LL.M. Specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy

Specialization Requirements:

To be awarded the specialization in the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, students must obtain a B- (2.7) grade average in courses taken for this specialization. A minimum of four courses is required to earn the specialization. Visit our Course List for detailed description of the courses listed below. Prospective students should bear in mind that, due to curriculum scheduling and faculty availability, not every listed class is offered every year. This is most often true in the case of seminar courses. A sufficient number of courses will be available to enable students who choose to pursue this specialization to satisfy the requirements listed below.

Required Core Course:

    • 541.     Seminar: Problem Solving in the Public Interest
      (Note: LL.M. students will be enrolled in graded independent study units for this course.)

Elective Courses (A Minimum of One Course from Each Category Is Required):

Category 1: Substantive Law and Advocacy Sites

This requirement is designed to familiarize Epstein Program students with a doctrinal area of law relevant to their chosen public interest career goals, as well as the sites at which this area of law is practiced. To satisfy the Category 1 requirement, a student must take either a substantive law or advocacy sites course.

Substantive Law

These courses are designed to familiarize Epstein Program students with a doctrinal area of law relevant to their chosen public interest career goals. For example, a student interested in pursuing a career in prison reform could choose Prison Law and Policy; a student who desires to become a legal services attorney specializing in domestic relations would likely take Family Law; and a student interested in community economic development might choose to take Business Associations.

  • 201.     Constitutional Law II
  • 202.     Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • 211.     Evidence
  • 212.     Federal Courts
  • 216.     Administrative Law
  • 220.     Introduction to Federal Income Taxation
  • 230.     Business Associations
  • 260.     Labor Law I
  • 267.     Federal Indian Law
  • 270.     Public International Law
  • 273.     International Human Rights Law
  • 282.     Education and the Law
  • 286.     Land Use
  • 290.     Environmental Law and Policy
  • 293.     Public Natural Resources Law
  • 295.     Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • 298.     International Criminal Law
  • 317.     Family Law
  • 326.     Health Law and Policy
  • 331.     Immigration Law
  • 348.     European Union Law
  • 350.     Energy Law
  • 363.     Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • 370.     International Finance
  • 383.     Political Asylum and Refugee Law
  • 389.     Prison Law and Policy
  • 438.     International Environmental Law
  • 440.     Introduction to Food Law and Policy
  • 441.     Elder Law
  • 443.     Comparative Environmental Law
  • 692.     Seminar: Water Law
Advocacy Sites

These courses are designed to expose Epstein Program students to the decision-making institutions where advocacy takes place. For example, a student interested in becoming a public defender might take Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement; a student pursuing women's rights advocacy could take Human Rights and Sexual Politics; a student dedicated to immigrant rights work could take Immigration Court Practice.

  • 204.     Arbitration Law
  • 269.     National Security Law
  • 271.     International Business Transactions
  • 272.     International Trade Law
  • 279.     Empirical Legal Studies: Theory and Method
  • 321.     Legislation and Regulation
  • 361.     Environmental Policy and Politics
  • 363.     Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • 367.     Law and Terrorism
  • 369.     Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement
  • 370.     International Finance
  • 376.     Law and Dissent
  • 380.     State and Local Taxation
  • 416.     The Supreme Court of the United States
  • 420.     Statutory Interpretation
  • 431.     Immigration Court Practice
  • 438.     International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 443.     International Environmental Law
  • 513.     Seminar: Topics in California Environmental Law
  • 528.     Seminar: Tribal Legal Systems
  • 548.     Seminar: Legal Analysis
  • 560.     Seminar: Regulation of the Firm
  • 584.     Seminar: Human Rights and Sexual Politics
  • 591.     Seminar: Climate and Energy Law and Policy
  • 640.     Seminar: Higher Education: Law and Policy
  • 646.     Seminar: Nonprofit Law Clinic: Advanced Research and Drafting
  • 657.     Seminar: Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court
  • 671.     Seminar: Comparative Education: Law and Policy
  • 693.     Seminar: Companies, Food Systems and Public Health
  • 694.     Seminar: Disaster Law and Climate Risks

Category 2: Inequality

This course requirement is designed to expose Epstein Program students to the relationship between law and systems of power. These courses aim to explore the fundamental social, political, and economic issues that public interest lawyers confront and seek to change. Some courses in this category address a specific form or forms of group differentiation (such as race, gender, disability, sexuality, or tribal membership), while others address issues of economic equality that are implicated in most all areas of public interest practice. Finally, some courses address multiple forms of inequality in a single context (such as employment or criminal punishment). Although only one course in this category is required to earn the specialization, Epstein Program students are strongly encouraged to take more than one course in this category.

