University of Southern California Admissions

USC Gould Online Admissions Criteria

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

International Students (LLM or Legal Certificates Programs)

  • First law degree (LLB) or equivalent outside of the United States
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Resume
  • LSAT: Not required

U.S. Students (Business Law, Compliance, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law Compliance or Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate only)

  • JD degree or equivalent
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • LSAT: Not required

Academic Calendar

Spring 2019
Priority Application Deadline: 11/1/2018
Term Start Date: 1/9/2019
Term End Date: 4/3/2019

Summer 2019
Priority Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
Term Start Date: 5/8/2019
Term End Date: 8/20/2019

Fall 2019
Priority Application Deadline: 6/1/2019
Term Start Date: 9/4/2019
Term End Date: 12/17/2019

Spring 2020
Application Deadline: TBD
Term Start Date: TBD
Term End Date: TBD

Tuition and Fees


Per Credit Hour: $2,477
LLM Tuition: $52,017 
LLM with California Bar:  $52,017
LLM with Business Law Certificate:  $52,017
LLM with California Bar and Specialized Law Certificate: $56,971
Certificate Tuition: LLM: $29,724 


Application Fee: $75 (waived)
LSAC CAS Fees: $250

  • International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES): $135
  • Document Assembly Service (DAS): $85
  • Law Summary Report: $30

University Fee: $850/academic year

Program Deposit: $400

Books/Supplies: Students can expect to spend approximately $1,500-$2,000 for textbooks and other course materials per semester.

For additional information about tuition and fees, visit:

*(subject to change without notice)

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you.

For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.