Master of Science in Law (M.S.L.)

McGeorge offers the innovative and versatile 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. The degree enhances many professions and is ideal for business executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers, human resource and other professionals in today's economy. With so many businesses and industries being impacted by constantly changing laws and regulations, having knowledge and training in legal analysis can be advantageous in dealing with those everyday law-related issues. Our MSL program is designed to help professionals gain and apply the legal skills required to excel and advance in their careers.

McGeorge faculty will work with each student to develop a customized curriculum with a rigorous legal grounding that is infused with real-world, practical 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.

Building upon the long-standing expertise and the foundations for regular and substantial opportunities for interaction with classmates and McGeorge faculty, we are excited to announce the creation of three online degree programs launching in Fall 2019. These degrees will allow individuals to maximize flexibility; pursuing professional and personal commitments while simultaneously enjoying a high-quality academic experience.

The McGeorge MSL program also offers the following focus areas:

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
On a case by case basis, Contracts/Analytical Skills can be substituted for:
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 125Property4
LAW 131Torts4
Elective Courses - Law, MSL, Pub courses or see concentrations
Students may elect to choose from a variety of courses, and to customize their course selections to meet their interests and career goals.

Health Law Concentration

Sample Courses
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 570Health Law3
LAW 572Public Health Law3
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 745Elder Law and Social Policy3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3

Human Resources Concentration

Sample Courses
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 405Worker's Compensation Law2
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 780Sexual Orientation and Gender ID2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1

Government Law & Policy Concentration (Online Program)

Additional Required Courses
LAW 576-OGovernment Law & Policymaking3
LAW 217Leadership in Organizations for Graduate Students1
LAW 502The Executive Branch and the Administrative State3
LAW 505Legislatures and Lawmaking3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking1-2
Electives
LAW 513-OLobbying & Politics3
LAW 567-OElection Law - Online3
LAW 528Online Dispute Resolution1
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3

Water and the Environment Law Concentration (Online Program)

Additional Required Courses
LAW 505Legislatures and Lawmaking3
LAW 502The Executive Branch and the Administrative State3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 217Leadership in Organizations for Graduate Students1
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking1-2
Electives
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 576-OGovernment Law & Policymaking3
LAW 567-OElection Law - Online3
LAW 513-OLobbying & Politics3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 989Master's Thesis6
LAW 991Directed Research, Graduate Level1-2

Questions?

Contact the Graduate & International Programs Office
Email | 916.739.7019

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify legal issues that arise in student’s professional context; Recognize and make use of legal language and field knowledge; Find and evaluate legal resources in library and online.
  2. Identify and distinguish legal sources; interpret legal texts, such as statutes and cases; apply legal methodology to differentiate and prioritize legal issues, to deduce likely outcomes, and to evaluate competing positions.
  3. Select, apply, and adapt interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills in professional context; employ legal methodology in professional writing tasks.
  4. Collaborate with lawyers and others to evaluate and resolve legal issues.
  5. Identify legal ethical issues that arise in one’s profession and develop strategies to address them consistent with legal precepts.