© Journal of Law & Society at USC

USC Journal of Law & Society

The leading interdisciplinary journal at the University of Southern California


The Journal of Law and Society at the University of Southern California is a student-run, interdisciplinary Journal that promotes outstanding undergraduate scholarship.

Guided by top faculty members at the University of Southern California, papers selected for publication undergo a rigorous editing process by undergraduate students at USC to ensure that each paper is of the highest quality.

The Journal of Law and Society seeks to publish papers from a wide range of disciplines that reflect diverse viewpoints, and strives to promote greater awareness and understanding of the legal field. 


Executive Board 2017-2018

Sebastian John

Walter Young


Year: Senior

Major: Physics

Sebastian joined the Journal as an Associate Editor in 2017, and rose to the Executive Board as a Lead Editor in 2018. He is now a senior studying Physics and completing a Master of Studies in Law at USC Gould. He is also a fellow with the Citizens' Climate Lobby and researches the intersection of science with law.

Alyssa Czaban

Lead Editor

Year: Junior

Major: Political Economy

Alyssa joined the Journal in 2018 as an Associate Editor before rising to the Executive Board. She has also been involved in the Joint Educational Project and is part of the Thematic Option program.

Catherine Maring

Lead Editor & Director of PR

Year: Sophomore

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Law and Society

Catherine recently joined the journal as Lead Editor and Director of Public Relations. She is also a student consultant for the Association of Innovative Marketing, a counselor for Troy Camp and is exploring the fields of finance and corporate law. 

Kate Mijo Hwang

Director of Finance

Year: Senior

Major: Political Science and Biology

Kate joined the Journal in 2017 as an Associate Editor before joining the Executive Board, and has been the Director of Finance since. She is involved with Grace on Campus and Colleges Against Cancer. She is also a student liaison for Divided Families USA, and previously volunteered for a congressional campaign.

Jason Collins

Lead Editor

Year: Senior

Major:​ English & History

Jace joined the Executive Board as a Lead Editor after two years as an Associate Editor. He has also been on the executive board of the British Parliamentary Debate team, and engaged in a variety of literary research projects at Cambridge and USC.

Lauren Sanders

Lead Editor

Year: Sophomore

Major:​ Philosophy, Politics, and Law

Lauren joined the Journal in 2018, only a Freshman at the time, before joining the Executive Board. She is also a water polo player and has experience with a civil law firm.

Associate Editors 2019-2020

Jane Lynn

Jonathan Acosta

Ryan Nhu

Shreya Tatkar

Lauren Mattice

Ella Brunsman

Lauren Andrews

Zhizhou (Josie) Liu

Vanessa Nguyen

Madeleine Gatto

Isabella Ortiz

Rachel Heil

Alexia Coutts

Ethan Saber

Samantha Huang

Emily Sajkoski

Rinsoluwa (Rin) Oisaghie

Echo Tang

Santino Labate


Executive Board 2019-2020


Join the Journal

The Journal of Law and Society recruits new Associate Editors for each school year in the fall semester. The application period opens for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.

Applications for Associate Editors consist of a brief application, a one-page resume, and a two-page academic writing sample. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact the Journal at uscjournal@gmail.com with any questions regarding applications.


All undergraduate academics from any university, major, or program are invited to submit research papers of at least 10 double-spaced pages in length. Papers may have been completed for coursework, independent study, or written specifically for the Journal. We encourage students from a wide range of disciplines to submit their work. Papers should relate to an aspect of law and society in some manner, but need not have these topics as the central theme.

The USC Journal of Law and Society carefully considers all submissions that it receives on a rolling basis. Our selection process ensures that every paper is thoroughly and collaboratively reviewed, though papers submitted before the final deadline are given first consideration.

The submissions period for the Spring 2020 Edition of the Journal of Law and Society is open and closes on January 13th, 2020. Find our Call for Submissions here.


Please e-mail submissions to uscjournal@gmail.com in Word format (.doc or .docx). Please include a cover page with the title of your paper, your full name, your contact information (cell phone number and email address), the name of your university, your major(s), your expected year of graduation, and a 4-6 sentence abstract.


*Please note that by submitting a paper, authors commit to working with the Journal’s staff to edit and prepare the paper for publication should the paper be selected. Contact the Journal at uscjournal@gmail.com with any questions.



Editor-in-Chief: Madeline Goossen

The Spring 2019 publication of the Journal welcomed Madeline Goossen back as Editor-in-Chief. This edition included papers written by students from universities across the United States and covered topics like issues of liability regarding California’s recent wildfires, the concept of laïcité in French culture, changing eminent domain laws in Florida, and regulations in the foie gras industry. 

