McGeorge School of Law

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 MSL 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

Course Units
Introduction to Legal Analysis 2
MSL Analytical Skills based on the subject of Contracts 4

 

Optional Additional Foundational Courses

Course Units
Criminal Law 4
Property Law 4
Torts 5

 

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 Concentration

Course Units
Art of Plea Bargaining 1
California Parole Hearing & Litigation 1
Crimmigration 3
Criminal Law 4
Criminal Procedure 4
Evidence 4
Family Law 3
Immigration Law and Policy 3
International Criminal Law 2
Introduction to Capital Lawyering 2
Mediation 3
Negotiation & Settlements 2, 3
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Statutes & Regulations 3

 

Health Concentration

Course Units
Administrative Law 3
Bioethics 1
Contracts 4
Elder Law & Social Policy 3
Employment Law 3
Global Heath Law & Policy 2
HIPAA Privacy — Health Law 2
Health Care Reform Seminar 2
Health Law 3
Introduction to Capital Lawyering 2
Legislative & Statutory Interpretation 3
Mental Health — Policy and Law 2
Mediation 3
Navigating HR in Health Care 2
Negotiation & Settlements 2, 3
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Public Health Law 3
Statutes & Regulations 3

 

Human Resources Concentration

Course Units
Administrative Law 3
Contracts 3
Employment Law 3
Employment Law Practicum 2
Introduction to Capital Lawyering 2
Mediation 3
Navigating HR in Health Care 2
Negotiation & Settlements 2, 3
Negotiating Disputes into Deals 1
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity 2
Worker's Compensation Law 2

 

Government and Public Policy Concentration

Course Units
Administrative Law 3
California Initiative Seminar 2
California Lobbying & Politics 2
Constitutional Law 4
Election Law 2
Introduction to Capital Lawyering 2
Lawmaking in California 2
Local Agency Practice 2
Legislation & Statutory Interpretation 3
Mediation 3
Municipal Innovation Seminar 2
Negotiation & Settlements 2, 3
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Statutes & Regulations 3

 

Water and the Environment Concentration

Course Units
Administrative Law 3
California Environmental Cases & Places 1
Climate Change Law & Policy 2
Environmental Law 3
Foundations of Water Law 2
International Environmental Law 3
Introduction to Capital Lawyering 2
International Water Resources Law Seminar 3
Legislation & Statutory Interpretation 3
Mediation 3
Natural Resources Law 3
Negotiation & Settlements 2, 3
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Statutes & Regulations 3
Water Resources Law 3
Water & Environmental Law Practice A 3
Water & Environmental Law Practice B 3

 

Questions?

Contact the Graduate Programs Office
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