April 3, 2006
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific has been ranked among the nation’s Top 20 International Law programs in the 2007 US News & World Report annual guide to “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” published March 31. This elite ranking is made by experts in international law, and thus is especially valued. McGeorge’s faculty, with leadership by Professor Frank Gevurtz, is leading a national effort to ‘globalize’ legal education and Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker sees this national recognition as validating that focus. She noted that, of the highly ranked international programs in the West, “the top four schools are Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and McGeorge — in short, good company.”
McGeorge was also recognized by the magazine as among the Top 100 law schools in the country and listed as one of the most diverse law campuses in the nation.
While the magazine’s annual ratings are oft-maligned as a popularity contest, it is nonetheless a popular tool widely used by the public and prospective applicants as a means of comparing the quality of schools. Rankings are based upon a variety of objective factors including the GPA and LSAT scores of entering students, as well as a “quality assessment” provided by secret balloting among selected lawyers, judges and law faculty around the country.
Dean Parker noted that the law school is pleased to be recognized in the Top 100 again, but is hesitant to place much value on it or any other survey. “No survey can effectively evaluate which school might be the best for students -- what their best learning environment would be, which programs would best hone their skills, provide the most practical training, and send them out well-prepared for the profession,” she said.
McGeorge is recognized nationally for its excellent teaching faculty, its leadership in international business law and a growing national effort to ‘globalize’ the legal curriculum, and its location in the capital city of California, the world’s 6th largest economy. The proximity of the law school’s 13-acre campus to the State Capitol provides students opportunities to gain experience through working in the legislature, as well as in government departments, trial and appellate courts, or other legal practice.