These days, legal knowledge isn’t just for lawyers. Now more than ever, professionals across businesses, industries and sectors regularly intersect with legal matters, from contracts and compliance to strategy and negotiation.

In response to these changes, USC’s Gould School of Law – ranked among the top 20 law schools nationwide – is leading the way to meet the demands of today’s evolving workplace. The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) gives students a solid understanding of fundamental and complex legal concepts, allowing them to integrate their professional expertise with core legal skills.

The MSL Advantage

The MSL degree is specially designed for non-lawyer professionals interested in legal issues related to their fields. Students have the convenience of completing the degree 100% online, and the flexibility to study part-time — an ideal format for work schedules. No LSAT or GRE test is required; no prior law degree is required. Scholarships are automatically considered for applicants.

Customized to Your Interests

MSL students can tailor their educational experience with an industry-specific certificate, which can be completed at no additional cost, as part of the MSL program. Certificate programs include: Business Law; Compliance; Human Resources Law and Compliance; Entertainment Law and Industry; Financial Compliance; Privacy Law and Cybersecurity; and Health Care Compliance.

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

USC Gould partners with numerous organizations that offer scholarship savings as an employee benefit. For more information about the MSL, including corporate partnerships, visit

Name of Institution

University of Southern California

Name of School or Program

Gould School of Law:

Master of Studies in Law

School Dean

Dean Andrew T. Guzman

Year Institution was Founded


MASTERS Platforms Offered

Online, part-time Master of Studies in Law On-campus, full-time MSL

On-campus, part-time MSL

MASTERS Areas of Emphasis Offered

Specialized certificate programs include:

Business Law, Compliance, Entertainment Law and Industry, Financial Compliance

Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law and Compliance, Privacy Law and Cybersecurity

Length of Programs

Online part-time MSL – 16 months

On-campus full-time MSL – 9 months

On-campus part-time MSL – 16 months

Program Accreditations

WASC, ABA (American Bar Association),

CCB (Compliance Certification Board)


U.S. News & World Report:

Best Law Schools - No. 18

Best Business/Corporate Law Programs - No. 22

Total Cost of masters

Online MSL tuition: approximately $53,844, plus university fees

On-campus MSL tuition: $66,306, plus mandatory fees

Required Testing

No LSAT or GRE required

TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants

Upcoming Information Sessions

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a USC Gould advisor:

Application Deadlines

Online MSL:

Fall 2020 (Priority) - June 24

Fall 2020 - July 29

Spring 2021 (Priority) - October 14

Spring 2021 - November 11

On-Campus MSL:

Fall 2020 - June 24

Spring 2021 (Priority) - October 14

Spring 2021 - November 11

Program Contact Information

MSL (Online, On-Campus):

(213) 821-5916

Corporate Partnerships:

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