The Visiting International Program (VIP) for Lawyers is designed to provide international legal and business professionals with an opportunity to build a foundation in U.S. law over two semesters of study at USC Law on a non-credit, non-degree basis. In addition, the program offers current LL.M. students the ability to continue their legal studies for an additional year and, if they should desire, prepare for a bar exam by taking additional bar-related courses.
VIP participants will attend daily classes as observers only and will not take exams or complete group or other assignments. Attendance in courses is subject to space availability and pre-approval by instructors. It is advisable that VIP participants identify a variety of courses, with the understanding that some may not be available.
Our VIP Program students take advantage of our career development services and workshops for our international LL.M. students including resume and cover letter writing, successful interviewing and networking to job search strategies. VIP students may participate in our LL.M. Early Bar Preparation program and other Bar Exam workshops.
VIP students network with leading professionals in the field at our Tax, Entertainment, Corporate & Business, Real Estate and Intellectual Property Institutes, which they can attend at no charge.
VIP students join our specially planned outings for our LL.M. students, including a night at the Hollywood Bowl, a USC Trojan football game, networking events, and a Los Angeles basketball game at Staples Center.
USC has a network of eight international offices in Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Hong Kong; Mumbai, India; Seoul, Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. VIP students have access to these offices which promote our university and coordinate international alumni activities, including law alumni events.
Coursework taken may not be used toward any future degree program at USC or USC Law. Participants will receive a Letter of Completion from USC Law at the end of the program.
Applicants to the Visiting International Program should complete the Graduate & International Programs application found here. A complete application file includes a $75 application fee, (paid by credit card, check, or money order), TOEFL score (preferred but not required), financial support documentation, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, resume, passport photocopy, and a passport size photo. A law degree is not required for admission to the VIP program.
The USC Gould School of Law 2015-16 tuition is $57,286 plus the mandatory fees for the academic year. Students should budget $18,000-$25,000 in addition to tuition costs for living expenses, books and school supplies.