The Law School's LL.M. degree program focuses on the needs of international students and offers foreign law graduates a basic knowledge of U.S. law and an understanding of what role the law plays in the United States. Attorneys practicing around the world have an increasing need to understand many foreign legal systems, particularly the American legal system. Many important transactions in various capital and commercial centers of the world are done with U.S. style documentation. The United States often provides a model for the developing areas of the law to other countries. Through the LL.M. program, foreign lawyers have an opportunity to meet and interact not only with the faculty and J.D. students but also with practicing lawyers from around the world.
To earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, students must successfully complete 21 units in residence at USC. The LL.M. program provides a strong foundation in all substantive areas of law. LL.M. students are required to take two foundation courses, LAW 520 Introduction to U.S. Legal System and LAW 510 Legal Research, in their first semester. Students will satisfy their remaining course requirements during two semesters by enrolling in courses and seminars selected from those offered in the J.D. program.