Law and Compliance Certificates Curriculum

Learn alongside our online MSL and LLM students in a dynamic and engaging virtual classroom. Our innovative format fosters interaction among students under the guidance of experienced law faculty, who design courses to develop your foundation in a specialized legal field. The online curriculum provides a convenient, flexible way to pursue this advanced training while meeting the demands of your profession.

You can complete any of our seven legal certificates in as few as three semesters.

Business Law Certificate

The rise of global commerce is swiftly making U.S. law the international language of business. Earning this exclusive USC credential can increase a student’s marketability with top multinational employers looking for this unique specialization.

Choose from LAW 603 and 8 or more credit hours of elective courses.

LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 633 Business Principles in Law 2 units
LAW 658 Mergers & Acquisitions 3 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3 units
LAW 845 Negotiation Skills 2 units

Compliance Certificate

The USC Compliance certificate dives deeply into health care, human resources and regulatory compliance, but offers expertise that can be useful in all areas of business, law and government. The program is designed to promote expertise in compliance-relevant regulations, laws and legal issues, and to prepare graduates to implement compliance protocols in a professional setting.

The following 12 credit hours are required for completion of this certificate program.

LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 559 Human Resource Compliance 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 574 Health Care Compliance 2 units

Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate

Behind the bright lights of show business are expert legal minds with an advanced understanding of contracts, financial structures and intellectual property. This certificate program prepares graduates to be major players in film, television and media with expertise in copyright and trademark law.

Choose from LAW 522, LAW 527, LAW 551 and 6 or more credit hours of electives.

LAW 522 Entertainment Law & Industry 2 units
LAW 527 Intellectual Property; Copyright 2 units
LAW 551 Intellectual Property; Trademark 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 653 Music Law in Practice 2 units
LAW 689 Digital Media Transactions 2 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 816 Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry 2 units
LAW 845 Negotiation Skills 2 units

Financial Compliance Certificate

A legal career in the financial industry requires knowledge of the concepts of compliance and principles of finance law. This certificate can help students understand both — and prepare them to monitor compliance programs for financial institutions worldwide.

Choose from LAW 603, LAW 598 and 8 or more credit hours of electives.

LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 633 Business Principles in Law 2 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 613 Corporate Governance 2 units
LAW 640 Financial Institution Regulation 2 units
LAW 579 Global Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 749 Securities Regulation 3 units

Health Care Compliance Certificate

With this prestigious certificate, students can learn the fundamentals of compliance and law as it relates to the health care industry, which can qualify them for director-level roles in risk management, regulatory affairs or medical research.

Choose from LAW 574, LAW 598 and 8 or more credit hours of electives.

LAW 574 Health Care Compliance 2 units
LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 663 Health Care Law, Business & Finance 2 units
LAW 664 Patient Privacy Law 2 units
LAW 811 Health Law & Policy 2 units

Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

The certificate can guide current or aspiring human resource professionals through the composition, legal principles and intricacies of HR departments, so they can pursue careers in employment law and compliance management.

Choose from LAW 559, LAW 598 and 8 or more credit hours of electives.

LAW 559 Human Resource Compliance 2 units
LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units
LAW 710 Contract Drafting & Strategy 2 units
LAW 826 Employment Dispute Mediation 2 units
LAW 635 Employment Discrimination Law 2 units
LAW 609 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Compliance 2 units
LAW 845 Negotiation Skills 2 units

Privacy Law and Cybersecurity Certificate

With so much sensitive information transferred and stored electronically, having laws in place to protect this data is crucial. Equally important are lawyers who understand the current regulations designed to help companies and individuals reduce potential issues.

USC’s online Privacy Law and Cybersecurity Certificate can help you develop an understanding of the risks and safeguards associated with the way organizations collect and leverage important data. Explore legal framework concerning information privacy in the U.S. and common legal issues and emerging laws in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity.

The following 12 credit hours are required for completion of this certificate program.

LAW 579 Global Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 664 Patient Privacy Law 2 units
LAW 691 Cybersecurity & Cyber Crimes 2 units
LAW 692 Information Management & Risk 2 units
LAW 804 Information Privacy Law 2 units