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Graduate/Undergraduate 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Physician Assistant Studies

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

All Graduate Programs

McGeorge School of Law

Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Policy
Master of Studies in Law

School of Engineering and Computer Science

All Graduate Programs

University College

Organizational Behavior

Professional 

McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor
Doctor of Juridical Science
Master of Law

Division of Student Life on this page are for the following graduate and undergraduate programs on the Sacramento campus.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Physician Assistant Studies

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

All Graduate Programs

McGeorge School of Law

Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Policy
Master of Studies in Law

School of Engineering and Computer Science

All Graduate Programs

University College

Organizational Behavior

The vision of Student Life at Pacific is to be a leader and advocate within the University of the Pacific and our profession by inspiring and cultivating global student citizens for a lifetime of learning, growth, engagement, and service. The mission of Student Life is to provide transformative educational experiences and essential services that advance student success. Through innovative thinking and dynamic programs, each Student Life member focuses on students’ personal growth and educational experience. These values inform our individual roles and departmental functions and unify us as a Division. We realize our mission through:

  • Potential - We are committed to providing a living, learning, and working environment that encourages both our students and our staff to reach their full potential;
  • Student Development - We believe in educating the whole student by developing and supporting their emotional, environmental, financial, ethical, intellectual, physical, and social needs;
  • Meaning and Purpose - We believe in the importance of providing opportunities to those seeking meaning and purpose in ones’ life and value the various activities and practices associated with a religious or spiritual tradition including, but not limited to, meditation, reflection, or prayer;
  • Responsible Leadership - We believe that leadership manifests itself in many forms.  It can be taught, developed, and nurtured and is a tool that encourages success throughout a student’s education, lives’, and future careers;
  • Achievement – We believe that each student is unique and deserves a comprehensive system of support services that will assist in meeting their educational and personal goals;
  • Diversity and Inclusion - We are committed to social justice, diversity, and challenging forms of hate and exclusion, and;
  • Community Involvement - We believe in the value of community service, volunteerism, and it the importance of civic engagement, connection, and participation.

Student Outreach and Academic Support Services

Community Involvement Program

The Community Involvement Program (CIP), established in 1969, is a comprehensive need-based scholarship and retention program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement.  The Community Involvement Program is only for new incoming University of the Pacific students. Once in the program, students are offered leadership training and various opportunities for students to return to the community as leaders and agents of social change.

Students in the Community Involvement Program are selected based on their participation in the Stockton community, maturity, and potential to contribute his/her time and energy to the Community Involvement Program. CIP students contribute a significant amount of time in the Stockton community through volunteering at various community organizations. For more information contact the CIP Office at:

Center for Student Success
McCaffrey Center, First Floor
Telephone: (209) 946-2436
Fax: (209) 946-2176
Email: cip@pacific.edu

The Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) aims to increase awareness and scholarship regarding women’s and gender issues, to celebrate and cultivate leadership on campus and beyond, and to empower students to be active participants in bringing about social change. Annual events hosted by the WRC include the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon as well as programming for Women’s History Month, Sexual Assault Awareness, and Domestic Violence Awareness. In partnership with the Office of Title IX, the WRC runs the Title IX Peer Education Program to encourage students to help end gendered violence in our community. Located inside the Intercultural Student Success Center, the WRC is a welcoming space for students to study, relax, and find community.

Military and Veteran Student Support Center

Proud of its designation as being a military friendly institution, the University of the Pacific is dedicated to serving the needs of those who previously were in, or currently are serving in, the United States armed services and their qualified dependents.  The Military and Veteran Student Support Center is the hub Veteran student life and offers help and assistance in the application, certification, and coordination of military and veteran educational benefits, the synchronization of University support services with the needs of Veteran students, and in being a liaison between Veteran students and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Intercultural Student Success

Intercultural Student Success strives to provide enriching educational opportunities toward understanding and integrating intercultural dialogue, conflict management, and identity development that advances student success and community engagement. The department includes the ALANA Center, Black Student Success, El Centro (Latinx Outreach), The Pride Resource Center, and the Women’s Resource Center. Together, these areas work to help support students’ intersectional identities through building community, capacity, and advocacy. 

