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

The University

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

The Law School

Over 100 years old, USC Gould School of 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 public sectors. Students possess extraordinary credentials and represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

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 residential 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.

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Business Law, Entertainment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificates

USC Law offers the opportunity for residential LL.M. students to specialize their degree with a certificate in Business Law, Entertainment Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Law. Students who choose to specialize their LL.M. degree with a certificate are better able to market their skills to employers in these fields. Our certificate programs allow students to delve deeply into a specialized subject matter. Additionally, because of the flexibility of our program, interested students may satisfy the requirements for the New York, California, or D.C. bar as well as the requirements for our Business Law, Entertainment Law, or ADR certificate.

Students will complete the certification course requirements within the 21 units necessary to complete the LL.M. degree with no additional fees. Every LL.M. student is eligible to obtain a certificate; no prior coursework is required.

USC Gould School of Law has an exciting new LL.M. Certificate Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution that is being launched this Fall 2015. It is designed for LL.M. students who wish to develop and expand their in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution skills and processes to help clients resolve conflicts outside the courtroom. The program?s courses will prepare students for the complexities of ADR and will be relevant to a wide range of legal careers in business law, deal-making and transactional work, and litigation. Many of the new course offerings have an international focus.

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

The online program teaches the same course curriculum as the residential program in an innovative, online format. This program was created to help meet the demand for U.S.-based legal study for international legal professionals. The convenience of the online format allows students to participate in the program and complete assignments from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. There are three entry points to the program each year (Spring, Summer, and Fall terms).

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Online Business Law Certificate

Our specialized certificate is available to Online LL.M. students as well as a standalone program. Students who study in the standalone program are domestic or international law graduates who seek additional, focused knowledge in business law in order to enhance their careers. Online LL.M. students who choose to specialize their degree by completing the Business Law Certificate can do so within the Online LL.M. course offerings with no additional fees.

LL.M. Scholar Awards

All applicants, who apply for the residential LL.M. program at USC Gould School of Law, 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.

LL.M. - J.D. Transfer Program

Law students who are enrolled in our residential 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.

Summer Law & English Program

Our unique non-degree, 4-week 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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

Applications to our 2015-16 Residential LL.M. Program are now being accepted on a rolling basis, as space is available up until May 1. The USC Gould School of Law $75 application fee will be waived for all applicants who submit their applications via LSAC by our priority deadline, March 1. As we make admissions decisions as we receive complete applications, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at [email protected] (for all residential programs) or [email protected] (for all online programs).

For detailed information on application requirements, please visit the following links:

Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers - Residential Program

Online Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Summer Law & English Program

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

Program Information

  • LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Residential Program
  • M.C.L. Program
  • Summer Law & English Program
Program Features
  • Residential LL.M. students can specialize their degree with a certificate in Business Law or Entertainment Law. Students will complete the certification course requirements within the 21 units necessary to complete the LL.M. degree with no additional fees.
Language of Instruction
  • English
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Distance Learning
  • Online Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website

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