Authors: Norma Jazmin Gudiño Mendoza, Sarah Anne McKenzie, Jared Kelly, and Ryan Nhu

Editor-in-Chief: Madeline Goossen

The USC Journal of Law and Society welcomed Madeline Goossen as the Editor-in-Chief for the Spring 2018 issue. This edition highlighted papers written by students from universities across the country and dealt with topics like human rights in rural Pakistan, the constitutionality of sex offender registrations, and future of content filtering by governments in regards to freedom of expression.

Authors: Belal Jonaid, Laura Russell, Dale MacLean, Ariana Arzani, and Emily Miller

Editor-in-Chief: Kyra Schoonover

Under the direction of new Editor-in-Chief Kyra Schoonover, the USC Journal of Law and Society publishes its ninth volume, containing papers written by students at four different undergraduate institutions. This issue is one of the most diverse yet, with papers covering US foreign policy, second amendment rights, the legal status of professional sports leagues, international torture law, and the intersection of technology and law in the future.

Authors: Faith Stewart, Zoe Young, Rex Alley, Daniel Shepard, and Matthew Goldstein

Editor in Chief: Micaela Rodgers

The Spring 2016 issue welcomed back Micaela Rodgers as Editor-in-Chief for the eight edition of the Journal of Law and Society. The Journal published works on topics like water sustainability in California, political protests in Peru, and the realities of US drone strikes. 

Authors: Laura Reilly, Maral Tavitian, Megan Zagorski, Sasha Hondagneu-Messner, and Trevor Kehrer

Editor-in-Chief: Micaela Rodgers

With the Spring 2015 edition, the Journal welcomed Micaela Rodgers as Editor-in-Chief and Ryan Walkenhorst as Managing Editor. This issue published papers from students across the country on topics such as campaign finance, the Affordable Care Act, torture in international law, and military drones for targeted killing.


Authors: Andrew Abell, Bailee Ahern, Shayna Cooperman, John Donnelly, Victoria Morgan, Roya Imani & Tomaz Stojnik, and Joseph Noreña

Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Lockridge

Andrew Lockridge led the Fall 2014 edition in publishing several extended papers for this edition, including an honor's thesis. Collectively, they represented topics on copyright law in the music industry, the legality of public school prayer, and gender equality in the public sector.  

Authors: Cameron Langford, Lincoln Richards, Marissa Marandola, Ziandra Bauer, Ryan Walkenhorst, and Katherine Wilcox

Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Lockridge

Andrew Lockridge continued as Editor-in-Chief for the Spring 2014 edition. With topics covering crimes against humanities, unilateral military force in the 21st century, immigration, and the war on terror, this journal provides original and insightful political thought across fields. 

Authors: Graham Stinnett, Lindsey Ware, Dylan Markovic, Shannon Weiwei Zhang, and Déborah Cápiro

Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Lockridge

The Fall 2013 issue welcomed back Andrew Lockridge for the sixth edition of the Journal of Law and Society. Papers in this journal highlighted topics like the role of self- determination in the Arab Spring, juvenile sentencing for murder, the effects of cartels on democracy in Mexico, and LGBTQ mobilization against hate crimes.

Authors: Raul Beke, John Treat, Jack Merritt, Jackson Nye, Rachel Brown, and Mariam Azhar

Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Lockridge

New Editor-in-Chief Andrew Lockridge led the publication of the Spring 2013 edition of the Journal. Papers from this issue focused on topics such as air pollution, the National Planning Commission in South Africa, food and water management in China, and access to essential medicines in developing regions. 

Authors: Joshua Christopher Hwang, Ross Ha, Stefanie Schwemlein, Alice Hall-Partyka, Sylvia Fogarty-Phipps, and Sasha Parameswaran

Editor-in-Chief: Alexander Fullman

With the Fall 2012 edition, the Journal welcomed Alexander Fullman as Editor-in-Chief and published works from eight undergraduate authors. These papers cover topics like the rising importance of social media for presidents, the expansion of presidential power through executive legislation, and the history of female elected officials.

Authors: Marissa Roy, Linus Marco, Zach Drennen, Megan Covington, Dylan Kornbluth, Michael Brandon, Rachel Landry, and Sara Worth

Editor-in-Chief: Bo Ren

Led by Bo Ren, the Spring 2009 edition of the Journal published works by three authors, dealing with gender inequity in sports, the portrayal of sex on the internet through the lens of civil liberties, the possibility of forming a city of refuge.

Authors: Katherine Hutchinson, Vladimir Medenica, and Victoria Ko

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