The Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology Program at UC Irvine is a two-year professional degree program. Students are required to complete 52 credits of graduate courses. Preceding the first fall quarter of instruction, students will attend a one-week, mandatory in-residence course. During each of the two following academic years, students will complete 6 online courses. Each quarter consists of 2 online courses. A sample schedule for the first summer and first academic year is provided below:

Though majority of the program is online, students are required to take an introductory course on the UCI campus at the beginning of their course of study — "Introduction to Legal and Forensic Psychology." This accelerated 5-day introductory course is normally scheduled during the first week of September, prior to the start of fall quarter. For Fall 2017, this course is scheduled for Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15th, 2017.

First Year

  • Fall Quarter
    • P200- Introduction to Legal and Forensic Psychology (4 units) [course to be offered in an accelerated intensive format, on campus 5 days]
    • P202- Quantitative Methods (4 units)
    • P215- Psychology & Law (4 units)
  • Winter Quarter
    • P208- Research Methods (4 units)
    • P224- Children and the Law (4 units)
  • Spring Quarter
    • P222- Forensic Assessment (4 units)
    • P242 -Legal Reasoning (4 units)

Second Year

  • Fall Quarter
    • One elective course (4 units)
    • One elective course (4 units)
  • Winter Quarter
    • Capstone Requirement  (4 units)
    • One elective course (4 units)
  • Spring Quarter
    • One elective course (4 units)
    • One elective course (4 units)

Example Electives (please note that Electives are subject to change):

  • Eyewitness Testimony 
  • Children and the Law
  • Violence and Psychopathology
  • Race and the Law
  • Legal and Social Responses to Domestic Violence
  • Law and Behavior: Compliance and Enforcement
  • Memory and the Law
  • Mental Health and the Law
  • Clinical Interviewing and Treatment

Capstone Course
In lieu of a thesis, students are required to take a capstone course in the winter quarter of the second year of study. Students will be required to write an independent term paper as the culmination of their coursework in the program. Students will demonstrate how the knowledge and skills learned in this program can be applied to a research project. Students may select a topic of their choice that is relevant to legal and forensic psychology, and write a paper that shows originality and thoroughness in the conception and systematic treatment of the topic.  The final paper must be evaluated and approved by a committee of at least two faculty members (one of whom is independent of your advising committee).  These two faculty members must have a primary or secondary affiliation with the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior or Criminology, Law, and Society and one must be a core member of Center for Psychology & Law.