July 25, 2014
Once again, McGeorge's international program has been recognized among the best in the United States. This marks three years in a row, and seven of the last nine years, in which the U.S. News* survey of faculty teaching in the international law area ranked McGeorge among the elite group of law schools having the top international law programs in the United States.
McGeorge's program is built around a philosophy that does not see international and non-U.S. law as exotic and relevant only for those who might wish to live abroad. Rather, it is built around recognition that we live in era of increasing globalization. Especially in a state like California, with the importance of international trade to the 8th largest economy in the world and an increasingly diverse immigrant population, the local lawyer must become the internationally and interculturally aware lawyer.
Reflecting this philosophy, international and intercultural awareness pervades McGeorge. McGeorge is distinctive in having a majority of the faculty undertake significant teaching and scholarship on international topics. The McGeorge faculty developed the pioneering Global Issues Book Series to introduce law students at McGeorge and law schools throughout the country to the international law issues that domestic lawyers will increasingly face in an era of growing globalization. Around the world, from Latin America, to Europe, to Africa, to our multi-million dollar USAID funded educate-the-educators program in China, McGeorge faculty has engaged in efforts to develop the legal infrastructure and rule of law necessary for all nations to participate in the global economy.
McGeorge students have opportunities to study and to do legal work abroad and we strive to ensure that students gain through these experiences the ability to deal effectively with persons from other legal and broader cultures. Yet, students need not venture outside McGeorge's location in California's capital to experience the impact of the international on the local practice of law. McGeorge's Global Center brings to our campus conferences with leading legal experts from around the world, as well as distinguished individual speakers as part of our international jurists series. McGeorge alumni work all over the nation and the world in a variety of general and specialized legal practices, and their McGeorge education prepared them well for the international issues that increasingly impact legal practice everywhere.
Image photos from left, clockwise: Port of Stockton grain elevator silos, international
flags outside of the United Nations, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Inter-American
program participants in Guatemala in 2013, Global Issues book series.
* U.S. News & World Report has ranked McGeorge's International Law program among the top 20 best programs in the country for the third year in a row, this year as No. 15 in the 2015 Best Graduate Schools Guide.