McGeorge’s distinctive, two-year Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) legal writing program — ranked #13 by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 — is designed to be an intensive, immersive experience in research, writing, and oral advocacy and ensure that the law school produces skilled, practice-ready graduates. McGeorge graduates frequently cite their legal writing instruction and the McGeorge faculty who teach GLS as critical factors to their success in practice.
The next logical step and the best way to leverage these strengths would be the creation of an online, global LLM program in Legal Writing. Like the envisioned online LLM in Water Law, to create a successful online LLM Degree in Legal Writing, the law school will need two years’ worth of start-up funding to cover the costs of creating the courses and marketing the program to the global audience, roughly $400,000.
The key barrier to the continued success of these programs are the costs of retaining the law school’s excellent mock trial and moot court coaches and having sufficient funding for team travel and lodging.