McGeorge School of Law

High School Students Spend Day at Law School

Professor Ruth Jones conducts a mock law school class for high school visitors.

Discover Law: Professor Ruth Jones conducts a mock law school class for high school visitors.

More than 250 Sacramento area high school students descended on the McGeorge campus on March 2, 2012, to celebrate and sample the law school's annual "High School Discover Law Day" activities.

The Office of Admissions and the McGeorge Education Pipeline co-sponsored the program, which featured a mock class with Professor Ruth Jones, a campus tour led by McGeorge ambassadors, a Q&A session with law students, and a discussion with prominent criminal defense attorney Keith Staten, '92.

"I want to thank Dean Parker, Tim Naccarato, Mae Estrada and her Admissions staff for creating a very memorable day for our students," said Christine Minero, the McGeorge Education Pipeline director. Many of the students who visited campus came from the Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High (NP3) with which McGeorge partners. Other schools represented included Sacramento High (School of Law and Public Service), Florin High (Domestic and International Law Academy), Stockton Pacific Law Academy, C.K. McClatchy High (Law and Public Policy Academy) and Burbank High (Law and Social Justice Academy).

Earlier in the week, more than dozen NP3 students visited the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse and witnessed a sentencing hearing in Judge Kendall J. Newman's courtroom. Two McGeorge students working in the Federal Defender Clinic, Sage Kaveny, '12, and Kendra Bertschy, '12, guided the students through the charging document and court protocol before the actual hearing.

"These NP3 high juniors and seniors are part of the new Student Court program that the Pipeline implemented in November with the help of our law students," Minero said. "Our court has worked so well for the students and the school that NP3 has offered it as a class for credit starting last January."