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DAY DIVISION

The focus of the first year is on building a solid foundation in the theory of law and mastering legal research and writing. All first-year students have a small-group classroom experience in Global Lawyering Skills I, which provides the opportunity to work intensively with a professor on analytical and advocacy skills. First-year students also take a spring Legal Profession class where they begin to shape their professional identity and bring their professional goals into focus. In the fall semester, a skills covers topics such as case briefing, note taking, outlining, and writing law school exams. This Analytical Skills Course is fully integrated with a substantive course, such asTorts or Contracts. Those students whose fall exam scores suggest that they would benefit from additional academic support are enrolled in Principles of Legal Analysis I in the spring semester.

First Year Required Courses
LAW 100Skills Lab- Torts1
LAW 104Legal Profession1
LAW 105Civil Procedure4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 122Global Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 125Property4
LAW 131Torts4
LAW 202Principles of Legal Analysis I1
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
Second Year
LAW 163Constitutional Law4
LAW 174Evidence4
LAW 182Global Lawyering Skills II2
Second or Third Year
LAW 185Professional Responsibility2
Select 3 units of Experiential Curriculum from the following:
Elder & Health Law Clinic
Administrative Adjudication Clinic
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic
Small Business Law Clinic
Immigration Clinic
Federal Defender Clinic
Bankruptcy Clinic
Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic
Externship
Externship - Judicial
Externship - Seminar
Externship - Semester in Practice
Select 8 units of Simulation and Practicum courses:
Evidence (ITAP)
Local Agency Practice
Business Planning
Entrepreneurial Management
The Business of Lawyering
Water Environmental Law Practice B
Water Environmental Law Practice A
Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal
Federal Income Taxation
Art of Plea Bargaining
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations
Employment Law
Family Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
California Lobbying & Politics
Mediation
California Initiative Seminar
Navigating HR in Health Care
International and Foreign Legal Research
Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers
Persuasive Public Speaking
Elder Law and Social Policy
Arbitration: Advocacy and Practice
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Advanced Legal Research - Blended
Criminal Pretrial Litigation
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Civil Pretrial Litigation
Trial Advocacy
Trial Advocacy - Lecture
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Adv. Trial Advocacy- Lecture
Taking and Defending Depositions
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
California Parole Hearings and Litigation
Mock Trial Team
Trial Evidence

EVENING DIVISION

Upper-division students choose among a broad array of elective courses where they get to focus on a more specialized path of study. Students may choose to add a Concentration, as well as considering competition teamslaw journalsfield placements or legal clinics. The usual course load during upper-level years is 14-16 units (Full-Time) or 9-10 units (Part-Time). Students must complete a total of 88 units, including a minimum of 72 which must be graded units.

First Year
LAW 100Skills Lab- Torts1
LAW 104Legal Profession1
LAW 105Civil Procedure4
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 122Global Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 131Torts4
LAW 202Principles of Legal Analysis I1
Second Year
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 125Property4
LAW 163Constitutional Law4
LAW 182Global Lawyering Skills II2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
Third Year
LAW 174Evidence4
Third or Fourth Year, or Any Summer*
LAW 185Professional Responsibility2
Select 3 units of Experiential Curriculum from the following:
Elder & Health Law Clinic
Administrative Adjudication Clinic
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic
Small Business Law Clinic
Immigration Clinic
Federal Defender Clinic
Bankruptcy Clinic
Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic
Externship
Externship - Judicial
Externship - Seminar
Externship - Semester in Practice
Select 8 units of Simulation and Practicum courses:
Evidence (ITAP)
Local Agency Practice
Business Planning
Entrepreneurial Management
The Business of Lawyering
Water Environmental Law Practice B
Water Environmental Law Practice A
Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal
Federal Income Taxation
Art of Plea Bargaining
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations
Employment Law
Family Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
California Lobbying & Politics
Mediation
California Initiative Seminar
Navigating HR in Health Care
International and Foreign Legal Research
Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers
Persuasive Public Speaking
Elder Law and Social Policy
Arbitration: Advocacy and Practice
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Advanced Legal Research - Blended
Criminal Pretrial Litigation
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Civil Pretrial Litigation
Trial Advocacy
Trial Advocacy - Lecture
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Adv. Trial Advocacy- Lecture
Taking and Defending Depositions
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
California Parole Hearings and Litigation
Mock Trial Team
Trial Evidence

*To stay on track for graduation, part-time students generally must take 2-5 units each summer.

Directed Study

McGeorge is committed to the success of each student. The Directed Study Program is designed to bolster a student's command of and confidence in core legal skills, with the goal of increasing success in law school and paving the way to passing the bar exam.

Students who are in the lower 50% of the Full-Time Division (after their first year) are part of the Directed Study Program and must also complete the following:

Full-Time Division
LAW 202Principles of Legal Analysis I1
Second or Third Year
LAW 151Business Associations4
At least one of the following bar courses:
Community Property
Criminal Procedure
Wills and Trusts
Third Year
LAW 190Remedies and Principles of Law3
LAW 703Persuasive Analysis, Strategies and Skills I2
Part-Time Division
Students who are in the lower 50% of the Part-Time Division (after their first year) are part of the Directed Study Program and must also complete the following:
Second Year
LAW 202Principles of Legal Analysis I1
Third Year
LAW 151Business Associations4
Third or Fourth Year, or any Summer
At least one of the following bar courses:
Community Property
Criminal Procedure
Wills and Trusts
Fourth Year
LAW 190Remedies and Principles of Law3
LAW 703Persuasive Analysis, Strategies and Skills I2

Experiential Curriculum — Hands-on Legal Experience

McGeorge School of Law promotes real-world practical experience for our students by assisting them to think outside the box; encouraging a broad visioning of options, potential and goals. Approved General Externship and Judicial Externship opportunities allow students to earn academic credit, develop skills and legal knowledge, experience daily legal practice, and build resume and networking opportunities. Visit our Director of Externships for approved Externship Sites at: local, state, and federal courts, government agencies, nonprofit entities, and limited for-profit firms.

There is no substitute for the real-world knowledge gained through experiential learning. As part of our commitment to teaching practical lawyering skills, all McGeorge students complete a Legal Clinic or Externship, and simulation and practicum courses where the focus is on learning by doing. Students learn to apply legal theory to practice, develop professional lawyering skills, and become a reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Day Division-Second or Third Year
Legal Clinic or Externship (3 units minimum)
Simulation and Practicum Courses (8 units total)
Evening Division-Third or Fourth Year, or Any Summer 1
Legal Clinic or Externship (3 units minimum)
Simulation and Practicum Courses (8 units total)

1 Note:  To stay on track for graduation, part-time students generally must take 2-5 units each summer.