About us

Ranked one of the top 20 law schools in the USA, the University of Southern California Gould School of Law is an elite law school committed to academic excellence. We offer specialized master’s degrees and certificates, for both legal and non-legal professionals. Our flexible curriculum allows students to prepare for a U.S. bar exam or earn a certificate alongside their degree.

Our faculty is nationally recognized for its scholarship in many fields, its interdisciplinary focus, public service and leadership in the profession. We also benefit from instructors who Our small class size and low professor-to-student ratio create an intimate and collegial learning environment. Today we maintain one of the nation’s most diverse law student populations and as a university, we are among few schools with the highest enrollment of international students. This creates an environment that fosters a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Our location in Los Angeles provides students with vast opportunities in one of the top legal markets and busiest courts in the nation. From Silicon Beach to downtown L.A., USC Gould offers access to externships and career options with law and business firms, public interest agencies, and entertainment, media and technology firms.

The law school boasts a supportive and tight-knit alumni population of more than 10,000 professionals around the globe. The Trojan Family is a fiercely loyal and powerful network deeply committed to the success of USC graduates.

+*Degrees & Certificates*+

We offer the following degrees and certificates:

+On Campus+
* Master of Laws
* Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law
* Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution
* Master of Laws in Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
* Two Year Extended Master of Laws
* Standalone ADR Certificate

+Online+
* Master of Laws
* Standalone Certificates in Business Law, Compliance, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law and Compliance, Entertainment Law, and Privacy Law and Cybersecurity

Please visit our Degrees page to learn more about our programs: https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/

*+Tuition and Scholarship+*

Tuition for our on campus degrees is assessed on a flat rate basis. You can view the tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year here: https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/llm/tuition/

All applicants are eligible for scholarship consideration, no separate application is required. We offer merit-based scholarships and housing stipends in various amounts, including up to full tuition. To learn more about the scholarship opportunities available, please visit: https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/llm/tuition/types/

+*Admission and Deadlines*+

The priority application deadline for Fall 2021 is *March 1, 2021*. We recommend that you submit your completed application as soon as you are ready to do so to receive priority scholarship consideration. When you are ready to apply, please visit: https://gould.usc.edu/admissions/

Internationally-educated applicants must apply via LSAC and will be required to provide the following:
* Official law school transcripts
* Personal statement
* TOEFL or IELTS score
* Resume
* Application

Please note that we do not have a minimum GPA or TOEFL/IELTS requirement. If you have questions about our application process or requirements, please contact us at gipadmissions@law.usc.edu or make an appointment with an admissions advisor: https://calendly.com/uscgouldllmadmissions

Curriculum and Specializations

Our degrees feature flexible curriculum and allow students to specialize their degree by enrolling in an optional certificate at no additional cost. We offer certificates in Business Law, Entertainment Law, Transnational Law and Business, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Technology and Entrepreneurship Law as part of our on campus degrees. Please note that certificate availability varies by degree; visit https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/ to learn more about the certificate options by degree.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to enroll in bar courses to prepare for the New York, California, Washington, and District of Columbia bar exams. Students may enroll in a bar track concurrently with a certificate and degree. Please note that bar track availability varies by degree. We provide support for students throughout the bar registration and application process, and also offer an exclusive bar prep workshop series to prepare students for the exam.

+*Student Support*+

Our Graduate & International Programs office provides dedicated support to our international and graduate students, beginning with the application process and continuing through their time as students to become alumni.

We feature three Career Advisors who exclusively serve our graduate candidates and offer a variety of career support including workshops, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and participation in LLM-only job fairs.

Additionally, we offer three Academic Advisors who work with students to assist them with planning their curriculum to meet their goals, including selecting courses for their degree, bar and certificate tracks.

Finally, our graduate students may participate in our Academic Excellence workshop series, which is designed to prepare students for success in a U.S. law school.

Study Program

Our Master of Laws (LLM) focuses on the U.S. legal system, with a flexible and far-reaching curriculum that prepares international students for leadership roles in the increasingly globalized marketplace. The full-time, one-year LLM provides you with foundational skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to real-world legal practice.

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Scholarships

USC Gould School of Law offers highly selective merit scholarship opportunities to outstanding students who represent the exceptional quality and diversity within our Graduate & International Programs student body.

All applicants to our programs are automatically considered for each of our scholarship awards and no additional documents are required. No separate application is necessary, but you are welcome to submit a brief letter with your degree application to highlight your qualifications.

Scholarship offers are released via email at the time of admission.

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Application requirements

To qualify for LLM admission, you must have earned your first law degree (LLB or the equivalent) outside of the United States. However, you may be considered for admission if you provide evidence of recent legal work experience and hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in another field (from outside of the U.S.).

If you are currently earning your law degree and will complete it prior to the start of your LLM studies, you may be admitted but will be required to complete certain continuing registration requirements. You must submit final transcripts showing your degree was awarded before you begin the LLM.

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