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.
- Student Life
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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Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree
- MASTER OF STUDIES IN LAW (MSL) DEGREE
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Designed for seasoned and early-career professionals, the online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to be familiar with numerous ways that law and policy influence business and industry. Ideal candidates are those who work in, or are seeking to enter, the fields of business, education, compliance, engineering, entertainment, health care, social work, law enforcement, human resources, government, and more. Both the applicant's professional experience and their academic background are taken into consideration for admission.
Dates and Deadlines
USC Gould School of Law offers three starts throughout the year in fall, spring and summer. Below are the upcoming start dates and application deadlines:
|Program Start Date||Priority Deadline||Final Application Deadline|
|Spring 2018: January 10, 2018||November 15, 2017||November 29, 2017|
|Summer 2018: May 9, 2018||March 14, 2018||April 4, 2018|
|Fall 2018: September 5, 2018||July 11, 2018||August 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, please submit the following documents:
- Online Application
Note: Applicants who have earned a degree from outside of the United States are required to complete an online application and submit their supplemental application materials (personal statement, resume/CV, transcripts and English proficiency test scores) through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
- Personal Statement
Provide a two or three-page document that includes your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and how you plan to use this degree to advance your career. Include your personal, academic, and professional background and how the online format will help you to achieve your aspirations. Email your personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Provide a record of your employment history and list of any distinctions, publications, and licenses/credentials by emailing your resume/CV to email@example.com.
- Official Transcripts and Degree Verification
Official transcripts are required to be submitted from all institutions attended even if a degree was never received or credit was transferred from an institution and it appears on another institution's transcripts. If you are currently a student in an undergraduate or graduate program, we will need your current transcripts to date. Please have transcripts sent by postal mail to USC Gould School of Law at the address below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts must be received directly from the university/college.
Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard, Room 105
Los Angeles, California 90089-0071
While the university does not require a GPA minimum, our Admissions Committee will strongly consider those applicants who have earned an overall 3.0/B average or higher. Our Admissions Committee will certainly consider GPAs below our recommendation, provided that you meet our other admissions criteria.
Admission to the online MSL does not require the LSAT or GRE exam. Prior exposure to or experience in law is not required. In addition, we do not require letters of recommendation as part of our application requirements. A law degree is not required for admission.
The Admissions Committee will not review an application until all transcripts and supporting documents are received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of their documents are submitted by the final application deadline and before a decision will be made on the application. 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.
Once your application and supporting documents have been received and verified, admissions decisions are normally released within two to four weeks of application submission confirmation. Admission decisions are sent by email. No admission decisions will be released by telephone.