Students in the hybrid option complete mandatory degree requirements in Fundamentals of U.S. Law, Legal Research & Writing, and a capstone project. Students may customize their studies with elective coursework, both online and on-campus. With careful planning, students have the option to earn a certificate of specialization in Law & Technology or Business Law, and/or focus their studies to meet the requirements to become eligible to register for the California Bar Examination.

Course Format

All courses in the hybrid option are rigorous, fast-paced and intensive. Online courses vary from 4-8 weeks in duration. Learn more about the online course format here. On-campus summer semester courses vary from 1-3 weeks in duration and students complete on average 1-2 courses every 3 weeks. The summer semester is divided into 4 quarters, each 3 weeks in duration.

Degree Requirements

The following courses are required for the LL.M. hybrid option degree:

1. Fundamentals of U.S. Law (ONLINE, SPRING SEMESTER, 3-UNITS, 8 WEEKS)

Fundamentals of U.S. Law introduces foreign law students to the fundamental principles of the American legal system and the common-law method of case analysis. In this course, students will focus on crucial doctrines that underpin American governance, including federalism and separation of powers. Students will also study the structure of the U.S. court system, the sources of U.S. law, the lawyer’s role in the system, and the culture of the law in this country. The course will introduce students to techniques associated with the common law, particularly the close reading of legal opinions in the context of prior precedent as well as organization of legal analysis. Throughout the course, students will practice skills that will help them succeed in law school, on the bar examination, and in practice.

2. Legal Research & Writing (ON-CAMPUS, SUMMER SEMESTER, 2-UNITS, 8 WEEKS)

In this 2-credit 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 (ONLINE, FALL SEMESTER, 1-UNIT)

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 Course Options: On-Campus

View all summer semester courses at the 2020 Schedule of Classes*

*Elective course offerings are subject to change. Students enrolled in the LL.M. hybrid option may only take on-campus law courses during the summer semester.


Elective Course Options: Online

LL.M. hybrid option students may choose from the following online course electives offered in the spring and fall semesters of the program:


Introduction to Intellectual Property (8 weeks, 3 units)*
Business Associations (8 weeks, 3 units)*

*These courses run concurrently; students can only choose one.


Form + Fund: VC University (4 weeks, 2 units)
Fundamentals of Corporate Sustainability (5 weeks, 2 units)

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