In every field, effective leadership is essential to the success of an organization. And at the USC Gould School of Law, the focus is not only on teaching the law, but also preparing future leaders.

The first law school in Southern California and one of the top-ranked nationwide, the USC Gould School has established a distinctive legacy of educating leaders across industries, sectors and businesses — offering a broad range of practice-centered academic programs, as well as graduate certificates in specialized professional areas.

USC Gould provides students with a dynamic 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).

In addition, five years ago, USC Gould added an innovative chapter to its legacy of leadership training, with the launch of the online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree. The MSL is a groundbreaking program that is specially designed for non-lawyer professionals to gain a solid 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 matters.

As the business landscape has shifted, legal education has evolved as well, with USC Gould leading the way to meet these demands. Through the MSL program, the USC Gould School helps non-lawyers – in a variety of roles – enhance their business expertise with an essential legal education.

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.

Broadcast news anchor Nick Ciletti (MSL Class of 2022) noted, “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.”
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 include:
• Business Law
• Compliance
• Entertainment Law and Industry
• Financial Compliance
• Human Resources Law and Compliance
• Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
• Health Care Compliance

In addition, the MSL program recently expanded its online Entertainment Law and Industry Certificate with new course offerings that cover 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

How can a corporate partnership benefit both careers and companies? Organizations can support their homegrown talent as well as promote employee retention and skills development, through custom partnerships with the USC Gould School of Law.

USC Gould collaborates with numerous organizations that offer scholarship savings to employees, including for the online

Master of Studies in Law (MSL) for non-lawyer professionals.
• Benefits for corporate partners and their employees include:
• Generous partner scholarships
• Personalized application support
• Individual academic advising
• Interactive, convenient and flexible online experience
• And more

To explore partnership opportunities or to learn more about partner benefits, please contact: — or visit

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