McGeorge School of Law

preLaw Magazine highlights McGeorge School of Law’s health law concentration

September 4, 2019

A magazine that profiles, ranks and delivers news about legal education has lauded University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law for its health law concentration.

McGeorge, one of only a handful of California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association to offer a health law concentration, was graded at an A-, one of just 38 schools in the nation in the A range, according to preLaw Magazine, part of The National Jurist family of publications.

The grading was based on law school curriculum offerings, which are growing.

Recognizing that seniors are among the largest demographic of health care consumers, McGeorge in spring 2019 expanded its health law concentration so students now may receive a concentration certificate in elder and health law. McGeorge is the only known law school to offer such a combined concentration, which recognizes the intersection of law, aging and health, said Melissa Brown, director of the law school’s legal clinics and professor of lawyering skills.

“McGeorge graduates are practice ready to address legal needs of our aging society — the silver tsunami — together with those of health care providers, insurers and regulators,” she said.

As home to five major health care providers, all in need of attorneys to help navigate complex statutes, regulations, compliance and transactional needs, Sacramento is a rich environment for in which to study and practice health law. And as the capital of one of the largest economies in the world, Sacramento employs hundreds of McGeorge students and alumni in state government jobs in the health care.

“With its emphasis on experiential learning, McGeorge taps into this market by offering more than a dozen externship opportunities, as well as an on-campus legal clinic experience in elder and health law,” Brown said.

Students training to be lawyers work with students training in the medical field in the clinic.

“In addition to representing clients, students in the Elder and Health Law Clinic engage in interdisciplinary, practical learning with their medical student cohorts at the University of California Medical School, Davis,” Brown said.

McGeorge is excelling in several additional areas, with recent rankings including:

  • No. 7 law school in the nation for trial advocacy and No. 42 for part-time law school (U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools Guide)
  • Among the most diverse law schools with an A- grade (preLaw Magazine winter 2019)
  • No. 7 among law schools with the “Greatest Resources for Minority Students” (Princeton Review’s Best 169 Law Schools 2019)
  • No. 4 for “Best Law School for Public Service-Government Law” (preLaw Magazine, winter 2018)