USC to offer online LL.M. for foreign attorneys

The USC Gould School of Law will start offering an online master of laws degree for foreign attorneys in the fall of 2014 to earn certificates in business or entertainment law. It is the fourth online program for foreign attorneys, following programs by Florida Coastal School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis and Regent University. 

The school will offer ten classes in an online format. It partnered with technology company Pearson Embanet, which will provide web support, maintenance, instructional design and course conversion, the Daily Trojan reported.

 “It was really a perfect compliment of our team’s initiative and the university initiative,” Deborah Call, associate dean of USC Gould’s Graduate and International Programs told the Daily Trojan. “We’ve had a very successful residential master of laws program for international students for 12 years.”

The courses will be taught in English and, similar to the international students in the residential masters of laws program, students who take the online courses will be required to take a test proving their English language proficiency.

School officials hope to enroll 35 students in the new program, which will cost about $2,000 a unit, approximately the same as the traditional program. There are more than 170 students in the traditional program.