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Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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 lab 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

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 Certificate of Concentration, as well as competition teamslaw journalsexternships 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 70 graded units

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 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
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:
Local Agency Practice
Business Planning
Entrepreneurial Management
The Business of Lawyering
Environmental Practice
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
International and Foreign Legal Research
Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers
Persuasive Public Speaking
Elder Law and Social Policy
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Advanced Legal Research - Blended
Criminal Pretrial Litigation
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Civil Pretrial Litigation
Tiral Advocacy & Evidence Skills
Trial Advocacy & Evidence Skills.-Lecture
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Taking and Defending Depositions
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
California Parole Hearings and Litigation
Mock Trial Team

EVENING DIVISION

The focus of the first and second years of the Part-Time Evening division 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 lab 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 as Torts or Contracts

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 Certificate of Concentration, as well as competition teamslaw journals, externships 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 70 graded units. To stay on track for graduation, part-time students generally must take 2-5 units each summer.

First Year
LAW 100Skills Lab- Torts1
LAW 104Legal Profession1
LAW 105Civil Procedure4
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
LAW 122Global Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 131Torts4
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
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:
Local Agency Practice
Business Planning
Entrepreneurial Management
The Business of Lawyering
Environmental Practice
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
International and Foreign Legal Research
Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers
Persuasive Public Speaking
Elder Law and Social Policy
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Advanced Legal Research - Blended
Criminal Pretrial Litigation
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Civil Pretrial Litigation
Tiral Advocacy & Evidence Skills
Trial Advocacy & Evidence Skills.-Lecture
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Taking and Defending Depositions
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
California Parole Hearings and Litigation
Mock Trial Team

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

Juris Doctor Concentration Programs

McGeorge's diverse electives and co-curricular offerings allow you to explore a variety of legal career opportunities. If you have a particular career path in mind, our concentrations will enhance your J.D. experience and allow you to master a specific practice area.

For general questions about the Concentration Programs, contact:

Office of Student Affairs
Email | 916.739.7089

Business 

Capital Lawyering

Environmental 

Health

Intellectual Property

International

Tax

Trial & Appellate Advocacy

Business Concentration

The demands and complexities of a global economy require a strong basis in business law. To fulfill the Business Concentration, students complete a series of courses designed to equip new lawyers with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a legal career with a business emphasis. This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a general business practice or a specialized business practice such as bankruptcy, employment, real estate, international business, or other types of business law.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume. This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning but, in no event, after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law-school term. Students may schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum.

Requirements & Curriculum

Students must complete the required and elective courses designated below. With the approval of the Director of the Business Concentration, a tax or business course of at least two (2) units, not included on the list of electives, may be substituted.

A minimum of 12 units must be completed to qualify for the concentration.

Required Core Courses
LAW 151Business Associations4
Core Courses (complete one course)
LAW 210Business Planning2-3
LAW 225Bankruptcy2-3
LAW 255Federal Securities Regulations3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 433Employment Law3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
Note: If more than one course is completed, the additional course(s) will apply towards the elective requirement.
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete three courses)
LAW 220Banking Law3
LAW 257Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal2
LAW 260Commercial Law3
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 302Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3
LAW 325Taxation of Real Estate Transactions3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
LAW 405Worker's Compensation Law2
LAW 410White Collar Crime2
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 555Labor Law3
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 647International Economic Law2
Externship with a business law focus (advanced written approval required)3
12 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Christine Manolakas, Director of the Business Concentration
cmanolakas@pacific.edu | 916.739.7110

Capital Lawyering Concentration 

Capital Lawyering Concentration students complete a series of required and elective courses specially designed to train them to work in and around California’s legislature and Governor’s Office; in local, state and federal agencies; in private firms that specialize in political law or lobbying; in nonprofit agencies that engage in issue advocacy; and in law firms with regulatory practices in areas such as communications, energy, the environment, health, and employment.  The curriculum ensures that students graduate with real-life experience and on-the-job contacts within the government and capital lawyering community.  Students also participate in Capital Center student groups, attend Capital Center events, and network with Capital Center alumni in California, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who work in capital lawyering careers.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, As a Capital Lawyering Concentration student, you will meet regularly with the Concentration Director to plan your curriculum and activities.

Requirements & Curriculum

Capital Lawyering students complete a minimum of 14 units from the courses listed below.  

