Master of Laws (LLM) Degree
Our Master of Laws (LLM) focuses on the U.S. legal system for internationally-educated lawyers.
The full-time, one-year LLM is ideal for international:
- Government officials
- Corporate legal counsel
- Recent law graduates
Specialized Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business and Economic Law
This new specialized LLM will help students understand the laws and policies that shape international commerce and trade from a global perspective.
Courses will cover topics in business organizations, global regulatory policy, international trade policy, and international business transactions.
Students will learn negotiation and cross-border transactional law, in addition to the organizational and compliance aspects of servicing globally engaged clients.
Why Choose the LLM Degree at USC Gould?
Recognized by LLM Guide as one of the "Top 10 LLM Programs in California," our LLM curriculum stimulates critical thinking and practical problem-solving in addition to providing you with a thorough grounding in American law.
When you join USC Gould, you will become part of a dynamic and diverse law school community, be nurtured by a world-class faculty and academic support, enroll in small and collegial classes, and join the global Trojan Family network.
Our Office of International Services provides additional resources to assist you with your visa and other requirements for studying in the U.S.
LLM Degree Outcomes
Through the LLM degree, you will develop:
- Practical knowledge in the theories, history, and use of American law.
- Understanding of the U.S. legal system, government, historical context, and foundational values.
- Insights into how the American legal system differs from other legal systems around the world.
- Fluency with advanced legal terminology through exposure to substantive texts, cases, statutes, and memoranda.
- The ability to perform legal research and analysis necessary for work in a variety of legal settings.
- Understanding of legal professionalism and ethics, and the responsibilities required of representatives of clients and officers of the court.
- Improved speaking and writing skills.
To qualify for LLM admission, you must have earned your first law degree (LLB or the equivalent) outside of the United States.