The Pride Resource Center provides resources and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) community at Pacific. Signature programs and events include: Safe Zone Awareness & Allyship Training, Coming Out Week and Pride Week programming, and Lavender Graduation. With strong on- and off-campus partnerships and alumni engagement, the Pride Resource Center is the driving force in the efforts toward inclusive excellence for the LGBTQ+ community.

El Centro (Latinx Outreach and Academic Resource Center)

El Centro’s mission is to assist in recruiting new undergraduate students, retain current students, build mutual beneficial partnerships with community organizations, connecting students to internal and external resources, advising Latinx-focused student groups, and in planning and developing rich and relevant programming around Latino/a/x themes and issues. El Centro also helps the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, national/ international education and cross-cultural understanding. El Centro is a home away from home for all students on or off campus.

Some of our annual events include Bienvenidos Week, Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop, Raza Unida Conference, Pozole for the Academic Soul, Latinx Heritage Month, and Latinx Graduation.

We are located at Raymond Lodge (El Centro) between Casa Warner and Price House Residence Halls and across from the Vereschagin Alumni House. For more information call 209.946.7705 or check out our website for upcoming events and activities at

http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Diversity-and-Inclusion/Latino-Outreach.html

Black Student Success 

Black Student Success offers programs and support services to students of African descent. Throughout the school year, Black Student Success hosts receptions, academic workshops, networking events with members of the Black Alumni Club, and social events. Black Student Success also offers the Students Emerging as Pacificans (STEPS) program. STEPS assists incoming students of African descent through their transition to college life. Pacific faculty, staff, current students, and alumni work directly with STEPS participants, introducing them to University and community resources to enhance their academic and co-curricular success. STEPs begins with a first-year orientation program for students and families and continues throughout the entire undergraduate experience, offering academic enrichment, mentoring and networking opportunities as well as purposeful access to campus and community resources.

Pacific Health Services

Pacific Health Services is available Monday through Friday. Services are provided on an appointment bases; walk in visits are seen case-by-case, determined by the urgency of the presenting condition. Use the portal MyHealth@Pacific to book a visit. Visit the health services’ website for more information.

The Cowell Wellness Center Fee allows students to be seen without paying an office visit co-pay, regardless of health insurance status. Further costs may be incurred with the purchase of medication, immunizations, procedures, diagnostic testing, or referrals to off campus health care providers. Students must pay these additional costs associated with their care at time of service and in some cases may submit an itemized receipt for reimbursement to their health insurance plans.

Health care providers consist of Nurse Practitioners, a supervising Physician, Registered Dietitian and Medical Assistants. Health care delivery and medical record management are protected by privacy and confidentiality regulations.

Services provided include the management of common health problems such as acute minor illnesses and injuries and preventive care including gynecology, contraceptive maintenance, STI testing, immunizations, and routine physicals. Several categories of medication are provided directly through Pacific Health Services, otherwise prescriptions are filled at local pharmacies. Laboratory services include limited in-house testing and full service processing through local labs. 

Management of chronic conditions is provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the complexity of the situation. Typically, students are referred to local specialists for this care. Hospitalization and emergency treatment for life-threatening conditions are not managed at Pacific Health Services. In those circumstances, care is referred to one of three local hospitals. Staff may arrange for ambulance transport as indicated.

Students are required to meet the immunization and TB clearance as a part of university enrollment requirements. Students should upload documents through the medical portal MyHealth@Pacific. The fall deadline is 10/15 and the spring deadline is 2/15 each year. Students must check their status and respond to communication through the portal. Failure to become compliant with the immunization policy will result in a registration hold and in some instances a late fee.

