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Certificate Programs: Business Law, Entertainment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, & Technology and Entrepreneurship Law

Students admitted to our LL.M. program are automatically eligible to obtain a specialized certificate in addition to the Master of Laws degree. LL.M. students may specialize their degree in Business Law, Entertainment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or Technology and Entrepreneurship Law by earning a certificate in any of these respective fields. Please note that these certificates are separate from the Master of Laws degree, and enrollment in a certificate program does not confer a new degree. All LL.M. students are eligible for USC Law certificate programs, which must be earned during their LL.M. studies, but participation in a certificate program is not required for the LL.M. degree. Students will receive additional information from the Graduate and International Programs (G&IP) office about certificate requirements and how to enroll in our certificate programs prior to registration. There are no additional fees for enrolling in a certificate program.

Students do not need to select a certificate path prior to enrolling in the LL.M. program; students may elect to pursue a certificate during the fall registration period, which takes place during the summer before fall classes begin. Their coursework will be tailored based on the certificate requirements listed below. Graduates who have earned both an LL.M. degree and a certificate in Business Law, Entertainment Law, or ADR Law are able to market their specialized degree to employers in these fields. USC Law certificates provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to be top-notch business, entertainment, technology or ADR lawyers.

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LL.M. Certificate in Business Law

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in Business Law, LL.M. students must take a total of at least 12 units of the mandatory and elective Business Law courses. Course offerings for the Business Law Certificate change per year and will be provided at the beginning of the program. Students interested in the Business Law Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

LL.M. students enrolled in the LL.M. Certificate in Business Law program may petition to enroll in selected graduate-level courses at the USC Marshall School of Business. Courses taken at USC Marshall School of Business will count as Elective Business Law Courses. Elective Business Law Course offerings at USC Law and at USC Marshall School of Business may vary each semester.

Online Business Law Certificate Program

The Business Law Certificate is available online for students who already have graduated with their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) or another undergraduate degree and would like to further their education. Distance learners can earn this certificate concurrently with their studies in the Online LL.M. Program or the Online MSL Program or separately by enrolling in five graduate law classes that can be completed in as few as 9 months. The following link provides information regarding related jobs, costs, loan debt, and completion rate for the program: Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Elective Courses at Marshall School of Business

  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law, LL.M. students must take a total of at least 12 units of the mandatory and elective Entertainment Law courses. Course offerings for the Entertainment Law Certificate change per year and will be provided at the beginning of the program. Students interested in the Entertainment Law Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

LL.M. students enrolled in the LL.M. Certificate in Entertainment Law program may petition to enroll in selected graduate-level courses at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Courses taken at USC School of Cinematic Arts will count as Elective Entertainment Law Courses. Elective Entertainment Law Course offerings at USC Law and at USC School of Cinematic Arts may vary each semester.

Elective Courses at USC School of Cinematic Arts

  • Digital Technologies & Entertainment Industry
  • Entertainment Marketing in Today's Environment
  • Feature Film Financing in the Studio System
  • Seminar in Motion Picture Business
  • The Business of Representation
  • The Television Industry: Networks, Cable & Internet
  • The World of the Producer

LL.M. Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

To obtain an LL.M. Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), LL.M. students must take a total of at least 12 units of the mandatory and elective Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) courses. Designed for LL.M. students who wish to develop and expand their in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution skills and processes to help clients resolve conflicts outside the courtroom, the courses will prepare students for the complexities of ADR and will be relevant to a wide range of legal careers in business law, deal-making and transactional work, and litigation. Many of the new course offerings have an international focus.

Course offerings for the ADR Certificate change per year and will be provided at the beginning of the program. Students interested in the ADR Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

Additionally, LL.M. students interested in ADR program may petition to participate in an LL.M. International Arbitration Moot competition that occurs in the spring. Please note that program availability is limited and student participation is subject to approval.

LL.M. Certificate in Technology and Entrepreneurship Law

The Certificate Program in Technology and Entrepreneurship offers students an exceptional opportunity to acquire the diverse skills and knowledge required to practice law in the technology market. The curriculum follows a distinctive practice-oriented approach that exposes student to the legal problem-solving skills and business concepts that lawyers apply every day to achieve client objectives.

Course offerings for the Technology and Entrepreneurship Law Certificate change per year and will be provided at the beginning of the program. Students interested in the Technology and Entrepreneurship Certificate should consult the G&IP office to ensure their course selection satisfies the Certificate and LL.M. enrollment requirements.

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