Courses

LL.M. students complete mandatory coursework in Fundamentals of U.S. Law and Legal Research & Writing, and then may customize their studies by choosing courses from the law school offerings.

Students may focus their studies to earn Certificates of Specialization and/or to meet the requirements to become eligible to register for a Bar Exam; many LL.M. students pursue eligibility to sit for the California or New York Bar Examination.

Students in the LL.M. executive track study exclusively with other LL.M. students while students in the LL.M. traditional or thesis tracks may take courses with JD, JSD, or JSP students in addition to their LL.M. classmates.

Course Format

LL.M. students in regular academic-year fall and spring semesters take approximately 3-5 courses each semester (please see the academic rules for more detail). LL.M. students in the summer semester and/or part-time online semesters take 1-2 courses at a time, consecutively (please see program structure for more detail).

 

Core Curriculum*

 

1. Fundamentals of U.S. Law 

Students study the sources of U.S. law and the structure of the U.S. court system. Students also learn the fundamentals of the case method of legal education and statutory construction, and study how cases progress through the American court system. The course will also explore topics of judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, and the practical and political limitations of these concepts. Students will then use case analysis skills to examine landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases.

 

2. Legal Research & Writing 

In this class, each student researches and writes a 15- to 20-page research memorandum addressing a compelling issue in contemporary law. Through this writing exercise students learn predictive legal reasoning.  Students also complete other, shorter assignments throughout the term, including an introduction to Bluebook citation. Research instruction is integrated into the writing assignments, and includes mainly on-line but also a few traditional book-based resources. Students receive extensive written comments and attend one-on-one conferences on their papers.

 

3. Track-Specific Mandatory Coursework

 
Capstone Writing Project (Executive Track Remote + Summer ONLY)

During this 1-unit online workshop, LL.M. executive track (remote + summer) students will revise and complete the final draft of their Capstone writing project. The project will be a paper of 20-23 pages in length on an assigned topic. Students will have submitted a draft of this paper during their summer semester LL.M. Legal Research & Writing course. Students will be expected to implement the feedback that they received during the summer course and revise their paper accordingly to meet the grading criteria.

 
Thesis Units (Thesis Track ONLY)

LL.M. thesis track students must also complete an original thesis in the form of a substantial research and writing project that is of publishable quality and roughly 50-60 double-spaced pages. The thesis paper is due by the last day of instruction in the spring semester, and requires six units of Thesis Track Independent Study completed in one of two ways: two units in the fall semester followed by four units in the spring semester, or six units taken during the spring semester. Thesis track students choose their own thesis advisor from the tenured or tenure-track faculty at the Law School (anyone with the title of either Professor of Law or Assistant Professor of Law); you can research our faculty through their profiles on the Berkeley Law website, and approach them for their availability once you are enrolled as a student.

*Exceptions to these mandatory courses may apply for U.S.- and common law Canadian-trained LL.M. students. Please see the academic rules for more information.

 

Elective Curriculum

Visit Berkeley Law’s Schedule of Classes for a full and current listing of courses. You may navigate to other semesters using the links at the top.

Please click on the dropdown menus below for a sample list of elective coursework. Course availability is subject to change. Courses in bold (or ones similar) are regularly offered in all LL.M. tracks.

Advanced Topics in Corporate Governance: US & Asia
Antitrust
Antitrust Investigations & Litigation
Bankruptcy
Business Associations
Business in Society
Construction Law
Contracts for LL.M. Students
Corporate Finance & Law
Corporate Tax
Deal Litigation Bootcamp
Deal Workshop: Mergers & Acquisitions
Drafting & Negotiation Sports
Law Contracts
Drafting Business Contracts
Employment Law
Executive Compensation
Federal Income Taxation
Financial Management of Non-Profits
Regulation of Financial Institutions
Fundamentals of Leveraged Buyouts
Governance in Venture Capital: The Dual Fiduciary Problem
Insider Trading
Insurance Law
Advanced Topics in Insurance Law
Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development & Investment
International Antitrust Law
International Business Transactions
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Labor Law
Law & Economics of Discrimination
Law, Accounting, & Business Workshop
Mergers & Acquisitions
Negotiating Hollywood Contracts
New Business Community Law Bootcamp
New Business Community Law Practicum
Partnership Taxation
Partnerships & LLCs
Practice 99 – How to Open Your Own Practice
Real Estate Transactions & Litigation
Representing Professional Athletes
Regulation of Capital Markets
Regulation of New Technologies – FinTech & Social Media
The Role of the Lawyer in Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility
Secured Transactions: Article 9
Selected Topics in Venture Capital
Securities Regulation
Silicon Valley Antitrust
Social Enterprise Law
Structuring & Negotiating Complex Financial Transactions
Tax Policy Seminar
Topics in Sports Law
Transactional Drafting
Venture Capital Finance
Venture Funds: Structuring, Advising & Regulating
Venture Capital Deal Bootcamp

Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
Capital Punishment & the Constitution Seminar
Computer Crime Law
Criminal Field Placement Ethics Seminar
Criminal Field Placements
Criminal Justice Seminar
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Criminal Procedure: Investigations
Criminal Trial Practice
Death Penalty Clinic
Death Penalty Clinic Seminar
Domestic Violence Law
Domestic Violence Practicum
Forensic Evidence in Criminal Trials
International Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice
Police Interrogations & Investigations
Post-Conviction Remedies
School to Prison Pipeline
Where Civil & Criminal Laws Collide
White Collar Crime
Youth Law & Policy

Climate Change & the Law
Energy Law & Policy
Energy Project Development & Finance
Environmental Field Placement Seminar
Environmental Justice
Environmental Law & Policy
Environmental Law Clinic
Environmental Law Colloquium
Environmental Law Writing Seminar
Environmental Transaction Law
International Environmental Law
Land-Use Law
Law of Hazardous Waste: CERCLA, RCRA & the Common Law Claims
Ocean & Coastal Law
Public Lands & Natural Resources
Renewable Energy Law & Policy
Science & Regulatory Policy
Water Law
Workshop on Development of the Environ

California Marital Property
Domestic Violence Law
Domestic Violence Practicum
Family Law
Race, Sexuality, & the Law
Reproductive Rights & Justice
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & the Law

Art & Cultural Property Law
Berkeley IP Practicum Clinic
The Business of Intellectual Property
Computer Law
Copyright: Advanced Seminar
Copyright Law
Cybercrime
Cybersecurity
Entertainment Law: TV & Film
Information Privacy Law
Topics in Information Privacy Law & Security
Intellectual Property & Social Justice Seminar
Intellectual Property Scholarship Seminar
Intellectual Property Law
IP & Entrepreneurship
IP in the Music Industry
Patent Law
Patent Litigation I
Patent Litigation II: PTAB & ICC
Patent Prosecution
Privacy Law for Technologists
Privacy Litigation
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic & Seminar
Secrecy: The Use and Abuse of Information in the Courts
Silicon Valley Antitrust
Surveillance Law & Technology
Technology for Lawyers
Tech Industry Contracts
Telecommunications, Broadcast & Internet Law
Topics in Trade Secrets
Trademark Law
Transnational Intellectual Property
Video Game & Social Media Law
Wine Law

Civil Field Placement Ethics Seminar
Criminal Field Placement Ethics Seminar
Domestic Violence Seminar
Legal Ethics in Contemporary Practice
Legal Profession
Practical Ethics: A Simulation Approach

Advanced Topics in Jurisprudence: Civil Rights in American Legal History
History of Political Economy
J.S.D. & LL.M. Legal Scholarship Seminar
Readings in Slavery, History, & Law
Theories of International Law

Advanced Civil Procedure
Appellate Advocacy
Antitrust Investigations & Litigation
Anti-Discrimination Law
Appellate Competition Intensive
Civil Trial Practice
Civil Procedure for LL.M. Students
Complex Civil Litigation
Conflict of Laws
Criminal Trial Practice
Depositions
Evidence
Evidence: Advanced Topics
Federal Courts
Federal District Court Practice
Forensic Evidence in Criminal Trials
McBaine Moot Court Competition
Mediation
Multi-district Litigation: Class Actions & Mass Torts
Negotiations
Patent Litigation I
Patent Litigation II: PTAB & ITC
Pretrial Civil Litigation
Privacy Litigation
Real Estate Transactions & Litigation
Remedies
Trial Competition
9th Circuit Practicum & Seminar

Colloquium on Law & Psychology
Courts, Lawyers & Justice in Film
Critical Race Theory
Mindfulness for Lawyers
Fundamentals of U.S. Law
Implicit Bias
Law & Economics Workshop
Sociology of Law & Organizations

