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Master of Laws (LL.M.)

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. 24 in the 2018 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.

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7019

LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice

The LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice trains lawyers to practice in the field of international business law. Whether trained in civil or common law, an LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge further prepares lawyers for a career in the global economy.  

Our LL.M. program has only two requirements, (1) a substantive course:  Transnational Litigation or International Business Transactions; and (2) LL.M. Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis for those trained in law outside of the United States, which is tailored to introduce students to common law courts, sources, legal reasoning, techniques of legal research and writing. The remaining course units can be customized to meet your individual career goals.

Program Highlights

  • Get real practical experience
  • Enjoy classes with J.D. students
  • Benefit from faculty expertise in the International Law field
  • Work with the Director of Graduate & International Programs to tailor your course selection to meet your career goals
  • Have access to McGeorge's broad base of alumni who work in international law firms in more than 40 countries
  • Join a community of law students studying on the McGeorge campus, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

Students have the choice between two tracks:

  • LL.M. Transnational Business Practice - Two semesters (full-time) or three/four semesters (part-time) of study on the McGeorge Campus.  A student must complete 24 semester units on the Sacramento campus and must begin the program in August.
  • LL.M. Transnational Business Practice with Internship - One semester of study on the McGeorge Campus and the opportunity to participate in a 12-week internship with an international law firm. Students must complete 24 semester units. Students begin their program in August, starting in the fall semester followed by the internship in the spring semester. 

Program Requirements 

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

  • 24 units of study
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale
Required Courses
LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I2
LAW 981LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis II2
Choose one of the following courses:
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3
Electives 1
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 257Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 261Sales of Goods3
LAW 265Copyright Law2-3
LAW 266Patent Law3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 285Trademark Law2
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 647International Economic Law2
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
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. 1

LL.M. Transnational Business Practice with Internship

Whether you are a recent law school graduate who is seeking to augment your J.D. study with an additional program of graduate work focused on international business law, or an experienced attorney who would like to transition the focus of your practice to international business law, or want to expand your knowledge and add depth to your practice with a comprehensive program of graduate study, our LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice with Internship is the program for you.

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. Students will address questions about the differences in legal practice, ethics, and approaches to transactions, negotiations, litigation and other dispute resolution.

The Transnational Business Practice LL.M. with Internship includes one semester of study on the McGeorge campus and the opportunity to participate in a 12-week internship with an international law firm anywhere around the world.

Program Requirements

  • 24 units of study
  • Fourteen (14) units to be completed in residence during the fall semester on the McGeorge Sacramento campus, except that with prior approval up to two of such units may be completed off campus as Directed Research during the spring semester.
  • Ten (10) units upon successful completion of an internship of at least 12 weeks during the spring semester followed by completion of the three to five-day post-internship intercultural legal competence workshop.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale

Required Courses

LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I2
LAW 981LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis II2
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3

You may tailor the rest of your academic studies by choosing from a variety of elective courses in substantive areas of U.S. Domestic Business Law and International Law.

Elective Courses1

CourseUnits
International Law Courses
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 647International Economic Law2
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level 21-2
U.S. Domestic Business Law Courses
LAW 110Contracts 34
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 200Accounting for Lawyers2-3
LAW 220Banking Law3
LAW 225Bankruptcy2-3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 257Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
LAW 261Sales of Goods3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3

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.

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

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.

The U.S.Law Track focuses on issues affecting the United States. It is designed for students with a prior law degree to gain expertise in this growing field of environmental and natural resources law.

Program Requirements

  • 24 units of study
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale
Required Courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 232Foundations of Water, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice 12
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
Electives
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 232Foundations of Water, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice 12
LAW 501CA Enviro. Cases & Places1-2
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 568California Initiative Seminar2
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 699Special Topics (Ocean and Coastal Law)1-4
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2

LL. M. in Water Law Resources (International Law Track) 

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.

The International Law Track is designed 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.

Program Requirements

  • 24 units of study
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale
Required Courses
LAW 232Foundations of Water, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice 12
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I2
LAW 981LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis II2
Electives
LAW 232Foundations of Water, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice 12
LAW 501CA Enviro. Cases & Places1-2
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 699Special Topics (Ocean and Coastal Law)1-4
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2

Water Law Resource Fast Track J.D./LL.M. Program

The Fast Track J.D./LL.M. in Water Resources Law affords students the opportunity to earn both degrees on an accelerated timeline. Fast Track students may apply up to 12 credits of J.D. coursework towards their LL.M. degree in Water Resources Law, meaning the LL.M. degree may be completed in just one additional semester of full-time study or a year of part-time study. Fast track students may specialize in either U.S. or international water law.

Program Requirements

  • 24 units of Water Resources Law study, up to 12 units of which are completed as part of the J.D. degree
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale

Courses Include

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Practice
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Water Resources Law Seminar
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Water or Environmental Field Placement

Questions?

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

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in U.S. substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.

2.  Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.

3.  Demonstrate the ability to strategize, develop, and conduct efficient legal research in U.S. law.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand foundational concepts in international law and to perform international legal research.

5.  Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral communications.

6.  Demonstrate professional judgment, ethics, and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values, standards, and discipline.

7.  Demonstrate the ability to understand, collaborate, and engage with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences in a variety of legal settings and contexts. 

8.  Demonstrate understanding of the legal profession's commitment to access to justice.

9.  Demonstrate understanding of career options and steps toward defining and achieving career goals in light of personal values.