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Spotlight on Education: Master of Studies in Law Brings Legal Expertise to Business Practice

Across the field of higher education, interdisciplinary is a buzzword heard often. But for students in the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program at the USC Gould School of Law, interdisciplinary has plenty of meaning.

Uniquely designed to accomodate students’ work schedules, the MSL degree offers non-lawyer business professionals – who come from various backgrounds and hold a variety of roles – a broad education on the fundamental concepts of law, helping each of them to better understand the range of complex legal matters which they encounter on a daily basis, from contracts and compliance, to finance and mediation, to cybersecurity and intellectual property.

The MSL curriculum covers an array of interdisciplinary topics, infusing students’ career experiences with added expertise in legal and regulatory frameworks, which they apply to their work and ultimately improve their organizations. In addition, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experiences by specializing in an industry-specific area that is relevant to their career and individual goals.


Offered through USC’s Gould School of Law, ranked among the top 20 law schools nationwide, the MSL degree is specially designed for non-lawyer professionals interested in understanding legal issues related to their fields.

Students have the convenience of completing the degree 100% online, and the flexibility to study part-time — making the MSL an ideal format to balance the demands of working professionals. No LSAT or GRE test is required; no prior law degree is required either. In addition, generous scholarships are available and considered for all applicants.

The benefits extend far beyond the classroom. Graduates of the MSL program gain access to the global Trojan Family network, which includes connections to more than 14,000 USC Gould alumni.

According to one MSL student, broadcast news anchor Nick Ciletti (MSL Class of 2022): “I love that USC offers the MSL program entirely online, and it’s really convenient for my sometimes-unpredictable schedule — you never know when breaking news will happen. I also really appreciate the one-on-one attention my advisers and professors are able to provide us and that’s something that sets USC and Gould apart.”


Students select from a range of courses that best fit their career-focused interests, including: Business Organizations; Contract Drafting and Strategy; Mergers and Acquisitions; Entertainment Law and Industry; Intellectual Property – Copyright; Corporate Governance; Financial Institution Regulation; Employment Dispute Mediation; Human Resource Compliance; Health Care Compliance; Cybersecurity and Cyber Crimes; Information Management and Risk; among others.


MSL students can customize their educational experiences by pursuing field-specific certificates, which can completed at no additional cost.

• Certificate programs include:

• Business Law

• Compliance

• Entertainment Law and Industry

• Financial Compliance

• Human Resources Law and Compliance

• Privacy Law and Cybersecurity

• Health Care Compliance

These certificate programs – which may be earned in as few as three semesters online – help students maximize their impact within their organizations and ultimately improve productivity as well as bottom-line contributions.

For more information about the MSL degree,
visit bit.ly/usclaw2020.

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