USC Gould School of Law Announces New Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the law becomes an increasingly integral part of society, the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California has introduced a new undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. This innovative degree program prepares students to understand how law shapes modern culture and explore emerging employment opportunities, while benefiting from a unique multidisciplinary education.

The new BS in Legal Studies is the first four-year bachelor’s degree at USC Gould to give undergraduates a comprehensive education in legal infrastructure and law, and examine their societal impact. The degree also provides the skills and knowledge to excel in a wide variety of roles that intersect with the law but do not require you to be a practicing lawyer.

“This new undergraduate degree underscores USC Gould’s strategic vision and continues the tradition of innovation, equity, and excellence that is part of our history,” said Dean Andrew Guzman. “Students who choose the BS in Legal Studies will be well positioned to succeed in both the public and private sectors. An understanding of our legal system and the rule of law will be an important asset throughout their careers. The new program exemplifies USC Gould’s mission, dedicated to training students through interdisciplinary and clinical education to make impactful contributions to the world around them.

According to Professor Bob Rasmussen, who oversees undergraduate education at Gould, while law is at the heart of society, lawyers should not be the sole guardians of the legal system, and the legal profession should be an effort of collaboration between lawyers and educated citizens about how the law affects society.

“The law cannot be left to lawyers alone. Part of the job of a great undergraduate education is to help people understand the society they are going to belong to, shape and lead,” says Rasmussen.

Currently, USC Gould offers more than 25 undergraduate law courses, in addition to its legal studies minor, a law and social justice minor, a law and migration studies minor, and a new law and technology minor. Students in Gould’s minor programs come from more than two dozen majors at USC. According to Maddy Zamany, director of undergraduate programs at Gould, the degree deepens the law school‘s popular undergraduate offerings.

Courses in the BS in Legal Studies program span multiple disciplines, including technology, sociology, and economics, with future plans to collaborate more with various USC schools and departments on pressing global, national, and local issues. Students will also be required to engage in an internship to reinforce their practical experiences.

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About USC Gould Law School

USC Gould School of Law is a top-20 private law school renowned for its academic excellence and world-class faculty. USC Gould is known for its diverse and collegial student body, leadership in clinical education, and supportive and global alumni network. Located in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s top legal markets and a hub for major law and entertainment firms, The Gould School offers a dynamic laboratory for legal education.

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