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University of Southern California - USC Law School
699 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
United States

The Law School

Over 100 years old, USC Law is a small, private, top-ranked U.S. law school. One of the most prominent and highly selective law schools in the country, USC Law has a reputation for academic excellence. Our law school is distinguished by renowned faculty, the diversity of a friendly and collegial student body, a student/faculty ratio of better than 12:1 and a tight-knit alumni network composed of leaders in the legal, business, government and the public sectors. Students possess extraordinary credentials and represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities and the schools of law, engineering, film, medicine, journalism, business and architecture are among the nation’s leading graduate schools. USC leads the nation in international student enrollment.

The Program

USC Law offers the following programs:

Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is a one-year program which runs from August through May, designed for international attorneys, judges, government officials, prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers, and recent law graduates who are interested in receiving a degree in American law, and the U.S. legal system. To qualify for admission to the LL.M. program at USC Gould School of Law, applicants must have earned their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) outside of the United States. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in another major outside of law will still be considered, provided that they can provide evidence of their recent legal work experience.

Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.)

The Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) Program is a one-year degree program for international LL.M. graduates seeking to continue their studies in U.S. and comparative laws, providing students with the opportunity to study the differences, similarities, and interrelationships of different systems of law around the world.

Summer Law & English Program

USC Law's four-week Summer Law & English Program is a non-degree program designed to prepare LL.M. students for their law studies, and also offers the perfect combination of American Law and legal English to those interested in enrolling in a short summer course!

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Specialize in Business Law or Entertainment Law

LL.M. students may elect to specialize their degree in Business Law or Entertainment Law by earning a certificate in either field.

Our graduates who will have earned their first law degree outside the U.S., who will have then earned both an LL.M. degree at USC Law and an LL.M. Certificate in Business Law or Entertainment Law can market their specialized degree to employers in these fields.

Graduates who have earned both an LL.M. degree and a certificate in Business Law or Entertainment Law are able to market their specialized degree to employers in these fields. USC Law certificates provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to be top-notch business or entertainment lawyers.

Students may elect to pursue a certificate during the fall registration period, which takes place during the summer before fall classes begin. There are no additional fees for enrolling in a certificate program, as the law courses that are taken for the certificate will also count toward the 21 units required for the LL.M. degree.

LL.M. - J.D. Transfer Program

Law students who are enrolled in our LL.M. program have the opportunity to apply to our J.D. Program as Transfer LL.M. students during the transfer application period. The applicant's LL.M. and LL.B. grades, LL.M. class standing and the difficulty of coursework taken in the LL.M. Program will be considered. The LSAT is not required. Advanced standing may be granted upon review of the student's LL.M. transcript. LL.M. - J.D. transfer students may earn both the Master of Laws degree and the Juris Doctorate degree in three years.

USC Gould School of Law LL.M. Scholar Awards

All USC Gould School of Law LL.M. applicants receive full consideration for our limited number of merit-based scholarship awards each year. No application is necessary. Those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified upon receiving their offer of admission. Awards are typically offered in the amount of 10% to 50% of the cost of tuition. While applicants are welcome to submit a brief letter about their scholarship qualifications through LSAC when applying to the LL.M. program, this is not required. Please contact [email protected] if you have any scholarship questions.

The Faculty

Recognized as one of the United States most productive in scholarship, the USC Law faculty is noted for its commitment to interactive and dynamic classroom teaching. USC Law boasts over 50 full-time faculty and more than 75 adjunct professors with legal expertise in a wide variety of areas. USC Law maintains an exceptional student/faculty ratio of 11:1. USC Law Professors are accomplished, approachable, supportive, and dedicated to helping students succeed.

Application Procedure

USC Law requires that all LLM applicants apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which includes USC Law's Electronic Application, the Document Assembly Service, and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the University of Southern California.

Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are no longer being accepted. The application for the 2015-16 academic year will be available in September, with a priority deadline in early February, 2015. Please contact the Graduate & International Programs Office by email at: [email protected] if you have any questions about submitting your application for 2015-16. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in August.

Our online application to our 2014 Summer Law & English program will become available on our website in February, 2014. Our application deadline to our summer program is June 1.

Application instructions vary by program:

Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers

Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.)

Summer Law & English Program


USC is an integral part of the cosmopolitan and dynamic Los Angeles community. USC Law students enjoy the sunny and warm weather all-year-round and are able to visit the beaches, mountains, golf courses, amusement parks, which are all within easy driving distance from USC! Los Angeles is a vital center of business, the arts, and international trade and is comprised of an amazing array of diverse cultures, religions and people. From small biotech start-up companies, to huge giants in aerospace, shipping, entertainment and media, the tremendous variety of industries and government agencies in L.A. is unmatched anywhere.

Student Life

Our outstanding students bring a rich array of experience, legal knowledge and cultures to USC Law. They come from countries all over the world such as Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.

The Graduate & International Programs Office hosts exciting events throughout the year, including a trip to the Hollywood Bowl, a USC Football game, a basketball game at the Staples Center, Networking Mixer events with USC Business and Public Policy students, and many more! Students also have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of student run organizations and law school activities, including the JD/LLM Partnership Program in which students are paired up for informal information exchanges to share about law school, cultural differences and the practice of law in the U.S. and overseas! USC Law students enjoy their very rich and exciting student lives throughout the year.

Summer Program

USC Law's four-week 2014 Summer Law & English Program will run from July 14, 2014 through August 8, 2014. Law classes are scheduled in the mornings and legal English classes in the afternoons. Classes are held at USC in state-of-the-art classrooms. At the end of the program, participants will receive a document from the USC Law School that certifies their completion of the Summer Law & English Program.

Our unique non-degree program is designed for international lawyers, judges, prosecutors and defenders, government officials, corporate legal counsel, business professionals, and law students who would like to learn about the American legal system while improving their English ability. Whether you are preparing for an LL.M. degree program at USC or elsewhere, or you simply want to build a foundation of the U.S. legal system, our program offers the perfect combination of American law and legal English.

The Summer Law & English Program participants will receive essential information about the fundamental areas of law and will gain a better understanding of the theories and practices of the U.S. legal system. The curriculum also incorporates training in legal English and writing. The English sessions are customized to complement the law curriculum, including legal vocabulary, presentation and negotiation skills.

For students who have advanced English fluency, afternoon classes will focus on developing written analytical and communication skills, idiomatic expression and developing native-like fluency through debate, discussion and analysis of current legal topics and cases. Students will participate in on-line, interactive surveys and evaluations of the current Supreme Court docket, the intersection of law and politics, and the impact of economic trends on global contract law.

Program Information

  • LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers
  • M.C.L. Program for Foreign Lawyers
  • USC Summer Law & English Program
Language of Instruction
  • English
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