Hmm, I'm going to be a senior this fall at USC. Let me tell you that the area isn't that bad. USC's campus is actually a lot safer than UCLA. Because of the neighborhood, there are more DPS officers and police patrolling the surrounding communinities. As for which is the better school, it all depends on what kind of law you are interested in. USC is not ranked that far behind UCLA. I believe this year USC was 18 or 19th in the rankings, while UCLA is 15. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong) If you want to go into academia or some kind of public service law, UCLA has a few amazing programs. If you are interested in Corporate, than definetly go to USC. They have one of the best corproate law programs in the country. Also USC has an amazing alumni network. I'm nto even in law school and I managed to get an internship at a law firm because of USC. Also usc has more money to give to their law students versus UCLA which is going to be the victim of severe budget cuts. Regardless, you can't go wrong with either school. Good luck!