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Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies

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USC Gould School of Law offers a two-year Master of Laws (LLM) program designed to introduce students to core doctrines of American law. During the first year, students explore the fundamental principles underlying the U.S. legal system by completing the Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, and  any required American Language Institute (ALI) courses to improve their English fluency. During the second year, students enroll in courses to complete the Master of Laws (LLM) degree.

To qualify for admission to USC Gould School of Law’s Two-Year Extended LLM, students must have earned their first law degree (LLB or the equivalent) outside of the United States. However, students may be considered for admission if they provide evidence of recent legal work experience and hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in another field. For more information, please visit the USC Gould School of Law Website.

ALI Language Courses

Students will be required to take an English placement exam at the beginning of the program. Students must complete 2 units of English language course work each semester, for a total of 4 units, unless they receive a waiver. Students will be enrolled in American Language Institute (ALI) courses, from among those identified below, that best suit their skill level as determined by ALI.

Introduction to U.S. Legal Studies

Students will enroll in the following 17 units of LAW courses during the first year of this program. These courses will explore the fundamental principles underlying the U.S. legal system.

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