Student Experience

USC Gould’s online Master of Laws (LLM) and law and compliance certificates can prepare you to become a legal professional with the knowledge and targeted expertise to be effective in different fields of United States law. With a rigorous curriculum and supportive faculty, you can continue to develop your skills and gain a competitive edge in your career as you further specialize your ability to provide counsel.

Resources and Benefits

Student Support
Receive one-on-one student support and get the most out of your education by partnering with academic advisors and student support coordinators.

Career Services
Begin working on your post-graduation goals with a career advisor, who can offer a range of services to help you prepare to use your new credentials to grow as a professional.

Expert Faculty
Work on advancing your knowledge of the legal system with courses taught by leading lawyers in your area of specialization. USC Gould faculty bring with them vast industry experience, with members contributing to their field as researchers and lecturers — both nationally and abroad.

USC Gould programs attract talented legal professionals from around the world, including Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Switzerland.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate Training in U.S. Law

  • Take what you learn in the USC Gould online classroom and put it into practice in your work.
  • Prepare to broaden your ability to serve clients by learning different facets of the U.S. legal system.
  • Become proficient in legal research using Westlaw, LexisNexis and other research resources.
  • Acquire the U.S. legal study requirement necessary to sit for the California Bar exam (LLM only).
  • Learn in small, collaborative classes that promote rich interaction among students from across the globe.

USC Alumni Spotlights

Olga Pechkurova

Master of Laws (LLM), Class of 2021

Raytheon Technologies is one of the largest aerospace and defense suppliers in the world. Among the talent supporting its global interests is Olga Pechkurova, who has been employed at one of the company’s Canadian offices since graduating from USC in May 2021. In her current role as a subcontracts specialist, Olga provides legal support to the company’s in-country and international operations.

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William Cornetta

Master of Laws (LLM), Class of 2020

Founded in Chicago in 1928, Motorola has a long history as an innovator in the field of electronic communications technology. Having changed its name to Motorola Solutions in 2011, the company continues to provide products and services to different organizations across the globe. This includes São Paulo, Brazil, where William Cornetta has built a successful career as an in-house counsel for Motorola since the mid-2000s.

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Huachen Yi

Master of Laws (LLM), Class of 2019

Based in Shanghai, China, Huachen Yi has built an impressive resume since starting his law career in 2007 – holding positions with top companies like Electronic Arts, Siemens and Mattel. After more than a decade of experience working for international employers, he decided to further his knowledge of the United States legal system by pursuing an online graduate degree.

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Alumni Feedback

“USC Gould School of Law’s online LLM degree is exceptionally useful. In addition to helping me learn about the U.S. law in an interactive manner, it also equips me with the skills to communicate online, which is highly sought after by employers heavily involved in cross-border activities.”

– Sharon Chiang (Singapore), graduate