USC Summer Programs USC Summer Programs


Credit:     3.0 units of USC credit
Pre-Requisites:  None
Forensic psychology outside Court House


Interested in psychology, social science, or law? This course involves the application of psychology to legal issues. In this course, you will be introduced to areas where psychology and law intersect and learn the scientific principles underlying psychological science.


  • Enhance your understanding with classroom discussions and lectures from guest speakers who are practicing professionals
  • Take field trips to Los Angeles County courthouses
  • Examine real world legal cases to highlight topics being discussed in class
  • Engage in legal and psychological research and apply what you learn to scientific writing

Topics of Study:

  • Eyewitness Testimony
    “This class gave me a lot of
    information to help me choose a
    future major and career.”
  • Jury Selection and Decision Making
  • Offender Profiling
  • Mental Health and the Law
  • Expert Testimony
  • Children in Legal Settings
  • Intervention and Prevention

Note: The daily schedule for this course varies on the days students visit the court; there will be an earlier departure time from campus and the lunch schedule may be adjusted.

Required Clothing: On court visit days, students must follow a respectful, professional dress code (slacks, button-down shirt, dress/skirt, blouse) and wear closed toe shoes. The following are not permitted: jeans, tank tops, extreme low-rise pants, low cut tops, bare back or bare midriff, flip-flops. Students will not be permitted to attend the court visits if they do not follow the dress code.