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Application Requirements:
Stand-alone Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

To apply for admission, complete an online application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). After you create your LSAC account, follow the instructions for applying to USC Gould.

Click here to apply online through LSAC.

Among the required information and documents you will submit through LSAC are:

  • Transcripts and degree verification
  • A two- to three-page statement that describes your personal, academic and professional background, and your reasons for applying
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL or IELTS report (no minimum score is required)
    • USC’s TOEFL institutional code is 4852 and the department code is 03.
    • Test scores are valid for two years from the date taken.

We do not require work experience or an LSAT score to be considered for admission to any of our graduate degrees or certificates. In addition, we do not require letters of recommendation for our ADR certificate.

For your convenience and to streamline the application process, USC Gould requires prospective students to use LSAC’s Document Assembly Service and International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service, which allows you to apply to multiple law schools while submitting only one set of materials.

Application Fee

USC Gould requires a $75 application fee. If you apply by the priority deadline, you will receive a fee waiver.

In addition, admitted applicants will receive a $220 credit for LSAC fees, which will be applied toward tuition upon enrollment.


You may apply for the fall or spring semester.

To be considered for admission, you must apply by the deadline. The priority deadline is April 1 and the regular deadline is May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Application Status Check

After you submit your application through LSAC, we will send you a confirmation email that provides you with a username and password for the LSAC Online Status Check system. Then you may log in and create a new, personalized password, and periodically check your application status.

Returning visitors click here to check your status online.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are normally released within two to four weeks of application submission. Admission decisions are sent by email. No admission decisions will be released by phone.

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