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2 Year Extended Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Our 2 Year Extended Master of Laws (LL.M.) program allows students to spend one year learning about the U.S. legal system and mastering legal English prior to enrolling in our LL.M. program. During the first year, students will receive academic training in legal reading and comprehension skills, case briefing skills, legal analysis, and synthesis skills in the U.S. common law system. Students will also enroll in English courses at USC's American Language Institute (ALI) to help improve their oral English skills, as well as their legal writing. Upon successful completion of the first year, students will receive a Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, and will be enrolled in our LL.M. program.

Students of our 2 Year Extended LL.M. program will benefit from small, personalized classes during their first year, so they have the opportunity to acclimate to law school at USC, and living in the U.S. In addition, our office of Graduate and International Programs (G&IP) provides end-to-end service from admissions to orientation and registration for your classes. You will see that life in Los Angeles can be a lot of fun! We host many social events that bring our student community of LL.M., M.C.L. and J.D. students together throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to attend many academic and social events in both your first and second year at USC.

We understand that coming to the U.S. to study can be quite challenging and we want you to "feel at home". Our first-year curriculum is designed to prepare you for law school in the U.S., while improving your English in a comfortable environment. Moreover, USC hosts the largest number of international students of any university in the U.S. and our Office of International Services is a great resource for our students as they assist with immigration needs and issues and provide a wealth of information on studying in the U.S.

Through our Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies curriculum, we prepare you to succeed in our LL.M. courses. In addition, we offer academic support study sessions throughout the fall semester for our LL.M. students, which you may attend during both your first and second year. USC Gould School of Law students learn studying techniques, tools for exam preparation and have the opportunity to review their coursework with professors.

For students in their first year, we recommend that you focus on your course work. However, you are welcome to attend the career development services and workshops that we offer for students each year. These workshops include resume and cover letter writing, successful interviewing and networking to job search strategies. We also offer an Early Bar Preparation program and other Bar Exam workshops. Students will also be able to participate in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP) job fair in New York and the West Coast Job Fair in Los Angeles held each spring when they enter our LL.M. program.

We also offer our students the opportunity to network with leading professionals in the field at our Tax, Entertainment, Corporate & Business, Real Estate and Intellectual Property Institutes. We have specially planned outings for our Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies and LL.M. students, including a night at the Hollywood Bowl, a USC Trojan football game, networking events, and a Los Angeles basketball game at Staples Center. Students enrolled in our 2 Year Extended LL.M. program may attend these events both their first and second year at USC.

With our legendary Southern California weather, why would you go anywhere else? In the winter, when cities like New York, Boston and Chicago are frozen beneath the snow and ice, you can count on warm sunshine here in Los Angeles. Our students are active all year round, enjoying the beaches of Malibu, hikes in the Hollywood Hills, and skiing at resorts on Big Bear, all within easy driving distance from USC.

USC is an integral part of the cosmopolitan and dynamic Los Angeles community, with countless opportunities to learn about how the law operates in American society. From small biotech start-up companies, to huge giants in aerospace, shipping, and of course, entertainment and media, the tremendous variety of industries and government is unmatched anywhere.

USC is known worldwide for our "Trojan Family", which describes the strong loyalty felt by USC graduates toward their school and toward each other. USC has a network of eight international offices in Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong; Mumbai, India; Seoul, Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. These offices promote our University and coordinate international alumni activities.

Proposed curriculum is under university review.

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