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Curriculum - On-Campus MSL
USC Gould School of Law

To earn the Master of Studies in Law degree, you must earn satisfactory grades in 21 units of studies. Introduction to the U.S. Legal System is the only mandatory course for the on campus MSL degree. The remaining 19 units required for the degree may be taken from the elective courses listed below.

Students may enroll in our on campus MSL classes only and will take classes alongside on campus MSL students. We do not offer a hybrid option for earning the MSL.

USC Gould offers on campus MSL students the option of earning a Certificate in Business Law or a Certificate in Compliance. Each certificate requires 12 units, and you have the option of earning both certificates. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

Mandatory

Introduction to the US Legal System (2 units)

Electives

Business Organizations (3 units)

Contract Drafting and Strategy (2 units)

Corporate Governance (2 units)

Dealmaking (2 units)

Effective Writing for Professionals (2 units)

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law (3 units)

Health Care Compliance (3 units)

Human Resource Compliance (3 units)

Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts (2 units)

Negotiation Skills (2 units)

Regulatory Compliance (3 units)

Topics in American Law (3 units)

Certificates

You may pursue our Compliance certificate or our Business Law certificate concurrent with your studies. Each certificate requires the completion of 12 units of law coursework specific to that certificate. This does not include classes offered outside of the law school. There are no additional tuition costs associated with the certificates. Students are limited to pursuing one certificate with their degree.

Business Law Certificate — 12 units

Mandatory

Business Organizations (3 units)

Electives (Choose 9 or more units)

Contract Drafting and Strategy (2 units)

Corporate Governance (2 units)

Dealmaking (2 units)

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law (3 units)

Negotiation Skills (2 units)


Compliance Law Certificate — 14 units

Mandatory

Business Organizations (3 units)

Contract Drafting and Strategy (2 units)

Health Care Compliance (3 units)

Human Resource Compliance (3 units)

Regulatory Compliance (3 units)

Note: Units earned may not be applied toward a JD degree even if you elect to pursue one at a later time. 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 conferred degree or certificate, a maximum of five units may be transferred to our MSL degree.