Course Details

McGeorge’s online LLM in Water & Environmental Law is an advanced law degree designed for JD graduates who seek to gain expertise in this rapidly evolving area of practice. The LLM degree provides an opportunity for seasoned attorneys or recent law school graduates to develop depth of knowledge in a specialized area of environmental, water resources, regulatory compliance, and public agency law. It offers value that enhances an existing practice or facilitates transition to this growing legal field. McGeorge online LLM students have the opportunity to take courses in governmental law and policy as well as in water and environment. The online LLM in Water & Environmental Law requires a total of 24 units over a flexible period of time, generally 2 years.

The Master of Laws, Water & Environmental Law is comprised of both required and elective courses.


  • Environmental Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • The Executive Branch & The Administrative State
  • Legislatures & Lawmaking


  • International Water Resources Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Government Law & Policymaking
  • Election Law
  • Lobbying & Politics
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Negotiations
  • Persuasive Public Speaking
  • Directed Research in Water & Environmental Law
  • Master’s Thesis in Water & Environmental Law

The McGeorge Online Graduate Programs are taught and led by our distinguished faculty and program team:


  • Professor Robert Binning
  • Professor Karrigan Bork
  • Professor Adrienne Brungess
  • Professor Jennifer Harder
  • Professor Jay Leach
  • Professor Steve McCaffrey
  • Professor Chris Micheli
  • Professor Mary-Beth Moylan
  • Professor Rachael Salcido


  • Clemence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs & Adjunct Law Faculty
  • Kirsten Livingston, Assistant Director of Online Graduate Admissions
  • Mary Econome, Coordinator, Graduate & International Programs


Master of Laws (LLM)


The Master of Laws, Water & Environmental Law concentration is earned through part-time, fully online courses requiring a total of 24 units over approximately two years. Students typically enroll 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.

Just as with 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. In most courses, students will complete their assignments on a weekly "asynchronous" basis, meaning that students do not need to be online at the same time. This allows students flexibility to schedule their coursework around other commitments. From time to time, a course may require or offer optional "live sessions", which will be announced at the beginning of the semester to allow for proper planning.

*Subject to WSCUC approval and ABA acquiescence.