JD Tracks and Concentrations

For students who wish to develop some expertise in a particular substantive area, but who also seek flexibility in terms of taking electives in a broad range of other areas, we offer specialized concentration programs. The concentration programs offer flexibility in students' choices of electives. There is no thesis requirement in any of the concentration programs.

George Mason law students also enjoy a unique opportunity to specialize and focus their legal studies in a particular area of law through our specialty track programs. Our specialty tracks offer students the kind of sophisticated understanding of particular practice areas usually gained only after years of practice or through advanced legal study.

In addition, George Mason's curriculum offers twenty courses in intellectual property law and over two dozen courses in the area of law & economics.

Law Concentrations

For students who wish to develop some expertise in a particular substantive area, but who also seek flexibility in terms of taking electives in a broad range of areas, we offer specialized concentration programs. There is no thesis requirement in any of the concentration programs.

Although students make take more than one concentration, students cannot use the requirements of one concentration to fulfill the requirements of another.

At George Mason School of Law, we offer concentrations in the following legal subject areas:

Law Tracks

For students who wish to develop a greater degree of specialization in a particular substantive area, we offer specialized track programs in the following subject areas:

Litigation Law Track

This track is designed to prepare students academically and practically for litigation practice or other careers relating to dispute resolution. The specialized track courses focus on the processes of dispute resolution and lawyers’ roles from an analytical perspective, as well as on practical advocacy skills.

Coordinator: Parker, Jeffrey

Patent Law Track

This track is designed for students who intend to practice in the specialized field of patent law. Approximately twenty percent of the 89 credit hours required for graduation must be in patent law courses. The remaining eighty percent of the credit hours are in courses outside patent law; however, many patent track students will pursue related courses in copyright and trademark law.

Coordinator: Kunin, Stephen

Regulatory Law Track

This track is prepares students for practice in and before the numerous agencies that regulate business and other activities. Approximately one-third of the credits required for graduation must be in regulatory law courses.

Coordinator: Muris, Timothy