USC's Gould School of Law has announced that it will launch a new two-year LL.M. program, which combines an LL.M. with a Certificate in US Legal Studies.
During the first year of the program, students will develop their English skills in a law school setting, and get an overview of the US legal system. The courses during the first year of the program will help students develop their legal reading and comprehension skills, case briefing skills, legal analysis, and synthesis skills in the US common law system.
During the second year of the program, students will take LL.M. classes.
Graduates of the program will receive both an LL.M. degree and a Certificate in US Legal Studies.
With the new program, USC joins a growing number of US law schools that offer two-year programs generally aimed at international students who desire a robust understanding of the US legal system or Legal English. Penn State Law and Georgetown Law, for instance, both offer two-year LL.M.s which include a Legal English Certificate. Boston University offers a similar program, while Washington University School of Law offers a two-year LL.M. which does not include an additional certificate.
The new USC program is set to launch in the fall of 2016. To apply for the new USC program, applicants should have an LL.B. degree or equivalent from a law school outside of the US. Admission to the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers is conditional upon successful completion of the Certificate.
For more information, please see USC - Gould's Two-Year LL.M. program webpage.
You can read more about USC's LL.M. programs on the school's full profile at LLM GUIDE.
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