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Tuition and Financial Aid

Master of Studies in Law (MSL) - On-Campus

Tuition for full-time students, or those who enroll in eight (8) units or more in a semester, will be charged on a flat rate basis. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the tuition flat rate is $38,219 per semester plus university fees.

Tuition for part-time students, or those who enroll in between one (1) to seven (7) units in a semester, will be charged on a per unit basis. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the tuition rate is $2,956 per unit plus university fees.

Tuition and Fee Schedule

The figures below represent the cost for a full academic year for students enrolling on a full-time basis. These fees are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.

USC Health Center Fee$1,200
Graduate & International Programs Fee (Fall only)$175
Graduate Programming Fee$80
Student Bar Association Fee$120
Norman Topping Scholarship Fee$22
Transportation Fee$186
USC Health Insurance Plan (Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided)*$2,713 (fall = $948; spring/summer = $1,765)
Tuition Refund Insurance (Optional)$260 (estimate)
Parking Permit (Optional)$1,000 (estimate)
USC Dental Insurance (Optional)$136 (fall only, but coverage is for the full year)

*International Students: Please note that most international health insurance plans are not accepted. Thus, most international students purchase the USC Health Insurance Plan. Your insurance plan must meet the minimum requirements to support your visa as well as the criteria listed here.

We recommend budgeting an additional $29,074 for living expenses, including housing, books/supplies, personal, and transportation.


  • Your admission commitment deposit will be credited toward your first semester tuition and fees.
  • All costs listed on this page are subject to change without notice. No estimate may be considered a bill of expenses for USC.
  • USC Gould students pay the same tuition rate regardless of their state of residence. Tuition and fees are set annually by the USC Board of Trustees and are subject to change. In recent years, tuition has increased by 3 percent to 5 percent.


You will receive automatic consideration for USC Gould's merit-based scholarships. Scholarship offers are released at the time of admission.

Paying for your Degree

USC's Office of Student Financial Services offers numerous payment options, including an interest-free USC Payment Plan for tuition and fees paid in monthly installments.

Federal Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to pay for school through loans from the U.S. government must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1 of the year prior to the year in which you intend to enroll, and should be completed as early as possible. USC's school code is 001328

Private Loans

USC's Office of Financial Aid offers information about private educational loans.

Corporate Billing

USC students who are sponsored by a company; a local, state, federal, or international governmental agency; or branch of the U.S. military may be eligible to have all or a portion of their bills sent directly to the sponsor. Payment by the sponsor is due upon receipt of the bill. The charges paid by the sponsor can vary - some will pay for tuition and mandatory fees, others will also pay for parking, housing, dining, or other charges. The student is responsible for paying any charges not authorized by the agency. For more information on how to arrange for corporate billing visit the USC Agency Billing office.

Employer Reimbursement

USC students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer have the opportunity to defer up to 75% of their tuition payment until the end of the semester. Students whose employers reimburse at the end of each semester rather than paying for tuition upfront should visit USC's Student Financial Services' website.

Veteran Benefits

USC students who are active duty military personnel and veterans may qualify for education benefits through various Veteran Affairs (VA) and State programs. Please visit VA Resource Center for details on available programs.

Follow this link to the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration web page on education and training benefits.

Follow this link to the California Department of Veterans Affairs web page on education benefits.

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