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2 Year Extended LL.M. Program Certificate Programs

Students admitted to our LL.M. program are automatically eligible to obtain a specialized certificate in addition to the Master of Laws degree. LL.M. students may specialize their degree Interested students may earn a certificate in Business Law, or Entertainment Law, or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by earning a certificate in these respective fields. Please note that these certificates are separate from the Master of Laws degree, and enrollment in a certificate program does not confer a new degree. All LL.M. students are eligible for USC Law certificate programs, which must be earned during their LL.M. studies, but participation in a certificate program is not required for the LL.M. degree. Students will receive additional information from the Graduate and International Programs (G&IP) office about certificate requirements and how to enroll in our certificate programs prior to registration. There are no additional fees for enrolling in a certificate program.

Students do not need to select a certificate path prior to enrolling in the LL.M. program; students may elect to pursue a certificate during the fall registration period, which takes place during the summer before fall classes begin. Their coursework will be tailored based on the certificate requirements listed below. Graduates who have earned both an LL.M. degree and a certificate in Business Law, Entertainment Law, or ADR Law are able to market their specialized degree to employers in these fields. USC Law certificates provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to be top-notch business, entertainment, or ADR lawyers.

Students may elect to pursue a certificate during the fall registration period, which takes place during the summer before fall classes begin. Their coursework will be tailored based on the certificate requirements listed below. Graduates who have earned both an LL.M. degree and a certificate in Business Law, Entertainment Law, or ADR Law are able to market their specialized degree to employers in these fields. USC Law certificates provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to be top-notch business, entertainment, or ADR lawyers.

LL.M. Certificate in Business Law

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in Business Law, LL.M. students must take a total of at least 14 units of the mandatory and elective Business Law courses. The mandatory and elective courses are listed below. Please note that not all elective courses are offered each year. Students interested in the Business Law Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

LL.M. students enrolled in the LL.M. Certificate in Business Law program may petition to enroll in selected graduate-level courses at the USC Marshall School of Business. Courses taken at USC Marshall School of Business will count as Elective Business Law Courses. Elective Business Law Course offerings at USC Law and at USC Marshall School of Business may vary each semester.

Online Business Law Certificate Program

The Business Law Certificate is available online for students who already have graduated with their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) and would like to further their education. Distance learners can earn this certificate concurrently with their studies in the Online LL.M. Program or separately by enrolling in five graduate law classes that can be completed in as few as 9 months. The following link provides information regarding related jobs, costs, loan debt, and completion rate for the program: Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Mandatory Courses

  • Business Organizations

Elective Courses

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law & Regulatory Policy
  • ADR Clause Drafting
  • Advanced Contracts
  • Advanced Legal Writing for International Business Lawyers
  • Analytical Methods for Lawyers
  • Antitrust Law
  • Bankruptcy: Debtors & Creditors
  • Business for Lawyers
  • Commercial Paper
  • Contract Drafting, Analysis & Negotiation
  • Contract Drafting & Negotiation
  • Contract Drafting & Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Deals
  • Entertainment Dealmaking
  • Entertainment Dealmaking: Television and Online Media
  • Insurance
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade Policy
  • LL.M. Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partnerships & LLCs
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Real Estate Law & Business I
  • Real Estate Law & Business II
  • Real Estate Transaction Problems
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Fraud
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Law & Business Issues in the Digital Age
  • Transactional Practice: Syndicated Loan
  • Venture Capital Law & Finance

LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law, LL.M. students must take a total of at least 14 units of the mandatory and elective Entertainment Law courses. The mandatory and elective courses are listed below. Please note that not all elective courses are offered each year. Students interested in the Entertainment Law Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

LL.M. students enrolled in the LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law program may petition to enroll in selected graduate-level courses at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Courses taken at USC School of Cinematic Arts will count as Elective Entertainment Law Courses. Elective Entertainment Law Course offerings at USC Law and at USC School of Cinematic Arts may vary each semester.

Mandatory Courses

  • Business Organizations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law

Elective Courses

  • Antitrust Law I
  • Communications Law: Internet, Television and Other Media
  • Deals
  • Entertainment Dealmaking
  • Entertainment Dealmaking: Television and Online Media
  • Entertainment Law Practicum
  • Entertainment Law in Practice
  • First Amendment
  • Internet Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Secured Transactions
  • Sports Law in Medicine
  • Taxation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Legal & Business Issues in the Digital Age
  • Trademark in Law Practice
  • Venture Capital Law and Finance
  • Video Game Law

Elective Courses at USC School of Cinematic Arts

  • Digital Technologies & Entertainment Industry
  • Entertainment Marketing in Today's Environment
  • Feature Film Financing in the Studio System
  • Seminar in Motion Picture Business
  • The Business of Representation
  • The Television Industry: Networks, Cable & Internet
  • The World of the Producer

LL.M. Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

USC Gould School of Law has an exciting new LL.M. Certificate Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that will launch in Fall 2015. Designed for LL.M. students who wish to develop and expand their in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution skills and processes to help clients resolve conflicts outside the courtroom, the courses will prepare students for the complexities of ADR and will be relevant to a wide range of legal careers in business law, deal-making and transactional work, and litigation. Many of the new course offerings have an international focus.

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in ADR, LL.M. students must take a total of at least 14 units of the mandatory and elective ADR courses. The mandatory and elective courses are listed below. Please note that not all elective courses are offered each year. Students interested in the ADR Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

Additionally, LL.M. students interested in ADR program may petition to participate in an LL.M. International Arbitration Moot competition that occurs in the spring. Please note that program availability is limited and student participation is subject to approval.

Mandatory Courses

  • ADR Ethics
  • ADR Law and Policy

Elective Courses

  • ADR Clause Drafting
  • Advanced International Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration Advocacy
  • Arbitration in the United States
  • Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Dispute Mediation
  • International Business Dispute Resolution
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy

Proposed curriculum is under university review.

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