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Application Instructions
Standalone Online Business Law Certificate

Dates and Deadlines

USC Gould School of Law offers three starts throughout the year in fall, spring and summer. Below are the upcoming start dates and application deadlines:

Program Start Date Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
Summer 2018: May 9, 2018 March 14, 2018 April 4, 2018
Fall 2018: September 5, 2018 July 11, 2018 July 25, 2018
Spring 2019: January 9, 2019 October 31, 2018 November 14, 2018

Applications for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 will be accepted on a rolling basis as space is available until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) by our final application deadlines listed above. We highly encourage you to apply by our priority deadline in order to provide sufficient time to process your required documents. Our Spring 2019 application will open in August 2018.

Application Process

To apply for admission, please submit the following documents:

  1. Online Application

    Click here to apply online through LSAC.

    Note: Once you start your application by clicking above, you may be directed to complete your online application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) if you have earned (or will earn) a degree from outside of the U.S. Applicable instructions and links will then be provided within the USC Gould application.

  2. Personal Statement

    Provide a two or three-page document that includes your reasons for pursuing a graduate certificate and how you plan to use this to advance your career. Include your personal, academic, and professional background and how the online format will help you to achieve your aspirations. Email your personal statement to

  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Provide a record of your employment history and list of any distinctions, publications, and licenses/credentials by emailing your resume/CV to

  4. Official Transcripts and Degree Verification

    You must have earned a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time you have enrolled at USC Gould School of Law. A law degree is not required.

    Official, sealed transcripts are required to be submitted from all institutions attended even if a degree was never received or credit was transferred from an institution and it appears on another institution's transcripts. If you are currently a student in an undergraduate or graduate program, we will need your current transcripts to date. Please have transcripts sent by postal mail to USC Gould School of Law at the address below or by email to Official transcripts must be received directly from the university/college.

    Graduate & International Programs
    USC Gould School of Law
    699 Exposition Boulevard, Room 105
    Los Angeles, California 90089-0071

    While the university does not require a GPA minimum, our Admissions Committee will strongly consider those applicants who have earned an overall 3.0/B average or higher. Our Admissions Committee will certainly consider GPAs below our recommendation, provided that you meet our other admissions criteria.

  5. International Applicants: English Proficiency

    International applicants who native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We do not have a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score; however, we recommend a 90 TOELF iBT or 7.0 IELTS. Our official scores will be sent directly to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC); their institutional code is 8395. Test scores are valid for two years from the date taken.

The Admissions Committee will not review an application until all transcripts and support documents are received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of their documents are submitted by 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) by the final application deadline and before a decision will be made on the application. Be sure to check the email address you have provided on the application in the event that the Admissions Committee requests additional materials or information.

Admission to the online MSL does not require letters of recommendation, as well as the LSAT or GRE exams. Prior exposure to or experience in law is not required.


Once your application and supporting documents have been received and verified, admissions decisions are normally released within two to four weeks of application submission confirmation. Admission decisions are sent by email. No admission decisions will be released by telephone.