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Application Instructions

Summer Law and English (SLE)

You may apply online for SLE between February 1 and May 15 each year by clicking here. In addition to the formal application submitted online, please email your financial support documents, passport, résumé /CV, and TOEFL/IELTS score report to [email protected].

Application Fee

SLE's $100 non-refundable application fee can be paid by credit card when submitting the online application.

Important Note: If you have been admitted to one of USC Gould’s master’s degree programs, your $100 application fee can be waived. Follow the instructions included with your admissions packet. We recommend on waiting to apply to SLE until you receive an admissions decision.


The SLE application deadline is May 15. Please consider applying early to avoid any difficulties in obtaining a F-1 student visa in a timely fashion.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions are made within two to four weeks after receipt of your application, including all supplemental documents. We accept applications on a rolling basis, as space is available, until May 15. You will be notified via email. No admissions decisions will be released over the phone.

Financial Support Documents and Passport

Along with your SLE application, you must provide a financial statement that certifies you have sufficient funds ($6,250) in U.S. dollars to meet your living (housing, meals, etc.) and course expenses while at USC (unless you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or have been granted political asylum). If your dependents are accompanying you during the summer, then your statement will also need to show an additional $1,188 per month per spouse and $594 per month per child.

If you are:

  • Self-sponsored: Your financial statement must be a current personal bank statement or letter from your bank, in English with your name and a recent date listed.
  • Sponsored by an individual: Your financial statement must include a current letter of support and a bank statement (in English) from your sponsor that specifically states your name, their relationship to you (parent or other relative, friend, etc.), the specific amount of financial support to be given ($6,250 minimum) and mentions support for SLE.
  • Sponsored by an organization: Your financial statement should be a letter on your sponsoring-organization's letterhead, signed by a representative of your sponsoring organization, that states your name, the specific amount of financial support to be given ($6,250 minimum) and mentions support for SLE.

You also must submit a copy of the photo page of your passport.  Please share passport copies of accompanying dependents, if applicable.


Along with your SLE application, you must submit a brief, current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

TOEFL or IELTS Score Report

Please submit your TOEFL or IELTS score report, as it will assist our USC Gould faculty and International Academy instructors in planning your courses.

Student Visa

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must obtain an F-1 visa to attend SLE. USC will issue participants with I-20 forms, the United States Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, which is required for an F-1 student visa application.

You may not attend SLE on a B1/B2 visitor/tourist visa.


Tuition for the Summer Law and English is $3,900 plus a $300 university fee for a total of $4,200. This is in addition to your $100 SLE application fee.

SLE tuition and fee covers:

  • law and legal English instruction
  • course materials
  • health insurance, immunization screening and treatment
  • use of USC Student Health Center with USC faculty physicians
  • weekly special activities
  • access to campus facilities, including banking, computer, dining, libraries, medical and recreation
  • student services, including orientation, workshops, and academic/career counseling
  • expedited processing of student visa I-20 form
  • express mail of admission documents

Students who apply by April 1, 2024 and enroll in SLE will receive complimentary housing at the USC Village. Those who apply after this deadline are required to pay an additional $100 housing application fee and $1,450 accommodations fee to secure their university housing.

If you are admitted to SLE, full payment is due by June 1 to reserve your seat. Payments may only be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).

All SLE fees are nonrefundable (unless your visa is denied or severely delayed).

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