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G&IP Orientation Celebrates Launch of New Offerings and Milestone Anniversaries, While Welcoming Incoming Class

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

By Leslie Ridgeway
Students from USC Gould's Graduate and International Programs tour the campus during orientation week. (Photo by Larissa Puro)
The USC Gould School of Law’s Graduate and International Programs (G&IP) recently welcomed its newest class of students, hailing from 40 countries representing six continents, all looking forward to a new academic year that features two new program launches and the five-year anniversary of USC Gould’s online programs.
 
Photo by Larissa Puro
For the 2019-2020 academic year, student course offerings include a new LLM in International Business and Economic Law (IBEL) and the On-Campus Master of Studies in Law (MSL).
 
“USC Gould is thrilled to be at the forefront of legal education,” says Misa Shimotsu, assistant dean of G&IP programs. “This year, we introduced our Master of Studies in Law and Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law in response to the evolution of law in society and the market.  Together, our wide range of programs has drawn the most geographical and professionally diverse class yet.”
 
Another academic year milestone includes the first cohort of Progressive Degree Program (PDP) undergraduate students set to graduate this spring with their MSL degrees, following the launch of the G&IP’s On-Campus MSL program.
 
Breadth and Depth of Work Experience

 Photos by Larissa Puro
The professional backgrounds of this year’s incoming class include patent law, intellectual property, real estate, business and commercial law, law enforcement, health care, accounting, arbitration, entertainment and dispute resolution. While all incoming LLM students have earned a prior law degree, many are practicing attorneys or hold licenses to practice law in their home countries. 
 
This year’s class also includes three exchange students, from Bocconi University in Italy, Bond University in Australia and the University of Hong Kong.
 
In addition, 2019-2020 marks the five-year anniversary of USC Gould’s online programs, including the 16th cohort of the Online LLM and Certificate programs and the 10th cohort of the Online MSL and Online Certificate programs.

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