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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Curriculum - Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree - Online
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Earning the online MSL degree requires successful completion of 21 credit units, including two required courses:
Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, 2 units
Legal Research, 1 unit
Your remaining 18 credits will be chosen from electives including:
Constitutional Law, 3 units
Legal Profession, 2 units
The course attempts to sensitize students to ethical issues faced by lawyers in various kinds of practice. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Ethics Opinions, the California rules, and related statutes and leading case law are examined.Emphasis is placed on discussion surrounding hypothetical situations in order for students to recognize and resolve dilemmas stemming from legal, professional, and personal dilemmas that are likely to occur during the practice of law.
Topics in American Law, 3 units
Introduction to Litigation in U.S. Courts, 2 units
Business Principles in Law, 2 units
Business Organizations, 4 units
Contract Drafting and Strategy, 2 units
Mergers and Acquisitions, 3 units
Securities Regulation, 3 units
The aim of this course is to provide a basic working knowledge of the federal securities laws to students intending to pursue a career in corporate finance or securities litigation, whether in a law firm, securities firm or regulatory agency. It also will be of interest to those interested in the development of the modern regulatory state, as exemplified by the continuing evolution of the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Regulatory Compliance, 2 units
Entertainment Law and Industry
Dealmaking in the Entertainment Industry, 2 units
Entertainment Law and Industry, 2 units
Digital Media Transactions, 2 units
Intellectual Property: Copyright, 2 units
Intellectual Property: Trademark, 2 units
Music Law in Practice, 2 units
Negotiation Skills, 2 units
Corporate Governance, 2 units
Financial Institution Regulation, 2 units
Global Regulatory Compliance, 2 units
Health Care Compliance
Health Care Compliance, 2 units
Health Care Law, Business and Finance, 2 units
Health Law and Policy, 2 units
Patient Privacy Law, 2 units
Human Resources Law and Compliance
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Compliance, 2 units
Employment Discrimination Law, 2 units
Employment Dispute Mediation, 2 units
Human Resource Compliance, 2 units
Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
Cyber Security & Cyber Crimes, 2 units
Information Management & Risk, 2 units
Information Privacy Law, 2 units
Concentrate your studies by completing coursework to earn a graduate certificate concurrently with your master's degree at no additional cost. Learn about our certificate tracks.
Note: Courses used toward a degree or a certificate completed at another university may not be applied toward a master's degree at USC. If courses were not used toward a completed degree or a certificate, a maximum of five credits may be transferred to our Online MSL degree.