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Application Instructions - Entertainment Law & Industry Certificate
USC Gould School of Law


To be eligible to apply, you must have earned or plan to receive a bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale) from a regionally accredited institution before enrolling at USC Gould School of Law. We seek applicants whose academic background, professional aspirations, personal commitment, tech skills and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous online legal master's degree program. Prior exposure to or experience in law is not required.

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 First Day of Classes Applications Open Priority Application Deadline Application Deadline
Summer 2022 May 11, 2022 December 1, 2021 February 23, 2022 March 23, 2022
Fall 2022 September 7, 2022 February 2, 2022 June 22, 2022 July 20, 2022
Spring 2023 January 11, 2023 August 3, 2022 October 12, 2022 November 9, 2022

Note: Apply early to increase your scholarship eligibility.

Application Process

To apply for admission, please submit the following documents before 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the application deadlines listed above:

  1. Online Application

    Click here to apply online.

    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 336
    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 Entertainment Law and Industry Certificate 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.

State Authorization Information

Due to online learning regulations in each state, our online certificates are not available to students residing in all states. Effective February 24, 2022, USC Gould is unable to accept new applications for admission to our online certificates to students currently residing in Puerto Rico.

Prospective students may check this site for updates. Questions can be directed to