McGeorge School of Law

U.S. Law Track for Foreign-trained Applicants

The U.S. Law track is specifically designed for lawyers or law graduates with a law degree granted from schools in their home country who seek a general introduction to the United States law. Students will study the foundation of American law, and graduates will 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
  • Receive assistance to tailor your course of study to qualify to take the Bar exam
  • Obtain special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States
  • Study the foundation of American 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
Program Requirements

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

  • 24 units of study
  • Acumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale
Required Course
  • LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (I and II) (4 semester units)

At least one of the following

Civil Procedure 4
Constitutional Law 4
Contracts 4
Criminal Law 4
Property 4
Torts 4


Elective Courses

To complete your course of study, you may choose to focus on a specific substantive area (e.g. Business Law, Criminal Justice, Environmental Law) by selecting relevant elective courses or engaging in Directed Research, Graduate Level in the particular area.

You may choose a combination of courses within the following areas of study to complete your LLM:

  • 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

View the full course schedule.


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