University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Introduction

About the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC is one of the leaders in enrollment of international students, and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

About USC Gould School of Law

The USC Gould School of Law offers a premier inter-professional education to highly motivated students preparing for a career that will span the coming decades. As the legal profession continues to evolve, no school is better positioned to provide the education that will be the platform for the next generation of lawyers who will practice on a worldwide stage. The legal profession is dynamic, and USC Law has always taken pride in adapting its methods to provide a legal education tailored to needs of the current environment, while maintaining its strong core commitments.

Welcome to the only degree of its kind for outstanding international legal professionals and law graduates.

USC is the first law school to offer an online Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree with the option of earning a graduate certificate in Business Law; both of these qualifications can be completed online in just three semesters. Enroll in USC and learn about the U.S. legal system from your corner of the world.

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Top 5 reasons to choose USC for your LL.M. or Business Law Certificate

Deciding where to pursue your LL.M. can be one of the most important decisions of your career. As the legal profession becomes increasingly globalized, earning a U.S. Master of Laws degree from USC proves that you can excel in a multilingual setting. Beyond the solid return on investment that an esteemed USC qualification has been known to offer, we recommend that you consider the following factors:

  1. Global Law School Reputation
    With a distinguished 100-year heritage of leadership and excellence, USC Gould School of Law is known to be highly selective and recognized as one of the top law schools in the world.
  2. Resources for International Students
    The Graduate & International Programs (G&IP) Office boasts a full team of dedicated staff members who provide international students with one-on-one help regarding course registration, academic support, career development advisement and more.
  3. Stimulating Learning Environment
    Our courses will challenge you to be a better thinker, even as you enjoy camaraderie and mutual ambition with some of the brightest student minds coming together from diverse countries, such as Kuwait, Brazil, Italy, France, El Salvador, Philippines, New Zealand, Guatemala, Jordan, Mexico, Uganda, United Kingdom, and China.
  4. Summer Law & English Program
    USC offers an optional, enriching four-week summer program on campus that provides excellent preparation for the LL.M. This program provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system while also improving your English fluency and delivering a memorable life experience.
  5. Worldwide Trojan Family
    USC law alumni total more than 10,000 worldwide. USC has a strong global presence, and it shows in the fact that our law students come from top universities around the world with impressive credentials. Each year, more than 8,000 international students join USC from more than 100 different countries. Approximately 25% of our graduates are international students.

Where Do USC Law Grads Work?

Our graduates work around the world in private law firms, government agencies, public interest firms and corporations. They are:

  • Leaders in business, law and government
  • Partners in the world’s largest law firms
  • CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies
  • Leaders of civil rights movements

USC Gould School of Law and our students have a global reach.

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Rankings

Ranked #20 Best Law School
USC ranks among the Top 25 "National Universities" in the United States
USC ranks as one of the top universities for International Student Enrollment

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Accreditations

USC is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
USC Gould School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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Programs

This school also offers:

LLM

Online Masters of Law (LLM)

Online Full time 3 semesters September 2017 USA Los Angeles

Today’s most promising international students trained in law enroll in the USC online LL.M. program to learn the practical applications of the U.S. legal system. Upon graduation, these students can be viewed as incredibly valuable and highly resourceful legal experts in their home countries, specifically for multinational organizations, international law firms and foreign governments. [+]

The USC online Master of Laws (LL.M.) is open to international law graduates with an LL.B. or equivalent degree. A J.D. degree alone does not satisfy the eligibility requirements for entry to the online LL.M. program. Offered through the renowned USC Gould School of Law and taught by prominent USC law faculty, the online LL.M. classes can be tailored to individual interests and career goals. Designed to meet the growing demand for U.S.-based legal study by international attorneys, judges, government officials, prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers and recent law graduates, the in-demand USC online LL.M. program has earned the American Bar Association’s acquiescence. U.S. law has become the common ground for international business and is impacting the way we do business on a global scale. As the legal profession continues to evolve, no school is better positioned to provide the education for the next generation of legal professionals who will practice on a worldwide stage. Today’s most promising international students trained in law enroll in the USC online LL.M. program to learn the practical applications of the U.S. legal system. Upon graduation, these students can be viewed as incredibly valuable and highly resourceful legal experts in their home countries, specifically for multinational organizations, international law firms and foreign governments. The Career Advantages of a USC LL.M. Degree Earning a USC law degree is a powerful credential that you can use to your career advantage. USC’s law school has a reputation that’s known around the world. In fact, adding a USC... [-]

Certificate

Online Business Law Certificate

Online Full time September 2017 USA Los Angeles

The rise of global commerce is swiftly making U.S. law the international language of business. Earning this exclusive USC credential can increase a student’s marketability with top multinational employers looking for this unique specialization. This certificate is available to both U.S. and international legal professionals. [+]

The USC online Business Law Certificate is open to both international students and domestic J.D. graduates who may utilize business law in their career. This certificate program can be completed as a standalone program or included in the LL.M. required coursework to specialize your degree. When you earn a graduate certificate in business law online from USC, it signals to employers that you have the knowledge and skills—from organizational and financial aspects to deal making and contract negotiation—important to providing top-notch legal counsel in a business context. The rise of global commerce is swiftly making U.S. law the international language of business. Earning this exclusive USC credential can increase a student’s marketability with top multinational employers looking for this unique specialization. This certificate is available to both U.S. and international legal professionals. Curriculum Business Law Certificate Required Courses (14 credit hours) Course Credit Hours LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 LAW 632 Business for Lawyers 2 LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3 LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3 *Curriculum is subject to change. *Under the State Bar of California’s current guidelines, those with an online master’s degree from an ABA-approved law school may be deemed eligible to meet the academic qualifications required to sit for their bar exam. Our students will have the opportunity to take courses to meet the qualifications to sit for the California Bar exam. Admissions Requirements International Students First law degree (LL.B.) or equivalent outside of the United States Official transcripts... [-]

Contact
Location address
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd

Los Angeles, California, 90089 US