Our Academic Year Program + Research.
Simply put, the LL.M. thesis track is our traditional track with a twist – of research. Thesis track is designed for those who want the LL.M. degree but know they want to devote a significant portion of their time to a substantial research and writing project – a thesis – supervised by a tenured faculty member. It is appropriate for students considering academic or government careers in their home countries, those interested in researching a particular subject in depth, and/or those who’d like to work closely with a particular faculty member.
Thesis track students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that take place during the standard academic year, such as Berkeley Law Centers and Clinics, Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, journals, and field placements. In addition to earning the degree, students seeking in-depth training in a particular area of law may earn a Certificate of Specialization.