Course Details

The Water & Environmental Law concentration provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that are critical in today's complex regulatory environment. Built on the foundation of McGeorge's world-class Water & Environmental Law Program, the master course of study facilitates interdisciplinary excellence within government, non-profit, and private enterprise.

This degree is earned through fully online courses taken on a part time, flexible basis over approximately two years.

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


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


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

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


  • Professor Robert Binning
  • 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, Water & Environmental Law Concentration


The Water & Environmental Law 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.