In any organization, leadership isn’t only important, it’s essential. And in today’s workplace, effective leaders offer a well-rounded skillset — able to adapt to new challenges and set strategies for success.

USC’s Gould School of Law, which ranks among the top 20 law schools nationwide, is leading the way to help professionals meet their ever-evolving demands and build a strong foundation for their company’s future. Through the innovative Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree, practitioners and leaders across industries and sectors can enhance their business expertise with legal education.

From contracts and compliance to finance, mergers and intellectual property, the MSL program offers a uniquely focused curriculum that gives students a solid understanding of fundamental and complex legal concepts, which they apply to their work and ultimately improve their organizations. In addition, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experience, specializing in an industry-specific area that is relevant to their career and individual goals.


Offered through USC’s Gould School of Law, 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 with busy work schedules. 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 MSL degree enables graduates to redefine their role with a more thorough understanding of the law. This foundational legal knowledge can apply to a variety of career goals, business industries and positions, including those who deal with contracts, negotiations, human resources, strategy and compliance, or who work closely with their organization’s legal department.


Students can customize their MSL educational experience by pursuing certificates aligned with their field and interests. These certificate programs – which can be completed at no additional cost, as a part of the MSL education – help students develop valuable legal skills to support their organizations and ultimately improve employee and leadership productivity, as well as bottom-line contributions. Certificates may be earned in as few as two part-time, online semesters.

Industry-specific certificate programs include:

• Business Law

• Compliance

• Entertainment Law and Industry

• Financial Compliance

• Health Care Compliance

• Human Resources Law and Compliance

• Privacy Law and Cybersecurity


USC Gould considers all applications for scholarships automatically. An additional application is not required. Applicants will be notified via email if they are awarded a scholarship after admission.

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