The varied curriculum at Pacific McGeorge gives students an opportunity to explore many areas of law and master critical lawyering skills. The rigor of the core curriculum prepares students for the bar exam and legal practice. Electives allow students to explore specialized areas, and you may choose to add a concentration or certificate to your J.D. program to gain expertise in a particular practice area. The Experiential Curriculum prepares you for legal practice through hands-on active learning where you are placed in the role of an attorney under careful supervision in one of our pioneering legal clinics or intensive field placements.
We're Changing with the Times
Recently Pacific McGeorge's faculty has undertaken a comprehensive review of the law school's curriculum, to restructure the J.D. program to prepare law students for law practice of the future. These changes are being phased in over a several year period; during this period, the graduation requirements will vary from one graduating class to the next. Below is an overview of the most up-to-date list of graduation requirements. Current Pacific McGeorge students should refer to the specific degree requirements for their graduating class to ensure they are on track.
Degree Requirements by Graduating Class
- Class of 2018 — Page 17 of the Student Handbook (pdf)
- Class of 2017 — Page 21 of the Student Handbook (pdf)
- Class of 2016 — Page 26 of the Student Handbook (pdf)
- Class of 2015 — Page 30 of the Student Handbook (pdf)
Overview of the Graduation Requirements
To earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, students must satisfactorily complete the following graduation requirements:
|Units||88 units minimum, 72 of which must be graded units.|
|Upper Division Writing Requirement||Global Lawyering Skills II (2,2) or Comment Staff Writer on the McGeorge Law Review or McGeorge Globe|
|Experiential Curriculum||Field Placement or Legal Clinic (three (3) units minimum; students who work full time during normal business hours may seek a waiver) and eight (8) units of Simulation and Practicum Courses, including at least one (1) Simulation Course and one (1) Practicum Course.|
|Directed Study Program (students in the lower 50% of their division after first year)||
|Good Academic Standing||Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.33.|
|Period of Study||Complete the J.D. Degree within 84 months of matriculation.|
|Bar Exam||A J.D. degree candidate may not sit for any bar exam prior to completion of all degree requirements. An exception may be made for a student who wishes to sit for the Delaware or North Dakota bar exam, which are offered only one time per year.|
|Application for Graduation||File an Application for Graduation Form with the Office of the Registrar no later than the Add/Drop Deadline of your final term.|
This webpage is a summary of the degree requirements set forth in the Pacific McGeorge Catalog and Grading and Advancement Committee Rules, Regulations, and Procedures ("G&A Rules") (pdf) and explained in the Student Handbook (aka, Black Book) (pdf). All students are responsible for reading those documents, and for ensuring that they comply with all graduation requirements. Any student who anticipates that he or she will graduate earlier or later than expected is advised to seek academic advising with the Office of Student Affairs and must notify the Office of the Registrar of any changes to your expected graduation date.
Pacific McGeorge may require a leave upon specified terms, terminate a student's enrollment, or decline to award a degree if the Administration determines that this is in the best interests of the law school or that a student is not qualified for admission to the legal profession because of factors other than academic standing. Determinations about academic standing are made in accordance with the G&A Rules (pdf). Determinations about the conduct described in the Code of Student Responsibility (pdf) are made in accordance with the Code. Copies of both documents are available online and from the Office of Student Affairs.
Office of Student Affairs
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