University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is the only law school in Sacramento, the state capital. and that has helped it to establish a leadership position in government and other areas of law. 

Its central location also allows students to participate in externships and clinical work throughout the capital which has helped make it one of the best schools in the nation for students who want to work in government.

The school receives high marks for practical training, ranking second in California. It provides a strong mix of simulation courses, clinics and externship options.

The law school adopted an Advanced Lawyering Curriculum that integrates experiential learning into doctrinal, bar-tested subjects and requires completion of 11 units in clinical or externships, experiential and practicum courses prior to graduation. It also requires four semesters of legal writing, double what most schools require.

The school guarantees each student a judge or practitioner as a mentor. Students shadow their mentor for five hours, receive feedback on their resume, and get two hours of networking. 

“Networking is a really big deal,” said Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz. “Some cities are too big, but in Sacramento the lawyers all know each other.”

McGeorge’s commitment to producing practice-ready students further shows with its Global Lawyering Skills program. The program teaches intensive legal writing. It’s required for all students and adds to the regular curriculum with more simulations and hands-on, real-world experience.

McGeorge starts the first semester with a week focused on law school success skills.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law is well known for its Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, which is ranked 5th amongst other programs in the nation.

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75th Percentile1553.44
25th Percentile1492.95
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$33,020$33,020
Living Expenses
Median grant$18627
Percent receiving grants98.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 80.60%
NJ Employment63.66
Bar Passage62.20%
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