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. Detailed course descriptions are linked in the listings 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Course # Course Name
700 700 Clinical: Pretrial Civil Litigation*
702 Clinical: Deposition and Discovery in Complex Litigation*
705 Clinical: Cappello Trial Advocacy Clinic*
707 Clinical: Mediation
708 Clinical: Civil Rights Litigation and Police Accountability*
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*
724 Clinical: First Amendment Amicus Brief*
725 Clinical: Supreme Court*
727 Clinical: Supreme Court Simulation*
728 Clinical: Tribal Legal Development*
730 Clinical: Veterans Justice Clinic: Poverty, Homelessness & Criminalization*
735 Clinical: Asylum*
739 Clinical: Community Economic Development*
742 Clinical: Regulatory Lawyering*
750 Clinical: Youth & Justice*
769 Documentary Film Legal Clinic
773 Clinical: Immigrant Rights’ Policy*
775 Food Law and Policy Clinic
778 Dog Adjudication Clinic
781 Clinical: State Appellate Practice
783 Clinical: Family Law Practice: A Non-Litigation Approach*
792 Immigrant Family Legal Clinic Design
795 Clinical: Advanced Trial Advocacy: Using Real-World Jury Trials to Master Trial Techniques
801 Part-Time Agency Externship
805 Criminal Law Externship
806 Judicial Externship
807 Public Interest Lawyering Externship
808 Government/Civil Practice Externship
830 Bond Advocacy
835 Pay or Stay: An Exploration of the Bail System in America
841 Client-Centered Elder Law
850A/B Advanced Judicial Process - Judicial Externship
851A/B Agency Externships
852A/B Externship: UC in DC
927 International Human Rights Clinic
938A/B Administrative Law in Practice: Dangerous and Nuisance Dog Regulation in Los Angeles
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).