Curriculum

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:

 

Mandatory Introduction Course On the UCI Campus

P200- Introduction to Legal and Forensic Psychology (4 units) - Though the majority of the program is online, students are required to take a mandatory 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 in mid September, prior to the start of fall quarter. For Fall 2019, this course is scheduled for Sunday (evening) September 8th - Friday, September 13th, 2019.

Year 1 Coursework

Fall Quarter

  • P202- Quantitative Methods (4 units)
  • P215- Psychology & Law (4 units)

Winter Quarter

  • P208- Research Methods (4 units)
  • P224- One elective course (4 units)

Spring Quarter

  • P222- Forensic Assessment (4 units)
  • P242 -Legal Reasoning (4 units)

Year 2 Coursework

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):

  • 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
  • Family Law

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.