USC Gould School of Law

Program Details

Program Details

Cost of Attendance

Tuition
*Subject to change without notice

Per Credit Hour: $2,398 (2017-18)

Total Tuition: (2017-18)

Fees
*Subject to change without notice

For additional information about tuition and fees, visit http://weblaw.usc.edu/how/gip/llm/fees.cfm

Admission Requirements

International Students

U.S. Students (Business Law, Compliance, or Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate only)

 

Program Curriculum

Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Required Courses (3 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 510 Legal Research 1
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2
Elective Courses (Choose 18 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 505 Legal Profession 2
LAW 508 Constitutional Law 3
LAW 521 Topics in American Law 3
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 632 Business for Lawyers 2
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) with California Bar
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 505 Legal Profession 2
LAW 508 Constitutional Law 3
LAW 510 Legal Research 1
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2
LAW 521 Topics in American Law 3
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
Elective Courses (Choose 6 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 632 Business for Lawyers 2
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) with Business Law Certificate
Required Courses (17 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 510 Legal Research 1
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 632 Business for Lawyers 2
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3
Elective Courses (Choose 4 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 505 Legal Profession 2
LAW 508 Constitutional Law 3
LAW 521 Topics in American Law 3

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) with California Bar & Business Law Certificate
Required Courses (25 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 505 Legal Profession 2
LAW 508 Constitutional Law 3
LAW 510 Legal Research 1
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2
LAW 521 Topics in American Law 3
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 632 Business for Lawyers 2
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3

 

Business Law Certificate
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 632 Business for Lawyers (choice between LAW 710) 2
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy (choice between LAW 632) 2
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3

 

Compliance Certificate
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 710 Contract Drafting 2
LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2
LAW 559 Human Resource Compliance 2
LAW 574 Health Care Compliance 2

 

Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4
LAW 710 Contract Drafting 2
LAW 527 Intellectual Property: Copyright 2
LAW 551 Intellectual Property: Trademark 2
LAW 522 Entertainment Law & Industry 2

 

*Curriculum is subject to change

* Under the State Bar of California’s current guidelines, those with an online master’s degree from an ABA-approved law school may be deemed eligible to meet the academic qualifications required to sit for their bar exam. Our students will have the opportunity to take courses to meet the qualifications to sit for the California Bar exam.

*The following link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program: Gainful Employment Disclosure

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LAW 520: Introduction to the U.S. Legal System

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System introduces students to the legal system in the United States and the distinctive process and methods of American law.  The course examines the basic structure and operation of government in the United States, particularly the judicial branch, and focuses on the American method of making, finding and enforcing law. The course provides a basic understanding of the historical context in which the legal system in the United States developed.  Further, the course examines the foundational values of American law, such as due process and equality.

LAW 510: Legal Research

Legal Research examines the basic legal research methodologies and techniques for the federal and California jurisdictions by focusing on online research sources.

LAW 505: Legal Profession

Legal Profession considers the role of the lawyer in society, history and organization of the legal profession; alternate career patterns; conflicting duties; the adversary system; equal access to justice; and other issues of ethics and professional responsibility.

The course attempts to sensitize students to ethical issues faced by lawyers in various kinds of practice. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Ethics Opinions, the New York and California rules, and related statutes and leading case law are examined.

Emphasis is placed on discussion surrounding hypothetical situations in order for students to recognize and resolve dilemmas stemming from legal, professional and personal dilemmas that are likely to occur during the practice of law.

LAW 508: Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law explores the U.S. Constitution and its structure. It covers the delineation of spheres of responsibility between the judiciary and legislature, the nation and the state, and the government and the individual.  The course surveys various topics in American constitutional law along with historical and contemporary constitutional issues. Seminal U.S. Supreme Court cases are studied.

LAW 521: Topics in American Law

Topics in American Law covers surveys topics such as torts, criminal law and criminal procedure, evidence, constitutional law, contracts and trusts. The course also exposes students to the structure of government in the U.S. by examining legislative and judicial roles at both the federal and state court levels.

LAW 603: Business Organizations

Business Organizations examines the legal organizations most often used by businesses in the United States and discusses the specific laws governing business organizations, the policies and theories underlying these laws and best practices for complying with them. The primary focus is on corporations, as these are the predominant form of business organization by every measure except number of firms. The course also covers unincorporated entities, such as partnerships and limited liability companies. After taking this course, students will have a solid foundation in the law of business organizations, a general understanding of the business contexts in which the law operates and an appreciation for the practical issues transactional lawyers confront when advising business organizations. The subject matter will be taught using a “problem method” in order to promote a practical understanding of business organizational law.

