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Capital Lawyering

Capital Lawyering Program

Through the Capital Lawyering Program, a select group of J.D. students have exclusive access to externships, mentors, engagement and networking activities, and targeted professional development while they pursue the Capital Lawyering Concentration.

Pacific McGeorge's Sacramento location is an ideal setting to study government and policy law. Sacramento is the capital city of the most populous state in the nation, and nowhere else can students of the law gain access to power and influence as readily as at Pacific McGeorge.

Our unrivaled network of alumni leaders at all levels of government in California provide our Capital Lawyering students with guidance and opportunities as students develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in many types of government and public lawyering careers.

The Capital Lawyering Program consists of:

  • A curriculum of 14 units, comprised of required and elective courses, that leads to the award of the Capital Lawyering Concentration.
  • Capital engagement and networking activities, sequenced as Capital Lawyering I, II & III.

Capital Engagement and Networking Activities

  • Capital Activities Planning Board (CAP Board)— Students apply to serve on the CAP Board, an arm of the Government Affairs Student Association (GASA), which includes two members of the Capital Center Advisory Board, and a faculty supervisor. The CAP Board plans and carries out the Capital Lawyering series of activities.
  • Capital Lawyering I — This series of career information and introductory events introduces first year students to the range of capital lawyering careers and the excitement of making policy in California's capital and elsewhere. The 2012-13 events included:
    1. Backstage Pass Tour, Career Panels and Networking at the Capitol Building.
    2. Introduction to Capital Careers Panel.
    3. Speed Networking Practice Event
    4. A VIP Tour of City Hall.
  • Capital Lawyering II — Second year capital lawyering students build on the first year introduction, developing skills and making contacts. First semester, students conduct at least two informational interviews (20 minutes/of an attorney in the field) and attend at least three events in the capital (from the Capitol Morning Report). Second semester students receive a mentor match-up, and begin activities with the mentor, including a half day of job shadowing.
  • Capital Lawyering III — Third year students complete a series of activities designed to launch them into a capital lawyering career. These activities include attending various types of networking events, practicing telephone skills, and participating in the range of Capital Lawyering Program activities and events.


Adrienne Brungess, Director of the Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy Program
Email | 916.739.7170

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Director, Capital Center for Public Law & Policy
Email | 916.739.7217