Six years ago, USC’s Gould School of Law launched its online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree. Today, the innovative program is redefining excellence in online learning, and has helped scores of students expand their business expertise with an essential legal education.
Since 2016, the MSL program has drawn non-lawyer professionals from a diverse range of industries and organizations — spanning the business sector, finance, media, entertainment, human resources and health care, among many other fields. With its career-focused approach, the MSL provides foundational skills and knowledge on legal issues directly related to students’ areas of work.
Benefits that set the MSL apart
Offered by USC Gould (ranked among the top 20 law schools nationwide), the MSL program offers the convenience of completing the degree 100% online, and the flexibility to study part-time – an ideal format to balance with work schedules. Students are supported by a team of experienced advisors who provide one-on-one guidance, from course selection to career development.
Courses are taught by dedicated and distinguished faculty, including top practitioners; and the online experience features small class sizes that allow for greater student-instructor interaction.
In addition, no LSAT or GRE test is required; and no prior law degree is required either. Scholarships are considered for all applicants. Beyond the classroom, students gain access to the global Trojan Family network, which includes connections to more than 14,000 USC Gould alumni.
Courses that meet your interests
MSL students can tailor their educational experience with an industry-specific certificate, which can be completed at no additional cost, as part of the MSL program.
Certificates include: Business Law; Entertainment Law and Industry; Human Resources Law and Compliance; Privacy Law and Cybersecurity; Compliance; Financial Compliance; and Health Care Compliance.
Corporate sponsorship opportunities
USC Gould partners with many organizations that offer scholarships as an employee benefit. For more information about the MSL and corporate partnerships, visit bit.ly/usc-corporate-ed or email [email protected].
Name of Institution
University of Southern California
Name of School or Program
Gould School of Law
Dean Andrew T. Guzman
Year Institution was Founded
MASTERS Platforms Offered
Online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL)
On-campus MSL program (part-time or full-time option available)
MASTERS Areas of Emphasis Offered
Specialized certificate programs include:
Business Law; Compliance; Entertainment Law and Industry; Financial Compliance; Health Care Compliance; Human Resources Law and Compliance; Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
Length of Programs
Online, part-time MSL – 16 months
On-campus full-time MSL – 9 months
On-campus part-time MSL – 16 months
WASC; ABA (American Bar Association);
CCB (Compliance Certification Board)
U.S. News & World Report: Best Law Schools – #20
Best Business/Corporate Law Programs – #18
Best Tax Law Programs – #20
Total Cost of masters
Online MSL tuition: approximately $59,115, plus university feess
No LSAT or GRE required
TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants
Upcoming Information Sessions
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a
USC Gould advisor: [email protected]
Fall 2022 (Priority) – June 22
Fall 2022 – July 20
Spring 2023 (Priority) – October 12
Spring 2023 – November 9
Program Contact Information
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