McGeorge School of Law
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JD Programs

A degree from McGeorge School of Law is a gateway to a variety of legal career opportunities. Your first year of core substantive law courses, legal research and writing, and professionalism will provide the foundation for your legal studies. Our variety of certificates of concentration, programs, and clinics will give you the ability to explore and master different areas of law to prepare you for wherever your career path may lead.

The deadline for the 2019-2020 entering class is April 1, 2019. The March 2019 LSAT is timely in consideration for applications.

Learn By Doing

McGeorge has long been a leader in teaching practical lawyering skills hailing back to 1964 when our first clinics opened. Our students learn to apply legal theory to practice, develop professional lawyering skills, and become lifelong learners.

  • The 6th law school in the nation, and the 1st in the West, to require and therefore guarantee that each student complete two authentic, law practice experiences (clinics or externships)
  • The only law school in California to require 11 credit hours of experiential learning
  • One of the few law schools in the country to guarantee every student a judge or practitioner mentor via our innovative Experiential Learning Mentor Program
  • The only law school in California to provide four semesters of classes focusing on the skills lawyers agree are most critical to success in practice: legal research, writing, analysis, and advocacy

McGeorge also boasts Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition Teams ranked in the top-15 in the nation, law journals, and other courses where students learn by doing.

Real-World Curriculum

In recent years we have developed a wide variety of real-world electives in which our students are immersed in lawyer-like settings with active hands-on methods of instruction to enable the integration of legal theory with professional lawyering skills. Students are involved in projects requiring them to engage in client problem-solving and exercise professional judgment, as lawyers do in practice. Fact-gathering, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, policy analysis, oral advocacy, and persuasive legal writing are some of the many skills students hone in these innovative practice-focused electives.

The Right Fit

Each student can customize the JD Degree to fit his or her needs. The choices include Certificates of Concentration in Business, Capital Lawyering, Environmental, Health, Intellectual Property, International, Tax, and Trial & Appellate Advocacy, JD/MPPA Dual Degree Programs, opportunities for International Study, the Fast Track Water Law JD/LLM Program, and our broad array of electives and experiential opportunities.

Whichever course of study students choose, our student-focused faculty will share their enthusiasm for the law through engaging classes, using the same lawyering skills that are deployed in practice. A campus environment of support and cooperation encourages collegiality, and graduates of our JD program are equipped to continue learning from experience as they build their legal career.

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