Required Core Courses
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
One Experiential Course, choose from:
LAW 853Legislative & Public Policy Clinic 12
LAW 961Externship - Semester in Practice2-14
Note: Evening students with day jobs that meet the requirements of the externship may receive a waiver of this requirement.
Students must take Introduction to Capital Lawyering, Lawmaking in California, and California Lobbying & Politics prior to the Clinic, or concurrently, with the permission of the Supervising Attorney. 1
General Electives
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 503Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
State Law Electives
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 568California Initiative Seminar 22
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 922Pacific Legislative Law Review2
Local Law Electives
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
14 units minimum
Offered only when there is a California election with initiatives on the ballot. 2

Questions?

Professor Dan Croxall, Director, Capital Lawyering Concentration
dcroxall@pacific.edu | 916.739.7169

Environmental Concentration

Environmental law lies at the intersection of environmental responsibility and society's use of and impact on the natural world. Local, national and international laws govern myriad aspects of environmental law and vary from an extremely specific to a very broad focus. The Environmental Concentration provides McGeorge students with an opportunity to deeply explore the body of knowledge necessary to pursue a career working in environmental issues or in environmental law.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline for your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.

Requirements and Curriculum

Students must complete the requirements listed below.

With prior written approval, the Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause. The Concentration requires a minimum of 13 units.

Requirement One

  • Complete both core courses, Administrative Law and Environmental Law, preferably during their second year if enrolled in the full-time day program, or their third year if enrolled in the part-time evening program.
  • Complete at least five (5) units of elective course offerings. Students are encouraged to participate in an Environmental Law Externship. A maximum of three (3) units may be earned toward the elective courses requirement in an Environmental Law Externship.
  • Complete the capstone seminar during their third year if enrolled in the full-time day program, or their fourth year if enrolled in the part-time evening program. The capstone seminar will be offered during the Spring semester and will require a substantial scholarly paper.
Required Core Course (complete both courses)
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
Capstone Courses
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete 5 units)
Strongly Recommended
Externship with an environmental or water law focus (Advance written approval required; a maximum of three Externship units may be earned towards the elective courses requirement)3
Additional Electives
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 501CA Enviro. Cases & Places2
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
13 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Rachael Salcido, Director of the Environmental Law Concentration
rsalcido@pacific.edu | 916.739.7354

Health Concentration

Substantial changes in our dynamic healthcare system create job opportunities for health lawyers in a variety of settings. Students in this concentration gain a strong foundation in health law and policy. They acquire the professional skills to represent individual and institutional clients or to work for a state or federal regulatory agency. Because health law is interdisciplinary, students will have the opportunity to take courses with medical students as well as students in other disciplines. These opportunities provide students with insight into the professional and ethical challenges faced by those providing health care to their patients as well as understanding the importance of legal and regulatory compliance. Students will gain supervised, practical experience in a healthcare field placement or legal clinic.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.

Students must complete the required and elective courses designated below. Membership and participation in the McGeorge Health Law Association is encouraged. With prior written approval, the Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause.

The Concentration requires a minimum of 13 units.

Required Core Courses (complete all)UNITS
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 570Health Law3
Experiential Courses (complete one course)
Legal Clinic or Externship with a health law focus (advance written approval required)
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete one course)
LAW 304Mental Health - Policy and Law2
LAW 572Public Health Law3
LAW 579Affordable Care Act Seminar2
LAW 745Elder Law and Social Policy3
13 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Professors Emily Whelan Parento & Melissa Brown, Directors of the Health Concentration
Email | 916.739.7378

Intellectual Property Concentration

Intellectual property law is one of the most dynamic fields in the legal profession — for lawyers with and without undergraduate degrees in science. In order to meet the growing demand for lawyers in this area of practice, McGeorge offers courses in intellectual property law and a specialized curriculum leading to a J.D. degree with an Intellectual Property Concentration. Careers in Intellectual Property Law include:

  • Patent Lawyer
  • Copyright Lawyer
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Trademark Lawyer
  • Intellectual Property Litigator
  • Media Lawyer
  • Trademark Examiner
  • Patent Examiner
  • In-house Counsel for movie studios and biotech, publishing, software, and Internet companies
  • Artist's Representative

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.

