Courses

The hybrid option students study exclusively with other LL.M. students. They complete several mandatory courses, 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 or to meet the educational 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. In-residence summer courses are each 1-3 weeks in duration and students complete on average 1-2 courses every 3 weeks. The summer term is divided into 4 quarters, each 3-weeks in duration.

Core (Mandatory) Curriculum

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

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 3-credit 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 and Writing (IN-RESIDENCE, SUMMER SEMESTER, 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. Introduction to Intellectual Property (ONLINE, SPRING SEMESTER, 8 WEEKS)

This 3-credit course introduces students to the main features of modern intellectual property law in the United States and provides a gateway to Boalt’s Law and Technology program. It covers federal patent, copyright, and trademark law along with trade secrets and other forms of state law protection. The course also considers important policy arguments that are commonly used to explain or criticize existing doctrine.

4. Advanced Topic in Business and IP Law (ONLINE, FALL SEMESTER, 4 WEEKS)

Students complete a short course (1 credit) in an advanced, cutting-edge issue of business and IP law. Startup Fundamentals: FORM+FUND covers the basic legal, financial, and organizational issues that founders face as they start and scale a business, with a specific focus on businesses seeking venture capital. The course provides an overview of these issues from the perspective of the entrepreneur. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared to identify issues pertinent to startup clients, including issues related to entity formation, maintaining a financially healthy startup, creating an intellectual property strategy, policies on data privacy, and the critical skills related to raising capital and fundraising.

5. Capstone Writing Project (ONLINE, FALL SEMESTER)

The 1-credit capstone project will consist of a 20-page capstone paper that will represent a synthesis of a number of legal issues that students have learned during their studies. The capstone project will require students to tie together and analyze at least two distinct areas of law, and it will be reviewed by two faculty members.

Elective Curriculum (IN-RESIDENCE, SUMMER TERM)

During their summer semester in Berkeley, students enrolled in the LL.M. hybrid option may customize their studies with elective courses.

View available elective courses* at the 2018 Schedule of Classes

*This list is subject to change. Students enrolled in the LL.M. hybrid option may only take summer term law classes.