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Bar and Certificate Tracks - Master of Laws (LLM) - Online
USC Gould School of Law

You may choose to keep your Online LLM degree general by taking courses from among our entire list of offerings, or you may concentrate your studies by completing coursework to sit for the California Bar exam. You may also select coursework to earn a graduate certificate in Business Law, Compliance, Entertainment Law and Industry, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law and Compliance, Privacy Law and Cybersecurity, or Social Work Administration concurrently with your Online LLM.

View the Online LLM curriculum a list of courses, including descriptions.

California Bar Track

If you are hoping to sit for the California Bar exam, you are required to complete the following coursework:

LLM Degree and the required California Bar courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units
  • Legal Research, 1 unit
  • Business Organizations, 4 units
  • Constitutional Law, 3 units
  • Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts, 2 units
  • Legal Profession, 2 units
  • Topics in American Law, 3 units
  • Select 2 additional units in other courses

Note: USC Gould School of Law cannot determine your eligibility to sit for the California Bar exam since each applicant is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the State Bar. We recommend verifying your eligibility prior to enrolling in our Online LLM.

Certificate Tracks

Each of the certificates requires 12 units of study, which can be completed as part of the Online LLM degree at no additional cost. The specific requirements for earning the LLM and a certificate are outlined below:

LLM Degree and Business Law Certificate

LLM Degree and Compliance Certificate

LLM Degree and Entertainment Law and Industry Certificate

LLM Degree and Financial Compliance Certificate

LLM Degree and Health Care Compliance Certificate

LLM Degree and Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

LLM Degree and Privacy Law and Cybersecurity

LLM Degree and Social Work Administration Certificate

6 additional units in other coursework from the Online LLM course offerings.