McGeorge School of Law

Message from the Dean

Michael Colatrella

The McGeorge Community has a lot for which to be thankful this season! We have already exceeded our 1.5 million dollar annual fundraising goal this year, and we are only half-way through the fundraising cycle. These funds will go to make law school more affordable to more students, create a Homelessness Advocacy Project within our legal clinics to make it easier for the homeless to find jobs and housing, and to support our nationally ranked Advocacy programs, and much else.

We are thankful that we increased our California Bar Exam pass rate over last summer by 14% on the July 2019 exam to reach an overall first-time taker pass rate of 64.2%, which places us 11th out of 21 ABA-approved California Law Schools. Our bar pass rate is affirmation of the important work that faculty and staff at McGeorge have done to support students, so they are well-prepared for the California Bar exam, one of the most difficult in the nation. The results speak to the quality of instruction, the rigor of our academic programs, and the positive impact of the support we offer students post-graduation while they are studying for the exam.

We also continue to offer a rich academic life to our students by attracting prominent lawyers, jurists, and academics to our school. Although retired US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will not be teaching in Salzburg for us this year, as he has done for over three decades, we are thankful that alumna Matina Kolokotronis ’89, COO of the Sacramento Kings, will be teaching Sports Law in that program this summer. Guest lecturing in the Sports Law class, for which we are also thankful, will be alumnus Scott Boras ‘82, known as “the world’s most successful” sports agent. In the spring we will host KCON XV, a conference that will attract Contract professors from across the world to present academic papers on which they are working. We will also host a Global Center symposium on Rethinking International Law in the Age of the Anthropocene , the Northern California Legal Clinic Professors Conference, and the Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat that brings together practitioners, students, and academics “to discuss today’s challenges to social justice lawyering.”

All of the accomplishments, activities, and events listed above, and much else, would not be possible without your support. Thank you for all you do for McGeorge. We wish you a prosperous New Year!

— Interim Dean Michael Colatrella Jr.