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

Sample Courses

The Master of Laws degree requires 21 units of study. Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (2 units) and Legal Research (1 unit) are required courses. Beyond that, students may generalize the degree and take courses of their choice, or they may specialize by simultaneously pursuing a certificate program.

Courses approved by the State Bar of California are also offered for eligible students to pursue the requirements necessary in order to sit for the California Bar Exam. 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.

Online Certificates are available in the following subject areas:

Courses offered online as part of the Master of Laws program include:

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