March Pre-Law Events

USC Prospective Student Reception with Arizona State University School of Law
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 4:30 to 5:45 PM
Location: Social Sciences Building Room B40
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law’s Dean Sylvester and Executive Associate Dean Soto will be in Southern California visiting friends and alumni of the law school on March 3rd and cordially invite all interested prospective students to a local reception. Come meet Deans Sylvester and Soto, and learn more about what makes ASU Law a great choice for your legal education.
RSVP for ASU Law Prospective Student Reception at:

Law School Admission Panel
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: THH 102
Ever wondered what happens behind closed doors after you send in your law school application? Want to hear what the admissions staffs actually discuss with regard to your applications?
Please join us for a mock admissions panel conducted by representatives from Chapman, Southwestern, Loyola, University of San Diego and University of San Francisco Law Schools.This is a once-a-year chance to gain an insight into some of the best law schools in California!
RSVP for Law School Admission Panel at:

Life as an Attorney Panel
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: THH 108
Are you interested in the legal profession but have never met an attorney before? Do you wonder what an attorney does on a day-to-day basis? If so, then come to the “Life as an Attorney” panel to hear attorneys from various legal fields speak about their career!
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Volunteer for Spirits in Action Day 2015!

USC’s Spirits in Action Day is USC’s version of the Special Olympics. It is a festival-like event for local children with physical and mental disabilities. The event is made free for all participants. We are looking for volunteers to run booths and buddy with a child for the duration of the event.

This year’s event will be on Saturday March 7th from 9am-1pm. Volunteers will receive a free lunch. If you would like to volunteer with us, please register at!volunteer/c1v2b. If you have any questions, please email us at

Thu. Feb. 26, Decide it: Career Decision Panel

Decide it Panel 2015It is not enough to know about yourself.  You must also know and learn about a prospective employer or industry.  Learn how to use powerful  research tools.  Target Audience: All class levels.

Career Center, STU B3

ElevatED: STEM Pre-Teaching Society

ElevatED> 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% for math
> The U.S. is ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math on international exams
> Females and minorities are under-represented in STEM fields

To turn this situation around, the U.S. needs to ensure that we have a high-impact teacher in every classroom. That is why we are forming a national STEM Pre-Teaching Society and seeking USC students who want to found their campus’ chapter.

To learn more about founding the pre-teaching society, RSVP for our info session on March 4 (6-7pm) and/or read this overview document which covers:

* Why a STEM pre-teaching society
* The mission and purpose of the group
* The resources & support provided to chapter founders

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can use this form or email founding president Manny Soriano directly (

As a founder of the ElevatED Pre-Teaching Society at USC, you will not only leave a legacy on campus, but also encourage the next generation of math/science teachers. We will organize seminars and internships in teaching. We plan to host a STEM enrichment after-school program for middle schoolers over spring break and we will organize a STEM enrichment day at Columbia during spring semester.

Just like a pre-law or pre-med society serves as a community of students interested in those professions and supports them to explore the profession, ElevatED enables students to explore the teaching profession to determine how they can be involved in improving STEM education and ending educational inequity.

Students at Stanford, NYU, and Columbia are forming like-minded student groups, and ElevatED is spreading to the top 100 universities.

Email Manny Soriano (

PAC 12 Fitness Challenge

Health & Fitness Week featuring the Pac-12 Fitness Challenge
Feb 23rd – 27th

During this week, there are several free events and fitness classes for all students. This is a joint collaboration between Recreational Sports, Engemann Health Center, and University Dining Hall.  Our goal during this week is to promote a healthy lifestyle and expose students to all the different fitness, health, and wellness opportunities that are available across campus.

The Pac-12 Fitness Challenge is open to all students and staff. See below for details:

Challenge Starts Monday, February 23

  • Sign-up:  Log on from any internet enabled device, and select USC. Signing up is easy, all you need is an email address.
  • Challenge Details: Log any health/wellness or fitness minutes (up to 120/day).
    • What does this mean? Yoga, meditation, mental health, lifestyle improvement workshops, healthy meals, and any type of exercise, even walking, biking, or boarding  to and from classes count
  • Who: All Trojans and affiliates
  • Challenge Length: Log minutes during the week of Feb 23 – 27, 2015, during any health, fitness/wellness activities.
  • Special Events: Monday is the Rivalry Challenge, so log minutes to BEAT the bruins! Fitness Challenge participants will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Lunch & Learn 2/25

Another exciting Lunch & Learn heading your way! 

The USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab‘s monthly Lunch & Learn speaker series is continuing its Spring Lunch & Learn series on February 25th! Come join us for our next installation in our power-packed line up of exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise!

This month’s discussion is a focus on community healthcare featuring Ritchie Geisel, President and CEO of Bienvenidos Children’s Center. Get ready to hear about the great work Bienvenidos has been doing to deliver a comprehensive array of services that empower children and their families, are culturally responsive, and are effective models of prevention and intervention. Bring your friends, enjoy a free lunch on us, and hear about the exciting collaboration between healthcare, business, social innovation, and non profits.

Ritchie Geisel was chosen to lead Bienvenidos as its President and CEO in 2009. He brings over two decades of business experience in senior leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, helping to lead two of those organizations through processes of transformational change. Ritchie began his career in academic fundraising and has since been focused on social service organizations. After earning a degree in history from Princeton University, Ritchie went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford University. As a businessman, he has a strong track record in leadership and organizational acumen, which was recognized when he received one of four “Leadership Impact Awards” presented by the Center for Nonprofit Management in 2013.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 25th from 12:30-1:50pm in JKP 210. RSVP requested.

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Complementary lunch provided.

Big thanks to our co-sponsoring groups USC Health Care Business Club and GlobeMed at USC!
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Film Screening of “Lessons in Dissent” and Q&A with Joshua Wong and Matthew Torne

USC welcomes Joshua Wong, student leader of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement!
A Film Screening of “Lessons in Dissent” and Q&A with Joshua Wong and Matthew Torne

Lessons in Dissent

The USC College Republicans and USC for Democracy in Hong Kong welcome Joshua Wong, student leader of the Hong Kong’s 2014 protests and Umbrella Movement, and Matthew Torne, Director/Filmmaker, to USC!

Friday, February 20
University of Southern California
Mudd Hall 101

Free donuts will be served!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event ticket tab at

More information:
Joshua Wong
Named as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teenager of 2014 and nominated for TIME Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year, Joshua Wong was propelled into international attention during Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement when his arrest and the police’s use of pepper spray against the non-violent protesters galvanized the citizens of Hong Kong in demanding the right to nominate and elect the chief executive of Hong Kong.

Matthew Torne
Matthew Torne’s interest in Hong Kong began in 2003 when he had to leave his teaching post in China to go to Hong Kong when the SARS epidemic broke out in Beijing. While in Hong Kong he became fascinated by the 2003 protest against the proposed Hong Kong Article 23 sedition law. After returning to England, he took Cantonese lessons and worked toward a Masters degree in Modern Chinese studies at Oxford University. Upon finishing his thesis on Hong Kong post-1997 development and options for democratic reform, he went to Hong Kong in 2011 with the goal of making a documentary. “Lessons in Dissent” is the result.

About the film: Lessons in Dissent
Lessons in Dissent is a vivid portrait of Hong Kong’s young generation who demand to forge their own future in Hong Kong.
Before the Umbrella Movement of 2014, in 2012, 15 year old Joshua Wong led a campaign group of high school students, Scholarism, to oppose the government’s introduction of brainwashing via a “National Education” program with the slogan, “I want independent thinking, not brainwashing”. 17 year old Ma Jai, quit school to join a pro-democracy political party in support of a candidate for the legislature to push for political reform.
Filmed over 18 months, the film is a study of the passion, sweat and tears of the struggles of Hong Kong’s youth, knowing that their fight is now, before Hong Kong completely loses its status of “One Country, Two Systems” in 2047.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
In 1997, Hong Kong, a British colony, was returned to China under the Sino-British Joint Declaration with the condition that Hong Kong would be able to maintain its state of autonomy for 50 years.

In 2007, the Beijing government agreed that there will be universal suffrage allowing all of the Hong Kong citizens to elect their chief executive (the highest office in Hong Kong) by the year 2017; however in August last year, Beijing announced that candidates for Hong Kong chief executive must be first nominated by a committee of 1200 appointed people and the nominees must also be approved by Beijing.
The people in Hong Kong felt that they have been betrayed. In late September of 2014, students started their protest. When Hong Kong’s police began using tear gas and pepper spray against the peaceful demonstrators, it galvanized the people of Hong Kong to join the protest.
In more than 11 weeks of protests, no one car has been overturned and no one store window has been broken except for one door of the Legislative building which was deliberately broken by several masked men probably to discredit the peaceful movement. Dubbed the most civil of civil disobedience, protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from the tear gas; thus the “Umbrella Movement” was born.