Two-Year Extended Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

The Two-Year Master of Laws (LLM) at USC Gould allows you to spend one year learning foundational elements of the U.S. legal system and mastering legal English prior to one year of LLM studies.

During the first year, you will receive academic training in legal reading and comprehension, case briefing, legal analysis and more while improving your English skills. Small, personalized classes give you an opportunity to adjust to living in the U.S. and attending USC.

Upon successful completion of the first year, you will receive a certificate in U.S. Legal Studies and will be enrolled in USC Gould's LLM program.

Why Choose the Two-Year Extended LLM at USC Gould?

Recognized by LLM Guide as one of the "Top 10 LLM Programs in California," our Two-Year LLM curriculum in the first year strengthens your fluency in English while preparing you to succeed in the LLM degree at USC Gould. Then in the second year, our Two-Year LLM provides you with a thorough grounding in American law, while stimulating critical thinking and practical problem-solving.

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 advisors, enroll in small and collegial classes, and join the global Trojan Family network of more than one thousand LLM alumni and ten thousand law alumni.

Our Office of International Services provides additional resources to assist you with visa and other requirements for studying in the U.S.


To qualify for admission to our Two-Year Extended LLM, you must have earned your first law degree (LLB or the equivalent) outside of the United States.

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Last updated May 16, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
64,064 USD
Tuition for 2018-19 is $64,064 plus mandatory fees
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