McGeorge School of Law

Education Pipeline Initiative

The McGeorge Education Pipeline Program is a collaborative project designed to integrate analytical and rigorous law-themed courses, pedagogy, and programs into curricular and co-curricular activities at local K-12 schools.

The University of the Pacific and McGeorge School of Law, in cooperation with many dedicated partners in the non-profit and legal community, provide co-curricular academic programs to increase the likelihood that disadvantaged students will obtain a college degree and attend graduate school, particularly law school. Students underrepresented in colleges and law schools are specifically targeted.

Law-themed learning activities are the foundation for the Pipeline program, which involves public school student interaction with law students, lawyers, judges, the law school environment and issues relating to justice and civic responsibility. At the elementary school level, reading improvement is the cornerstone Pipeline activity.

The Reading Program with Reading Partners (Volunteers for America)

Assist elementary students in grades 2-5 with reading for one hour a week. Hours are flexible, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Schools Participating: Bret Harte Elementary School at 9th and Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, CA

Prerequisite: None

Street Law Program

Law students pair up to teach this course in the spring semester, which teaches a broad base of legal content with an emphasis on law that touches students' daily lives. The curriculum includes both American and international components. Attorneys and judges from the Sacramento Bar Association occasionally join the class.

Schools Participating: Sac High

Prerequisite: 2L and 3L students enrolled in the McGeorge International Street Law course [three (3) units]

Discover Law

Discover Law Logo and LinkEach year, McGeorge participates in the Law School Admission Council's Discover Law months to encourage and promote diversity in legal education. Designed to cultivate interest in attending law school among students from junior high school through junior college, law schools nation-wide are encouraged to reach out to their communities and bring students from historically underrepresented groups into the pipeline. In 2014, McGeorge hosted two Discover Law programs — one in February and one in March — for local high school students. More than 250 local high school students visited McGeorge, between the two dates, for a day-long law exposure and exploration program. Participants were introduced to the law as a career option and to the law school process. During a highly interactive day, students also participated in mock law classes and a simulated mock trial. The day culminated in a very personal conversation with a McGeorge alumnus about his journey to a career in law.

Operation Protect & Defend

Operation Protect and Defend (OPD) is a group of committed attorneys and judges that meets once monthly to develop a curriculum designed to engage Sacramento County high school students with key principles of the U.S. Constitution and to demonstrate how those principles come into play in their lives. Law students may participate on the curriculum committee and/or volunteer as a classroom OPD presenter in a high school or serve as a co-presenter with a local attorney and judge. The curriculum is taught in high school classes throughout Sac County in March and features a "Story of America" essay contest and a "Master of Art" contest that represent the year's theme. The 2012 contest theme is "Immigration," and is co-sponsored by OPD and the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Schools Participating: Sacramento County high schools

Prerequisite: 2L or 3L students


Contact Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Diversity Initiatives & Financial Aid
Email | 916.739.7198