Admissions Information for International
**Please note, this information is for international applicants to our J.D. program. Click here for information on our other international and graduate programs.
Although we are unable to mail application materials to non-U.S. addresses, we encourage you to download a copy of our view book and submit your application electronically via LSAC.
To be eligible to apply for admission to the University of Southern California Gould School of Law a prospective student must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. All applicants must take Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December 2015. For information on the LSAT, please call 215) 968-1001 or visit the Law School Admission Council's web site at www.lsac.org.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam
USC Law does not require applicants to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
JD Credential Assembly Service (JD CAS)
USC Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report.
To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts.
Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 year is $58,022. The entire student budget, including living expenses, books and fees, for the 2015-2016 academic year totals $82,233. International students are eligible for Law School scholarship consideration. USC Law scholarships are based on need and merit and can range from $10,000 to full tuition. Please note that tuition scholarships will not cover the entire cost of attendance. In addition, international students are neither eligible for federal student loans nor are they eligible to participate in most private student loan programs. For additional information about financial aid, please explore the Financial Aid Office's website, or contact the office at (213) 740-6314.
Applications must be electronically submitted no later than February 1, 2015.