McGeorge School of Law

First Law Lecture Engages Middle Schoolers

November 7, 2006

Nearly 60 middle school students toured the McGeorge campus on Saturday, November 4th. The students, participants in "Summerbridge Sacramento," a year-round, tuition-free, college prep program for academically motivated, ethnically diverse middle-school students, took a campus tour with several members of the Latino Students Association (organized by Mario Zamora), followed by a highly interactive first 'law lecture' with Professor Rachael Salcido.

Mario Zamora was struck by how engaged and mature the students were, saying, “They were all dialed in, and they asked great questions!” After their session with Professor Salcido, the students enjoyed pizza, also provided by the Latino Student Association, during which time they had a 'Q &A' session with the Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association.

Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker expressed her gratitude to the student groups who helped organize this visit, noting, “Clearly the McGeorge community—from faculty to staff to students—recognizes the vital importance of reaching out to young people, and particularly to our communities of color, to engage them early so law school is on their radar!”

The "Summerbridge Sacramento" visit further underscores McGeorge’s commitment to building a diverse, fully representative legal profession. The law school is the national leader of the “Wingspread” P-20 Consortium, an initiative focused on engaging diverse young students in their academics and the law early in their education.