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.
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.
Students may pursue more than one concentration. Required courses in concentrations may overlap and may count toward each concentration. When a required or elective course in one concentration is the same as an elective course in another concentration, a different elective course must be taken from those available in the second concentration. If you need assistance developing a plan to complete your concentration(s), please contact Christine Malone, Director, Student Academic Affairs, for assistance.
At George Mason School of Law, we offer concentrations in the following legal subject areas:
- Antitrust Law Concentration
- Communications Law Concentration
- Corporate and Securities Law Concentration
- Criminal Law Concentration
- Homeland and National Security Law Concentration
- Immigration Law Concentration
- Intellectual Property Law Concentration
- International Business Law Concentration
- Legal and Economic Theory Concentration
- Litigation Law Concentration
- Personal Law Concentration
- Regulatory Law Concentration
- Tax Law Concentration
- Technology Law Concentration
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:
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
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
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