May 31, 2015
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific received the 2nd place 2015 Diversity Matters Award from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), marking the third year in a row that the law school was recognized in the top three. The Award is given to law schools that have demonstrated the highest level of outreach to racially and ethnically diverse students.
Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives & Financial Aid, accepted the award at the LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference on May 28, 2015. McGeorge was selected for the 3rd place Diversity Matters Award in 2014 and received the 2nd place runner-up Award in 2013. LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. The contest runs from July 1 to April 30 each year. In determining the winners, LSAC considers creativity, event attendance, and overall use of all funds.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law received the first place award, and Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law came in with third place. Other schools cited by LSAC as the top ten finalists were Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University, Lewis & Clark Law School, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Southwestern Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and University of Washington School of Law.
One annual event that contributed to McGeorge’s Award is the Discover Law Program, which is an opportunity for aspiring students to experience law school for a day and develop a vision for their future. The law school sponsored two "Discover Law” days for Sacramento-area junior high, high school and junior college students this year, on Feb. 13 and April 17, 2015. The free program was primarily focused on historically underrepresented groups and first-generation college aspirants, and included a mock class, a simulated trial exercise, a law school tour, and an alumni presentation.
The top three law schools were invited to give presentations at the Diversity Initiatives Update at the LSAC Annual Meeting on May 30. Jermaine Cruz, Director of Admissions, presented a summary about McGeorge's Discover Law Program and fielded questions about planning successful diversity pipeline programs.