The University of Southern California (USC) is a leading private research university located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology, and international business. As a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, USC is recognized for especially strong research and academic programs. In its comprehensive 2021 ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 19th among more than 1,000 public and private universities. Home to Southern California’s first law school, USC Gould School of Law is an elite school committed to academic excellence, world-class faculty, and a close-knit and diverse student body. USC Gould boasts a supportive and tight-knit alumni population of more than 10,000 professionals around the globe. Its alumni are partners in the world’s largest law firms, head major international companies, and serve leadership roles in government and public service organizations. More than 500 USC Gould alumni have served as state or federal judges.