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Redefine your career with a graduate degree from USC Gould School of Law.
Whether you want to strengthen your understanding of legal practices in your professional role or specialize your studies in a specific industry, USC Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California offers a variety of degree programs and certificates to fit your schedule and career goals. Learn more about our academic graduate programs at the links below.

Graduate Programs

For students who do not have prior law degrees.
Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

Our MSL degree educates professionals outside of the legal field to be familiar with the numerous ways that law and policy influence business. Note: Graduates will not be licensed to practice law.

Format: Full-Time | Part-Time | Online | On-Campus
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree
Start: Fall | Spring | Summer

Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR)

The MDR degree immerses students in immediately applicable legal approaches to dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Format: Full-Time | Part-Time | On-Campus
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree
Start: Fall | Spring

Master of Science in Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation (MIELR)

Offered by USC Dornsife Department of Economics jointly with USC Gould, the MIELR degree equips graduates with skills to address the complexities of big data, Al and machine learning innovations through a legal lens.

Format: Full-Time | On-Campus
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree
Start: Fall

Master of International Trade Law and Economics (MITLE)

Offered by USC Gould jointly with USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Department of Economics, the MITLE degree provides students with the knowledge and skills relevant to the laws, policies, and business practices that shape international trade and economics.

Format: Full-Time | On-Campus
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree
Start: Fall | Spring

Graduate Certificate
Programs

USC Gould certificates are designed for students to specialize their legal education in areas of law that can meet a variety of career goals. Certificates can be either be earned by themselves (standalone) or concurrently with a USC Gould degree (at no additional cost).

Format: On-Campus | Online
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree
Start: Fall | Spring

Degrees for Law Graduates

For students who have a law degree prior to enrollment in our program.
Master of Laws (LLM)

The LLM degree is offered online and on campus for international students who have earned a JD, LLB or equivalent law degree and  learning the U.S. legal system.

Format: Full-Time | Part-Time | On Campus | Online
Eligibility: JD, LLB or equivalent
Start: Fall | Spring | Summer

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Redefined Blog

Course Spotlight: Negotiation Skills with David Lourie and Marc E. Empey
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Course Spotlight: Negotiation Skills with David Lourie and Marc E. Empey
In this Q&A, USC Gould lecturers in law share insights on how mastering negotiation techniques is essential not only for legal professionals but also for navigating everyday interactions.
June 2, 2024
Strength in Specialization: Customize Your USC Gould Degree with Industry-Specific Certificates 
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Strength in Specialization: Customize Your USC Gould Degree with Industry-Specific Certificates 
Explore the benefits of pursuing a specialized graduate certificate at USC Gould School of Law.
April 18, 2024
USC Introduces Immersive New Online Certificate in Real Estate Law 
USC Introduces Immersive New Online Certificate in Real Estate Law 
USC Gould School of Law announces the addition of the online certificate in Real Estate Law to its robust lineup of graduate certificates.
April 8, 2024