,001 - $60,000: Graduate's annual contribution, 25% of annual income above $50,000
- Income of $60,000+: Graduate's annual contribution, $2,500 plus 50% of annual income above $60,000

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Quick Facts
Full- and part-time faculty: 87
Total faculty: 103
Student-faculty ratio: 10.7:1
(Source: USNWR 2016)

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Bar Passage Rates
2013: 85.78% (vs. 71.01% state); # of passers/takers: 187/218
2012: 87.23% (vs. 71.43% state); # of passers/takers: 164/188
2011: 91.30% (vs. 72.15% state); # of passers/takers: 168/184
(Source: ABA 2014 509)

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EMPLOYMENT

On-Campus Interview Program
The OCI Program is divided into two sessions. For 2015, the Early Interview Week is scheduled to take place in August, and Session II, in September. Starting this year, employers are able to pre-select 30% of their interviews and 70% are chosen through lottery.

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Source: LST
More Employment Statistics

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HOUSING

On-Campus: USC Housing operates more than 40 facilities, including houses, residential colleges, residence halls and apartments that provide our students a variety of living options. Visit the USC Housing website at http://housing.usc.edu/ for application information.

1Ls can apply for Terrace Apartments, university owned housing that fits the law school's academic calendar. Terrace Law Program

Off-Campus:
Average monthly rental fees: Studio ($800), 1-Bd ($1,000), 2-Bd ($1300)

General Perspectives of Neighborhoods:
- Arcadia/Pasadena/Glendale: Very nice and secure. There are many malls and parks. It is a great area for families with children. Arcadia is considered one of the best school districts of Los Angeles. Arcadia is a 40-70 min. commute to USC, Pasadena and Glendale being less time (30-60 minutes).
- Culver City/West L.A./Santa Monica: Many apartment buildings on Bundy drive, some of which are reasonably priced. Only 12 miles to USC and a 20 to 30 min. commute. Close to LAX airport, Beverly Hills and Downtown. Prices may be on the higher side as you get closer to the beaches.
- Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills/San Pedro in the South Bay: Beautiful area, but 25 miles from USC. Takes 45 min. to commute to school. Very safe neighborhoods and houses, condos, and apartments are available for renting or leasing.
- Playa del Rey/Marina del Rey/ElSegundo: Beach cities. Lots of beach sports, sailing/surfing/etc. Crowded on weekends, 16 miles from USC.
- Torrance/Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach in the South Bay: Secure, many places to dine out, large Asian community, and some houses are as affordable as apartments to rent.
- West Hollywood/Mid-Wilshire/Westwood: All areas toward the west of LA, which are along the Wilshire Blvd. corridor. Each community has its nice areas worth seeking out (ex. Westwood - younger university crowd, West Hollywood - mix of LGBTQ and Eastern Europeans).

Rental Listings:
- http://www.westsiderentals.com
- http://www.apartments.com/
- http://www.rentals.com/
- http://losangeles.craigslist.org/
- http://rentbits.com
- https://www.apartmentlist.com/ca/los-angeles#map
- http://hotpads.com/CA/Los_Angeles

Other resources:
The L.A. Times, The Daily Breeze, The Larchmont Chronicle, Pasadena Star News, The Recycler, The Easy Reader, Pacific Palisades Post, North Shore Shopper, The Argonaut, The Outlook, Glendale News Press, Beverly Hills Courier, and West Hollywood Independent.

Looking for roommates?
You can post below.

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Sources: First Year Housing Guide, Commuting and Public Transportation, Housing and Neighborhoods - Description and Commute from Campus, Patrol Area Map, GoogleMaps

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FOOTBALL

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

Hotels
Nearest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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ATTRACTIONS

- Rose Garden
- California Science Center
- Hollywood, Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theater
- Griffith Park and Observatory
- Dodger Stadium
- Staples Center
- Walk Disney Concert Hall
- Venice Beach (~35 min.), Santa Monica Beach (~30 min.)
- Watts Towers
- Third Street Promenade
- La Brea Tar Pits
- Disneyland (~40 min.)
- Universal Studios and City Walk
- Natural History Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
- J. Paul Getty Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Norton Simon Museum of Art
- Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
- Hollywood Bowl
- L.A. Live downtown
- House of Blues
- Pantages Theater
- Ahmanson Theater
- Mark Taper Forum
- Olvera Street

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POLL RESULTS

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c/o 2018 attending
aharri79
averagewhiteguy
bubbles139
calawgrl
cantreadgood
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dustybottoms7
FlyingNorth
joebear
junglegeorge
LawsRUs
mieko
polymorphic
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Last edited by FlyingNorth on Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:01 pm, edited 106 times in total.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby commandercup » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:17 am

Is this the school you decided on? :P

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:24 am

commandercup wrote:Is this the school you decided on? :P


:wink:

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby bubbles139 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:21 am

Checking in! Literally fell in love when I visited <3

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:30 am

bubbles139 wrote:Checking in! Literally fell in love when I visited <3


<3 are you in state or oos?

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby UCLAHopeful2015 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:14 am

Hey all!! Congrats on getting in to 'SC :lol:

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby bubbles139 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:17 am

LawsRUs wrote:
bubbles139 wrote:Checking in! Literally fell in love when I visited <3


<3 are you in state or oos?


OOS, but i'm doing undergrad in CA so i feel like an in-stater at this point lol you?

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:27 am

bubbles139 wrote:
LawsRUs wrote:
bubbles139 wrote:Checking in! Literally fell in love when I visited <3


<3 are you in state or oos?


