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Law, Social Justice and Diversity Certificate - On-Campus
USC Gould School of Law

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USC's Gould School of Law and Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offer a residential Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate designed for those who seek to learn more about the intersection of law and social justice. The certificate explores the legal framework and regulations around social work and social justice in the United States.

Study On-Campus in Los Angeles

Our residential Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate is offered completely in residence at our USC University Park Campus.

Why Choose the Residential Law, Social Justice and Diversity Certificate at USC Gould?

The on-campus Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate - taken independently or concurrently with the residential Master of Studies in Law (MSL) - will provide you with a competitive edge in the field of social work.

You will learn alongside our residential MSL students in a dynamic and engaging classroom. We foster interaction among students and our outstanding faculty, who teach our courses to ensure you understand current laws and practices that impact social work and its administration. The residential curriculum provides a convenient, flexible way to pursue this advanced training, while meeting the demands of your profession.

You can complete the Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate in as few as three semesters.

Learning Outcomes

Through the residential Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate, you will:

  • Learn the fundamental concepts of social justice and diversity
  • Learn the history and development of common law in the U.S. and acquire fluency in legal terminology, enabling you to read and analyze legal provisions, statutes, and case law effectively and accurately
  • Gain an understanding of where legal issues may arise, how to assess these issues using legal framework, and how to respond to these issues in real-world social work settings