McGeorge School of Law

preLaw Magazine praises McGeorge School of Law for how it prepares students to be lawyers

September 4, 2019

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law has been honored by preLaw Magazine as a professional development leader for 2019.

The publication, which ranks, profiles and carries news about legal education, noted that McGeorge is among a small group of schools offering first-year credit courses on what is needed to get a real world job.

A key reason is McGeorge’s one-of-a-kind, first-year professional identity development course, The Legal Profession. Students learn a variety of practical skills in the required course to prepare them to enter the profession, said Jeff Proske, associate dean of administration and professor of lawyering skills at McGeorge.

“McGeorge’s innovative professional identity development course equips students with the skills and confidence to help them find successful and fulfilling careers in the law,” Proske said. 

Students learn best practices for job searching, professional values, finding fulfilling career paths in law, ethics, cultural competency and interpersonal problem-solving. The course is designed to prepare first-year students to find legal positions in the summer after their first year, Proske said.

The first-year summer employment is an effective way for McGeorge students to get experience working in professional legal settings. It has led many students to important second-year summer internships and externships, and full-time jobs, Proske said. It is a point of pride for the law school.

“The Legal Profession course was instrumental in helping 94% of our entering class in 2018 obtain meaningful legal positions in the first-year summer,” he said.  

McGeorge is excelling in several other 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 best health law programs with an A- grade (prelaw Magazine Back to School 2019)
  • 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’sBest 169 Law Schools 2019)
  • No. 4 for “Best Law School for Public Service-Government Law” (preLaw Magazine, winter 2018)