OOS, but i'm doing undergrad in CA so i feel like an in-stater at this point lol you?


:D :D I'm in state; also finishing my undergrad.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby bubbles139 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:29 am

LawsRUs wrote:
bubbles139 wrote:
LawsRUs wrote:
bubbles139 wrote:Checking in! Literally fell in love when I visited <3


<3 are you in state or oos?


OOS, but i'm doing undergrad in CA so i feel like an in-stater at this point lol you?


:D :D I'm in state; also finishing my undergrad.



Nice haha I guess that makes at least two of us going straight through from undergrad...where are you at if you dont mind my asking (feel free to pm me btw)

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:32 am

^^ I'll pm you bubbles :wink:

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:40 am

UCLAHopeful2015 wrote:Hey all!! Congrats on getting in to 'SC :lol:


UCLA?!?! UCLA Hopeful 2015?!?!?!!
The enemy is here, what should we do about this?
Execute by hanging, or electrocute?
jk jk :wink:

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby UCLAHopeful2015 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:01 am

LawsRUs wrote:
UCLAHopeful2015 wrote:Hey all!! Congrats on getting in to 'SC :lol:


UCLA?!?! UCLA Hopeful 2015?!?!?!!
The enemy is here, what should we do about this?
Execute by hanging, or electrocute?
jk jk :wink:


Hehe I come in peace! Very excited for ASW and the chance to meet everyone who has gotten in so far!

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby Finalfan » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:37 am

https://www.facebook.com/groups/3165539 ... 6/members/

You forgot to link the FB site. They won't let you in unless you have accepted though. Congrats to all.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby UOI4430 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:00 am

Congrats everyone! Now let's get down to brass tacks. Who has negotiated successfully with USC?

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:41 am

UOI4430 wrote:Congrats everyone! Now let's get down to brass tacks. Who has negotiated successfully with USC?


Welcome UOI! I haven't done it yet, I better get to that soon..

Finalfan wrote:You forgot to link the FB site. They won't let you in unless you have accepted though. Congrats to all.


Thanks!! If you all have any other suggestions, please feel free to post or pm.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby bubbles139 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:02 pm

UOI4430 wrote:Congrats everyone! Now let's get down to brass tacks. Who has negotiated successfully with USC?



Hey, I got them to bump it up a tiny bit, not anything major but overall i'm decently happy with what they're giving me (:

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:04 pm

bubbles139 wrote:
UOI4430 wrote:Congrats everyone! Now let's get down to brass tacks. Who has negotiated successfully with USC?



Hey, I got them to bump it up a tiny bit, not anything major but overall i'm decently happy with what they're giving me (:


Did you use other schools' offers as leverage? Please pm me if that'd be more comfortable.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby bubbles139 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:08 pm

LawsRUs wrote:
bubbles139 wrote:
UOI4430 wrote:Congrats everyone! Now let's get down to brass tacks. Who has negotiated successfully with USC?



Hey, I got them to bump it up a tiny bit, not anything major but overall i'm decently happy with what they're giving me (:


Did you use other schools' offers as leverage? Please pm me if that'd be more comfortable.


I used UCLA as leverage, mostly since they're the only school ive heard from re: fin aid, but also because they're peer/rival schools in the LA market.

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:23 pm

^^ That's awesome!! Only a $15k increase in scholarship would bring me to USC for sure.
Shameless confession: I fell asleep in class today, woke up, and the first thought that came to me was attending Gould. :lol:
I'm pretty sure this is where I will end up, I just need to wait on two schools (WL and $).

Also, we need to recruit more people itt. :D :D :mrgreen:
Feel free to check in all!

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:05 pm

I'm a little confused on USC's policy on double depositing. USC's first deposit deadline is 5/1. Are we allowed to deposit at another school where its first deposit deadline is earlier than USC's (4/1)? Thanks!!

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby RubyRod » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:42 pm

LawsRUs wrote:I'm a little confused on USC's policy on double depositing. USC's first deposit deadline is 5/1. Are we allowed to deposit at another school where its first deposit deadline is earlier than USC's (4/1)? Thanks!!


Bunch of things on this.
1. Check your scholarship letter, mine says that if there is any double depositing, money will be revoked. I have not read the standard deposit deadline rules since the scholarship deadline is earlier.
2. Another forum talks about this but claims the report sent to schools about double depositing doesn't come out until May 15, there doesn't seem to be a consensus about whether having multiple deposits but then withdrawing before May 15th would show up in the report.
3. There are people negotiating an extension on deadlines for scholarships, so it can't hurt to ask. I think the deadline is more to find out who is actually still interested in coming so they can free up more $$$, not to scare you into committing.
4. There are people reporting that last year huge scholarship increases happened with multiple deposits because more money was freed up by those who did not deposit, BUT that only worked for well qualified students and they seemed unclear on the double deposit rules.
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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:59 pm

@mec, thank you so much for the info. I'll def ask for an extension at the second school. Thanks again!!

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby RubyRod » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:21 pm

LawsRUs wrote:@mec, thank you so much for the info. I'll def ask for an extension at the second school. Thanks again!!


No problem. I spent the last day or so combing through for info on negotiations and scholarships. Seems worth the time investment if it will wind up saving 30k+

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby RubyRod » Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:07 pm

Anyone else get the Terrace housing email but can't log in to register for some reason?

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Re: USC (Gould) c/o 2018

Postby LawsRUs » Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:29 pm

Wait, mec, are you set on USC now?




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