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University of Southern California (USC)

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. Today, USC is home to more than 33,000 students and nearly 3,200 full-time faculty, and is located in the middle of one of the biggest metropolises in the world. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC’s University Park campus is part of the city’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor and is home to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and many professional schools. The Health Sciences campus, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals, and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. USC also has programs and centers in Marina Del Rey, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, Alhambra and around Southern California. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, staffed by USC faculty from the Keck School of Medicine, is often referred to as USC’s third campus.

The Law School

The USC Gould School of Law is the oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, today offering a premier inter-professional education to highly motivated students preparing for a career that will span the coming decades. As the legal profession continues to evolve, no school is better positioned to provide the education that will be the platform for the next generation of lawyers who will practice on a world-wide stage.

The legal profession is dynamic, and USC Law has always taken pride in adapting its methods to provide a legal education tailored to needs of the current environment, while maintaining its strong core commitments. USC Law enrolls approximately 600 J.D. students (200 per class) as well as roughly 120 LL.M. students per year.

Tuition Fees

The 2011-12 tuition is $48,832 plus $830 in mandatory fees for the academic year. 2012-13 tuition and fees will be published by June 2012.

Students should budget additional funds for living expenses, books and school supplies. Please visit http://lawweb.usc.edu/how/gip/llm/fees.cfm for more information on financing the LL.M. degree at USC Law.

The Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is designed for international attorneys, judges, government officials, prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers, and recent law graduates who are interested in receiving a degree in American law, and the U.S. legal system, and prepares them for leadership roles in the global market. Through the LL.M. Program, foreign lawyers have a chance to meet and interact not only with the faculty and J.D. students, but also with practicing lawyers from around the world.

USC Law's curriculum is comprehensive and designed to challenge—qualities that have earned a reputation for offering the finest legal education available. A scholarly yet practical approach ensures that students gain the skills and perspective every lawyer needs to practice, teach, enter public service or work in business. LL.M. students tailor their degrees to any area of their interest. Specialization certificates are also offered in Business Law and Entertainment Law. Academic assistance is provided to ensure that students can enroll in subjects required by the New York or California Bar as well. Complete course descriptions can be viewed online at http://lawweb.usc.edu/how/gip/llm/curriculum.cfm.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission to the LL.M. program, applicants must have earned their first law degree (LL.B. or the equivalent) outside of the United States.

Admission is highly selective and those admitted will have excellent law school records, strong letters of recommendation, proficiency in English and leadership potential. Although not required, some work or research experience following completion of the first law degree is preferred. The program does not require the LSAT exam; however, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required. Please visit http://lawweb.usc.edu/how/gip/llm/admissions.cfm for more information on admission requirements and application procedures.