Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the prerequisites to apply?

For the LLM, potential students must have a first degree in law from outside of the United States, and they must have taken the TOEFL within the past two years.

The graduate certificates in law or compliance are open to domestic and foreign legal professionals. This program can be completed within your LLM coursework to specialize your degree for no additional charge, or it can be taken as a standalone program. TOEFL scores within the past two years for international applicants may be required.

2) Are TOEFL waivers possible?

Yes, students whose native language is English, who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident, or who have studied at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction may request for a TOEFL waiver.

3) What is the fee structure?

Online LLM tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $2,707 per unit, for a total of approximately $56,847, plus university fees. Textbooks and other course materials average $500 per semester.

USC’s Office of Student Financial Services offers numerous payment options, including an interest-free USC Payment Plan for tuition and fees, paid in monthly installments.

4) How long does it take to complete the program?

Students can complete their LLM studies within four semesters, and the Graduate Certificates in Law or Compliance can be completed in as little as three semesters. There are three semesters per academic year.

5) Can I go part time?

Yes, students are allowed up to 3 years to complete the degree.

6) Will I have to travel to California?

No, the program is 100% online. For those interested in visiting campus, there is an optional four-week Summer Law & English program that is available on campus, but it is not required.

7) How much time do I need to commit per week? Are classes live?

We estimate that a typical course schedule will require about 15 hours per week. Most of the coursework can be completed in a flexible format as it fits into your schedule. Some classes offer weekly live sessions to enhance the student experience.

8) Who is this program intended for?

Our LLM is designed for internationally trained law professionals who are looking to gain expertise in U.S. law and the U.S. legal system. Our graduate certificates in law or compliance are for domestic and international legal professionals looking to specialize their skills and gain specialized expertise in law.

9) Will the LLM qualify me to sit for the California Bar exam?

We can’t guarantee this and urge all students to check directly with the bar. While our program is designed to meet the post-graduate requirements, there are also requirements that must be met at the undergraduate and/or employment level.

10) Are there scholarships available?

While scholarship funds are limited, students who apply will be considered for merit scholarships. Financial aid is available through FAFSA to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.