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Business Law Certificate - Online

USC Gould School of Law

The online Business Law Certificate helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to become familiar with the numerous ways in which law and policy influence business and industry.


The online Business Law Certificate is ideal for those who do not want to practice law but want to learn more about U.S. law and how it affects their fields, including:

  • Business/corporations
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Human Resources
  • Patent Agencies

Why Choose the Business Law Certificate at USC Gould?

The Business Law Certificate — taken independently or concurrently with our online Master of Laws (LLM) or online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) — will provide you with a competitive edge in your field, whether you are a recent university graduate or an established professional.

You will learn alongside our online LLM students and our online MSL students in a dynamic and engaging virtual classroom. Our innovative format fosters interaction among students and our outstanding law faculty, who design courses to ensure you gain a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. legal system. The online curriculum provides a convenient, flexible way to pursue this advanced training, while meeting the demands of your profession.

You can complete the Business Law Certificate in as few as three semesters.

Learning Outcomes

Through the Business Law Certificate, you will:
  • Learn advanced legal terminology
  • Expand your legal writing skills
  • Understand how to perform legal research and analysis
  • Obtain practical knowledge of the legal profession
  • Strengthen your critical thinking skills
  • Be able to thoughtfully read and analyze case law, regulatory policies and statutes

Information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, can be found here.


  • You must have earned an undergraduate degree by the time you begin the Business Law Certificate. The certificate is also open to anyone who has earned a graduate degree, including a JD or LLM.
  • Prior experience in law is not required.
  • You are not required to take the LSAT exam; however international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • Applicants who hold a degree from an institution located outside the United States must have their transcripts authenticated and evaluated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
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