Master of Laws, LL.M.

USC Gould School of Law

The USC Online Master of Laws program is designed for international law professionals seeking leadership roles in the global market. USC Gould takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the U.S. legal system.

In this program 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, students explore facets of the U.S. legal system by adding breadth to their career background. USC Gould’s scholarly yet practical approach ensures that students will gain the skills and perspective important to every lawyer who will practice, teach, enter public service or work in business.

Career Options

• Associate Lawyer
• Chief Legal Officer
• Corporate Legal Counsel
• Director of Legal Affairs
• General Counsel
• Government Commissioner
• Government Judge
• Head of Legal and Compliance
• Legal Advisor
• Legal Consultant
• Private Practice
• Public Prosecutor
• Public Service Professional (NGOs)
• Vice President, Business Affairs

Sample Courses

The online Master of Laws consists of 10 classes, where students are able to select one of the four tracks that best suits their interest:
• LL.M. Only (21 units)
• LL.M. & California Bar Eligibility* (21 units)
• LL.M. & Graduate Certificate in Business Law (21 units)
• LL.M., California Bar Eligibility, & Graduate Certificate in Business Law (25 units)

* 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 U.S. 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, provided their previous degrees and/or experience deems them eligible.

Courses include:
• LAW 505: Legal Profession
• LAW 508: Constitutional Law
• LAW 510: Legal Research
• LAW 520: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
• LAW 521: Topics in American Law
• LAW-522: Entertainment Law & Industry
• LAW-527: Intellectual Property: Copyright
• LAW-551: Intellectual Property: Trademark
• LAW-559: Human Resource Compliance
• LAW-574: Health Care Compliance
• LAW-598: Regulatory Compliance
• LAW 603: Business Organizations
• LAW 632: Business for Lawyers
• LAW 658: Mergers & Acquisitions
• LAW 710: Contract Drafting & Strategy
• LAW 749: Securities Regulation