Advanced Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research-Pathfinder
Advanced Legal Writing
Advanced Legal Writing for LL.M.s
Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Competition Intensive
Civil Trial Practice
Criminal Trial Practice
Depositions
Drafting & Negotiating Sports Law Contracts
Drafting Business Contracts
International Business Negotiations
Judicial Externship Seminar
Lawyering as Problem Solving
Legal Research & Writing for LL.M.s
McBaine Moot Court Competition
Mediation
Negotiations
Negotiations Competition Intensive
Oral Advocacy for LL.M.s
Persuasion
Practical Ethics: A Simulation Approach
Practice 99: How to Open Your Own Practice
Pre-trial Civil Litigation
Skills of Exceptional Lawyers
Structural Change in Public Education Seminar and Simulation Course
Transactional Drafting for LL.M. Students
Transactional Drafting
Trial Competition

Administrative Law
Administrative Law for LL.M. Students
Administrative State and Inequality
Advanced Administrative Law
Advanced Constitutional Law: Federalism
Advanced Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers
Anti-Discrimination Law
California Constitutional Law
California Supreme Court Seminar
Civil Rights & Discrimination Law
Colloquium on Law & Psychology
The Constitution in the Early Republic
The Constitution in War Time
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Litigation
Consumer Protection Law
Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law
Courts in a Democracy
Current Topics in Media Law
Education & the Law
Election Law
Federal Courts
Federal Indian Law
First Amendment
Food, Law & Policy
Health Law
Immigration Law
Law & the Social Safety Net
Law of War
Legislation & Statutory Interpretation
Local Government Law
Marijuana Law & Policy
Mental Health & the Law
Policy Advocacy Clinic
Political Economy of Public Law
Positive Constitutional Rights on the Ground
Principles of Administrative Law for LL.M.s
Public Law & Policy Workshop
Race & American Law
Race, Sexuality, & the Law
Secrecy: The Use and Abuse of Information in the Court
Seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court
Sexual Orientation & the Law
Statutory Implementation: Rulemaking in the Student Loan Industry
Strategic Constitution Litigation in Property Rights and Economic Liberty Practicum & Seminar
Supreme Court Seminar
UCDC Law Program
Veterans’ Law Practicum
Where Capitalism Meets Democracy: Election Finance
Whistleblower Law
Workshop on Borders & Belonging

Access to Justice
Advanced Civil Rights
Advanced Topics in Jurisprudence: Civil Rights in American History
Animal Law
Anti-Discrimination Law
Asian Americans & the Law
Business & Human Rights
Business in Society
Colloquium on Law & Psychology
Comparative Equality & Anti-discrimination Law
Constitutional Law
Consumer Bankruptcy Law
Consumer Litigation
Consumer Protection Law
Credit Reporting in the Modern Economy
Crimmigration
Criminal Justice Seminar
Critical Race Theory
Death Penalty Clinic
Debt, Discrimination, & Inequality
Disability Rights
Domestic Violence Law
Domestic Violence Practicum
East Bay Community Law Center Community Law Practice
Education & the Law
Education Law & Policy Practicum Clinic
Election Law
Employment Discrimination
Environmental Law Clinic
Environmental Justice
Financial Management of Non-Profits
First Amendment
Health & Human Rights
How Contracts Really Work
Human Rights Investigations Lab
Immigration Law
Latinos and the Law
Topics in Immigration Law
Implicit Bias
Intellectual Property & Social Justice Seminar
International Human Rights Law Clinic
Intersectionality, Law, & Popular Culture
Labor & Employment Arbitration
Labor Law
Law & Classical Social Theory
Lawyering as Problem Solving
Mental Health & the Law
Mindfulness for Lawyers
Negotiating Emotions and Trauma
New Racial Studies
Positive Constitutional Rights on the Ground
Psychology of Diversity & Discrimination in American Law
Policy Advocacy Clinic
Post-Conviction Remedies
Race & American Law
Race Through Narrative and Storytelling
Race, Sexuality, & the Law
Refugee Law & Processes
Representing Low-Wage Workers
Reproductive Rights & Justice
Restorative Justice
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
School to Prison Pipeline
Sexual Orientation & the Law
Slavery, History & Law
Social Justice Issues in Entertainment & Media Law
Social Justice Writing Seminar
State and Local Impact Litigation Seminar & Practicum
Statutory Implementation: Rulemaking in the Student Loan Industry
Structural Change in Public Education Seminar & Simulation Course
Student Loan Law
Surveillance Law & Technology
Transitional Justice
UN Human Rights Practice Course
Wealth Inequality & the Law
Workshop on Citizenship & Immigration

Corporate Income Tax
Estates & Trusts
Income Tax I
International Tax Law
Partnership Tax
Tax Policy Seminar
Taxation of Modern Financial Products

Disability Rights
Employee Benefits Law
Employment Discrimination
Employment Law
Labor & Employment Arbitration
Labor Law
Representing Low-wage Workers
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & the Law
Whistleblower Law

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