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Course Details

McGeorge’s online Master of Science in Law, Government Law & Policy degree is designed for professionals whose career or educational objectives benefit from knowledge of law and policy relevant to legislatures, agencies, elections, lobbying, and other core aspects of regulatory and lawmaking environments, but who do not require a law degree to achieve their objectives. Built on the foundation of McGeorge’s nationally-ranked program in public law and its renowned Capital Center for Law & Policy, this Master’s degree is useful for local, state, and federal agency employees, lobbyists, legislative staff, and others who seek to enhance their skills in governance and public service.

McGeorge’s Master of Government Law & Policy degree is earned through part-time enrollment in online courses, requiring a total of 26 units over approximately two years.

The Master of Science in Law, Government Law & Policy is comprised of both required and elective courses.


  • Introduction to Legal Analysis
  • Analytical Skills (Contracts)
  • Legislatures & Lawmaking
  • The Executive Branch & The Administrative State
  • Government Law & Policymaking
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Persuasive Public Speaking


  • Election Law
  • Lobbying & Politics
  • Negotiations
  • Environmental Law
  • Water Resources Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • International Water Resources Law
  • Directed Research in Government Law & Policy
  • Master’s Thesis in Government Law & Policy

The McGeorge Online Graduate Programs are taught and led by our distinguished faculty and program team:


  • Professor Robert Binning
  • Professor Karrigan Bork
  • Professor Adrienne Brungess
  • Professor Jennifer Harder
  • Professor Jay Leach
  • Professor Steve McCaffrey
  • Professor Chris Micheli
  • Professor Mary-Beth Moylan
  • Professor Rachael Salcido


  • Clemence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs & Adjunct Law Faculty
  • Kirsten Livingston, Assistant Director of Online Graduate Admissions
  • Mary Econome, Coordinator, Graduate & International Programs


Master of Science in Law, Government Law & Policy Concentration


The Government Law & Policy concentration is earned through part-time, fully online courses requiring a total of 26 units over approximately two years. Students typically enroll in two three-unit courses each semester. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long. Summer courses, when offered, run on a four-week semester. One summer course will provide students the option to visit the McGeorge campus over a long weekend in Sacramento, the capital city of California.

Just as with in-person courses, online students interact with their professors and classmates for an average of one hour per week and read/study for an additional two hours per week, for every credit unit awarded. In most courses, students will complete their assignments on a weekly "asynchronous" basis, meaning that students do not need to be online at the same time. This allows students flexibility to schedule their coursework around other commitments. From time to time, a course may require or offer optional "live sessions", which will be announced at the beginning of the semester to allow for proper planning.

*Subject to WSCUC approval and ABA acquiescence.