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University of the Pacific, Mcgeorge School of Law

It's true - not all legal educations are created equal, and no two law students are alike. Like you, we strive to offer something unique to the study and practice of law. Beyond our world-class J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. programs taught by practiced faculty, our curriculum further brings the law to life through experiential learning opportunities, international studies and specializations. By taking the proverbial classroom for a spin, you'll benefit from hands-on practice through law reviews, clinics, internships, competition teams, skills classes, work study and much more. And, unlike many law schools across the nation, we offer uncommon flexibility, academic support and scheduling options to help you realize your goals - year-round, day and evening, extended term and beyond - to fit the variety of our students' lifestyle needs. The first step is asking yourself what kind of lawyer you'll be. The next is to check out our academic program overviews to learn more!

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 821
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.97 - 3.56
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 67.77%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.2%
In State Tuition $43,045

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Overview

About University of the Pacific, Mcgeorge School of Law

It's true - not all legal educations are created equal, and no two law students are alike. Like you, we strive to offer something unique to the study and practice of law. Beyond our world-class J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. programs taught by practiced faculty, our curriculum further brings the law to life through experiential learning opportunities, international studies and specializations. By taking the proverbial classroom for a spin, you'll benefit from hands-on practice through law reviews, clinics, internships, competition teams, skills classes, work study and much more. And, unlike many law schools across the nation, we offer uncommon flexibility, academic support and scheduling options to help you realize your goals - year-round, day and evening, extended term and beyond - to fit the variety of our students' lifestyle needs. The first step is asking yourself what kind of lawyer you'll be. The next is to check out our academic program overviews to learn more!

Reviews

Located in the state capital of Sacramento, McGeorge School of Law’s proximity to the courts understandably leads to an emphasis on lawyering skills and the reality of legal practice. The unique locale also offers “amazing access to California state government opportunities,” and its status as the “largest law school campus in the world” (resting on 13 acres) is made even more resounding by the fact that the campus is entirely devoted to the law school. “No MBA students, undergrad, or the like—everyone here is either going through what you are or can help in some way,” says a 1L. Most here say that McGeorge's great strength is its “awesome professors.” “Very few of them are the dry, stuffy professors you expect to have in law school”; instead, they're “witty, friendly, very accessible, and sociable.” “It's refreshing to see that they don't take themselves too seriously. Law school is just that much more fun when a professor is will­ing to show up to class wearing a twisted-balloon bow tie,” says a student. They “are always willing to meet and talk with a student” and also “great about not only attending school sponsored events but also show up to unofficial events.” For the most part, the “strong trial advocacy programs” and comprehensive curriculum “is well tailored to the student body,” and professors “want more than anything for us students to become that knowledgeable and quick.”Another strength is the faculty scholarship. “I am constantly recommending to friends at other law schools supplements that were authored by Pacific McGeorge faculty simply because they are the best supplements,” says a second year. Administration is as acces­sible as the faculty, and “the Dean herself is holding a resume review session to give individuals advice on their resumes.” The writing program could use some work to become more flexible, according to some, because “although the program sounds good on paper, it fails to achieve its goals because of the way it is implemented.” The global lawyering skills (GLS) program “emphasizes legal writing and oral argument, which is essential for becoming a skilled lawyer”; while it is not without its merits, many agree that it “takes up too many credit hours,” and “the idea that it is known in the region is not, in all likelihood, a function of its success.”Classrooms are “nice and clean,” and a renovation of the library has been completed: it is “large, aesthetic,” and “gorgeous,” making it “a good place to study.” The library staff goes “above and beyond the call of duty in locating difficult-to-find sources.” Job placements “could be much better,” however, and students agree that a better reputation would help out greatly. “Your degree is only worth what job it gets you,” says one. Luckily, for those remaining in the area, “the school faces little competition from other schools,” and alumni “are always anxious to help out students.” Some wish the bar pas­sage rates would go up, and agree that “it would be helpful if we were specifically told which electives we should take that would increase our chances of passing the bar.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 319

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 7

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 2

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MPPA, JD/MA or MS upon approval (all concurrent degrees are planned for 4 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 80
Full-Time Faculty 44
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 25
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 69%
Multi-racial 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,045 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,738 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $52,783 $43,045

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,738 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $9,738 N/A

Financial Aid

96% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$65,478 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of the Pacific, Mcgeorge School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 150 - 156
LSAT Total 152 - 159

University of the Pacific, Mcgeorge School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.99 - 3.59
Part-Time 2.91 - 3.46
Total 2.97 - 3.56

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Foreign Academic Background

Optional: Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 93%
First Time Pass Rate 68%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 48
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80%
Average Starting Salary $65,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 62 26%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 1%
Business Industry 30 13%
Government 58 24%
Public Interest 26 11%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 7 3%
Academia 7 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 56 18%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 2%
NV 4%
CA 87%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of the Pacific, Mcgeorge School of Law include:

  • Consuelo M. Callahan - U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Johnnie Rawlinson - U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Steve Martini - Novelist
  • Bill Lockyer - Attorney General/CA Gvt
  • Scott Boras - Sports Agent/Baseball

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