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Application Instructions - Master of International Trade Law and Economics
USC Gould School of Law
- MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW AND ECONOMICS
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We are accepting applications for Spring 2024. Apply now to waive your $75 application fee!
You can also receive a $34 LSAC school report fee waiver by completing our form.
International students should complete their applications by September 1.
To qualify for admission to the Master of International Trade Law and Economics, you must have earned your bachelor's degree in any field, within or outside of the United States, by the time you enroll at USC Gould School of Law. Students are required to have a solid foundation in mathematics at the university level, including calculus. If you hold a degree from a university within the United States, USC Graduate Admissions requires that it must be a regionally accredited institution.
If you are currently earning your degree and will complete it prior to the start of your studies, you may be admitted, but will be required to complete certain continuing registration requirements. You must submit official final transcripts showing your degree was awarded before you may begin your studies.
We do not require work experience or an LSAT or a GRE score to be considered for admission to any of our graduate degrees.
USC Gould School of Law offers two starts in fall and spring. Applications become available in September for Fall semester and in June for Spring semester. To receive priority consideration, apply by our Priority Deadline (see date below for each semester). After our Priority Deadline, applications will only be accepted on a rolling basis as space is available until the final application deadline.
Below are the start dates and application deadlines:
|Program Start Date||Priority Deadline||Final Application Deadline|
|Spring 2024: January 8, 2024||September 1, 2023||November 1, 2023*|
|Fall 2024: August 26, 2024||February 1, 2024||June 1, 2024*|
*Final Application Deadline for international students who require initial I-20 documentation for their student visas is October 1, 2023 for Spring semester and May 1, 2024 for Fall semester. We highly encourage you to apply by our Priority Deadline in order to provide sufficient time to process any required documents, including I-20 documentation for student visas, and to apply for USC campus housing.
If you are planning to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam after our Priority Deadline, we highly recommend that you go ahead and submit your application (and any other completed materials) prior to taking the exam and we will accept your test scores after you receive your official results. The Admissions Committee will make a final admissions decision upon receipt of your complete application file.
All applicants will be automatically considered for a scholarship award and do not need to submit any further documents to request an award. In addition, applicants who apply by our Priority Deadline will be automatically considered for a housing stipend.
Spring 2024 applicants to the Master of International Trade Law and Economics will have their USC application fee waiver automatically if they apply by the Priority Deadline. Fall 2024 applicants will be charged a $90 application fee.
To apply for admission, the following information and documents must be submitted:
- Spring 2024 - Online USC Gould or LSAC Application
Note: Once you start your application by clicking above, you may be directed to complete your online application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you have earned (or will earn) a degree from outside of the U.S., applicable instructions and links will then be provided within the USC application.
- Personal Statement
Following the directions in your online application, provide a two or three-page document that includes your personal, academic, and professional background and your reasons for pursuing the Master of International Trade Law and Economics degree. Please include a description of your quantitative education or experience such as coursework or research projects in math or economics.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Following the directions in your online application, provide a record of your employment history and list of any distinctions, publications, and licenses/credentials.
- Official Transcripts and Degree Verification
You must have earned your bachelor's degree by the time you enroll at USC. Following the directions provided in your online application, submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
Spring 2024 Applicants:: Official transcripts must be received directly from the institutions. If all of your degrees are from within the U.S., official transcripts may be submitted electronically via email to email@example.com or via postal mail to USC Gould at:
Master of International Trade Law and Economics
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd, Room 105
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
If you hold any degree from outside the U.S, official transcripts must be submitted to LSAC for evaluation using its International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES). Credential evaluation takes 2-3 weeks to complete once LSAC has received all of your documents; there may be further delay during LSAC's peak processing periods or if LSAC determines that additional information is required to complete its review. We therefore suggest that you apply as early as possible so that there is no consequential delay in LSAC transmitting its evaluation report to us. Fees charged by LSAC for utilizing its services, including for ITAES,are payable to LSAC. Please visit LSAC's website for more information about fees charged by LSAC, including its refund policy.
Fall 2024 - Online USC Graduate Admission Application
Note: Once you start your application by clicking above, you will be directed to complete your online application through the USC Office of Graduate Admission application.
Fall 2024 Applicants: Upload scanned copies of your official, up-to-date transcripts into the USC online application system for review for admissions purposes. Please see information on the USC Graduate Admissions website:
If you hold any degree from outside of the U.S., USC does not accept or recognize credential evaluation reports from outside agencies; only records issued by your previous institution will be accepted. You may be required to submit English translations of transcripts and diploma(s)/degree certificate(s) - review country requirements above for further information. If you are admitted to USC, you may receive instructions to verify your degree with the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). For detailed information on how to obtain an IERF verification report, please refer to the Degree Progress website.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL/IELTS waiver requests will only be considered if (1) your native language is English, or (2) you possess an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.
- USC Gould does not have a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score; however, we recommend a 90 TOEFL iBT and a 7.0 IELTS or above.
- Spring 2024 Applicants: Please have your official scores sent to LSAC if you submit your application through LSAC. LSAC's institutional code is 8395.
- Fall 2024 Applicants: Please have your official scores sent to USC. Instructions on how to submit scores can be found on the USC Graduate Admissions website.
- Test scores are valid for two years from the date taken.
- USC does NOT accept MyBest TOEFL scores of applicants as valid proof of language proficiency. We will consider the single best total TOEFL or IELTS score you submit along with the sub-scores from that test.
The LSAT or GRE exam is not required for admission. In addition, letters of recommendation are not required.
The Admissions Committee will not review your application until all transcripts and supporting documents are received. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your documents are submitted by the final application deadline. Be sure to regularly check the email address you have provided on the application in the event that the Admissions Committee requests additional materials or information.
Application Status Check
Spring 2024 Applicants: After you submit your application, we will send you a confirmation email that provides you with a username and password for the Application Online Status Check system. Then you may log in and create a new, personalized password and periodically check your application status.
Fall 2024 Applicants: To ensure you have submitted a complete application, please refer to the USC Graduate Admissions checklists. Our office will contact you via email for any missing or additional requirements. Please contact our office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Admissions decisions are made upon receipt of complete application files. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. We encourage you to apply by our Priority Deadline to provide sufficient time for you to complete your application file. Our Admissions Committee will provide admissions decisions generally within 3-4 weeks upon our receipt of completed applications, beginning in January for Fall semester start and beginning in July for Spring semester start. You will be notified via email and postal mail. No admissions decisions will be released over the phone. We will contact you if the Admissions Committee recommends an interview or additional submissions.
If you are admitted, you will be required to provide a financial statement that certifies that you have sufficient funds available to meet your living (housing, meals, etc.) and tuition expenses while at USC (unless you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or have been granted political asylum). At that time, you also must submit a copy of the photo page of your passport (and passport copies of any dependent(s) traveling with you).