LLM Curriculum

What Makes USC’s Law Curriculum Among the Best?

We take a scholarly yet practical approach to expand your legal education.

Our LLM program offers a comprehensive yet 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate Training in American Law

  • Take what you learn in the USC online classroom and put it into practice in your work.
  • Add depth and breadth to your career by learning different facets of the U.S. legal system.
  • Become proficient in legal research using Westlaw, LexisNexis and other legal research resources.
  • Acquire the U.S. legal study requirement necessary to sit for the California Bar exam.
  • Learn in small classes that promote rich interaction among students from across the globe.
  • Enjoy a collaborative environment where students view each other as colleagues, not competitors.

Online Master of Laws (LLM) Required Courses

Today’s most promising international students trained in law enroll in the USC online LLM program to learn the practical applications of the U.S. legal system. Upon graduation, these students can be viewed as incredibly valuable and highly resourceful legal experts in their home countries, specifically for multinational organizations, international law firms and foreign governments.

LLM students are required to take LAW 510, LAW 520 and 18 credit hours of electives.

LAW 510 Legal Research 1 unit
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2 units

Online Master of Laws (LLM) with California Bar Required Courses

LLM students looking to sit for the California Bar exam are required to take LAW 505, LAW 508, LAW 510, LAW 520, LAW 521, LAW 567, LAW 603 and 4 credit hours of electives.

LAW 505 Legal Profession 2 units
LAW 508 Constitutional Law 3 units
LAW 510 Legal Research 1 unit
LAW 520 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 2 units
LAW 521 Topics in American Law 3 units
LAW 567 Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts 2 units
LAW 603 Business Organizations 4 units

Elective Courses

LLM students are able to customize their degree to fit with their career goals with the electives below.

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 522 Entertainment Law & Industry 2 units
LAW 551 Intellectual Property: Trademark 2 units
LAW 527 Intellectual Property: Copyright 2 units
LAW 598 Regulatory Compliance 2 units
LAW 559 Human Resource Compliance 2 units
LAW 574 Health Care Compliance 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
LAW 663 Health Care Law, Business & Finance 2 units
LAW 664 Patient Privacy Law 2 units
LAW 811 Health Law & Policy 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 691 Cybersecurity & Cyber Crimes 2 units
LAW 692 Information Management & Risk 2 units
LAW 804 Information Privacy Law 2 units
LAW 653 Music Law in Practice 2 units
LAW 689 Digital Media Transactions 2 units
LAW 845 Negotiation Skills 2 units
LAW 816 Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry 2 units

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* 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. We recommend all applicants to verify their bar exam eligibility with the State Bar of California.