University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law welcomes applications for its JD
program from qualified applicants who are undocumented, including those who have DACA
immigration status or who are DACA-eligible.
Information for Undocumented Applicants
- Undocumented Students, according to the National Immigration Law Center, are defined as foreign nationals who entered the United States:
- Without inspection or with fraudulent paperwork; or
- Legally as nonimmigrants, but remained in the United States after violating the terms
of their status.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
- Undocumented students may qualify for DACA if they:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Arrived in the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
- Have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;
- Were physically present in the United states on June 15, 2012, and at the time of
making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Had no lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in high school, have graduated or earned a General Educational Development
(GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S.
Armed Forces; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other
misdemeanors, and are not otherwise considered a risk to national security or public
- For more information on DACA or the application process for DACA, please see the Resources listed below.
- Ability to Practice Law
- In California, DACA students are eligible to apply for and obtain a license to practice
law. To practice law in California or any other state, a law school graduate must
apply for and be admitted to the bar. The criteria for eligibility to sit for the
bar examination and/or to qualify for bar admission are set by each state. Students
should consult the requirements of the licensing authority in any state in which they
contemplate practicing law to ascertain the qualifications for bar admission. Information
concerning bar admission in California may be found at www.calbar.ca.gov. Information about other states may be found at www.ncbex.org.
- Financial Aid
- Undocumented students are currently not eligible to apply for any federal funding,
including FAFSA and work study.
- Undocumented students may be eligible for private scholarships, fellowships, grants,
and/or loans. Some examples include:
- All McGeorge applicants and students are eligible to be considered for institutional
merit, need-based and endowed scholarships.
- Other non-institutional scholarships are available to members of certain backgrounds,
such as military families, members of religious organizations or communities and particular
groups of students. For example:
- Undocumented students are eligible to apply for Alternative/Private loans. In order
to do so, they must have a co-signer that is a credit worthy U.S. citizen.
- Admissions or Financial Aid Questions
Resources for Undocumented Students
- Immigration Law Clinic and Immigration Fair
- Students in the Immigration Law Clinic provide in-depth legal assistance to low-income clients on immigration matters under
the supervision of an attorney.
- Undocumented Graduate/Professional Student Support Group
- Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred (GRADD) was born out of the demand by undocumented
college students and graduates for guidance and information about access to post-graduate
programs. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dream Bar Association (DBA)
- The DREAM Bar Association ("DBA") is a non-profit legal organization that extends
membership to undocumented pre-law students, current law students, practitioners and
paralegals to provide a network for undocumented immigrants who are interested in
pursuing a career in law, are pursuing a career in law or are practicing in this field.
For more information: http://www.dreambarassociation.com/
- California Student Aid Commission
- California DREAM Act and Qualifying for California Grants – some Dream Act students
are eligible for limited state financial aid.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- College Board
- American Immigration Council
- National Immigration Law Center
- National Immigration Center
- Own The Dream
- Information regarding DACA, the application process and the renewal process can be
found with this organization.
- College Guide for Undocumented Students
- College Board
The information provided above is not intended to provide legal advice. It is provided
for informational purposes only.
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in compliance with Titles VI
and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of
1972 (45 CFR 86), and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate in the administration
of any of its educational programs, admissions, scholarships, loans, or other activities
or programs on the basis of race, gender (identity and/or performance), sexual orientation
or preference, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, marital status, age,
or religious belief.
Inquiries regarding compliance with these statutes and regulations may be directed
to the Office of the Dean, 3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento, California 95817, 916.739.7151,
or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in San Francisco
or Washington, D.C. Student records: Inquiries about the School's compliance with
student access and privacy rights regarding educational records, under the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, may be directed to the Office of the Dean
or to the Student and Family Educational Rights and Privacy office, U.S. Department
of Education, Washington, D.C.