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Higher Education & Online Learning October 2022 – Where Innovation Meets Impact: USC Gould School of Law

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Innovation has always been a hallmark of the USC Gould School of Law. It was the first law school in Southern California, founded more than120 years ago, and pioneered concepts of clinical and interdisciplinary legal education.

Today, USC Gould is a top 20 law school nationwide, and top 3 in entertainment. The Gould School has established a distinctive legacy of educating leaders across industries, sectors and businesses — offering a wide range of practice-focused academic programs, as well as graduate certificates in specialized professional areas.

USC Gould provides students with an enriching learning environment, both on-campus and online. Multi-disciplinary degree programs include: the Juris Doctor (JD); Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR); Master of Laws (LLM); LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution; LLM in International Business and Economic Law; LLM in Privacy Law and Cybersecurity; Master of International Trade Law and Economics (MITLE); and Master of Comparative Law (MCL) and newly established Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.

Six years ago, USC Gould furthered its legacy of leadership training, with the launch of the online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree. The MSL is a groundbreaking program, specially designed for professionals in any role – or any career – to gain a robust understanding of legal concepts and issues related to their fields.



From contracts and compliance, to finance and health care, to cybersecurity and IP, a growing number of today’s roles and responsibilities intersect with legal topics.
As the business landscape has shifted, legal education has evolved as well, with USC Gould at the forefront to meet these demands. Through the MSL program, the USC Gould School helps professionals in a variety of roles enhance their business expertise with an essential legal education.
Real estate executive Jonathan Larsen (MSL 2019) noted, “As a commercial real estate executive, I am on several nonprofit boards and am required to interface with legal professionals on a daily basis. The MSL degree has given me the tools I need to conduct contract negotiations with confidence.”



In the MSL program, students have the convenience of completing the degree 100% online, and the flexibility to study part-time — making it an ideal format for working professionals. No LSAT or GRE test is required; no prior law degree is required either. Generous scholarships are available and considered for all applicants.
The MSL degree enables graduates to contribute to their roles with a more thorough understanding of the law. MSL degrees can apply diverse career goals and business industries, including those who deal with human resources, real estate, entertainment, government, or who work closely with their organization’s legal department. The program provides students with a working knowledge of the law to amplify their career impact.
The benefits extend beyond the classroom. Graduates of the MSL program gain access to the lifelong and worldwide Trojan Family network, which spans more than 14,000 USC Gould alumni.



MSL students can tailor their educational experience by pursuing a certificate aligned with their area of interest. These certificates can be completed at no additional cost, as part of the MSL program.
Certificate programs span: Business Law; HR Law; Compliance; Entertainment Law; Financial Compliance; Privacy Law and Cybersecurity; Health Care Compliance; among other areas.
The MSL recently launched new certificates in Social Work Administration and Law, Social Justice and Diversity. This follows last year’s expansion of its online Entertainment Law and Industry certificate with courses in Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry; Digital Media Transactions; Music Law in Practice; and Negotiation Skills.

To learn more about the USC Gould School of Law’s innovative MSL program, visit gould.law/msl.

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