  • 214.     Civil Rights
  • 263.     Employment Discrimination Law
  • 266.     Critical Race Theory
  • 316.     Disability Law
  • 318.     Law and Sexuality
  • 325.     Public Benefits Law and Antipoverty Policy
  • 329.     Women and the Law
  • 448.     Re-entry, Work and Race
  • 507.     Seminar: Labor Law and Social Policy
  • 592.     Seminar: Sexual Orientation Workshop
  • 608.     Seminar: Intersection of  Law, Health, and Public Policy
  • 619.     Seminar: Environmental Justice
  • 624.     Seminar: Legal Philosophy--Feminist Contributions
  • 625.     Seminar: Community Lawyering & Low Wage Worker Organizing
  • 637.     Seminar: Good (Native) Governance
  • 645.     Seminar: Race Conscious Remedies
  • 653.     Seminar: Advanced Critical Race Theory
  • 655.     Seminar: Feminist Legal Theory
  • 660.     Seminar: Cities in Distress
  • 668.     Seminar: The 8th Amendment Prohibition on Cruel and Unusual Punishment
  • 672.     Seminar: HIV/AIDS Law and Public Policy
  • 673.     Seminar: Race, Law, and Representation
  • 674.     Seminar: Trafficking in Human Beings: Law and Policy
  • 950.     Homelessness and Property

Category 3: Applied Advocacy

This course requirement is intended to provide Epstein Program students with hands-on training in public interest advocacy. In these advanced courses, students are exposed to simulated and real world opportunities to integrate their knowledge of law, procedure, and advocacy techniques to advocate on behalf of an individual or group client on a social justice issue. For example, a student interested in a career in international human rights could take the International Human Rights Clinic or the Asylum Clinic. A student planning a career in children’s rights might choose the Youth and Justice Clinic or the Education Law Clinic.

    • 700.     Clinical: Pretrial Civil Litigation
    • 702.     Clinical: Deposition and Discovery in Complex Litigation
    • 705.     Clinical: Cappello Trial Advocacy Clinic
    • 708.     Clinical: Civil Rights Litigation and Police Accountability
    • 711.     Clinical: Pretrial Civil Litigation
    • 712.     Clinical: Street Law – American Legal Education
    • 713.     Clinical: Interviewing and Counseling: HIV
    • 715.     Clinical: Criminal Defense
    • 717.     Clinical: International Human Rights
    • 719.     Clinical: Frank G. Wells Environmental Law
    • 720.     Clinical: Criminal Trial Advocacy
    • 721.     Clinical: Real Estate Law
    • 724.     Clinical: First Amendment Amicus Brief
    • 725.     Clinical: Supreme Court
    • 726.     Clinical: Appellate Advocacy
    • 727.     Clinical: Supreme Court Simulation
    • 728.     Clinical: Tribal Legal Development
    • 730.     Clinical: Veterans Benefits
    • 731.     Clinical: Education Law Clinic
    • 735.     Clinical: Asylum
    • 739.     Clinical: Community Economic Development
    • 742.     Clinical: Regulatory Lawyering
    • 744.     Clinical: Mergers and Acquisition Transaction Planning
    • 750.     Clinical: Youth & Justice
    • 754.     Clinical: Criminal Justice Reform
    • 771.     Clinical: Sentencing Advocacy
    • 773.     Clinical: Immigrant Rights’ Policy
    • 783.     Clinical: Family Law Practice: A Non-Litigation Approach
    • 801.     Part-Time Agency Externship
    • 924.     Criminal Pretrial Motions: Advanced Legal Writing
    • 934.     California Prison to Parole
    • 972.     Negotiation Theory and Practice

Writing Requirement:

Students may satisfy the writing requirement for this specialization by writing the faculty-supervised graded paper required for Problem Solving in the Public Interest (Law 541).