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Public Law & Policy Track

For U.S.-trained Applicants

Most lawyers practicing in the modern administrative and regulatory legal environment will benefit from the skills and and knowledge base offered in the Public Law & Policy Track. The track is specifically designed for:

  • Recent law school graduates who seek to augment their J.D. study with an additional program of graduate work focused on government lawyering.
  • Those seeking preparation for a career in the public sector or in a private law firm that represents public agencies.
  • Experienced attorneys who want to switch the focus of their practice to government law, or want to add depth to on-the-job experience in government law with a comprehensive program of graduate study.

The two semester (full-time) or three/four semester (part-time), post-J.D. course of study in U.S. Law & Policy – Public Law and & Policy offers a wide range of courses exposing you to political theory and regulatory policy. You may choose to concentrate on a particular practice area, including:

  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Business & Trade Regulation
  • Civil & Constitutional Rights
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Environment, Natural Resources & Water Law
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Intellectual Property & Information Law
  • Lobbying & Legislative Drafting

Program Highlights

  • Attend classes at the state Capitol taught by faculty scholars who know government law, and who have worked in public law positions
  • Choose from a variety of elective courses in substantive areas or include an experiential component with our Legal Clinics, Field Placement and Study Abroad opportunities
  • Engage with our unrivaled network of alumni leaders at all levels of government in California for guidance and opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in many types of government and public lawyering careers

Program Requirements

  • 24 units of study
  • Aumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.33 scale

Required Course

  • Introduction to Capital Lawyering (two semester units)

Choose from a variety of Elective Courses in substantive areas, including Legal Clinics, Field Placement and Study Abroad opportunities.

Elective Courses

To complete your course of study, you may choose from a variety of courses, including Directed Research, Graduate Level. You may choose a combination of courses within the following areas of study to complete your LL.M.:

  • 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

Skills Training Courses

CourseUnits
Administrative Law 3
Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
California Initiative Seminar 2
Issues in Government Lawyering 3
Legislative Decision-Making: Power & Influence in California 2
Legislative Process, Strategy and Ethics 2
Legislation/Statutory Interpretation 3
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar 2, 3
Public Policy Development 3

Questions?

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