About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) Degree
- MASTER OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (MDR) DEGREE
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Dates and Deadlines
USC Gould School of Law offers two starts in fall and spring. Full-time students may apply for the fall semester only. Part-time students may apply for the fall or spring semester. Below are the upcoming start dates and application deadlines:
|Program Start Date||Priority Deadline||Final Application Deadline|
|Spring 2018: January 8, 2018||October 1, 2017||November 1, 2017|
|Fall 2018: August 20, 2018||April 1, 2018||June 1, 2018|
|Spring 2019: January 7, 2019||October 1, 2018||November 1, 2018|
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as space is available until our final application deadlines listed above. We highly encourage you to apply by our priority deadline in order to provide sufficient time to process your required documents.
To apply for admission, the following information and documents must be submitted:
- Online USC Gould or LSAC Application
Note: Once you start your application by clicking above, you may be directed to complete your online application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) if you have earned (or will earn) a degree from outside of the U.S. Applicable instructions and links will then be provided within the USC Gould application.
- Personal Statement
Following the directions provided in your online application, provide a two or three-page document that includes your personal, academic, and professional background and your reasons for pursuing the MDR degree. If you have prior education or experience in alternative dispute resolution, please take a paragraph or two to tell us about it.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Following the directions provided in your online application, provide a record of your employment history and list of any distinctions, publications, and licenses/credentials.
- Official Transcripts and Degree Verification
You must have earned your bachelor's degree by the time you enroll at USC Gould School of Law. No law degree is required.
Following the directions provided in your online application, submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
Domestic Applicants: If all of your degrees are from within the U.S., you must submit official transcripts directly to USC Gould at the address below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts must be received directly from the institutions.
Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) Degree
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard, Room 105
Los Angeles, California 90089-0071
International Applicants: If you hold any degree from outside the U.S, you must submit official transcripts to LSAC for evaluation using its International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES). Please note that the fee for ITAES is $135 and that LSAC will charge you $30 for sending your Law School Report to USC. You must also subscribe to LSAC's Document Assembly Service (DAS). The fee for DAS is $85 and is effective for a period of five years.
- English Proficiency
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must are take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL/IELTS waiver requests will only be considered if (1) your native language is English, or (2) you possess an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.
- USC Gould does not have a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score; however, we recommend a 90 TOEFL iBT and a 7.0 IELTS or above.
- Please have your official scores sent to LSAC if you submit your application through LSAC. Their institutional code is 8395. The institutional code for USC is 4852 and our department code is 03.
- Test scores are valid for two years from the date taken.
The LSAT or GRE exam is not required for admission. In addition, letters of recommendation are not required.
The Admissions Committee will not review your application until all transcripts and supporting documents are received. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your documents are submitted by the final application deadline. Be sure to regularly check the email address you have provided on the application in the event that the Admissions Committee request additional materials or information.
Application Status Check
After you submit your application, we will send you a confirmation email that provides you with a username and password for the Application Online Status Check system. Then you may log in and create a new, personalized password and periodically check your application status.
Note for International Students: If you opt to submit your financial documents after you receive an admissions decision, please note that your application status will remain "incomplete," even though your file will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
You will receive an admissions decision within four weeks of submitting your completed application. Admission decisions are sent by email and postal mail. No admission decisions will be released by telephone.