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Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree

Earning the online MSL degree requires successful completion of 21 credit units, including two required courses:

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Your remaining 18 credits will be chosen from electives including:

U.S. Law

Constitutional Law, 3 units

Legal Profession, 2 units

Topics in American Law, 3 units

Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts, 2 units

Business Law

Business Principles in Law, 2 units

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting and Strategy, 2 units

Mergers and Acquisitions, 3 units

Securities Regulation, 3 units

Compliance

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

Entertainment Law and Industry

Entertainment Law and Industry, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

Financial Compliance

Corporate Governance, 2 units

Financial Institution Regulation, 2 units

Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Law, Business and Finance, 2 units

Health Law and Policy, 2 units

Patient Privacy Law, 2 units

Human Resources Law and Compliance

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

Employment Discrimination Law, 2 units

Employment Dispute Mediation, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

You may choose to keep your MSL degree general by taking courses from among our entire list of offerings, or you may concentrate your studies by following the requirements to earn a certificate in Business Law, Compliance, Entertainment Law and Industry, Financial Compliance, Health Care Compliance, and/or Human Resources Law and Compliance.

Each of the certificates requires 12 units of study, which can be completed as part of the MSL degree at no additional cost. The specific requirements earning the MSL and a certificate are outlined below:

MSL Degree and Business Law Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

  • 8 additional units in Business Law courses (listed above)
  • 6 additional units in other courses, including additional Business Law courses

MSL Degree and Compliance Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting and Strategy, 2 units

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

MSL Degree and Entertainment Law and Industry Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

Contract Drafting and Strategy, 2 units

Entertainment Law and Industry, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units

Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

MSL Degree and Financial Compliance Certificate

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units

Legal Research, 1 unit

Business Organizations, 4 units

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Corporate Governance, 2 units

Financial Institution Regulation, 2 units

Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

MSL Degree and Health Care Compliance Certificate

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Compliance, 2 units

Health Care Law, Business and Finance, 2 units

Health Law and Policy, 2 units

Patient Privacy Law, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

MSL Degree and Human Resources Law and Compliance Certificate

Regulatory Compliance, 2 units

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

Employment Discrimination Law, 2 units

Employment Dispute Mediation, 2 units

Human Resource Compliance, 2 units

  • 6 additional units in other courses

Courses used toward a degree or a certificate completed at another university may not be applied toward a master's degree at USC. If courses were not used toward a completed degree or a certificate, a maximum of five credits may be transferred to our MSL degree.