University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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McGeorge Law's location in Sacramento — California's capital  city— allows students to participate in a host of government-related externships and clinical work. That has helped make it a significant draw when it comes to students who want to work in government or related fields. 

The school received a high marks — an A- — for practical training, in preLaw magazine's most recent ranking. The school 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.  “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.

Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
2/1, 4/1
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Financial Aid Deadline: 


75th Percentile1563.60
25th Percentile1483.07
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$34,110$34,110
Living Expenses
Median grant$16850
Percent receiving grants96.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 80.60%
NJ Employment63.7
Bar Passage51.30%
Academic Profile
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