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Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree

Earning the online MSL degree requires successful completion of 21 credit units, including two required courses:

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Your remaining 18 credits will be chosen from electives including:

U.S. Law

Constitutional Law, 3 units

Legal Profession, 2 units

Topics in American Law, 3 units

Business Law

Business for Lawyers, 2 units

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting & Strategy, 2 units

Mergers & Acquisitions, 3 units

Securities Regulation, 3 units

Compliance

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

Entertainment Law & Industry

Entertainment Law & Industry, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

You may choose to keep your MSL degree general by taking courses from among our entire list of offerings, or you may specialize your studies by following the requirements to earn a certificate in Business Law, Compliance and/or Entertainment Law and Industry.

Each of the certificates requires 12 units of study, which can be completed as part of the MSL degree. The specific requirements earning the MSL and a certificate are outlined below:

MSL Degree and Business Law Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

  • 8 additional units in Business Law courses (listed above)
  • 6 additional units in other courses, including additional Business Law courses

MSL Degree and Compliance Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting & Strategy, 2 units

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

MSL Degree and Entertainment Law and Industry Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting & Strategy, 2 units

Entertainment Law & Industry, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

Courses used toward a degree completed at another university may not be applied toward a master's degree at USC. If courses were not used toward a completed degree, a maximum of five credits may be transferred to our MSL degree.