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Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

The Office of Graduate and International Programs is available to help you develop your individual job search strategies. A career advisor is dedicated to helping students and alumni through personalized advice and review of résumés, cover letters and applications.

We hold workshops on such topics as networking and interview etiquette that prepare you to successfully navigate the American legal market. You'll also gain access to Symplicity, an online resource for jobs and internship opportunities around the United States exclusive to USC Gould students.

Our LLM and MCL students also participate in the International Students Interview Program in New York each winter and at the UCLA Interview Program each spring, at which foreign-trained students from top law schools have the opportunity to interview with prospective employers from the U.S. and abroad.

You also will be able to attend USC Gould Continuing Legal Education conferences, at which you can make valuable connections with law professionals, USC Gould alumni and peers.

Bar Exam Preparation

Enrollment in an LLM or MCL degree does not guarantee that you will be eligible to take a U.S. bar exam or practice law in the United States. You should review the requirements set by each state in which you wish to sit for the exam. The American Bar Association's Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements provides additional information.

USC Gould academic advisers can assist you with choosing courses that help prepare you for the bar exams in New York, California and the District of Columbia. Download our Bar and Certificate Checklist for more information. Students are able to enroll in both a bar exam "track" and a certificate "track."

We also offer an Early Bar Preparation series of four daylong workshops exclusively for our LLM and MCL students throughout the year. The workshops cover pertinent substantive law tested by the bar exam as well as guidance on essay writing, multiple choice, performance tests and general test-taking skills.

Optional Practical Training

Some LLM and MCL students choose to enhance their U.S. legal education by gaining short-term, practical training in a law firm or other legal setting after graduation. The Graduate & International Programs office will assist you with the application for Optional Practical Training (OPT) during the spring semester. For current rules on OPT — the authorization required for eligibility for such work experiences — visit the USC Office of International Students website.