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Partnership Benefits for RCSD Members

USC Gould School of Law

USC Gould School of Law has partnered with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to expand educational opportunities for staff and employees of the RCSD, including graduate degrees and certificates. With highly applicable curricula and expertise among our distinguished faculty, we provide a dynamic learning experience designed specifically for working professionals.

Benefits for RCSD Network Participants include:

  • A 20% program scholarship, deducted from your tuition bill throughout the course of your studies
  • Exceptional candidates may be eligible to receive scholarship savings exceeding 20%
  • Personalized assistance with the application process from our admissions advisors
  • Individualized academic guidance and course registration assistance 
  • Flexible coursework designed to accommodate busy schedules
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty, scholars and practitioners
  • Access to USC's extensive Trojan Family network, connecting participants with over 15,000 USC Gould alumni and 480,000 USC alumni globally
  • Collaborative classroom environment, with small class sizes to foster interaction between students and faculty

Why choose USC Gould?

USC Gould School of Law, one of the nation's top-ranked law schools, partners with leading corporations and organizations nationwide to provide comprehensive legal training for their employees, both in general and specialized areas.

Our programs offer professionals at all levels an exceptional legal education to enhance their skills and make meaningful contributions in the fields of education, health care, social work, compliance, business, government, human resources, engineering, entertainment, law enforcement, cybersecurity, and other law-related domains. 

USC holds regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Additionally, USC Gould School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and our online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees have received formal approval from the ABA Section of Legal Education.

Reach out today to discover how the MSL program can redefine your career.

Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL)
Admissions, Academic Support and Career Development Advisors 

Email: [email protected]
Office: 213-821-5916

From application support to academic guidance and career development, dedicated advisors for the Online MSL program are available to help you achieve your professional goals.

Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Curriculum

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program enrolls candidates with a bachelor's degree in any field of study who wish to acquire legal skills that can be applied directly to their careers. The online MSL program is taught in a 100% digital environment that combines self-paced (asynchronous) and real-time (synchronous) components. 

Our master's degree programs require 21 units of study, which can be completed in as few as two semesters or as many as six semesters.

*Our current set of online courses includes: 

  • Business Law Principles
  • Business Organizations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Compliance
  • Contract Drafting and Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry
  • Digital Media Transactions
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Employment Dispute Mediation
  • Entertainment Law and Industry
  • Financial Institution Regulation
  • Global Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Health Care Law, Business and Finance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Human Resource Compliance
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark
  • Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts
  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Research
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Music Law in Practice
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Patient Privacy Law
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Topics in American Law

*This list is subject to change

Online Certificate Programs

USC Gould’s online graduate certificates are designed to deepen your knowledge in a specialized area of interest and give you a leg up in your chosen career path. Our certificate programs enroll both lawyers and non-lawyers and can be completed alone or within one of our online degree programs. Certificate programs require 12 units of study and can be completed in as few as two semesters or as many as four semesters.

Business Law

This online certificate is ideal for professionals interested in applying legal concepts and strategic thinking to real-world business problems.


The Compliance certificate provides students with the fundamental knowledge of compliance and related legal issues necessary to implement compliance protocols or programs.

Entertainment Law & Industry

The Entertainment Law & Industry certificate immerses students in laws specific to the demanding film, television and media industries. 

Financial Compliance

This online certificate explores the fundamentals of financial compliance, including regulations for institutions, and governance of corporate entities and global organizations.

Health Care Compliance

The Health Care Compliance certificate provides you with fundamental knowledge of compliance, risk management, privacy and related legal issues in the health care setting.

Human Resources Law
& Compliance

This certificate is ideal for professionals interested in the fundamental knowledge of human resources law and compliance related to employment. 

Law & Government

This online certificate is designed for students who want to focus on the intersection of legislation, regulation, policy, and the law.

Privacy Law & Cybersecurity

Explore legal framework concerning information privacy in the U.S. and common legal issues and emerging laws in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity.

Real Estate Law

The Real Estate Law certificate provides students with a fundamental understanding of legal principles and contracts related to real estate.

Technology & Entrepreneurship Law

This certificate prepares students for practice at the intersection of intellectual property and business law.

Apply Online

The application process is simple and convenient. RCSD participants have access to personalized support from our admissions advisors at every step. No GRE or LSAT score is required, and the application fee is waived for all RCSD participants.

To view the full list of application requirements and to get started on your online application form, please visit one of the following:

Ensure your discounted tuition is applied by indicating that you are a Riverside County Sheriff's Department employee, as well as your employer's name in the Referral Information section of the application form.

Learn More

Information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, can be found on the USC Financial Aid website.

Kindly note, undergraduate courses and programs are not available to RCSD participants through the Gould School of Law.

Contact us today to discuss your future at USC Gould School of Law!

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