CORE COURSES (complete three courses)UNITS
LAW 265Copyright Law2-3
LAW 266Patent Law3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 285Trademark Law2
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete two courses)
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 290Computer and Internet Law2-3
LAW 297Sports Law2
LAW 680International Intellectual Property1-3
14 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Michael Mireles, Director of the Intellectual Property Concentration
Email | 916.739.7154

International Concentration

Globalization is transforming the practice of law, obliging an increasing proportion of legal professionals to learn how to respond to the challenges presented by transnational and intercultural practice. McGeorge’s International Concentration offers a strong foundation for a broad array of careers, whether your interests draw you toward public service or the private sector, to work abroad or in California, to litigation, transactions or a legislative/regulatory practice. Students who complete the concentration requirements will graduate with a solid grounding in public and private international law, in-depth exposure to at least one specialized doctrinal area, and advanced skills training that can help to provide a bridge to practice.

Explore an International Concentration

  • Requirements & Curriculum
  • International Concentration Faculty — Students are encouraged to consult with the Faculty Director of the Concentration Program, and with professors teaching any of the listed courses, to learn more about how the specific courses may further their academic interests and career goals. The Faculty Director, in consultation with the International Studies Committee, is authorized to approve appropriate substitutions of courses or units when necessary to accommodate the specific career goals and interests of individual students, as well as to provide academic counseling. Omar Dajani and Jarrod Wong are the Faculty Advisors for the International Concentration. If you are interested in the Concentration Program, you should contact Professors Dajani and Wong.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.

Related Activities

At McGeorge, you may interact with J.D. and LL.M. students from many other countries on campus. Students with an international interest participate in a number of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including:

  • International Moot Court Competition Teams — Each year, McGeorge fields moot court competition teams in competitions whose subject matter involves international law issues. For the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, held each spring, students prepare a written brief and compete at oral argument on a dispute involving public international law. 
  • McGeorge International Law Society — McGeorge's International Law Society is a student organization that brings together those interested in international law. Members meet informally to discuss current international legal trends and the society sponsors speakers on current international topics. For example, the Society brought speakers from throughout North America to campus to discuss implications of NAFTA when it was near adoption.

Students must complete at least 15 units in the course categories designated below. With prior written approval, the Concentration Directors may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause.

CORE COURSES (9 units)UNITS
LAW 600Public International Law3
At least two of the following courses
LAW 625International Business Transactions3
LAW 635Transnational Litigation3
LAW 647International Economic Law2
SPECIALIZED DOCTRINAL COURSES (minimum 3 units)
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
LAW 515Conflict of Laws3
LAW 550Immigration Law and Policy3
LAW 614International Protection of Human Rights3
LAW 619International Criminal Law2-3
LAW 620International Environmental Law3
LAW 630International Banking2
LAW 654European Union Law for International Business 21
LAW 694International Dispute Resolution 21
LAW 705Introduction to Space Law1
EXPERIENTIAL AND CAPSTONE COURSES (minimum 3 units)
LAW 608International and Foreign Legal Research1-2
LAW 621International Water Resources Law Seminar3
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 865Immigration Clinic3
Typically offered during Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala. 1
Typically offered during McGeorge Summer Program in Salzburg. 2
15 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Professors Omar Dajani & Jarrod Wong, Directors of the International Concentration
Email: odajani@pacific.edu or jwong@pacific.edu
Phone: 916.739.7018 or 916-739-7231

Tax Concentration

Description

Benjamin Franklin once remarked that nothing was certain except death and taxes. A basic understanding of tax law is a valuable asset upon entering the legal profession. Graduates with the Tax Concentration find employment opportunities as tax, business, or estate planning specialists in private firms, accounting firms, corporations, real estate entities, charitable organizations, and state and federal government.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume. This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students may schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities. 

Curriculum

Students must complete the required and elective courses designated below. With prior written approval, the Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause.

CORE COURSES (complete all)UNITS
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 310Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
LAW 314Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations3
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete one course)
LAW 302Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
LAW 325Taxation of Real Estate Transactions3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
Externship with a tax law focus (advanced written approval required)3
12 units minimum

Questions?

Contact Professor Christine Manolakas, Faculty Director, Tax Concentration
Email | 916.739.7110

Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration

Students who wish to become litigators receive specialized practical training to prepare for careers in litigation, civil and/or criminal trial and appellate work, or dispute resolution. A wide range of courses enables students to learn and demonstrate competencies in writing, appellate and trial advocacy, evidence, trial preparation and conduct, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, and counseling and representation of clients.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume. This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. The Faculty Director will schedule a meeting with the applicant if required.

