McGeorge School of Law

Capital Center for Law & Policy

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The Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law offers a unique blend of courses and experiential opportunities to prepare you for a career focused on shaping public policy in government. Our location in California's capital city, just a few short miles from the State Capitol and government buildings, provides an unparalleled opportunity to impact critical government and public policy issues while completing your JD (pdf).

Capital Lawyering Concentration

McGeorge's Capital Lawyering Concentration gives you access to faculty and alumni who are among the most respected in the capital arena. Capital Lawyering coursework and experiences prepare you to influence and impact public policy and government law from day one in your career.

Our one-of-a-kind Legislative and Public Policy Clinic gives you the opportunity to shape California law while still in school. Students in the Legislative and Public Policy Clinic work with clients to draft legislation and lobby it through the California Legislature. Clinic students have successfully expanded protections for survivors of domestic violence, banned powdered alcohol, changed eyewitness testimony laws, and enacted harsher penalties for distributing revenge porn.

Interested? Apply to the Capital Lawyering Concentration.

Capital Center Scholarships

Capital Center scholarships are available to highly qualified JD degree applicants who want to complete the Capital Lawyering Concentration. Interested applicants should contact the McGeorge Admissions Office by email or by calling 916.739.7105.

Capital Commendation for Public Service

The Capital Center also recognizes and honors McGeorge students who serve the community through volunteering or pro bono legal work. The Capital Commendation for Public Service is open to all students at McGeorge. Students pursuing the Capital Commendation are invited to an annual recognition reception and at graduation receive a certificate and medal for their achievement, recognition at the annual senior luncheon, and special notation in the Commencement program.

If you are interested in pursuing the Capital Commendation, register here. Log public service hours for the Capital Commendation here.

Capital Center Activities and Events

Want to learn more about the Capital Center for Law & Policy or just stay updated on public policy or government law? You can follow the Capital Center on Facebook and Twitter, visit our blog, or download our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Capital Center Leadership
Leslie Gielow Jacobs

Leslie Gielow Jacobs
Director, Capital Center for Law & Policy,
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Erin O’Neal Muilenburg

Erin O'Neal Muilenburg
Director, Capital Lawyering Concentration;
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Jon Wainwright

Jon Wainwright
Project Manager, Capital Center for Law & Policy
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Capital Center Faculty
Mary-Beth Moylan

Mary-Beth Moylan
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning,
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Jennifer Harder

Jennifer Harder
Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills,
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Brian G. Slocum

Brian Slocum
Professor of Law
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Capital Center Adjunct Faculty
Diane Boyer-Vine

Diane Boyer-Vine
Legislative Counsel, Legislative Counsel Bureau
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Cathy Christian

Cathy Christian
Retired Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni
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Christopher Micheli

Christopher Micheli
Principal, Aprea & Micheli
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Thomas J. Nussbaum

Thomas Nussbaum
Former Chancellor, California Community Colleges,
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