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Our on-campus Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree offers early-career non-lawyer professionals and recent graduates an unparalleled education to better understand complex legal matters.

Through our coursework, we will provide you with the background and tools necessary to succeed in leadership roles in a wide variety of settings, including business, education, entertainment, finance, government, human resources, law enforcement, and more. Please note that this degree is not intended to train students for careers as attorneys, nor to prepare them for any state bar exam.

Degree Outcomes

  • Acquire practical knowledge in the theories, history and application of American law
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. legal system, government, historical context and foundational values
  • Develop fluency in advanced legal terminology through exposure to substantive texts, cases, statutes and memoranda
  • Demonstrate an ability to use legal authority and perform legal analysis

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Degree Specializations

Earn a graduate certificate concurrently with your MSL degree at no additional cost. 

  • Business Law
  • Human Resources Law and Compliance
  • Media and Entertainment Law

On-Campus Learning

Through our on campus MSL, you will gain legal skills and knowledge that can be applied directly to advance your career. Coursework is offered in residence at our USC University Park Campus.

If you are interested in studying completely online, please consider our online MSL degree, which is offered anywhere you have internet access.

The Trojan Family

USC's renowned network of more than 480,000 alumni are deeply committed to furthering the success of USC graduates. Our more than 15,000 USC Gould graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, leaders of civil rights movements, and CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies.

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 On-Campus MSL Advantage

Our MSL degree will help you understand the intersection between law and many different industries. Familiarity with the legal system will help you stand out in your current profession, or may increase your career opportunities.

Earn a master's degree from a top-rated law school

At USC Gould, we have a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence.

Customizable degree to meet your needs

Complete your degree within 9 months on a full-time basis or 12+ months on a part-time basis. We also offer two start dates a year: fall or spring.

Convenient and flexible scheduling

Law school classes take place at USC's University Park Campus in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

Scholarships offered

All applicants will be automatically considered for our scholarship awards. Exceptional candidates will receive a prestigious Dean's Academic Excellence Award.

Receive career and professional support

Students are assigned an academic advisor, and we offer individually tailored advice on developing your career plan.

Join the Trojan Family

Become part of a renowned network of 480,000 USC alumni who are deeply committed to furthering the success of USC graduates. Our more than 15,000 Gould graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, leaders in public interest and public service, and CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies.

Gain hands-on practical skill development

Learn from renowned faculty who are highly successful professionals and leaders in their fields.

Create new career opportunities

Understanding legal issues increases your marketability for a range of work settings, including business, government, human resources, counseling, education, and social work.

Top reasons to pursue an MSL from USC Gould School of Law

The on-campus MSL prepares students for leadership roles in a wide variety of settings. 

  • Earn a master's degree from a fully accredited, elite, top-ranked law school
  • No GRE or LSAT required
  • Evening classes — perfect for working professionals
  • Students complete their studies in as few as 9 months
  • Deeply committed and distinguished faculty
  • Access Trojan Family network connections to more than 15,000 USC Gould alumni worldwide
  • Create new career opportunities
  • Admission decision within two to four weeks of application completion
  • Receive an additional certificate at no additional cost

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