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Law Degree Certificates

Build skills in dynamic areas of interest by pursuing one or more certificates offered by USC Gould. Our certificates are designed to deepen your knowledge, further prepare you for specific areas of practice and give you a leg up in your chosen career path.

We offer a wide variety of options to best suit your individual needs and career goals, from earning a certificate concurrent with a USC Gould degree, or obtaining a standalone certificate online or on campus. You may also pursue multiple certificates at the same time. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.


Three USC Gould students discuss coursework needed for a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Covering one of the fastest-growing areas of the law, the Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate offers two tracks — mediation and arbitration. Each teaches methods for resolving disagreements among parties instead of through costly, time-consuming lawsuits. The certificate instills numerous skills that are invaluable no matter what field of law you ultimately practice. It also prepares you for an array of opportunities in business.

Three USC Gould students participating in a class to complete a Business Law certificate

Business Law

Businesses large and small require informed, resourceful legal professionals to help them thrive. Faculty with decades of wide-ranging experience teach Business Law certificate students the skills needed to apply legal concepts and strategic thinking to real-world business problems. The certificate also offers opportunities for sub-specialization in such areas as taxation, corporations, media and technology, small business or real estate.

A group of USC Gould students having a discussion in a classroom for their Compliance Certificate

Compliance

This certificate is designed to instill in you the fundamental knowledge of compliance and related legal issues necessary to implement compliance protocols or programs in your current or future workplaces. The certificate offers the opportunity to pursue specific compliance-focused online classes that benefit those who work for large organizations that deal with compliance and regulatory issues on a daily basis.

A USC Gould student studying on her Apple laptop for her Financial Compliance Certificate

Financial Compliance Certificate

The Financial Compliance certificate provides you with the fundamental knowledge of financial compliance, including regulations for financial institutions, and governance of corporate entities and global organizations. The certificate offers the opportunity to pursue specific financial- and compliance-focused online classes that benefit those who work for financial institutions or in finance departments that deal with financial compliance and finance-related regulatory issues on a daily basis.

Two USC students working on their Health Care Compliance Certificate walking and talking through a hall at USC Gould

Health Care Compliance Certificate

The Health Care Compliance certificate provides you with fundamental knowledge of compliance, risk management, privacy and related legal issues in the health care setting. The certificate offers the opportunity to pursue specific health care- and compliance-focused online classes that benefit those who work for hospitals, clinics, health insurance providers, or other health care related organizations.

A group of USC Gould students talking about their courses to complete a Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

The Human Resources Law and Compliance certificate provides you with the fundamental knowledge of human resources law and compliance related to employment. The certificate offers the opportunity to pursue specific human resources law and compliance-focused online classes that benefit those who work for large organizations that deal with employment issues, HR managers who handle negotiations, compliance managers who deal with risk management involving employees, and others in the human resources field.

Three USC Gould students studying for their Media and Entertainment Law certificate courses

Media and Entertainment Law

Based in the world's entertainment capital, our Media and Entertainment Law certificate or standalone Entertainment Law and Industry certificate increases your fluency in laws specific to the demanding film, television and media industries. The curriculum's practice-oriented approach gives you the problem-solving skills and business knowledge needed to navigate complex transactional and litigation practices — from intellectual property and patents to copyright infringement and First Amendment issues.

A USC Gould student working on her Public Interest Law certificate collecting signatures for a petition

Public Interest Law

The Public Interest Law certificate prepares you with the substantive knowledge and practical skills needed for a successful career in the nonprofit or government sectors. The certificate builds upon the school's longstanding national leadership in public interest law. It exposes students to a wide range of substantive areas, faculty and experiences, and is augmented by a mentorship component and an enriching series of relevant speakers and events throughout the year. Courses encompass poverty, criminal justice, immigration, civil liberties, mental health, international human rights and more.

A group of 4 USC Gould students review a document for their Technology and Entrepreneurship Law certificate

Technology and Entrepreneurship Law

This certificate is designed to provide you with a powerful edge for a career as a transactional lawyer in the startup, venture capital and technology markets. A major theme is the convergence of technology and content. Taught by faculty with decades of experience, the courses focus on transactional skills through simulated negotiation, drafting and other active learning exercises. You will participate in individual and collaborative projects, and hands-on courses that mimic the experience of a junior associate.

Three USC Gould students working on their Transnational Law and Business certificate reviewing a document

Transnational Law and Business

Today's global businesses face a host of issues — from negotiating cross-border transactions to navigating regulations that vary from country to country. The Transnational Law and Business certificate provides you with a strong legal foundation for the organizational, transactional and compliance aspects of servicing globally engaged clients. You'll also gain an understanding of the policies and best practices that shape international commerce.

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Privacy Law and Cybersecurity certificate

The Privacy Law and Cybersecurity certificate provides you with the fundamental knowledge to understand essential legal background, policies and best practices that preserve digital integrity today. Students will have the opportunity to explore legal framework concerning information privacy in the U.S. and common legal issues and emerging laws in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity.

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