Across the field of higher education, interdisciplinary is a buzzword used quite 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 who 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 to compliance to negotiaton.

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 experience, studying the law on a wider scale or 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 business 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 11,000 USC Gould alumni.


Students select from a range of courses that best fit their business-focused interests, including Business Organizations; Contract Drafting and Strategy; Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance; Securities Regulation; Financial Institution Regulation; Intellectual Property (Copyright and Trademarks); Health Care Compliance; Health Care Law, Business and Finance; Employment Dispute Mediation; Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts; and Topics in American Law.


MSL students can customize their educational experience by pursuing a certificate aligned with their field, which can completed as a part of their MSL degree at no additional cost. Also available on a stand-alone basis, these certificate programs – which may be completed in as few as two part-time, online semesters – help students maximize their impact within their organizations and ultimately improve employee and leadership productivity as well as bottom-line contributions.

Certificate programs include:

• Business Law

• Compliance

• Entertainment Law and Industry

• Financial Compliance

• Health Care Compliance

• Human Resources Law and Compliance



Recent research has shown that an overwhelming majority of employees would stay at their companies longer if their employers invested in their professional growth and development — providing the opportunity to learn essential new skills.

Organizations can capitalize on their homegrown talent and increase employee retention through custom partnerships with the USC Gould School of Law. Given the opportunity to enhance their skills through further education, employees experience greater job satisfaction and receive the preparation to advance within their organizations.

• Benefits for corporate partners and their employees include:

• Generous partner scholarships

• Personalized application support

• Individual academic advising

• Interactive, convenient and flexible online experience

• And many more

For more information about the MSL degree, including corporate and custom education partnerships, visit or email us at

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