USC Gould Launches Online Master of Studies in Law Program

Mar 15, 2016, 09:00 ET from USC Gould School of Law

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USC Gould School of Law is launching a new online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program for non-lawyers. The online MSL program is designed for new graduates as well as seasoned professionals from varying fields of studies and careers, who seek an understanding of how the U.S. legal system functions.

The new degree gives graduates expertise in legal issues related to their specific professional fields and academic interests. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in any field, with or without background knowledge of law. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2016 term.

The program furthers the USC law's vision to bring together discussion and interactive learning in the curriculum.

The online courses permit students to earn this degree while concurrently pursuing other professional activities. Online MSL students can complete their degrees in as few as three semesters, or can tailor their schedule to meet demands of their personal or professional lives.

"Online MSL students can 'virtually' sit alongside online LL.M. students, who have undergraduate credentials in law, in our dynamic and engaging classroom format," said Deborah Call, associate dean of USC Gould's Graduate and International Programs. "Our unique and advanced online format offers great interaction between and among students and faculty members, who are esteemed full-time and adjunct professors from USC Gould School of Law."

Online MSL students will have the option of completing a variety of courses offered through the online programs, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, Legal Research, Legal Profession, Constitutional Law, Topics in American Law, Business Organizations, Securities Regulation, Contract Drafting & Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Business for Lawyers. Online MSL students can complete their degrees in as few as three semesters, and can tailor their schedule according to their work or family obligations.

Graduates of the online MSL program will receive a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. legal system, advanced legal terminology including speaking and writing skills, the ability to perform legal research and analysis, and practical knowledge of the legal profession. MSL graduates will begin or advance their careers in various fields such as: business/corporate settings, education, engineering, entertainment, government, health care, human resources, paralegal work, patent agencies, and more.

For more information, contact USC Gould School of Law Graduate & International Programs office at or 213-821-5916.

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