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Capital Certificate in Public Law & Policy

The Capital Certificate Program is a 14-unit course of study and experiential learning, which students pursue at the same time as they earn the Pacific McGeorge J.D. degree. The Capital Certificate is offered in conjunction with exclusive capital engagement and networking opportunities through the Capital Lawyering Program.

Capital Certificate students complete a series of required and elective courses specially designed to equip new lawyers with the skills and knowledge base to succeed in the many types of government and public lawyering careers. The Capital Certificate curriculum requirements includes an introduction to capital lawyering course, and an externship or clinic experience.

The curriculum ensures that students graduate with real life experience and on-the-job contacts within the government and public lawyering community. In a capstone seminar, students look in-depth at issues of government theory and practice, and write a paper of publishable quality. Capital Certificate students participate in Capital Center students groups, attend Capital Center events, and network with the many Capital Alumni Chapter members in California, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who work in government and public lawyering careers.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the Certificate/Concentration Form, and submit the following to Professor Adrienne Brungess:

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Public Service Scholarships

Public Service scholarships are available to highly qualified J.D. degree applicants who want to make public law, including government service, a part of their career. Interested applicants should contact the Pacific McGeorge Admissions Office by email or by calling 916.739.7105.


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