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Albert George Mendoza

Class of 2018
J.D. Candidate, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration
Chief Articles Editor, University of the Pacific Law Review
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Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Undergraduate: CSU Sacramento
Major: Criminal Justice (Cum Laude)


Albert Mendoza and his family worked together, struggled together, and succeeded together. Albert's parents came to the United States from Mexico, not only to seek a better life for their children, but to give them the opportunity that they never had to seek higher education.

Mendoza grew up bussing and waiting tables at his family's small family-run restaurant. The first of these was a snack shack inside a tennis club where he learned to play tennis at the age of five. In high school, Mendoza passionately focused on becoming a professional tennis player. Unfortunately, his commitment and passion to this goal left him with insufficient units to graduate high school and he was forced into homeschooling.

After being forced out of high school, he was labeled as unintelligent and a failure. But Mendoza knew that if he put as much effort into education as he put on the courts that he could become anything he put his mind too. He recalls, "It was tough believing in myself when so many people doubted my ambitions. I will never forget telling friends that I was going to turn things around and become a lawyer. I was received with laughter. At that moment, I shifted my focus away from sports and into education to prove them wrong."  

Mendoza taught himself the rest of his high school courses and concurrently enrolled in college to not fall behind. Ultimately, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice with Honors Cum Laude. Mendoza finished his first year at McGeorge in the top 10% of his class, and upon graduation, he will be the first lawyer in his family. Mendoza is currently the Chief Articles Editor of the University of the Pacific Law Review, a member of the McGeorge Mock Trial Team, and a new member of the Anthony Kennedy Inns of Court.  

When asked why he picked McGeorge as his law school of choice, Mendoza answered, "I always knew when I was accepted into law school, I wanted to attend McGeorge. Not only is Sacramento my home, but McGeorge's top nationally ranked Mock Trial Team grabbed my attention." When discussing his competition in the Ben Franz 1L Competition, Mendoza recalls, "As I was walking up for my first cross-examination, I felt as if I returned to the courts and was instantly hooked."

Mendoza has competed in Buffalo, New York and Houston, Texas in mock trial competitions reaching as far as the championship round. He plans on completing law school with a certificate of concentration in Trial and Appellate Advocacy and pursuing a career in civil litigation.  

In reflecting on his upcoming graduation, Mendoza said, "It's surreal how far I've come. I'm excited to continue to push myself and see what other limits and boundaries I can break."

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