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Stand-alone Online Business Law Certificate for Non-Lawyers

The online Business Law Certificate helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to become familiar with the numerous ways in which law and policy influence business and industry.

The online Business Law Certificate is ideal for those who do not want to practice law but want to learn more about U.S. law and how it affects their fields, including:

  • business/corporations
  • education
  • engineering
  • entertainment
  • government
  • health care
  • human resources
  • patent agencies

Why Choose the Business Law Certificate at USC Gould?

The Business Law Certificate — taken independently or concurrently with our online Master of Laws (LLM) or online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) — will provide you with a competitive edge in your field, whether you are a recent university graduate or an established professional.

You will learn alongside our online LLM students and our online MSL students in a dynamic and engaging virtual classroom. Our innovative format fosters interaction among students and our outstanding law faculty, who design courses to ensure you gain a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. legal system. The online curriculum provides a convenient, flexible way to pursue this advanced training, while meeting the demands of your profession.

You can complete the Business Law Certificate in as few as two semesters.


  • You must have earned an undergraduate degree by the time you begin the Business Law Certificate.
  • Prior experience in law is not required.
  • You are not required to take the LSAT exam; however international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • Applicants who hold a degree from an institution located outside the United States must have their transcripts authenticated and evaluated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Learning Outcomes

Through the Business Law Certificate, you will:

  • learn advanced legal terminology
  • expand your legal writing skills
  • understand how to perform legal research and analysis
  • obtain practical knowledge of the legal profession
  • strengthen your critical thinking skills
  • be able to thoughtfully read and analyze case law, regulatory policies and statutes

Requirements and Courses

Business Law Certificate students must complete 12 units, including Business Organizations and 8 units of electives. Your certificate credits also count toward the 21 units required for the MSL degree.

Click here to apply online through LSAC.

Please Note:

Even if you are not applying to our LLM or MSL degrees, you must still create an LLM account through LSAC, as LSAC does not issue alternate accounts. After you create an LLM account, you will be able to select our Business Law Certificate via the USC Gould online application.

Before You Start:

Please download our step-by-step instructions for completing your application to help you during the application process.

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