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    California (Los Angeles) -- Gould School of Law, University of Southern California -- Accreditation: Full ABA -- Year Founded: 1896
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    Re: Gould School of Law, University of Southern California (Full ABA)

    The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a graduate school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904. It currently has about 600 J.D. students (200 per year), and also has a growing LL.M. program of about 90 students. The Law School 100, a ranking scheme that purports to use qualitative criteria instead of quantitative, ranks the law school fourteenth overall, tied with Duke, UCLA, and the University of Texas. The 2009 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks USC Law School at number eighteen.

    USC Law School

    Graduate & International Programs

    USC Law's Graduate and International Programs office offers various graduate law programs for international students intending to pursue a further degree in the United States. The programs offered include the Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Law, Summer Law and English, as well as the Visiting International Program for Lawyers.

    Visiting International Program

    The Visiting International Program (VIP) is designed to provide international legal and business professionals with an opportunity to build a foundation in American law over two semesters of study at USC Law on a non-credit, non-degree basis. In addition, the program offers current LL.M. students the ability to continue their legal studies for an additional year and, if they should desire, prepare for a bar exam by taking additional bar-related courses.

    VIP participants will attend daily classes as observers only and will not take exams or complete group or other assignments. Attendance in courses is subject to space availability and pre-approval by instructors. It is advisable that VIP participants identify a variety of courses, with the understanding that some may not be available. Coursework taken may not be used toward any future degree program at USC or USC Law. Participants will receive a Letter of Completion from USC Law at the end of the program.

    Applicants to the Visiting International Program should complete the Graduate & International Programs application found here. A complete application file includes a $75 application fee, (paid by credit card, check, or money order), TOEFL score (preferred but not required), financial support documentation, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, resume, passport photocopy, and a passport size photo. A law degree is not required for admission to the VIP program.

    The program begins each year in August and ends in May. The VIP program tuition estimate for the 2010-11 academic year is $46,774. Students should budget an additional amount $18,000-$25,000 for living expenses, books and school supplies.
    Contact Information

    USC Gould School of Law
    Graduate & International Programs
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071

    Phone: (213) 821-5916
    Fax: (213) 821-5915

    Prepare for a meaningful legal career at the top-20 ranked University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Learn more.


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