Health Insurance

The University has a mandatory health insurance policy with a hard waiver. This requires all students to submit a copy of their health insurance card to the Pacific Health Services Insurance Office and complete a waiver on-line through the campus specific link found on the Pacific Health Services web page: http://www.pacific.edu/insurancewaiver. Students have the option to enroll in the University of the Pacific Student health insurance Plan offered through Anthem Blue Cross, select an outside plan, or be covered under their family’s policy. Students who do not complete the waiver by the posted deadline date are automatically enrolled in the Anthem Blue Cross plan to ensure that their health needs are covered.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is located on the both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses. CAPS appointments are available by appointment or as soon as possible in cases of a psychological emergency. Therapy sessions are confidential and free of charge to students who have paid the Student Health Fee. CAPS does not bill your insurance for any of our services. Students may access up to ten individual therapy appointments per year through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students are accommodated on a case-by-case basis for situations or conditions requiring additional therapy sessions.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) assists Pacific students who may be experiencing situational, psychological or interpersonal difficulties. The goal of CAPS is to enable students to benefit from, and maximize their educational experience at Pacific. CAPS offers individual, couples, and group counseling focusing on a variety of issues. These issues may include: dating, family relationships, depression, anxiety, grieving, sexuality, self-esteem and self-image, eating disorders and body image, sexual abuse or harassment, drug and alcohol concerns, roommate disputes, stress management, assertiveness training, time management, decision making, goal setting, and values clarification. Limited psychiatric consultation and medical management of psychotropic medications may be available.

CAPS provides consultation to other campus offices regarding mental health related concerns. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services offers educational outreach programs to the university community.

The CAPS staff includes psychologists, and a marriage and family therapist. In addition, experienced doctoral psychology interns work under licensed supervision to provide services. After-hours crisis consultation is available by calling 209-946-2315, extension 2, option 4.  For after hours on-campus psychological emergencies contact the Department of Public Safety at (209) 946-3911.

Pacific PROMISE Scholars

The University of the Pacific is proud to be a private institution of higher education to provide a support program to assist its students who are former foster care students and others from similar backgrounds.  Eligible students can receive many services to assist in their successful transition to Pacific including mentoring, social events, college starter kits and finals baskets.  In addition, scholarships may be available for eligible students.

For more information, contact: Pacific PROMISE Scholars
McCaffrey Center, First Floor
Phone: (209) 946-3917
Email: abautist@pacific.edu

Religious and Spiritual Life

Our goal is to cultivate and support religious and spiritual life at Pacific in all its many forms. We serve the needs of all students, no matter what one's religious tradition, or if you don't consider yourself religious or spiritual at all. While we make no claim to have all of life's answers, we can help point you in the right direction, provide resources for you, and work with you through the questions that will inevitably arise as you grow during your time at university. We can also help you find people or groups who share your interests. Our hope is that in doing so you will find a level of fulfillment, understanding, and perhaps meet other people who you can journey with in the questions of life.

Pacific has many active religious and faith based student organizations including (among others): Asian American Christian Fellowship, Black Campus Ministries, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Health Sciences Christian Fellowship, Hillel Jewish Student Club, Indian Student Association, Interfaith Council, Muslim Student Association, Newman Catholic Community, Nest Prayer Family, Open Door Methodist Student Ministry, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Pacific Christian Fellowship (Intervarsity), Secular Student Alliance, and Sikh Student Association. There are also over 160 different churches, synagogues, and other places of worship and religious organizations in the greater Stockton area. Go to pacific.edu/religiouslife for more information.

Academic Standards

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards manages the student conduct process for students including but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students on Pacific’s three campuses. In addition to the Code of Conduct, specific schools and colleges (e.g., McGeorge School of Law, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, etc.) may have policies and procedures that apply to students enrolled in a specific program of study. Pacific has developed policies and procedures to clarify the expectations and standards for students. Each student is responsible for knowing and adhering to all University policies and procedures. The policies are outlined specifically in the Tiger Lore Student Handbook and on the web site at http://www.go.pacific.edu/TigerLore Policies and procedures specific to a course of study are available through the respective school or program.

