Welcome to USC Gould Online

As legal practice becomes more global, USC Gould School of Law has taken the initiative to adapt its methods and expand its reach. We are proud to now deliver eight of the nation’s most prominent legal education programs in an online platform, making them available to legal professionals around the world.

International students who have already completed their first law degree (LLB or equivalent) have the option of applying for our online Master of Laws (LLM) degree, while both international students and domestic JD graduates may choose to pursue one of our six law and compliance certificates.

Online Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

Offered through the renowned USC Gould School of Law and taught by prominent USC Lecturers in Law, the online LLM classes can be tailored to individual interests and career goals.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Law or Compliance

The graduate certificates in law or compliance are designed for domestic JD graduates and international students who wish to pursue a legal career in business, entertainment, finance, health care or human resources.

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Why Study Law at USC?

Deciding where to pursue your LLM or graduate certificate in law or compliance can be one of the most important decisions of your career. As the legal profession becomes increasingly globalized, earning a Master of Laws degree in U.S. Law from USC Gould proves that you can excel in a multilingual setting. Consider these benefits:

Earn the only online Master of Laws (LLM) offered with the option of earning a graduate certificate in one particular area of law.

Complete your LLM degree 100% online in as few as 4 semesters.

U.S. lawyers (JD) and international law students can earn one of our specialized certificates in as few as 12 months.

Network with more than 10,000 USC law school alumni across the globe.

Receive one-on-one student support.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #21 among the top colleges in the country.

USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

USC Gould School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

What are the career advantages of earning an LLM or Graduate Certificate from USC Gould?

Earning a law degree from USC Gould is a powerful credential that you can use to your career advantage. USC Gould School of Law has a reputation around the world. In fact, adding a USC credential to a resume can help make a great first impression even before your interview, helping you get the job and salary you want.


“USC Gould School of Law’s online LLM degree is exceptionally useful. In addition to helping me learn about the U.S. law in an interactive manner, it also equips me with the skills to communicate online, which is highly sought after by employers heavily involved in cross-border activities.”

Sharon Chiang (Singapore), Graduate

Where Do USC Gould School of Law Graduates Work?

Our graduates work around the world in private law firms, government agencies, public interest firms and corporations. They are:

Leaders in business, law and government

Partners in the world’s largest law firms

CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies

Leaders of non-profit organizations

What makes the curriculum at USC Gould among the best?

We take a scholarly yet practical approach to expand your legal education. Our LLM program offers a comprehensive, flexible platform on which to build your course of study as well as your legal career. The USC LLM curriculum can be completed in 10 courses over four semesters. Each of the certificates can be finished in as few as twelve months.

Join a Heritage of Leadership and Excellence

With a distinguished 115-year heritage of leadership and excellence, USC Gould School of Law is known to be highly selective and recognized as one of the top law schools in the world. Fostering a vibrant culture of public service, USC Gould encourages students to cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. At USC Gould, you can join others from around the world intent on making a positive contribution to the legal field.

Expert and Accessible Faculty

The curriculum at USC Gould is taught by faculty members who make themselves accessible because they are personally invested in your success.

Stay Up to Date with USC Gould School of Law News

No matter where you are in your career, a keen understanding of the latest USC Gould online news, resources and today’s most pressing legal issues is paramount to success.