McGeorge School of Law

LLM in Water & Environmental Law

Professor McCaffery talks to students

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 option1

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.

Both tracks of the 24-unit LLM in Water Resources Law involve one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study. You have the option to take all courses online1 or to enroll in the in-person program with some courses offered online.

  • 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 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.

McGeorge is dedicated to helping our students succeed in whichever program they choose. Please explore both tracks. An academic advisor is always available to help you with your decision.

Student Testimonials

Bryan Barnhart I could not be happier with the practical water law education I gained at McGeorge. I found a great job representing public agencies in actions to recover clean-up costs from companies that pollute groundwater with toxic chemicals right after graduation, thanks to the help of my professors.  — Bryan Barnhart, ’13, Litigation Associate at Miller, Axline & Sawyer

Hanspeter Walter I greatly enjoyed taking the Water Resources Law Practice course. I particularly benefitted from the classroom simulations of complex water resources challenges and disputes. These simulations effectively provided condensed practical experience — enough to get your feet wet — into issues that often take years to resolve. I developed insights and perspectives that will allow me to more effectively represent specific clients in actual water resources disputes.  — Hanspeter Walter, ’06, Attorney at Law at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Tori Sundheim Regardless of where I end up in the long run—whether that be in areas of water quality, water rights, tribal water law or even working on public policy issues — my experiences at McGeorge have provided a solid foundation and knowledge base that I am confident will contribute to a successful career.  — Tori Sundheim, ’13

Explore Water Resources Law at McGeorge

1 Online courses are pending WSCUC approval and ABA acquiescence.


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