McGeorge School of Law

Giving Priorities

We need your support for a variety of specific funding needs on the McGeorge campus, each of which will help the Law School in its mission to provide a high quality legal education to students. These current funding priorities embody the heart and soul of McGeorge, enhance its reputation, and build for the future.

Making a significant gift or directing a current gift toward one of the areas listed below will help McGeorge remain a leader among educational institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Current priority funding needs are:

Our Advancement team would be pleased to work with you to direct your gift to an area of your choosing.

McGeorge Fund/Dean's Discretionary

As a donor, you have the ability to designate your gift for a particular purpose, such as those listed below. Some donors, however, prefer that their gifts be used to help fund the highest priority needs of the campus at the time. Though McGeorge would like to be able to fully fund every program, scholarship, or campus improvement, doing so is simply unrealistic. Many important programs are unfunded or underfunded annually, and are able to continue only because of generous gifts to the McGeorge Fund. Your annual gift to the McGeorge Fund, no matter the size, can make a significant impact.

Scholarships and Endowments

Establish your legacy as a leader in the McGeorge community by supporting current scholarships, or by endowing a scholarship or program. Scholarships can be based on a current gift now or a planned gift in the future. Endowments begin at $50,000.

Scholarship Support

Great students inspire faculty and challenge their fellow students. They add to the vibrancy of our classrooms, clinics and campus community. An accessible education is important. Scholarship support opens the door to deserving students and eases their debt burden following graduation. To ensure McGeorge's distinction as a leader in legal education, we seek annual and endowed scholarships to attract the finest students. Too often we lose talented students to well-endowed peer institutions able to offer full support. We want all of those exceptional students who can benefit from a McGeorge education to have the opportunity to do so.


Endowments provide the foundation of McGeorge's reputation for excellence. Through the creation of scholarship and program endowments, donors can connect their name with a specific purpose or area of study. Many named endowments create opportunities for financially disadvantaged, but very talented students. Others focus on a particular area of law and allow McGeorge students and faculty to explore the leading edge of our evolving legal system. Endowments recognize donors for their generosity and leadership, while enhancing the reputation of McGeorge among the top U.S. law schools.

Campus Naming Opportunities

Contact the Advancement team for more information.

Centers of Distinction

The Centers of Distinction at McGeorge need your support. Each of our three Centers has overall campaign needs and requires your investment to grow and sustain unique program offerings. Your gift will make a significant difference.

Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

McGeorge's Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution prepares students for the courtroom and teaches them to tackle complex disputes through a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods. McGeorge's Advocacy Program continually ranks among the leading Trial Advocacy programs in the nation. Our advocacy program offers a rich array of courses where students learn to apply theory to realistic legal programs in both the trial and appellate setting. The Center and its faculty also routinely provide training programs for countries around the world. Specific sponsorship opportunities include:

Competition Team Sponsorship — Through various programs, McGeorge sponsors student competitors to travel across the nation and even internationally to represent the law school in moot court and mock trial competitions. The Mock Trial Competition Team program trains students to become excellent trial lawyers through honing the art of persuasive advocacy in the courtroom. The Moot Court program tests a student's written and oral advocacy skills in competitions representing a case on appeal before an intermediate court or a court of last resort. Consider the sponsorship of a team with a gift of $5,000.

National Ethics Trial Competition — McGeorge's National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC) promotes ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. It uniquely features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles, and allows student trial lawyers to display their knowledge and skills of professional responsibility in trial work. Join our prestigious list of NETC sponsors and partner with McGeorge as a leader in promoting ethical and civility principles in the legal profession.

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Special Programs — Gifts can be designated to support Advocacy Center symposia, workshops, and students.

Global Center for Business & Development

The McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development pursues educational, scholarly and practical initiatives addressing the interface between the global economy and the legal profession. The efforts of the Center are a principal reason why the international law program at McGeorge is recognized as a top international law program in the United States. Specific giving opportunities include:

Special Programs — Gifts can be designated to support Global Center symposia, workshops, and students.

Capital Center for Law & Policy

The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy takes advantage of the Law School's location in California's capital city. The Center's initiatives and programs are designed to create lawyers who are leaders in their communities, and who understand the influence of public policy. Specific giving opportunities include:

Special Programs — Gifts can be designated to support Capital Center symposia, workshops, and students.

Legal Clinics

Your investment in McGeorge's Legal Clinics both enhances student learning and helps local community members navigate difficult legal challenges. These innovative programs provide students a learning environment that promotes real-world education and instills the value of service. Your gift to one of our Clinics will ensure McGeorge students are able to continue to learn essential lawyering skills under the tutelage of experienced mediators and attorneys.


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