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Graduate Law Study

The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law offers graduate law programs leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) in several areas. Candidates for LL.M. degrees at McGeorge School of Law must complete 24 semester units with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.33 (on a 4.33 scale).

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.

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

McGeorge School of Law offers an accelerated Master of Science in Law (M.S.L.) program to professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but who do not require the J.D. degree for their career plans.

Professional concentrations include:

  • Health Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Human Resources and Conflict Management
  • Water and Environmental Law
  • Customization for specific career goals

The M.S.L. program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Strong preference is given to those with significant work experience. For more information, including the admissions process click here .

J.S.D. in International Water Resources Law

A J.S.D., or Doctor of Juridical Science is, in effect, legal education’s counterpart to the Ph.D. Those who have already earned an LL.M. and wish to do intensive, in-depth work in the law of international freshwater resources, normally over a period of several years, should apply for the J.S.D.

To qualify for the J.S.D. degree in International Water Resources Law, the student must:

  • Earn a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of credit over a course of a two-semester residency
  • A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 (on a 4.3 point scale).
  • Successfully defend their Dissertation.

The courses completed during the residency will be determined by the Dissertation Supervisor in consultation with the student.