Legal help

The university offers low-cost access to MetLife Legal Plans.

Learn about legal plans.

Fully covered services under the MetLife Legal Plan are free when you enroll and pay the small monthly premium of $15.74. You must enroll in the plan within 30 days of your employment at USC or wait until the next open enrollment. Open enrollment is usually held in November each year.

The plan provides unlimited, confidential telephone advice and office consultation, giving you the opportunity to discuss with an attorney any personal legal problems that are not specifically excluded matters, even if the matter is not fully covered under the plan.

During the consultation, the attorney will explain your rights, point out your options and, if needed, recommend a course of action. The attorney will identify any further coverage available under the plan, and will undertake representation if you wish. If representation is covered by the plan, you will not be charged for the network attorney’s services. If representation is recommended, but is not covered by the plan, the network attorney will provide a written fee statement in advance.

Some of the services provided include:

  • Purchase, sale or refinancing of a primary residence
  • Wills and estate planning
  • Deed preparation and immigration assistance
  • Debt matters and identity theft defense
  • Civil litigation defense

To make it even easier to access legal help, Hyatt offers a free mobile app (iTunes App store and Google Play) which lets members search and call plan attorneys directly, as well as obtain coverage details, case numbers – even pull up directions to an attorney’s office!

Call MetLife Legal at (800) 821-6400 or visit (password for USC employees is 1500723).

Legal Plan USC flyer
Legal Plan fee schedule
Legal Plan fact sheet

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(800) 821-6400

You may also talk to the HR Service Center about this benefit option – which again, is only available during open enrollment, or within your first 30 days of employment.