About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
- Student Life
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree - On Campus
- MASTER OF STUDIES IN LAW (MSL) DEGREE - ON CAMPUS
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- PROGRESSIVE DEGREE PROGRAM (PDP)
- CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Tuition for full-time students will be charged on a flat rate basis. Tuition for 2019-20 will be published in Spring 2019. As a reference, the law school's flat rate tuition for 2018-19 is $64,064 plus mandatory fees.
Tuition for part-time students will be charged on a per unit basis. Tuition for 2019-20 will be published in Spring 2019. As a reference, the law school's per unit tuition for 2018-19 is $2,477 per unit plus mandatory fees.
The figures below represent the cost for a full academic year for a full-time student at the flat rate. These fees are typically divided among the semesters in which students are enrolled.
|Tuition||$64,064 (flat rate up to 30 units)|
|USC Health Center Fee||$698|
|Graduate & International Programs Fee (Fall only)||$175|
|Graduate Programming Fee||$80|
|Student Bar Association Fee||$50|
|Norman Topping Scholarship Fee||$16|
|USC Health Insurance Plan (Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided)*||$2,041 (fall = $730; spring/summer = $1,311)|
|Tuition Refund Insurance (Optional)||$240|
|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.
Note: Your admission commitment deposit will be credited towards your fall tuition and fees.
We know that pursuing a graduate degree requires a major commitment of both time and financial resources. USC Gould will offer a $25,000 tuition scholarship to all admitted students during the inaugural year (2019-2020) of the On-Campus MSL.* All applicants are automatically considered; no separate application is required. The scholarship award will be disbursed in the form of tuition remission and will be distributed over your semesters of study as you complete your degree requirements.
*Scholarship amounts may vary for USC employees who receive tuition assistance benefits.
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.
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.
After you have successfully completed the FAFSA, you will receive an electronic notification from USC Gould Financial Aid with additional information and instructions on the federal loan application process.
USC's Office of Financial Aid offers information about private educational loans.
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.
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.
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.