To qualify for admission to our Two Year Extended Master of Laws program at USC Gould School of Law, applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of our LL.M. program and must have earned their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) outside of the United States. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in another major outside of law will still be considered, provided that they can provide evidence of their recent legal work experience. Admission is highly selective and those admitted will have excellent law school records, proficiency in English and leadership potential. While we prefer some work experience for admissions to our LL.M. Program, such experience is not required for admission to this program. Our program does not require the LSAT exam; however, we do require the TOEFL or IELTS exam. As we understand that applicants of this program are interested in further developing their English skills, we do not have a minimum score for the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
Qualified applicants will be granted admission to both the first year Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies program and the second year LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers program - with admission to the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers conditional upon successful completion of the Certificate requirements.
Students who are completing their first law degree may apply for admission. Provided that you will have completed your degree prior to the start of your LL.M. studies, you may be admitted but be required to complete certain continuing registration requirements. You must submit academic records of all law coursework completed at the time you apply. If admitted, you will be required to submit final transcripts showing your degree was awarded before you begin the fall semester.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year on a rolling basis. The $75 application fee will be waived for all applicants who submit their applications via LSAC by our priority deadline, March 1. As we make admissions decisions as we receive complete applications, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Admissions decisions will be made between February and May. We will accept applications up until May 1, or as space is available. Admissions decisions will be sent via email and postal mail. No admissions decisions will be released over the phone.
The G&IP Admissions Committee carefully examines all parts of the application and strongly considers the applicant's academic performance, professional background (if any), English proficiency, and goals for enrolling in our Two Year Extended LL.M. program. Interviews will be conducted at our discretion. We will contact the applicant if the Admissions Committee feels that a telephone or an in-person interview is necessary. Admissions decisions will be made between February and May. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in August.
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