The application deadline for JD first-year entering students has been extended to July 1, 2020. However, it is advised that you submit your application as early as possible. Students are admitted on a rolling basis.
No. However, we do have a priority deadline of Feb. 1. Applications received and completed by Feb. 1 will receive a decision by the first week of March.
LSAT scores are valid for five years from the date of administration. If you are applying for fall 2020, your score must not be older than 2015.
Applicants must obtain a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited institution before enrolling in any ABA accredited law school. McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific will consider an application complete for review when an applicant has submitted the following:
Yes. In support of the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation directly to LSAC. We will accept a maximum of three letters. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to college professors and administrators who have had the opportunity to assess their academic aptitude to write letters on their behalf. Applicants who have been out of school for a considerable amount of time (five or more years) may submit letters of recommendation from employers, business colleagues, and mentors who can speak to the skills necessary to be a successful law student including, but not limited to, superior writing skills and critical thinking and analysis.
Admissions decisions are made on completed application files beginning in late November. Applicants are advised to apply early as admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and seats are limited. Decisions may be rendered anywhere between six to 12 weeks from the date an application is complete. An application is considered complete when the admissions office has received all of the required application components including a valid LSAT score.
All scores are reported by LSAC. McGeorge will consider all scores in the admissions review process. However, the high score is used for merit scholarships and ABA required reporting. We recommend you prepare for the LSAT and plan on taking it just once. If you are not satisfied with your score and think you can improve, you may want to consider retaking the LSAT. If you have multiple LSAT scores, with a five-point difference or greater, an LSAT disparity addendum is required.
McGeorge does not offer interviews as part of the admissions process. However, we do offer prospective students and wait-listed students the opportunity to speak with an admissions counselor. To schedule a phone or in-person counseling appointment contact the admissions office at 916.739.7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to attend one of our on campus information sessions and/or an on campus open house.
Absolutely! The best way to determine whether a law school is the right fit for you is to engage in the community. We encourage every prospective student to visit our beautiful 13-acre campus. Click here for information on visiting campus. Individual tours and class visits may also be arranged by calling the admissions office at 916.739.7105 or emailing email@example.com.
Yes. Admissions representatives travel to a number of LSAC regional law school forums and colleges and universities nationwide. Check out our recruitment calendar to see when McGeorge will be in a city near you.
Yes, there are currently enrolled student assistants that work in the JD Admissions Office. If you would like to speak to them, call the JD Admissions Office at 916.739.7105. If you have specific areas of interest, we can connect you with one of our Student Ambassadors via email or phone.
Yes. McGeorge offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Scholarships and grants are awarded each year to members of the first-year class based upon criteria including outstanding academic performance, LSAT score and a variety of other factors.
Continuing students may be eligible for additional scholarships available through institutional funds, endowments, and outside scholarship sources. For more information on scholarships please visit our financial aid and scholarship web pages.
Grade trends such as this are evaluated. A number of students have uneven year-by-year undergraduate records. The evidence of overall academic strength is more important and, in general, superior performance in recent rigorous academic work is of significance even though earlier grades were at a lower performance level. A short explanatory addendum to your personal statement is a good place to address such deficiencies.
The two largest components that are considered in predicting an applicant's relative success in law school are the grade point average and the LSAT score. Though these are useful predictors, they are not the only factors the admissions committee will consider when reviewing your application. McGeorge reviews each application in its entirety giving consideration to every component. The admissions committee will take into consideration grade trends, leadership, volunteer and work experience, as well as, the personal statement, any addenda the applicant submits and the information included in letters of recommendation. All of these components assist the admissions committee in determining applicants' academic potential and propensity for success in law school.
Yes. McGeorge is pleased to be able to offer a part-time program. The part-time program will take four to four-and-a-half years to complete, including summer school. The courses are offered in the evening.
The admissions standards for the full- and part-time programs are the same. In some cases, the undergraduate record is given different weight in relation to more recent employment or graduate work experiences since often the undergraduate work was completed many years ago. In addition, the admissions committee may offer full-time program applicants a seat in the part-time program if it is determined that the student may have better success in that program.
Tuition (subject to Board of Regents approval) for the 2020-2021 academic year is $54,594 for the full-time program and $36,256 for the part-time program. Visit our tuition page for more information.
The Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) is available on Oct. 1. Please feel free to contact our Financial Aid Office at 916.739.7158 or via email for more information. Our school code for the FAFSA is 001329.
McGeorge offers both a full- and part-time JD program. The full-time program will take three years to complete. Students accepted into the Accelerated Honors JD Program (AHP) can complete the JD degree in two and a half years.
The part-time program may generally be completed in four years. Summer classes are be required in order to complete the part-time program in four years. Students may also be able to accelerate the part-time program to three and one-half years by increasing their course load after the first year of study.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must obtain a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year undergraduate institution. There is no preferred major for admission to McGeorge. Students enrolled at McGeorge have majored in a variety of areas; everything from biology to music.
Yes. Students are eligible to apply for transfer into McGeorge after one full year of study at an ABA-accredited law school. Transfer students may be able to transfer up to 32 or more units of coursework upon review of their law school transcript and approval by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Applications for transfer to McGeorge must be submitted through LSAC.
Students may apply to visit at McGeorge for one or two semesters after one full year of study at their home law school. Applications to be a visiting student at McGeorge must be submitted through LSAC.
No, McGeorge is accredited by the American Bar Association, which allows graduates from McGeorge to sit for any bar exam in the United States. Our alumni network spans the 50 United States and 43 countries across the globe.
Yes. On-campus housing options include furnished and unfurnished studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Married couples are eligible to live on campus. There is no on campus housing for families with children. Pets are not allowed unless they are service or emotional support animals. Contact the housing office to have your name placed on the housing list. Visit our housing web page for additional information on campus housing costs, eligibility and options.
Yes. The Non-Discrimination Policy is:
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (45 CFR 86), and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions, scholarships, loans, or other activities or programs on the basis of race, gender (identity and/or performance), sexual orientation or preference, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, marital status, age, or religious belief.
Inquiries regarding compliance with these statutes and regulations may be directed to the Office of the Dean, 3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento, California 95817, 916.739.7151, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in San Francisco or Washington, D.C. Student records: Inquiries about the School's compliance with student access and privacy rights regarding educational records, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, may be directed to the Office of the Dean or to the Student and Family Educational Rights and Privacy office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
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