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McGeorge has three dual degree programs, in which – with advance approval – graduate credit earned in one program is accepted toward the degree from the other program. The three programs include: J.D./ M.B.A., J.D./M.P.P., and J.D./M.P.A.


Students must be admitted separately to the McGeorge School of Law JD Program and to the school that will confer the Master’s degree. Admittance to McGeorge’s J.D. Program does not guarantee admission into other degree programs, even those housed within the McGeorge School of Law.


Students who want to pursue a joint degree should consult with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs regarding their planned course of study. You can schedule an appointment by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at or 916.739.7089.

Transfer of Credit

To be accepted by McGeorge as elective credit toward the JD unit requirements, the credit (1) must be for graduate level courses, and (2) must have been earned concurrently between initial matriculation and graduation from McGeorge.

J.D./M.B.A. Programs

We offer dual J.D./M.B.A. program with the University of the Pacific, Eberhardt School of Business. McGeorge will accept up to 12 units of graduate credit earned at University of the Pacific; University of the Pacific accepts up to 12 units of law school credit toward the MBA.

J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./M.P.A. Opportunity Students may pursue both a JD and a Master of Public Policy Degree (M.P.P.) in the full-time day division, or a JD and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in the part-time evening division. This option reduces by a year the total time taken to complete both degrees separately. Students apply to each program separately and in the first year, only Law courses are taken. Speak with counselors of both programs to learn more.

McGeorge School of Law Prepares Competent Professionals

Learn By Doing

Our strong experiential curriculum sets us apart. From day one, students are deeply engaged in analyzing, reflecting, giving and receiving feedback, and learning through hands-on experience. Each JD student participates in an Externship or Legal Clinic, plus there are Mock Trial and Moot Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Teams, a law journal, and numerous simulation and practicum courses where students learn by doing. LL.M. and M.S.L. students opportunities to participate in a variety of experiential program, such as preparing election information guides. “Capital Lawyering” courses include authoring proposed legislation and advancing it through the  California Assembly and Senate, with some student initiated bills being enacted and signed by the governor. Each M.P.P. student completes both a semester long externship and a summer internship. Similar experiences are arranged for interested M.P.A. students.

Real-World Curriculum

In recent years we have developed a wide variety of real-world electives in which our students are immersed in professional settings with active hands-on methods of instruction to enable the integration of traditional academic materials with professional skills. For example, J.D. students are involved in projects requiring them to engage in client problem-solving and exercise professional judgment, as lawyers do in practice. Fact-gathering, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, policy analysis, oral advocacy, and persuasive legal writing are some of the many skills students hone in these innovative practice-focused electives. M.P.P. and M.P.A. classes emphasize professional work products of a wide variety, including presentations as well as written work products.

The Right Fit

Each student can customize the J.D. Degree to fit his or her needs. The choices include Concentrations in Business, Capital Lawyering, Environmental, Health, Intellectual Property, International Law, Tax, and Trial & Appellate Advocacy.  M.P.P.A. Dual Degree Programs, opportunities for International Study, the Fast Track Water Law J.D./LL.M. Program, and our broad array of electives and experiential opportunities.

LL.M. and M.S.L. students may select among courses to meet their particular aspirations. A LL.M. student seeking admission to the bar is likely to take different courses from one who does not have that plan, for example. M.S.L. students have great flexibility to choose among LAW courses and may also take one or more PUB course offered in the M.P.P. and M.P.A. programs.

An area of concentration is required for M.P.P. students and optional for M.P.A. students. The areas of concentration include Water Policy, Health Policy, Policy Change & Institutional Reform, Sustainability Policy and more. These concentrations typically include one or more LAW courses in addition to PUB courses among the three or four courses required for a concentration.

Whichever course of study chosen, our student-focused faculty shares commitment to professional success of students. A campus environment of support and cooperation encourages collegiality, and graduates of our programs are well-equipped to continue learning from experience as they build their careers.


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