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LL.M. Admissions Information

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Eligibility

To qualify for admission to the LL.M. program at USC Gould School of Law, applicants 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. Work experience is not required to apply to our LL.M. program. Our program does not require the LSAT exam; however, we do require the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

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.

Admissions Decisions

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 obtaining an LL.M. degree. 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.

LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program

USC Gould School of Law students enrolled in our LL.M. Program may apply to our J.D. Program as Transfer LL.M. students during the transfer application period in the spring semester. In addition, a limited number of outstanding students from USC Gould and other ABA-accredited law schools will be offered admission each year.

USC Gould School of Law students enrolled in our LL.M. Program may apply to our J.D. Program as Transfer LL.M. students during the transfer application period in the spring semester. USC Gould School of Law will grant up to 30 units in advanced standing credit toward the J.D. degree for law classes taken during the LL.M. studies at USC Gould School of Law.

Prospective students from USC's LL.M. Program and students from other law schools may apply for admission to the J.D. program for the year immediately following completion of their LL.M. degree. Those admitted will have excellent law school records, strong letters of recommendation, proficiency in English and leadership potential. Although not required, some work or research experience in the legal field is preferred. Our program does not require the LSAT exam; however, we do require the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

The admissions process is very selective. Each year, a few outstanding USC LL.M. candidates, who have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (A-) in their fall and spring LL.M. studies, will be considered for admission to our LL.M.-J.D. Transfer Program for each academic year. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required; however, students who have taken the LSAT are required to report their score. Scholarships are not available for this program.

Only students currently enrolled in the USC Gould School of Law LL.M. Program may apply as transfers to the J.D. Program. Those who have already been awarded an LL.M. at another U.S. law school apply as regular international applicants to the three-year J.D. program.

USC Gould will grant up to 30 units in advanced standing credit taken as a part of their LL.M. degree studies toward the 88 unit minimum in law classes that are required for the J.D. degree. Credit for classes offered for LL.M. students only will not be transferred. Students enrolled in our program have the opportunity to complete the J.D. degree requirements at USC Gould in two years.

Students admitted under our program may begin their J.D. studies only in the fall semester of the year of their admission.

Prospective students should email llm@law.usc.edu or call (213) 821-5916 to request an LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program application instruction packet.

For More Information

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