McGeorge School of Law
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is a private, American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school in the Oak Park neighborhood of the city of Sacramento, California. It is part of the University of the Pacific and is located on the University's Sacramento campus.
|University of the Pacific,|
McGeorge School of Law
|Parent school||University of the Pacific|
|Dean||Michael Hunter Schwartz|
|Location||Sacramento, California, US|
|USNWR ranking||146-192 (bottom 25%)|
|Bar pass rate||63% (July 2019 first time takers)|
|ABA profile||McGeorge School of Law|
The school that eventually became McGeorge began in 1921 when University of Chicago Law School graduate and Standard Oil executive Verne Adrian McGeorge began teaching law students at night in downtown Sacramento, California. After its formal establishment as a school in 1924, this Sacramento Law School, subsequently renamed in Professor McGeorge's honor as the "McGeorge School of Law," merged with the University of the Pacific in 1966 and came to be known as "Pacific McGeorge."  McGeorge became an integral part of the University of the Pacific in 1991. The current dean of McGeorge School of Law is Michael Hunter Schwartz, formerly the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 2013–2017.
Accreditation, memberships, rankingsEdit
McGeorge has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1969. As an ABA approved law school, McGeorge graduates are eligible to sit for the bar examination in any American jurisdiction.
McGeorge joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1974. It has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.
Rankings and bar exam passage rateEdit
Of the McGeorge alumni who took the California bar for the first time in July 2019, 63% passed, vs. a statewide average of 71% for graduates of ABA-accredited law schools.
McGeorge's tuition and fees for full-time students during the 2019–2020 academic year cost $56,776 per year, while tuition and fees for part-time students was $42,418-47,824 per year.
McGeorge offers degree programs leading to the award of the J.D. (Juris Doctor), the LL.M. (Master of Laws), the M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), the M.P.P. (Master of Public Policy) and the J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degrees.
McGeorge offers both a three-year day division program and four-year evening division program.
The first year curriculum at McGeorge consists of 27 units. McGeorge law students must also complete 29 units of upper-level required curriculum. Therefore, 56 units out of the 88 units to graduate are required courses. All students take the same required courses.
Journals and publicationsEdit
- The University of the Pacific Law Review (formerly titled "McGeorge Law Review" and "The Pacific Law Journal"). A student-run, scholarly journal publishing four issues annually. Two issues are published each year containing professional articles and student-authored comments or casenotes; one issue contains the Review of Selected California Legislation, or "Greensheets"; and one issue contains a symposium, focusing on a specific, significant legal topic.
- California Initiative Review. An online analysis of California ballot initiatives and related issues.
- California Water Law Journal. A forum for water law research.
- Greg Aghazarian – California State Assemblyman, 26th District
- Mark Amodei – U.S. Congressman from Nevada
- Ronald J. Bath – USAF, Director of U.S. Air Force Strategic Planning
- Scott Baugh – former California State Assembly Republican Leader, 67th District
- Scott Boras – sports agent
- Consuelo María Callahan – Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Lloyd Connelly – Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court
- Ellen Corbett – California State Senator, 10th District
- L. Whitney Clayton – Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Christine Craft – attorney, radio talk show host, and former television news anchor
- John Doolittle – US Congressman 1991–2009
- Morrison C. England Jr. – Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- Noreen Evans – California State Assemblywoman, 7th District
- Dayvid Figler – Former Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge, NPR commentator
- Edward J. Garcia – Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- John M. Gerrard – Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
- Mikayil Jabbarov – Minister of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic
- Bill Lockyer – California State Treasurer and former California Attorney General
- Steve Martini – attorney and best-selling author of legal thriller novels
- Deborah Ortiz – former California State Senator, 6th District
- Johnnie B. Rawlinson – Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Dana Makoto Sabraw – Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- Robert J. Sandoval – Openly Gay Judge Appointed to the California Superior Court.
- Victor Plata – Olympic athlete in triathlon
- Christian Wellisch – Former professional mixed martial arts combat athlete
- J. Clark Kelso, Federal Receiver overseeing healthcare reform in California's prison system, former Insurance Commissioner, former Chief Information Officer of California.
- Anthony Kennedy, retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (served from 1988 to 2018), Pacific McGeorge faculty member since 1965.
Present Dean and Dean EmeritiEdit
- Michael Hunter Schwartz, 2017 – present
- Francis J. –"Jay" Mootz, 2012–2017
- Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, 2002–2012, Executive Director and CEO of the State Bar of California Former CIA General Counsel
- Gerald Caplan, 1991–2002
- Gordon D. Schaber, 1957–1991
- John Swann, 1946–1957
- Lawrence Dowrety, 1937 – WWII closure
- Gilford Rowland, 1933–1937
- Russell Harris, 1930–1933
- Vern Adrian McGeorge, Founder, 1924–1930
- "University of the Pacific (McGeorge)". Best Law Schools. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- "ABA Standard 509 Info Report, McGeorge School of Law" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2020.
- "General Statistics Report - July 2019 California Bar Examination" (PDF). State Bar of California. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
- Chicago, University of (1920). University of Chicago Alumni Directory. Produced for the University of Chicago Alumni Association by Pub. Concepts, Incorporated.
- "History of McGeorge". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- "Member Schools – Association of American Law Schools". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- Smith, Anesha. "member chart". www.orderofthecoif.org. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "JD Program Tuition & Fees". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
- "First-Year Required Curriculum". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Upper-level Required Curriculum". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Degree Requirements". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Sacramento Campus — University of the Pacific". www.pacific.edu. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
- "LLM Named to Key Azerbaijan Post". www.mcgeorge.edu. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
- "Victor Plata". Team USA. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
- California, The State Bar of. "Christian Wellisch #255000 – Attorney Search". members.calbar.ca.gov. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Current Members". www.supremecourt.gov. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Anthony Kennedy". www.mcgeorge.edu. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "The State Bar of California". www.calbar.ca.gov. Retrieved 13 August 2018.