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 on U.S. Law & PolicyTransnational Business or Water & Environment Law, McGeorge is the right place for you.

McGeorge’s international law program is consistently ranked by U.S. News World Report as one of the top 20 international law programs in the U.S.

Graduate law programs at McGeorge have also been recognized by International Jurist to provide Top Value and excellent 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

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

Curriculum

  • Three required courses:
    • (1) a substantive course: Transnational Litigation or International Business Transactions;
    • (2) LLM Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis; and
    • (3) Legal English 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. See below for the list of electives.

Note that you have the option to complete an externship for credit with an international law firm, or to engage in advanced scholarship by pursuing a Master's Thesis or Directed Research Project.

Required Courses
LAW 699MLegal English1
LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis2
Choose one of the following courses:
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3
Electives 1
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 257Making Deals2
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 Partnerships3
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 Commercial and Investment Arbitration3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 225Bankruptcy2-3
LAW 220Banking Law3
LAW 240Insurance Law2-3
LAW 290Computer and Internet Law2-3
LAW 297Sports Law2-3
LAW 410White Collar Crime2
LAW 528Online Dispute Resolution1
LAW 650European Union Law1-3
LAW 675U.S. & International Sale of Goods2
LAW 680International Intellectual Property1-3
LAW 688Internship12
LAW 690Special Topics- International1-3
LAW 690BHot Topics in European and International Company Law1
LAW 694International Dispute Resolution1
LAW 699RThe Law of Art, International Commerce and Cultural Heritage1
LAW 705Introduction to Space Law1
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
LAW 865Immigration Clinic1-3
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. in US Law & Policy

The LLM in U.S. Law and Policy is designed specifically for international lawyers or law graduates who seek a general introduction to United States law. You will study the foundation of U.S. law, and be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients.

Program Highlights

  • Experience courses with JD students allowing direct observation of American lawyer training
  • Work with the Director of Graduate and International Programs to tailor your course selection to qualify to take a bar exam
  • Study the foundation of U.S. 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
  • Join a community of law students, faculty, and alumni, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

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

Curriculum

  • Three required courses:
    • (1) LLM Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis; 
    • (2) Legal English; and
    • (3) A substantive course: 
      • Civil Procedure;
      • Constitutional Law;
      • Contracts;
      • Criminal Law; or
      • Property.
  • The remaining course units can be customized to meet your individual career goals. See below for the list of electives.
Required
LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis2
LAW 699MLegal English1
At least one of the following:
LAW 105Civil Procedure2-4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 131Torts4
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 163Constitutional Law4
Elective
LAW 151Business Associations4
LAW 155Community Property2
LAW 165Criminal Procedure3
LAW 170Wills and Trusts3
LAW 174Evidence4
LAW 185Professional Responsibility2
LAW 190Remedies3
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 210Business Planning2-3
LAW 211Entrepreneurial Management2
LAW 216The Business of Lawyering1
LAW 220Banking Law3
LAW 225Bankruptcy2-3
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 240Insurance Law2-3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 257Making Deals2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
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 290Computer and Internet Law2-3
LAW 297Sports Law2-3
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 302Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
LAW 304Mental Health - Policy and Law2
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships3
LAW 325Taxation of Real Estate Transactions3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
LAW 400Advanced Criminal Procedure2
LAW 405Worker's Compensation Law2
LAW 410White Collar Crime2
LAW 415Criminal Law Defenses2
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 440Family Law2-3
LAW 442Alternatives to Litigation in Family Law2
LAW 450Juvenile Law1
LAW 465Federal Habeas Corpus3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 502The Executive Branch and the Administrative State3
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 505Legislatures and Lawmaking3
LAW 506Law and Literature1-2
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 853Legislative & Public Policy Clinic3
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 821Taking and Defending Depositions2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 800Client Interviewing and Counseling2
LAW 780Sexual Orientation and Gender ID2
LAW 745Elder Law and Social Policy3
LAW 711Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) I3
LAW 712Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) II3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking1-2
LAW 705Introduction to Space Law1
LAW 699TLaw and Legal Technology1-2
LAW 699RThe Law of Art, International Commerce and Cultural Heritage1
LAW 699HRace, Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform3
LAW 699GInformation Privacy Law2
LAW 699FCybersecurity Law & Policy1
LAW 699CLeading in the Law1
LAW 699ACalifornia Craft Beer Law2
LAW 688Internship12
LAW 680International Intellectual Property1-3
LAW 675U.S. & International Sale of Goods2
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 647International Economic Law2
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 616Marijuana Law Seminar2
LAW 576-OGovernment Law & Policymaking3
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 555Labor Law3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 528Online Dispute Resolution1
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
Candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to US law and policy not listed above. See the full schedule. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year.

LL.M. in Water & Environmental Law

The LLM in Water & Environmental Law 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.

Program Highlights

  • Experience first-hand observation and participation in solving complex relevant real issues
  • Enjoy small class sizes
  • Take advantage of our mentoring and career development resources
  • Obtain special assistance with course selection and class success
  • Online option

Program Requirements

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

Curriculum

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.

  • 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.  You have the option to take all courses online or to enroll in the in-person program with some courses offered online.
  • International Track — For law graduates interested in pursuing careers in government, non-governmental organizations or private law firms dealing with international water and environmental issues. This program focuses on the unique laws, policies and political dynamics as it applies to watercourses and other natural resources that are shared by two or more nations.
  • Fast Track — This accelerated program is available to McGeorge JD students for both the U.S. Law Track and International Track of the Water & Environmental Law LLM degree.

US Law Track and Online Program

Required Courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 505Legislatures and Lawmaking3
LAW 502The Executive Branch and the Administrative State3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
Note that some of these courses are only offered online.
Electives
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 568California Initiative Seminar2
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 217Leadership in Organizations for Graduate Students1
LAW 513-OLobbying & Politics3
LAW 567-OElection Law - Online3
LAW 576-OGovernment Law & Policymaking3
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking1-2
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 511Climate Change Law & Policy2
Candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to water and environmental law not listed above. See the full schedule. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year., and some are only offered online.

International Law Track

Required Courses
LAW 600Public International Law3
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 699MLegal English (For Foreign-Trained Students Only)1
LAW 980LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis2
Electives
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 699EU: International Trade Ext. Rel. (Ocean and Coastal Law)1-4
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 217Leadership in Organizations for Graduate Students1
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 694International Dispute Resolution1
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 528Online Dispute Resolution1
LAW 511Climate Change Law & Policy2
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 690Special Topics- International1-3
LAW 688Internship12
Candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to water and environmental law not listed above. See the full schedule. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year., and some are only offered online.

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.