LAW 749: Securities Regulation

Securities Regulations examines the regulation of the offer and sale of securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Topics covered include: the definition of a “security”; the registration of securities for public sale under the Securities Act; the exemptions from such registration requirement; the periodic reporting requirements under the Exchange Act; regulation of secondary market transactions; the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, including Rule 10b-5; civil liability under the Securities Act; and the operation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The aim of this course is to provide a basic working knowledge of the federal securities laws to students intending to pursue a career in corporate finance or securities litigation, whether in a law firm, securities firm or regulatory agency. It also will be of interest to those interested in the development of the modern regulatory state, as exemplified by the continuing evolution of the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

LAW 710: Contract Drafting & Strategy

Contract Drafting & Strategy starts with an introduction to the standard structure and terms of a typical contract.  Then it examines a broad range of contracts in actual use (typical business agreement, law firm retainer letter, consumer credit card agreement, web site terms of use, etc.). Students have the opportunity to present their assessment of why provisions were likely drafted as they were, what alternatives might be considered and how specific provisions might subsequently be challenged.  Students then are asked to draft a simple version of a contract and interpret a complex contract.  The final third of the course consists of team presentations in which classmates function as the client’s CEO, CFO, general counsel and other senior managers.

LAW 632: Business for Lawyers

Business for Lawyers introduces law students to the basic principles and practices of contemporary business so that they can be more effective lawyers when advising business clients. The course will focus on fundamental business concepts, including, business strategy, management, sales and marketing, finance and risk. Additionally, the course will cover the challenges business leaders face in the contemporary economic, political and social environment. Course sessions will include lectures, guest speakers and analysis and discussion of case studies.

LAW 658: Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions examines the legal and practical aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.  It focuses on the various federal and state laws governing mergers and acquisitions and considers the relevant issues of law from the perspectives of all affected stakeholders: the target company, the acquiring company, shareholders, officers, board of directors, employees and others.  The goal of the course is to provide students with an appreciation for the issues transactional lawyers confront when advising corporations engaged in M&A transactions.  The subject matter will be taught using a “problem method” in order to teach practical transactional skills necessary to be a competent M&A lawyer.



Certificate in Compliance

The new online Certificate in Compliance will prepare students for a specialization in compliance, related regulation laws, and legal issues related to this growing field. The program will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of compliance and related legal issues necessary to implement compliance protocols or programs in their current or future workplaces.

Required Courses – 12 Total Units:


LAW-598: Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance provides an overview of regulatory compliance law and the ways that various organizations ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations. Students will understand basics about regulatory compliance law in the United States, and the ways that various organizations ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations. This course provides students with an examination of various areas of law, regulation, and policies, as well as the ways various industries utilize compliance protocols or programs. Central principles, as well as the statutory and regulatory framework that govern this growing field of compliance will be analyzed.

LAW-559: Human Resource Compliance

Human Resource Compliance provides an overview of human resource related law, and various legal issues involved in the employment relationship. Students will learn about laws related to human resource compliance, including rules and regulations related to types of employment, hiring and firing practices, prohibited discriminatory practices, employee wages, hours and benefits requirements, and various governmental processes and procedures. This course provides information about what laws regulate the employment relationship, including the employment contract, termination, discrimination and harassment, arbitration of employment disputes, employee speech and privacy, occupational health and safety, wage and hour regulation, and unemployment insurance.

LAW-574: Health Care Compliance

Health Care Compliance provides background on about the importance of compliance for health care organizations and legal challenges facing the health care industry. Students will learn about the importance of compliance for health care organizations and the specific challenges faced in the health care industry related to governance and compliance. This course provides an overview of the important principles related to health care compliance law, including the professional-patient relationship, informed consent, liability of health care professional, liability of health care institutions, quality control regulation of physicians and health care institutions, the privacy rights of patients and the ability of government to regulate patient health care choices.



Certificate in Entertainment Law & Industry

The new online Certificate in Entertainment Law & Industry will prepare students for a specialization in entertainment law, including business aspects of the entertainment industry, related contracts, work with guilds and other organizations, copyright and trademark. The program will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of entertainment law necessary to work with legal issues in the entertainment industry, as entertainment lawyers or non-lawyers with legal-related work in the entertainment industry.

Required Courses – 12 Total Units:


LAW-527: Intellectual Property: Copyright

Intellectual Property: Copyright provides a detailed survey of copyright law from a practical perspective, including the application of copyright laws in litigation and transactional contexts, with a focus on the entertainment and media industries.

LAW-551: Intellectual Property: Trademark

Intellectual Property: Trademark provides a detailed survey of federal trademark law form a practical perspective, including the federal trademark registration process and the application of trademark laws in litigation and transactional contexts. Students will also learn about the “ICANN” system and laws relating to internet domain names.

LAW-522: Entertainment Law & Industry

Entertainment Law & Industry provides a detailed survey of entertainment law from a practical perspective, including legal issues in litigation and transactional contexts in the entertainment industry. Students will also learn about the structure of the entertainment industry, including distribution and financing structures and changes to those structures in digital environments. This course covers legal issues not covered in the Intellectual Property: Copyright and Intellectual Property: Trademark modules, including idea contracts, the right of publicity, and fundamentals of collective bargaining agreements.

 

Academic Calendar and Deadlines

Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Priority Application Deadline 03/8/17 07/03/17 11/15/17
Application Deadline 04/12/17 07/24/17 12/06/17
Courses Start 05/03/17 08/30/17 01/10/18
Tuition Deadline 04/28/17 08/25/17 01/05/18
Course End 08/15/17 12/12/17 04/24/18

 

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