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McGeorge offers graduate programs for both domestically trained attorneys and foreign trained attorneys. Whether you seek an advanced legal program focusing onU.S. Law, Public PolicyTransnational Business or Water Resources, McGeorge is the right place for you.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked McGeorge's International Law program among the top programs in the country for the fifth year in a row, this year as No. 25 in the 2017 Best Graduate Schools guide. McGeorge was included on the Honor Roll for Best LL.M. programs in the 2016 International Jurist magazine, as the only California school among the top 12 for Top Value, and as one of 14 schools recognized for the Law School Experience.

LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice

The LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice has two different tracks from which degree candidates can choose, both leading to the same degree.

  • Track One, LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice — Two semesters (full-time) or three/ four semesters (part-time) of study on the McGeorge School of Law Campus.
  • Track Two, LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice with Internship — One semester of study on the McGeorge School of Law Campus and the opportunity to participate in a 12-week internship with an international law firm or organization or corporate legal department.

LL.M. in U.S. Law & Policy

The LL.M. in U.S. Law & Policy has two different tracks from which degree candidates can choose, both leading to the same degree. A unique attribute of our program is that students have the ability to tailor their course package to meet their particular interests and career goals.

Both tracks involve one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) course of study.

  • U.S. Law Track — Specially designed to equip foreign-trained lawyers with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a global lawyer. Students will gain a firm foundation in American law and valuable insights as to how lawyers are trained in the United States.
  • Public Law & Policy Track — A post-J.D. course of study and experiential learning specially designed to equip lawyers with the skills and knowledge base to succeed working in government entities, private law firms, and nonprofit organizations.

LL.M. in Water Resources Law

The LL.M. in Water Resources law has three different tracks from which degree candidates can choose, both leading to the same degree.

Both tracks of the LL.M. in Water Resources Law involve one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study.

  • U.S. Law Track — This track focuses on issues affecting the United States. It is designed for students with a law degree to gain expertise in this growing field of environmental and natural resources law.
  • International Track — For law graduates interested in pursuing careers in government, non-governmental organizations or private law firms dealing with international water issues. This program focuses on the unique laws, policies and political dynamics applying to watercourses that are shared by two or more nations.
  • Fast-Track — This track is for McGeorge School of Law graduates who have taken 12 units of water law courses during their J.D degree.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7019

LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice

Elective Courses1

CourseUnits
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 257Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 265Copyright Law2-3
LAW 403Corrupt Foreign Practices1
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 650European Union Law1-3
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 695Foreign Investment and Development3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 647International Economic Law2
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 645International Trade- Public Aspects3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 266Patent Law3
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 261Sales of Goods3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3
LAW 285Trademark Law2
LAW 675U.S. & International Sale of Goods2
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
1 Candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to transnational business practice not listed above. See the full schedule. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7353 or 916.739.7019

Elective Courses1 

CourseUnits
International Law Courses
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level 21-2
LAW 650European Union Law1-3
LAW 695Foreign Investment and Development3
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 681International Business Agreements1
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 637International Commercial Arbitration1-3
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 045Int'l Environmental Law1
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 646International Trade Law and Development2
LAW 647International Economic Law2
LAW 645International Trade- Public Aspects3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 602United Nations: Law and Practice3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
U.S. Domestic Business Law Courses
LAW 200Accounting for Lawyers2-3
LAW 525Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 220Banking Law3
LAW 225Bankruptcy2-3
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 257Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 110Contracts 34
LAW 206Corporate Governance3
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 240Insurance Law3
LAW 261Sales of Goods3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3

1 With prior approval, candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to transnational business practice not listed above for the purposes of completing the 14 units in the fall semester. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year.
2 With prior approval, may be taken in the Spring.
3 Limited to LL.M. candidates from civil law jurisdictions for Fall enrollment only.

The Internship

Candidates are placed in a law firm for a minimum of 12 weeks in one of many countries located around the world. Interns are expected to be fully integrated into the daily work of the host firm. Among the tasks normally assigned to interns are research, preparation and review of documents, client interviews, negotiations, and observing court appearances.

The internship must be completed in a country other than the candidate's own country of law study. While geographic preferences are always considered, a specific location cannot be guaranteed. Placements in some countries require proficiency in the local language.

McGeorge relies on its strong international network of alumni and professional colleagues for internship placements. In recent years, LL.M. candidates have interned in Austria, mainland China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam.

