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M.S.L. - Master of Science in Law

McGeorge offers the Master of Science in Law (MSL) to professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but who do not require the JD degree for their career plans. In today's economy with so many highly regulated industries, state and federal agencies, and other professional fields impacted by law, professionals deal with law-related issues every day. Our MSL program is designed to help professionals gain and apply the legal skills they need.

Optional areas of focus include:

McGeorge faculty will work with each student to develop a customized curriculum with a rigorous legal grounding that is infused with real-world examples, skills-based learning, and experiential opportunities. Students will also experience intense interaction and collaboration with a cohort of like-minded professionals who are seeking to increase their own skills. Finally, opportunities will be created for each student to put their new skills to work in California’s capital city.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7019

Master of Science in Law Curriculum

Students accepted into the program can anticipate receiving guidance from our nationally and internationally renowned faculty on individual curricular plans. Students can go full or part-time; 26 units are required to earn the M.S.L. degree, which includes two required courses, a set of elective choices, and for those who are interested, a supervised capstone paper or project.

Required Courses

LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
Optional Additional Foundational Courses
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 125Property4
LAW 131Torts4
Elective Courses - Organized by Concentration
Students may elect to choose from a variety of courses, and to customize their course selections to meet their interests and career goals. The lists below, organized by concentration, are just an example of courses students may wish to enroll in. Please note that some electives are not offered every year. Please be sure check the academic schedule for a current list of offerings.

Criminal Justice 

LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 165Criminal Procedure3
LAW 174Evidence4
LAW 308Art of Plea Bargaining1 or 2
LAW 440Family Law2-3
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 591Crimmigration3
LAW 619International Criminal Law2-3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 882California Parole Hearings and Litigation2

Health Concentration

LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 304Mental Health - Policy and Law2
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 533Global Health Law2
LAW 570Health Law3
LAW 572Public Health Law3
LAW 573Bioethics and the Law2
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 578Navigating HR in Health Care2
LAW 579Affordable Care Act Seminar2
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 710HIPAA Privacy - Health Law2
LAW 745Elder Law and Social Policy3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3

Human Resources Concentration

LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 405Worker's Compensation Law2
LAW 432Employment Law Practice2
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 578Navigating HR in Health Care2
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 780Sexual Orientation and Gender ID2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals2

Government and Public Policy Concentration

LAW 163Constitutional Law4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 402Municipal Innovation Seminar2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 567Election Law2
LAW 568California Initiative Seminar2
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2

Water and the Environment Concentration

LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 232Foundations of Water, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice 12
LAW 235Water Environmental Law Practice B3
LAW 237Water Environmental Law Practice A3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 501CA Enviro. Cases & Places1-2
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 511Climate Change Law & Policy2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3