University of Southern California

Law and Business Students Team Up
Students from Both Schools Create Gould/Marshall Alliance to Enhance Interaction
December 23, 2009 • by Jason Finkelstein

Two powerhouse USC schools have formed one strategic alliance.

Although the buildings they study in are mere yards from one another, students at USC Law and the USC Marshall School of Business had not previously spent much time interacting, despite the growing intersection of legal and business issues in today's society.

But this year, students from both schools joined forces to create the Gould/Marshall Alliance, a club comprised of members from both schools that is geared toward enhancing interaction between the two student bodies.

"There is a lot of desire from law students and business students to work together and get to know each other," said Philip Castro '11, president and founder of the group.

In its first year, the Gould/Marshall Alliance has already sponsored events ranging from professional to philanthropic to fun. One highlight was a panel, co-sponsored with USC Law's Federalist Society, on current issues in intellectual property and copyright law.

The group also sponsored an inter-school competitive blood drive (won by USC Law) and a tailgate for a USC football game.

In the spring, in addition to a "rematch" blood drive, a panel discussion on entrepreneurship is in the works.

Castro believes that interaction between the two schools will benefit both student bodies.

"Students are hopefully finding it easier to reach out and use either school as a resource," he said.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.