The LLM in U.S. Law and Policy is designed specifically for international lawyers or law graduates who seek a general introduction to United States law. You will study the foundation of U.S. law, and be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients.


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Program Highlights
  • Experience courses with JD students allowing direct observation of American lawyer training
  • Work with the Director of Graduate and International Programs to tailor your course selection to qualify to take a bar exam
  • Study the foundation of U.S. 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
  • Join a community of law students, faculty, and alumni, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

Student Testimonials

"The U.S. Law & Policy LLM program at McGeorge was an amazing experience. I met highly intelligent and warm-hearted people who helped me to figure out my future and they still remain my friends today. The LLM program also provided me with excellent legal knowledge that I used for my Ph.D. Now I am a proud member of the Zhejiang Gongshang University Law School, a good partner of McGeorge, and it wouldn't be possible if not for the remarkable experience I acquired at the McGeorge School of Law."  — Margarita Vladimirova, ’12, Law Professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law

Meet Syed Zamir, LLM '22

Program Requirements

Admitted students will undertake a individually tailored sequence of courses to fulfill the 24-unit program requirement. You have the option to focus your studies in one of the following substantive areas:

  • International or Domestic Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Civil and Constitutional Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Law

You may also choose to pursue a Master's Thesis or Directed Research under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Required Courses

  • LLM Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
  • Legal English

At least one of the following:

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

Elective Courses

To complete your course of study, you may choose to focus on a specific substantive area by selecting relevant elective courses.


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

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