The University of South Carolina (USC) is one of 32 public university recipients of the Carnegie Foundation of its top categories on community engagement and research activity. It was also awarded with several accolades from the U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger's Inc. The USC Law School is one of the oldest in the country and the only non-profit law school in the South Carolina. It is the state's flagship university.
Currently, USC Law School does not have a Master of Laws program. However, it partners with other universities to provide its graduates an opportunity to continue with a masters level degree. For instance, it offers a dual program to its Juris Doctor students to acquire an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
More importantly, the School of Law proposed the launch of its own LLM program. This is a welcome news for law graduates and professionals who wants to gain deeper U.S. legal education from the state. The proposal was made in 2014 and was projected to have started in Summer of 2016. While it did not transpire according to the expected date, there is hope that it will finally come into fruition anytime soon.
The program proposed is an LLM in American Business Law, the features of which has been previously approved by the USC's School of Law faculty. The LLM will have two concentrations, i.e., the thesis and the non-thesis options. It will have a duration of 1 year and will be open only to those with a law degree. The LLM's main objective is to strengthen the knowledge of foreign lawyers with the different aspects of U.S. business law.