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Explore the role of law through undergraduate programs and courses taught by renowned faculty at a nationally top-ranked law school.

Law affects everyone, and aspiring leaders can broaden their education by learning the legal concepts that shape our society. Undergraduate students at the University of Southern California can choose to major or minor in legal studies.

Changing the World Begins with Learning the Law

  • Expand your career possibilities and anchor your passions with a foundational understanding of the U.S. legal system
  • Study at one of the nation’s premier law schools
  • Learn from leading law experts and scholars

Undergraduate Law Opportunities

USC Gould School of Law offers a legal studies bachelor’s degree, minor programs and progressive and accelerated degrees — in addition to student organizations and standalone law courses.

BS in Legal Studies

Gain an-depth understanding of the legal system in this major designed for future leaders. Choose from four tracks to specialize your studies.

Minor Programs

Complement your major with one of four minors, ranging from technology to social justice.

Progressive Degree Programs

Earn your master’s degree with a reduced number of units while earning your undergraduate degree.

3+3 JD Program

Fast-track your career and earn your your bachelor’s degree and JD in this accelerated program.

The Undergraduate Law Advantage

Explore the people, resources and opportunities that set our program apart.

Faculty

Learn from the nation’s top legal minds and expert law practitioners — the same faculty who teach in our top-rated JD and master’s degree programs.

Undergraduate Law Courses

USC Gould's undergraduate law courses meet a variety of graduation requirements.

Admissions & Financial Aid

We welcome undergraduate applicants who are entering as first-year, transfer, international and DACA students, as well as current USC students who are in good academic standing.

Student Organizations

USC Gould provides leadership, guidance and support to undergraduate student organizations across campus that are affiliated with and approved by the Office of Undergraduate Law.

Meet our Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors are available to answer any of your questions about undergraduate student life at Gould and USC. Email them anytime at [email protected]

Diego

Student Ambassador

Diego is a first-year majoring in Legal Studies. His areas of interest are corporate law and the private sector. This past year, he has been working at Operation New Hope helping at-risk youth. He is a part of Latino Students in Law, La CASA, Latin dance, and Trojan Boxing. In his free time, he likes to go hiking, biking, exploring, and gaming.

Lauren

Student Ambassador

Lauren is a second year student majoring in Legal Studies with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management. Her area of interest is in criminal law and studying the ways in which our legal system impacts women of color. She looks forward to an internship abroad in London for the summer of 2024. Lauren is also highly involved in Undergraduate Student Government (USG) as a Sustainability Committee Member and holds an executive position in her sorority, Alpha Phi. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time at the beach and finding new coffee shops in LA.

Susanna

Student Ambassador

Susanna is a third-year majoring in Legal Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. Her areas of interest are in representing startups and growth stage companies in incorporation and investing. During her academic year, she served as a JusticeCorps member at the Los Angeles Superior Court, assisting self-represented litigants in their legal proceedings. Susanna is involved with organizations such as the Society of Women in Law, Trojan Review, Blackstonians Pre-Law Honors Society, and Undergraduate Student Government. In her free time, Susanna loves spending her life savings on books and cycling along the beach.

Kathy

Student Ambassador

Kathy is a 3rd year majoring in Law, History, and Culture with minors in Law and Technology and Classical Piano Performance. Her areas of interest are in cybersecurity law, digital regulation, and financial regulation. In the past, she worked on civic engagement campaigns as an Elections Fellow for the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization. She has also worked on research for Professor Sokol, and will be an incoming 2024 Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Kathy is involved on campus with organizations such as the Joint Educational Project, Phi Alpha Delta, and is the Director of Alumni Relations for the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation Association. As a native Arizonan, being in Los Angeles is a nice break from the heat and she loves exploring the beaches of LA, going on hikes, and going to concerts in her free time!

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Undergraduate News

Four undergraduates to receive first bachelor's degrees at USC Gould School of Law
Woman sitting at graduation wearing black robes and a USC-decorated mortarboard.
Four undergraduates to receive first bachelor's degrees at USC Gould School of Law
USC Gould celebrates its first B.S. in Legal Studies graduating class
May 7, 2024
USC Gould welcomes inaugural first-year cohort for bachelor's degree in legal studies
The first-year cohort for bachelor’s degree in legal studies poses in front of the Tommy Trojan statue.
USC Gould welcomes inaugural first-year cohort for bachelor's degree in legal studies
Students join USC's new undergraduate degree from across the nation and globe
October 27, 2023
USC Gould School of Law announces new Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
USC Gould School of Law announces new Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
Innovative undergraduate degree provides comprehensive foundation in law and legal infrastructure
June 21, 2022

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