USC Gould School of Law

Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program Information

The University of Southern California Gould School of Law online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree offers experienced and entry-level non-lawyer professionals an unparalleled education to help them understand basic and complex legal matters. MSL students gain legal skills and knowledge that can be applied directly to better serve their organizations, including those in the fields of business, government, compliance, engineering, education, entertainment, health care, social work, law enforcement, human resources, patent agencies, and more.

Why should you pursue an MSL degree?

USC Gould School of Law is a top-ranked, premier law school offering a one-of-a-kind education to its students. USC is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), USC Gould is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and the online MSL degree has received formal acquiescence by the ABA Section of Legal Education. The prestigious education and connections offered by USC will benefit your employees’ work and your organization as a whole.

Our MSL program is offered 100% online, with no requirement to come to campus. It is convenient, flexible, and perfect for working professionals seeking part-time education. Nearly all of our MSL students are working full-time and are able to adjust their studies around their professional commitments. With three opportunities per year to start the program (January, May, or August) plus flexibility to take as few or as many units each semester as desired, students are able to balance the demands of a busy work life while completing their graduate education in just three to six semesters.

What is the online environment like?

Our online programs offer a unique and interactive education, where students access curriculum through various means of multimedia, including short introductory videos, interactive PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, discussion boards, and once weekly optional live web conference discussion sessions.

Classes are taught by USC Gould faculty and affiliated faculty. They are leaders in the legal, business, entertainment and compliance fields as well as experienced professors and practitioners who are truly passionate about the subjects they teach.

MSL students schedule their coursework on their own time, according to their preferred schedule. Each course has a syllabus that fully outlines the live-session options, the assignment due dates, classmate collaboration and discussion boards, and professor interaction and feedback. Courses include real-time lectures that are recorded for your convenience.

What do MSL students study?

The MSL is a 21-unit degree with 3 units of mandatory courses and 18 elective units.

Students may choose to generalize their studies and take from any 18 elective courses they wish, or they may simultaneously pursue one of our specialization certificates by taking 12 of their 18 elective units in a particular area to satisfy requirements of the Business Law, Entertainment Law & Industry, Compliance (General), Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, or Human Resources Law & Compliance certificate.

Courses offered online are listed below, with descriptions of each course provided at:

http://gould.usc.edu/how/gip/onlinemsl/curriculum/

Mandatory courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

  • Legal Research, 1 unit

    Elective courses by specialization:

    U.S. Law

  • Constitutional Law, 3 units

  • Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts, 2 units

  • Legal Profession, 2 units

  • Topics in American Law, 3 units

    Business Law

  • Business Principles in Law, 2 units

  • Business Organizations, 4 units

  • Contract Drafting & Strategy, 2 units

  • Mergers & Acquisitions, 3 units

  • Securities Regulation, 3 units

    Compliance

  • Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

  • Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

  • Health Care Compliance, 2 units

  • Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

    Entertainment Law & Industry

  • Entertainment Law & Industry, 2 units

  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

    Financial Compliance

  • Corporate Governance, 2 units

  • Financial Institution Regulation, 2 units

  • Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance

  • Health Care Compliance, 2 units

  • Health Care Law, Business & Finance, 2 units

  • Health Law & Policy, 2 units

  • Patient Privacy Law, 2 units

    Human Resources Law & Compliance

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resources Compliance, 2 units

  • Employment Dispute Mediation, 2 units

  • Employment Discrimination Law, 2 units

  • Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

    Each of our online certificates (Business Law, Entertainment Law & Industry, Compliance, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law & Compliance) requires 12 units of study, which can be completed as part of the MSL degree at no extra cost.

    Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another university provided that they were not used toward a completed degree. The maximum number of transfer credits that may be applied is 25 percent – or 5 units for our 21 unit MSL degree.

    USC diplomas and transcripts do not reference the modality of students’ studies while at our university – whether they are on-campus or online. Thus, USC diplomas and USC transcripts do not indicate that degrees, certificates or course work have been completed online.

    What are financing options for MSL students?

    Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $2,393/unit (plus law school and university fees). USC offers great support to organizations sponsoring students’ studies, including a dedicated Agency Billing office, which provides personalized information, receipts, and various forms of payment. USC Gould works directly with organizations and their employees to assist them on an individual basis.

    USC Gould offers financial aid support for students whose studies are self-sponsored or partially sponsored by an organization, including guidance on applying for student loans and merit scholarship awards for many applicants.

    What are the admissions requirements for the MSL program?

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from an accredited institution.

  • Applicants are NOT required to take any standardized test, including the GRE or LSAT.

  • There is no minimum GPA required to apply, but competitive applicants typically have a GPA of

    3.0 or above. GPA is one of many factors taken into consideration in the admissions committee’s comprehensive evaluation of candidates.

    What is the MSL application process?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, for enrollment starts in January, May, or August. Applicants submit their applications through our web-based application form and follow our application instructions here: http://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/msl/application/

Materials required include:

  • an application form https://uscgould.tfaforms.net/3

  • official transcripts

  • a personal statement

  • an application fee of $75 – waived for students who apply by our priority deadlines

  • International applicants must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score

    Where can I find more information about the MSL program?

    Sponsoring organizations may wish to schedule a time to talk by phone or in person with our Director of Strategic Partnerships. To request a phone or in-person appointment or to learn more, please email msl@law.usc.edu or call 213-821-5916.

