May 26, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

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The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) teaches students fundamental U.S. law as well as various areas of legal specialization. This program is designed for those seeking a graduate degree in law, mid-career professionals, including corporate executives, government officials, and others from the United States and from around the globe, whose prospective or current employment or whose area of research would benefit from the study of the U.S. legal system. It will appeal also to those who would like to deepen their knowledge of current trends in the law and specific areas of interest.  

The MSL is offered both as an online and in-residence program. Elective courses may differ in the online or in-residence program.

Admission Requirements

Students must have earned an undergraduate degree in some field of study by the time they begin the MSL degree. Prior exposure to or experience in law is not required. The Admissions Committee will consider the student's grades, course work, work experience and reasons for pursuing the MSL degree when determining admission.

Required Courses

All MSL students must successfully complete the following two courses as part of the MSL degree.

Elective Courses (In-Residence)

Students pursuing the MSL in-residence must complete 18 units of the following elective courses or other courses selected with the guidance of an academic adviser to receive their master’s degree.

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