We work diligently with the student to find an appropriate placement and have an excellent record of finding placements for students, but securing a placement always depends upon an appropriate match between individual qualifications and the needs/offerings of host firms. The more flexibility a student has in terms of location and the stronger a student's qualifications, the greater the chances are of obtaining a rewarding placement.

During the course of the internship, students are required to keep a journal and to communicate periodically reflecting upon their experience and observations with the faculty supervising this program.

The internship program closes with a three- to five-day post-internship Intercultural Legal Competence Workshop on the Sacramento campus of McGeorge in which students compare and evaluate legal cultures and systems in their host and home countries, addressing such questions as differences in legal practice, ethics, and approaches to transactions, negotiations, litigation and other dispute resolution. In rare cases with good cause shown and prior approval, in lieu of attending the post-placement workshop, students may prepare a paper reflecting on and analyzing these topics as illuminated during their internships and prior experience.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7353 or 916.739.7019

LL.M. in U.S. Law & Policy

McGeorge offers a unique program leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in U.S. Law or in Public Law & Policy.

The track involves one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study.

  • U.S. Law Track for Foreign-trained Applicants — A course of study specially designed to equip foreign-trained attorneys with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a global lawyer. Students will gain a firm foundation in American law and valuable insights as to how attorneys are trained in the United States.

U.S. Law Track

For Foreign-Trained Applicants

The U.S. Law track is specifically designed for lawyers or law graduates with a law degree granted from schools in their home country who seek a general introduction to the United States law. Students will study the foundation of American law, and graduates will be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients.

Program Highlights

  • Experience courses with J.D. students allowing direct observation of American lawyer training

  • Receive assistance to tailor your course of study to qualify to take the Bar exam

  • Obtain special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

  • Study the foundation of American law to be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients

  • Have access to McGeorge's broad base of alumni from all over the world

Program Requirements

Admitted students will undertake a individually tailored sequence of courses to fulfill the 24-unit program requirement.

  • 24 units of study
  • Acumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale

Required Course

  • LL.M. Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (I and II) (4 semester units)

At least one of the following 

LAW 105Civil Procedure4
LAW 163Constitutional Law4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 125Property4
LAW 131Torts4

Elective Courses

To complete your course of study, you may choose to focus on a specific substantive area (e.g. Business Law, Criminal Justice, Environmental Law) by selecting relevant elective courses or engaging in Directed Research, Graduate Level in the particular area.

You may choose a combination of courses within the following areas of study to complete your LL.M.:

  • Administrative Law and Regulation
  • Business and Trade Regulation
  • Civil and Constitutional Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education Law, Regulation, and Policy
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Water Law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • International and Comparative Law and Regulation
  • Political Structure and Theory
  • Tax Law and Policy

View the full course schedule.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7353 or 916.739.7019

LL.M. in Water Resources Law

To enhance the skills and understanding of lawyers at all levels, the McGeorge School of Law offers LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees in water resources law. These will prepare you to serve the diverse needs of businesses and developers, farmers and ranchers, non-profit organizations, and public agencies at every level from local to international.

The Water Resources Law graduate program emphasizes interdisciplinary natural resources classes; simulations and case studies; a robust field placement experience; and advanced substantive law course work. The combination of natural resources science, technology and economics, with strong legal coursework and hands-on training, makes this program unique among other natural resources law graduate degrees. There are two courses of study.

Both tracks of the LL.M. in Water Resources Law involve one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study.

  • U.S. Law Track — This track focuses on issues affecting the United States. It is designed for students with a law degree to gain expertise in this growing field of environmental and natural resources law.
  • International Track — For law graduates interested in pursuing careers in government, non-governmental organizations or private law firms dealing with international water issues. This program focuses on the unique laws, policies and political dynamics as it applies to water- courses that are shared by two or more nations.
  • Fast Track — This accelerated program is available to McGeorge J.D. students for both the U.S. Law Track and International Track of the Water Resources Law LL.M. degree.

McGeorge is dedicated to helping our students succeed in whichever program they choose. Please explore both tracks. An academic advisor is always available to help you with your decision.

Program Highlights

  • Experience first-hand observation and participation in solving complex relevant real issues
  • Enjoy small classes sizes
  • Take advantage of our mentoring and career development resources
  • Obtain special assistance with course selection and class success
  • Receive help in adjusting to student life in the United States

 Questions?

Contact Clémence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs
Email | 916.739.7353

Contact Stephen McCaffrey, Director of Water Resources Law, International Track
Email | 916.739.7179