    More information on the MSL program, including an introductory video featuring some of our students, can be found at: http://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/msl/

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Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program Information

The University of Southern California Gould School of Law online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree offers experienced and entry-level non-lawyer professionals an unparalleled education to help them understand basic and complex legal matters. MSL students gain legal skills and knowledge that can be applied directly to better serve their organizations, including those in the fields of business, government, compliance, engineering, education, entertainment, health care, social work, law enforcement, human resources, patent agencies, and more.

Why should you pursue an MSL degree?

USC Gould School of Law is a top-ranked, premier law school offering a one-of-a-kind education to its students. USC is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), USC Gould is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and the online MSL degree has received formal acquiescence by the ABA Section of Legal Education. The prestigious education and connections offered by USC will benefit your employees’ work and your organization as a whole.

Our MSL program is offered 100% online, with no requirement to come to campus. It is convenient, flexible, and perfect for working professionals seeking part-time education. Nearly all of our MSL students are working full-time and are able to adjust their studies around their professional commitments. With three opportunities per year to start the program (January, May, or August) plus flexibility to take as few or as many units each semester as desired, students are able to balance the demands of a busy work life while completing their graduate education in just three to six semesters.

What is the online environment like?

Our online programs offer a unique and interactive education, where students access curriculum through various means of multimedia, including short introductory videos, interactive PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, discussion boards, and once weekly optional live web conference discussion sessions.

Classes are taught by USC Gould faculty and affiliated faculty. They are leaders in the legal, business, entertainment and compliance fields as well as experienced professors and practitioners who are truly passionate about the subjects they teach.

MSL students schedule their coursework on their own time, according to their preferred schedule. Each course has a syllabus that fully outlines the live-session options, the assignment due dates, classmate collaboration and discussion boards, and professor interaction and feedback. Courses include real-time lectures that are recorded for your convenience.

What do MSL students study?

The MSL is a 21-unit degree with 3 units of mandatory courses and 18 elective units.

Students may choose to generalize their studies and take from any 18 elective courses they wish, or they may simultaneously pursue one of our specialization certificates by taking 12 of their 18 elective units in a particular area to satisfy requirements of the Business Law, Entertainment Law & Industry, Compliance (General), Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, or Human Resources Law & Compliance certificate.

Courses offered online are listed below, with descriptions of each course provided at:

http://gould.usc.edu/how/gip/onlinemsl/curriculum/

Mandatory courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

  • Legal Research, 1 unit

    Elective courses by specialization:

    U.S. Law

  • Constitutional Law, 3 units

  • Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts, 2 units

  • Legal Profession, 2 units

  • Topics in American Law, 3 units

    Business Law

  • Business Principles in Law, 2 units

  • Business Organizations, 4 units

  • Contract Drafting & Strategy, 2 units

  • Mergers & Acquisitions, 3 units

  • Securities Regulation, 3 units

    Compliance

  • Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

  • Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

  • Health Care Compliance, 2 units

  • Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

    Entertainment Law & Industry

  • Entertainment Law & Industry, 2 units

  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

    Financial Compliance

  • Corporate Governance, 2 units

  • Financial Institution Regulation, 2 units

  • Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance

  • Health Care Compliance, 2 units

  • Health Care Law, Business & Finance, 2 units

  • Health Law & Policy, 2 units

  • Patient Privacy Law, 2 units

    Human Resources Law & Compliance

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resources Compliance, 2 units

  • Employment Dispute Mediation, 2 units

  • Employment Discrimination Law, 2 units

  • Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

    Each of our online certificates (Business Law, Entertainment Law & Industry, Compliance, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law & Compliance) requires 12 units of study, which can be completed as part of the MSL degree at no extra cost.

    Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another university provided that they were not used toward a completed degree. The maximum number of transfer credits that may be applied is 25 percent – or 5 units for our 21 unit MSL degree.

    USC diplomas and transcripts do not reference the modality of students’ studies while at our university – whether they are on-campus or online. Thus, USC diplomas and USC transcripts do not indicate that degrees, certificates or course work have been completed online.

    What are financing options for MSL students?

    Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $2,393/unit (plus law school and university fees). USC offers great support to organizations sponsoring students’ studies, including a dedicated Agency Billing office, which provides personalized information, receipts, and various forms of payment. USC Gould works directly with organizations and their employees to assist them on an individual basis.

    USC Gould offers financial aid support for students whose studies are self-sponsored or partially sponsored by an organization, including guidance on applying for student loans and merit scholarship awards for many applicants.

    What are the admissions requirements for the MSL program?

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from an accredited institution.

  • Applicants are NOT required to take any standardized test, including the GRE or LSAT.

  • There is no minimum GPA required to apply, but competitive applicants typically have a GPA of

    3.0 or above. GPA is one of many factors taken into consideration in the admissions committee’s comprehensive evaluation of candidates.

    What is the MSL application process?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, for enrollment starts in January, May, or August. Applicants submit their applications through our web-based application form and follow our application instructions here: http://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/msl/application/

Materials required include:

  • an application form https://uscgould.tfaforms.net/3

  • official transcripts

  • a personal statement

  • an application fee of $75 – waived for students who apply by our priority deadlines

  • International applicants must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score

    Where can I find more information about the MSL program?

    Sponsoring organizations may wish to schedule a time to talk by phone or in person with our Director of Strategic Partnerships. To request a phone or in-person appointment or to learn more, please email msl@law.usc.edu or call 213-821-5916.

    More information on the MSL program, including an introductory video featuring some of our students, can be found at: http://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/msl/

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