Honor Code

The Honor Code at the University of the Pacific calls upon each student to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, and personal integrity. Students are expected to:

1) Act honestly in all matters;

2) Actively encourage academic integrity;

3) Discourage any form of cheating or dishonesty by others;

4) Inform the instructor and appropriate university administrator if she or he has a reasonable and good faith belief and substantial evidence that a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.

Conduct Standards

Student Code of Conduct, University Policies and/or Local, State or Federal Laws

The violation of established policies or procedures and/or local, state or federal laws may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other policies and procedures specific to a course of study, school, or program. Such violations may include conduct occurring off-campus when students are participating, attending or in some manner connected to a University related activity. Please refer to www.go.pacific.edu/TigerLore for additional information and definitions.

Campus Behavior Standards

Rather than publish in this catalog a complete and detailed code of the laws, rules and regulations that students are required to follow, the University declares its intention to uphold all federal, state and municipal laws applicable and expects all students to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and university policies. At the time of admission, each student agrees to follow such standards. Accordingly, any conduct not consistent with responsible and/or lawful behavior may be considered cause for the University to take appropriate administrative, disciplinary, or legal action.

In addition, the University acknowledges and actively upholds the adult status of each student with all the rights pertaining thereto and, in accordance with that status, considers each student responsible for their own actions. With regard to conduct, "student" is defined as full and part time undergraduate, professional, and graduate students from the time of application for admission to the time of the conferral of a degree and includes periods prior to the start of classes, after classes have ended, between terms, and when a student is not officially enrolled but has an ongoing relationship with Pacific. 

University policies and regulations are published in the Student Code of Conduct and available online go.pacific.edu/tigerlore. Statements pertaining to or clarification of student rights is also published in this document. Additional polices for specific schools and programs are available from each school or program respectively.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

All students, faculty, and staff must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and University policies governing the consumption, possession, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs on University property; at any activity or event on and off the campus sponsored by Pacific; or where a campus community member is representing Pacific as part of an off‐campus program, activity, or event.

This notice is provided as a requirement of the Drug‐Free Schools and Communities Act of 1990, and the Drug‐Free Workplace Act of 1988. Universities that receive federal/state funds in any form are required to comply with the above acts. We must take affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Description of Health Risks

The misuse of alcohol and/or prescription drugs or use of illicit drugs can result in overdose, death, violence, incarceration, loss of a driver's license, failed relationships, petty property crime, school dropout, lowered productivity and quality, increased absenteeism and tardiness, serious psychobiological and neurobiological problems, reduced concentration, impaired judgment, loss of short term and long term memory, diminished reasoning skills, strained family relationships, damaged fetuses, and other serious life altering effects. Additional information regarding health risks is available from the Cowell Wellness Center or at DrugAbuse.gov

Criminal Penalties

Federal penalties for the trafficking of controlled substances are dependent upon several conditions including the substance, amount, and whether the matter is a first offense or repeated offense for an individual or other legal entity.

For a detailed list of penalties>>

For information on California DUI penalties>>

For information on California underage drinking laws>>

Resources for Assistance

  • Alcohol Abuse 24 Hour Action Helpline 800.234.0420
  • Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center 24 Hour Helpline 800.711.6375
  • Counseling and Psychological Services 209.946.2315 ext. 2
  • Employee Assistance Program 877-595-5281
  • Pacific Health Services 209.946.2315 ext. 1

Pacific's alcohol and drug policies can be found online:

Pacific Alumni Association

The Pacific Alumni Association (PAA) includes all alumni of the University of the Pacific. There is no membership fee and services are available to all members. An elected Board of Directors (30) develops programs and benefits with the Office of Alumni Relations staff. Opportunities provided to alumni through PAA include Regional Pacific Clubs, class reunions, special events, communications and a variety of benefits. The Pacific Alumni Association encourages all alumni to maintain their relationship with the University of the Pacific and with one another. For more information call (209) 946-2391.

