McGeorge School of Law

Pacific McGeorge Welcomes New Students

August 14, 2012

Francis J. Mootz III

Dean Francis J. Mootz III chats with new students on the quad at a welcoming reception.

Judge Morrison England, '83, administered the oath of student conduct on Aug. 8, as McGeorge welcomed an incoming Fall 2012 class of 256 students.

Dean Francis J. Mootz III welcomed the students and introduced the faculty and several guests at the oath of professionalism ceremony that highlighted a week of Orientation activities such as mock classes and study advice. Student Bar Association President Greg Porter, '13, former McGeorge Alumni Association board member Nirav Desai, '04, and June Coleman, '97, the president of the Sacramento County Bar Association, also addressed the new students.

"I want to commend Tim Naccarato, who has served admirably as interim head of the Admissions Office, Mae Estrada and the entire Admissions team for bringing in a great class in these most challenging times," Mootz said. "They have worked tirelessly to ensure that we achieve our enrollment goal. At the same time, we welcome Tracy Simmons to the McGeorge community as our new Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives."

The preliminary numbers on the Day Division class show 195 students, up from 181 a year ago when the law school deliberately began downsizing its full-time program in the face of a difficult employment landscape for recent California law school graduates. The first-year Evening Division class includes 60 students, up from an opening-day 54 in 2011. The new class includes six Kennedy Fellows, full scholarship recipients whose admission honors the dedication to legal education of long-time faculty member Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

"We gained 10 more veterans who qualified for the VA's Yellow Ribbon program to bring our total number of military veterans in the student body to 20," said Assistant Dean for Academic Programs Tim Naccarato, '77, who served as interim admissions director this year. "I am proud of the fact that very few upper division students, seven, transferred out. We admitted eight students who are transferring in from other law schools."

Classes for new and returning students began on Aug. 13.