McGeorge educates lawyers who serve the diverse water law needs of businesses and developers, farmers and ranchers, non-profit organizations, and public agencies at every level from local to international. The water resources law program emphasizes interdisciplinary natural resources classes; simulations and case studies; a robust field placement experience; and advanced substantive law course work.

Water & Environmental Law — Fast Track JD/LLM Program

The Fast Track JD/LLM in Water & Environmental Law affords students the opportunity to earn both degrees on an accelerated timeline. Fast Track students may apply up to 12 credits of JD coursework towards their LLM degree in Water & Environmental Law, meaning the LLM degree may be completed in just one additional semester of full-time study or a year of part-time study. Fast track students may specialize in either U.S. or international water and environmental law.

Program Requirements

The Fast Track LLM is an executive education program designed for recent McGeorge graduates. Courses are offered during evenings for the working professional. McGeorge JD students can apply for the Fast Track program and are encouraged to consider this option during academic planning. The Fast Track LLM degree requires:

  • 24 units of Water & Environmental Law study, up to 12 units of which are completed as part of the JD degree
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale

Courses Include

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Practice
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Water Resources Law Seminar
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Water or Environmental Field Placement


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