LL.M. executive track students study exclusively with other LL.M. students. They complete mandatory courses in Fundamentals of U.S. Law and Legal Research and Writing, and then may customize their studies by choosing from a curated subset of Berkeley Law’s most popular courses. Students may focus their studies to earn a Certificate of Specialization and/or to meet the educational requirements to become eligible to register for the California Bar Examination.

Course Format

Courses in the executive track are intensive; most are between 3-7 weeks in duration, followed immediately by a final exam. Because of the intensive format, students complete on average 1-2 courses every few weeks. 


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. Capstone Writing Project (SPRING-START OPTION A ONLY)

During this 1-unit online workshop, 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.


Elective Curriculum

Selected upcoming summer term courses, below. Actual course availability is subject to change.


Business Law

Law & Technology

Fundamentals of U.S. Law

Business Associations

Intellectual Property Law

Legal Research & Writing

Antitrust Law

Copyright Law


Business + Human Rights


Civil Procedure

Corporate Finance

Information Privacy Law

Constitutional Law

Drafting Transactional Documents

Patent Law


Energy Project Finance

Trademark Law


International Business Negotiations

Video Game Law

International Arbitration

International Business Transactions

Wine Law

Legal Ethics

Mergers & Acquisitions

Blockchain for Lawyers


Securities Regulation


Renewable Energy Law

Venture Capital




View available elective courses at the 2020 Schedule of Classes

*This list is subject to change. Students enrolled in the LL.M. executive track may only take classes during the program terms indicated on their application. 

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