Program Description

An online LLM in Water & Environmental Law from McGeorge School of Law provides an opportunity for seasoned attorneys, recent law school graduates or foreign-educated legal professionals to develop depth of knowledge in a specialized area of environmental, water resources, regulatory compliance, and public agency law. Our program provides students with the opportunity to learn from both our distinguished faculty and program team as well as various panels of experts who are focused on water and environmental law and the changing policies surrounding both.

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At McGeorge, we provide our students with the most robust learning program and acclaimed professionals in the field. We do this by providing each and every student with the resources to learn from the best, interact with esteemed classmates and colleagues, and hear from experts across the field of law.

  • Develop a depth of knowledge in a specialized area of environmental, water resources, regulatory compliance, and public agency law.
  • Expand your area of practice and expertise.
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and experts in the area of water and environmental law, as well as other students who practice and work in this field of study.
  • Distinguish yourself from other professionals with a unique focus.
  • Research and publish in the field: to dive deep into topics, and increase your credibility with a publishable piece of research.

At the end of this degree program, graduates should be able to:

  • Identify and understand concepts in U.S. substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to a particular area of study and, where appropriate, apply tools of legal research analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening, critical reading, clear writing tailored to specific audience and goals, and the ability to verbally convey legal and policy concepts relevant to area of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand, collaborate, and engage with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences in a variety of legal settings and contexts.

A JD or first degree in law from a foreign country is required for admission to the program.

Master of Laws (LLM) in Water & Environment Law

The Master of Laws, Water & Environmental Law concentration is earned through part-time, fully online, asynchronous courses with the following requirements:

  • A total of 24 units over approximately two years with students typically enrolling in two, three-unit courses each semester.
  • Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks long. Summer courses, when offered, run on a four-week semester. One summer course will provide students the option to visit the McGeorge campus over a long weekend in Sacramento, the capital city of California.
  • Similar to the experience of in-person courses, online students interact with their professors and classmates for an average of one hour per week and read/study for an additional two hours per week, for every credit unit awarded.
  • Students will complete their assignments on a weekly "asynchronous" basis, meaning that students do not need to be online at the same time, allowing students the flexibility to schedule their coursework around other commitments.**
    • **From time to time, a course may offer optional "live sessions," which will be announced at the beginning of the semester to allow for proper planning.

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“I chose McGeorge because the classes build up specific knowledge about things that only people working in the field might know. It gets you a step ahead of the competition.”

— Brandon Chaidez ’18

“My decision to come to McGeorge was influenced in large part by the caliber and dedication of the professors here. The professors not only want to teach us the current law, but also encourage us to challenge laws that are antiquated or prejudicial to marginalized community members."

— Vallerye Mosquera ’15, Sacramento Immigration Attorney

"When I work with McGeorge alumni, they seem experienced, polished and able to connect the dots. The experience, attention to detail, and rigor of the program really shows, and for these reasons, we love hiring McGeorge students as law clerks at SMUD."

— Andrew Meditz ’09, Senior Attorney, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)