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, Entertainment Law & Industry or Privacy Law & Cybersecurity Certificate only)

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

Academic Calendar

USC Gould School of Law offers three starts throughout the year in fall, spring and summer. Please contact a member of our online enrollment team for the upcoming application deadlines.

Spring 2022
Term Start Date: 1/12/2022
Priority Application Deadline: 10/13/2021
Final Application Deadline: 11/10/2021

Summer 2022
Term Start Date: 5/11/2022
Priority Application Deadline: 2/23/2022
Final Application Deadline: 3/23/2022

Fall 2022
Term Start Date: 9/7/2022
Priority Application Deadline: 6/22/2022
Final Application Deadline: 7/20/2022

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Tuition and Fees


Per Credit Hour: $2,707
LLM Tuition: $56,847
LLM with California Bar:  $56,847
LLM with Business Law Certificate:  $56,847
LLM with California Bar and Specialized Law Certificate: $67,675
Certificate Tuition: $32,484

Every applicant is automatically considered
for a variety of scholarships.
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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 $500 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.

State Authorization Information

Due to online learning regulations in each state, our online LLM degree is not available to students residing in all states. Certain states only authorize their residents to enroll in online master’s degree programs that require 30 or more units. Other states impose different restrictions.

Effective May 8, 2020, USC Gould is unable to accept new applications for admission to the online LLM program to students currently residing in Arkansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Our online certificates do not have restrictions from any states at this time, and we are happy to receive applications for admission to our certificate programs from students residing in any state.

Prospective students may check this site for updates. Questions can be directed to