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Our on-campus Master of Laws (LLM) is a full-time, one-year program focused on the U.S. legal system, open to anyone with a first law degree (LLB or equivalent) outside of the United States.

Advance Your Career

The USC Gould LLM offers a flexible and far-reaching curriculum that prepares international students for leadership roles in the increasingly globalized marketplace. Enhance and expand your legal practice with foundational skills and knowledge about U.S. law 

In addition to the 1-year, on-campus LLM, USC Gould offers a 100% online LLM degree as well other specialized LLM and master's programs.

The LLM Benefit

LLM Degree Outcomes

Through the LLM degree, you will develop:

  • The ability to perform legal research and analysis necessary for work in a variety of legal settings
  • Understanding of legal professionalism and ethics, and the responsibilities required of representatives of clients and officers of the court
  • Improved writing and public speaking skills

Who Should Get an LLM?

The LLM is ideal for international professionals, including

  • Attorneys
  • Judges
  • Government officials
  • Prosecutors
  • Corporate legal counsel
  • Bankers
  • Recent law graduates

Study in the heart of Los Angeles

A global epicenter for entertainment, business, media, technology and sports — right at your doorstep. Located at the University Park Campus, USC Gould is convenient to Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, and sits in the heart of one of the nation’s biggest legal markets.

The USC Gould Advantage

When you join USC Gould, you will become part of a dynamic and diverse law school community, learn from world-class faculty, enroll in small and collegial classes, and join the global Trojan Family network of more than 15,000 law school alumni. Our graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, pioneers in public service, and presidents and CEOs of industry-leading companies.

Why Choose the 1-Year LLM at USC Gould?

Recognized by LLM Guide as one of the "Top 10 LLM Programs in California," our LLM curriculum stimulates critical thinking and practical problem solving in addition to providing you with a thorough grounding in American law. Our comprehensive array of courses allows you to customize your degree to fit your career goals.

As an LLM student, you will have access to an academic support system led by a full-service staff dedicated exclusively to aiding international students.  And our Office of International Services provides additional resources to assist you with your visa and other requirements for studying in the U.S. 

You will have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • one-on-one help with course registration
  • tools for exam preparation
  • seminars on study techniques
  • individualized career development advisement
  • workshops on résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing and job-search strategies
  • participation in the International Student Interview Program job fair in New York and the UCLA Interview Program in Los Angeles
  • Early Bar Preparation and other bar exam workshops
  • USC Gould Continuing Legal Education events, where you can network with leading professionals in tax, entertainment, corporate, real estate and intellectual property law, among other fields
  • the Summer Law and English four-week intensive
  • social and athletic outings with fellow LLM students, including a night at the Hollywood Bowl, a USC Trojan football game and a basketball game at Staples Center

Uniquely Student-Centered

At the heart of our educational philosophy is a deep-rooted commitment to student success. Learn more about the student experience from our 1-year LLM alums:

Students for now — Trojans for life.

When you graduate from USC Gould, you join USC's famed Trojan Family.

An alumni network over 437,000 strong, the Trojan Family spans the globe and will remain one of your most valuable — and lifelong — professional resources. Our more-than 15,000 law alumni share a steadfast commitment to nurturing the next generation of students.

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Application Fee Waiver

We will automatically waive our $75 application fee for LLM applicants who apply before our February 1 priority deadline. Below, please find a link to a survey to request a fee waiver code for the LSAC Report for applications to USC Gould.

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