Explore a Criminal Justice Concentration

Related Activities

Externships — Students perform on-site legal work as externs under the supervision of externship supervisors in government agencies that specialize in criminal law and civil litigation, including local, state and federal agencies such as the California Attorney General's Office, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Legal Clinics — McGeorge features legal clinics that allow students to represent clients in actual criminal or civil law proceedings under the supervision of a professor expert in a specific field. Our Federal Defender Clinic is one of only two in the country where students defend misdemeanor charges in U.S. District Court. The Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic also allow students to work with real-world clients.

Students must complete the required and elective courses designated below. With prior written approval, the Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause. A minimum of 18 units are required for the Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration.

CORE COURSES UNITS
LAW 182Global Lawyering Skills II2
LAW 812Tiral Advocacy & Evidence Skills (required)3
Pretrial Advocacy (complete one)
LAW 804Criminal Pretrial Litigation2
LAW 809Civil Pretrial Litigation2
LAW 821Taking and Defending Depositions2
LAW 895Federal Pretrial/Trial Litigation Seminar2
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (complete one)
LAW 308Art of Plea Bargaining1 or 2
LAW 526Mediation2-3
LAW 631International Negotiations2
LAW 689International Investor - State Arbitration3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals2
Capstone (complete one)
LAW 807Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar2
LAW 815Advanced Trial Advocacy3
LAW 970Mock Trial Team1-3
Experiential (complete one course)
Legal Clinic Externship with a litigation or ADR focus (advance written approval required) 13
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete one)
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 400Advanced Criminal Procedure2
LAW 410White Collar Crime2
LAW 442Alternatives to Litigation in Family Law2
LAW 465Federal Habeas Corpus3
LAW 619International Criminal Law2-3
LAW 706Persuasive Public Speaking2
LAW 882California Parole Hearings and Litigation2
18 units minimum

1 Students who have been granted a waiver from the graduation experiential requirement are not relieved of this Concentration experiential requirement. However, they may apply for such waiver, submitting proof of substantial other practicum/experiential courses beyond those already included in the Concentration requirements. Application must be made to the Faculty Director in writing via email.

Questions?

Contact Professor Jay Leach, Director, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration
Email | 916.739.7002

Directed Study

McGeorge is committed to the success of each student. We designed the Directed Study Program 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. 

Any student whose cumulative GPA, at the end of the first academic year, falls below 3.0 shall be placed in the Directed Study Program. Once placed in the Directed Study Program, a student will remain subject to its requirements.

The requirements of the Directed Study Program are as follows:

All students take Criminal Law, students in Directed Study will complete this course in the format that provides an analytical skills focus.

Students in Directed Study will be required to take Remedies during the fall or spring of their second year. Students in Directed Study with a GPA 2.5 or lower must also take Principles of Agency during the fall semester of their second year. 

Full-Time Division
First Year
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
Second Year
LAW 204Principles of Agency1
Second or Third Year
LAW 190Remedies and Principles of Law3
LAW 151Business Associations4
At least one of the following bar courses:
Community Property
Criminal Procedure
Wills and Trusts
Third Year
LAW 711Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) I3
Part-Time Division
First Year
LAW 115Criminal Law2-4
Second Year
LAW 204Principles of Agency1
Third Year
LAW 190Remedies and Principles of Law3
Third or Fourth Year, or any Summer
LAW 151Business Associations4
At least one of the following bar courses:
Community Property
Criminal Procedure
Wills and Trusts
Fourth Year
LAW 711Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) I3

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 reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Two transformational capstone experiences: (1) a McGeorge Legal Clinic or Externship (3 units minimum) and (2) a second McGeorge Legal Clinic, Externship, Mock Trial, or Moot Court (3 units minimum) and additional units of other experiential courses, including Simulation courses, equaling 11 total units.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in U.S. substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.

2.  Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.

3.  Demonstrate the ability to strategize, develop, and conduct efficient legal research in U.S. law.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand foundational concepts in international law and to perform international legal research.

5.  Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral communications.

6.  Demonstrate professional judgment, ethics, and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values, standards, and discipline.

7.  Demonstrate the ability to understand, collaborate, and engage with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences in a variety of legal settings and contexts. 

8.  Demonstrate understanding of the legal profession's commitment to access to justice.

9.  Demonstrate understanding of career options and steps toward defining and achieving career goals in light of personal values.