Student Academic Support Services

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Division of Student Life

The University does not discriminate against students and applicants on the basis of disability, in the administration of its educational and other programs. The University reasonably accommodates qualified students (including applicants) with disabilities as defined by applicable law, if the individual is otherwise qualified to meet the fundamental requirements and aspects of the program of the University, without undue hardship to the University. Harassment on the basis of disability issues is prohibited by the University’s policies.

For purposes of reasonable accommodation, a student or applicant with a disability is a person who: (a) has a learning, physical or psychological impairment which limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, speaking, learning, or working); or (b) has a record with the University by which the University has officially recognized such impairment. To be eligible to continue at the University, the student or applicant must meet the qualifications and requirements expected generally of its students, and must also be able to perform the requirements of the individual major or program in which s/he is enrolled.

A qualified student or applicant is an individual with a disability as defined by this policy and applicable law who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission and participation in the educational program or activity. Accommodations are such modifications to the course, program or educational requirements as are necessary and effective for the individual, if reasonable to provide at the University and do not alter the fundamental nature of programs. Accommodations do not include exemption from academic evaluation standards or from the code of student conduct.

Pacific expects that, if a student has a disability, the student gives sufficient notice of the need for assistance (preferably prior to the start of the semester) although the University does fully consider the merits of each request at the time it is received. Upon receiving a request for assistance as well as appropriate documentation, the Director of the Office of Services for Disabilities considers the student’s need for assistance as it relates to the documented disability. If appropriate, the University may choose to consult with such individuals, internal or external to the University, to provide further assistance needed to evaluate the request for accommodation. The following list is an example of the types of reasonable accommodations and services that university may provide, on a case-by-case basis, to assure equal access:

  • Academic adjustments and curricular modifications
  • Assistive technology
  • Consultation with faculty and staff
  • Registration assistance and classroom rescheduling
  • Readers, scribes, note-taking, and library assistance
  • Test proctoring services

Please note the university does not provide or subsidize personal care devices or services such as ambulatory devices or assistance with bathing, dressing, laundry, etc. Referrals to external agencies, however, are available upon request.

For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Nuss, Director
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
McCaffrey Center, Room 137
Phone: (209) 946-2879
E-mail: dnuss@pacific.edu

More detailed information as well as our Policy Manual for Students with Disabilities is available on the web at: http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Student-Services/Disabilities-and-Testing-services.html

International Programs and Services (IPS)

Located in the Bechtel International Center (BIC) between Casa Jackson and Jessie Ballantyne Halls, IPS offers comprehensive services for Pacific international students and scholars coming to the United States as well as for Pacific students wanting to study, intern or volunteer abroad. IPS serves as the liaison between University schools, departments and offices, collaborating with them to enhance international and global education across the campus.

Bechtel International Center

The Bechtel International Center functions not only as home to International Programs and Services, but also as a gathering place for a variety of international and global functions. To reserve the Center for eligible events, please contact IPS at extension 62246 or email: ips@pacific.edu.  BIC is open for office hours from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. when classes are in session, except for holidays.

International Students and Scholars Services

IPS offers a comprehensive package of services for all international students and scholars at Pacific. IPS supports and enhances the academic, cultural, and social integration of international students, scholars, and their families. This includes, but is not limited to, counseling about immigration, academic, financial, and personal issues. IPS conducts the Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State. The objective of the Exchange Visitor category is to facilitate and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. For more information call (209) 946-2246.

Division of Student Life on this page are for the following professional programs on the Sacramento campus.

McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor
Doctor of Juridical Science
Master of Law

Pro Bono, Public Service & Volunteer Opportunities

McGeorge provides robust opportunities for students for community engagement in the Oak Park neighborhood surrounding the campus and in the Sacramento region. Students come to McGeorge to make a difference, and these activities help students achieve personal and professional fulfillment by helping others. Students gain professional experience, enhance their resumes, and build relationships with other professionals. Many of these activities make professional education more interesting, relevant and meaningful. Opportunities fall into three related groupings: pro bono, public service/public interest, and volunteer opportunities.  The Capital Center for Law and Policy recognizes McGeorge students with a Capital Commendation award at different levels depending on the number of hours provided.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono comes from “Pro Bono Publico” which means for the public good. JD students use their growing legal skills under the supervision of a practicing attorney to help provide free legal services on campus at one-day clinics sponsored by McGeorge and on behalf of a variety of governmental, nonprofit, educational and civil programs. Students do not receive compensation or academic credit for doing pro bono work. These programs are often coordinated by the McGeorge Legal Clinics, the Career Development Office (CDO), or by faculty and student organizations, and many involve invaluable cross-cultural experience. Participating students are very enthusiastic about these service learning opportunities helping persons of limited means.

Public Service activities include participation in externships in government and nonprofit organizations and in our legal clinics (both are for academic credit). There are also a variety of opportunities to learn about careers in public service/public interest through various CDO programs.

Volunteerism

Volunteer Opportunities include community-based activities that support the Oak Park neighborhood or the broader community but do not involve the use of legal skills.  Students in the MSL/MPP/MPA degree programs are encouraged to participate in these community events, along with JD and LL.M. students.

Law Student State Bar Registration

The rules of the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California require each law student who plans to take the California Bar Examination to register with the Committee and pay the prescribed fee after beginning the study of law and before any other application is transmitted to the Committee.

Forms for registration are available from the State Bar of California’s website at www.calbar.ca.gov.

California and other states have standards of character and fitness to practice which must be satisfied by candidates applying for admission to the Bar. The Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California of the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California provides:

Every applicant shall be of good moral character. The term “good moral character” includes qualities of honesty, fairness, candor, trustworthiness, observance of fiduciary responsibility, respect for and obedience to the laws of the state and the nation, and respect for the rights of others and for the judicial process. The applicant has the burden of establishing that he or she is of good moral character. For students who expect to practice in California, an Application for Determination of Moral Character is available from the State Bar of California’s website at www.calbar.ca.gov. Most students file the application with the Committee of Bar Examiners during their senior years, preferably more than six months before sitting for the California Bar Examination. Students with a record of involvement in disciplinary or criminal matters may want to file the application at an earlier date.

Students who plan to practice law in jurisdictions other than California should check that state’s requirements for student registration and admission to the bar. Further information regarding admission requirements and bar examiner addresses is available in the Office of Student Affairs.

University of the Pacific Law Review

University of the Pacific Law Review is edited and managed by a board of student editors assisted by a faculty advisor.

The Law Review publishes articles by law professors, practitioners, and jurists, as well as student-authored comments and case notes. A special issue, “Greensheets Review of Selected California Legislation,” is published annually with student-authored reviews of recently enacted California legislation.

Law Review members are selected based on a writing competition from those who have completed the first-year courses with academic standing which places them in the upper range of their class.

Competition Teams

Students who have completed their first year are eligible for membership on the Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Negotiation/ADR competition team which represent McGeorge School of Law in interscholastic competitions at regional, national, and international levels. Selection for any of the competitions is made by the faculty director of the respective programs.

