University of Southern California

University of Southern California (USC) – Gould School of Law offers an online master of studies in law for students with a bachelor’s degree. The program requires 21 credit units and typically takes 12 months to complete.

The MSL does not offer concentrations, but instead offers six certificates:

  • Business Law Certificate
  • Compliance Certificate
  • Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate
  • Financial Compliance Certificate
  • Health Care Compliance Certificate
  • Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

The program aims to provide legal skills and knowledge that can be applied directly to advance your career and serve your organization. Students will engage in weekly live discussions facilitated by your professor. The USC online MSL provides a collaborative online classroom experience, with small classes that allow for greater student and faculty interaction. Students learn via interactive modules, message board participation, weekly assignments and virtual office hours. However, the classes are flexible and can be completed at one’s own pace. The MSL program provides a team of advisors to provide individualized guidance on course selection to meet your unique personal and career goals.

University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law is accredited by the Compliance Certificate Board and the American Bar Association.

University of Southern California – Online MSL Program Overview

Program Name: Master of Studies in Law

Program Options:

  • Full-Time
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous

Concentrations: USC allows students to follow a general studies course plan and earn an MSL. Alternatively students may choose to pursue a certification in one of the following subjects:

  • Business Law
  • Compliance
  • Entertainment Law and Industry
  • Financial Compliance
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Human Resources Law and Compliance

The certifications are awarded along with the MSL.

Contact Information:

Program Length: 21 Credit Units; As few as 16 months

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • No GRE or LSAT Required
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and submit transcripts to DAS and ITAES.

Please contact the program to determine if the program is available for your state of residence.

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