Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.)

USC Gould School of Law

The USC Online Master of Studies in Law is designed for seasoned professionals and new graduates from varying fields of studies and careers, who seek an understanding of how the U.S. legal system functions.

Given the pervasiveness of law in many different industries, the M.S.L. Program meets the growing demand for professionals to have familiarity with the fundamentals of law and the legal and regulatory process. Our courses will allow students to understand and meet compliance requirements for their companies and organizations. The M.S.L. degree is intended for students who wish to learn more about U.S. law but do not intend to become attorneys.

Career Options
M.S.L. graduates go onto work in a variety of career settings. They use their USC Gould education to begin or advance their careers in advanced fields such as (but not limited to):
• Business/corporate settings
• Education
• Engineering
• Entertainment industry
• Government
• Health care
• Human resources
• Patent agencies

The USC M.S.L. degree does not allow graduates to sit for a U.S. bar exam or practice law in the United States.

Sample Courses/Schedule

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.

Online Certificates are available in the following subject areas:

Courses offered online as part of the Master of Studies in Law program include:

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