McGeorge Moot Court teams regularly participate in the following competitions:

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Davis Asylum Moot Court
Jessup International Moot Court
New York Bar National Moot Court Competition
Niagara International Moot Court
Pace International Criminal Court Competition
Pepperdine Entertainment Moot Court
San Diego Criminal Procedure Moot Court
Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court
Thomas Tang Moot Court
Traynor Moot Court

McGeorge Mock Trial teams regularly participate in the following competitions:

AAJ Student Competition
Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition
John Marshall/ABA Criminal Justice Section
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Competition
National Civil Trial Competition
National Ethics Trial Competition (hosted by McGeorge School of Law)
National Trial Competition
San Diego Defense Lawyers
William Daniel National Competition

Student Learning Outcomes

(As Approved by the Faculty, February 18, 2011)

Learning outcomes are the lawyering skills that students are expected to obtain through the completing of a legal education. The curriculum at McGeorge School of Law has been designed to prepare students with the key skills and competencies needed to demonstrate these learning outcomes in the legal profession.

Consistent with ABA Standards, upon completion of a J.D. degree, graduates of the McGeorge School of Law will demonstrate mastery of the following student learning outcomes at the level needed for admission to the bar and effective and ethical participation in the legal profession as an entry-level attorney.

Each student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure in domestic and international law context;
  2. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem-solving;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct domestic and international legal research;
  4. Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral communications;
  5. Collaborate effectively with others in a variety of legal settings and context;
  6. Apply knowledge of professional ethics to representation of clients, performance of duties as an officer of the courts, and to the resolution of ethical issues;
  7. Demonstrate professional judgment and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values and standards.

Student Organizations

Practicing your legal skills doesn’t always happen in class or during an externship. Registered Student Organizations play an integral role in the campus environment and educational process for students at McGeorge and the many events hosted annually directly enhance academic and career preparation, cultural awareness, public service, leadership skills and networking opportunities. You’ll meet people with similar interests, organize meaningful activities, and have plenty of opportunities to network your way into a stellar internship or career. The Office of Student Affairs is the campus department through which groups register at McGeorge. Groups must register annually by October 1st to be recognized by McGeorge. 

Here is a sample of some of the Student Organizations recently registered at McGeorge:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Club

Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association

Black Law Student Association

Business Law Association

Cannabis Law Society at McGeorge

Christian Law Student Society

¿Cómo se Dice? El Club de Español

Craft Beer Law Society

Criminal Law Society

Employment and Labor Law Association

Environmental Law Society

Family Law Student Association

Federal Bar Association

Federalist Society, McGeorge Student Chapter

Golf Association

Governmental Affairs Student Association

Health Law Association

If/When/How, McGeorge Chapter

Intellectual Property Student Association

International Law Society

Jewish Law Students Association

Junior Barrister's Club

Lambda Law Students Association

Latino/a Law Students Association

Legal Music Society

Middle Eastern & South Asian Association

Military Law Society

Moot Court Society

Muslim Student Association

National Lawyer's Guild

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Delta Phi - Shields Inn

Public Legal Services Society

Public Policy and Administration Society at McGeorge

Real Property Club

Rugby Football Club

Soccer Club

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Strategic Games Club

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Bar Association

Tax Law

Trial Advocacy Association

Water Law Society

Wine Law Society

Women's Caucus

Yoga Club

Alumni

Every graduate from McGeorge School of Law becomes a lifetime member of the Alumni Association upon earning their J.D., LL.M., M.S.L., J.S.D., M.P.A. or M.P.P. McGeorge School of Law alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in legal practice, on the judicial bench in local, state and federal trial and appellate arenas, in all levels of government service, and in the business and nonprofit communities. Alumni are found in each of the 50 United States, as well as in 52 countries around the globe.

A 36-member Board of Directors, representing the law school’s more than 13,000 alumni, governs the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association. The Board provides ample opportunities for leadership and engagement with the law school and fellow alumni. Among Board priorities are building Alumni Chapters around the country, engaging more alumni in volunteer opportunities, charitably supporting the law school, and actively assisting new graduates with their post-law-school job search. The Board also supports the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, two annual MCLE events (at nominal cost to alums), and several events during the academic year connecting current students with alumni.