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Capital Commendation for Public Service

Attention Graduating Students: Applications and time sheets are due by April 15.

The McGeorge Capital Center for Public Law & Policy recognizes students who work on behalf of others while pursuing their law degree. The Commendation is intended to encourage students to become involved in the community and to assist with pro bono community legal services. Upon graduation from McGeorge, students can receive the Capital Commendation for Public Service at the following levels:

  • Admirable Commitment (50 hours)
  • Superior Commitment (100 hours)
  • Extraordinary Commitment (150 hours)

Public service performed while a student at McGeorge may count towards the Commendation, provided the hours were unpaid and not for academic credit, subject to approval by the program director. Volunteer hours required as part of campus student organization membership or activities will not count toward the commendation. Volunteer hours performed as part of an unpaid internship or clerkship will not count toward the commendation.  Additionally,  volunteer hours from field placements or work-study positions that exceed what is otherwise required to complete the position's requirements will not count toward the Commendation. . Volunteer hours performed as part of a legal clinic that serves the community that exceed what is otherwise required to earn units for the clinic may count toward the commendation, subject to the approval of the program director. 

Capital Commendation students receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement, a special notation in the commencement program, and recognition of their accomplishments at the annual senior luncheon.

Students interested in receiving the Capital Commendation for Public Service should complete the following two forms, and submit them to the Centers of Distinction:

Public Service Opportunities

We offer several organized opportunities for students to engage in voluntary service. Below is a representation of areas to be involved:

  • Public Interest Websites
  • Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) — This student organization supports public legal service activities by sponsoring information events and an annual auction, which raises funds for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program and summer stipends available to enable students to engage in public interest and government work.
  • Other Non-Legal Community Service — Students participate in a number of special service events organized and advertised throughout the year. These include the annual Thanksgiving Run to Feed the Hungry, local clean-up events, and service nights at Sacramento Food Bank Services, located a few blocks from the school.


Contact Adrienne Brungess, Director, Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy and Capital Commendation for Public Service
Email | 916.739.7170