McGeorge School of Law

Message from the Dean

Dean Schwartz sitting

A message from Dean Schwartz

Greetings!  I hope you are concluding the first half of 2019 well. 

At the end of this message, I will give you the quarterly McGeorge Brag Point. I will start with a short report focusing on what has happened at McGeorge since my March report to you.


McGeorge received some nice press. U.S. News ranked our Trial Advocacy Program 7th in the nation and ranked our Legal Writing Program, Global Legal Skills, 20thInternational Jurist Magazine rated McGeorge’s LLM programs among the top law schools in the nation for providing LLM degrees to international students. The well-known publication gave McGeorge an A+ for value and an A for law school experience in its recent issue featuring “The Best LL.M. Programs”.

Mariam El-Menshawi, who directs McGeorge’s Victims of Crime Resource Center received a Local Hero Award by SafeQuest Solano Inc. as a Solano County Local Hero. The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Consuelo Amezcua, a second-year student at McGeorge.

On April 5-6, McGeorge hosted one of its best Global Center Symposiums ever.  The symposium, entitled “Changing Regulation of Pharmaceuticals: Issues in Pricing, Intellectual Property, Trade and Ethics,” featured more than 60 speakers from eighteen U.S. law schools and eight countries.

The law school also hosted its 12th National Legal Ethics Mock Trial Competition.

Professors Jay Mootz and Brian Slocum published a book, Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law, with the University of Chicago Press.

On May 18, we hosted McGeorge’s 95th Commencement Exercises. Our graduation speaker was McGeorge alumnus, Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Judge Sabraw, who is married to McGeorge alumna Summer Stephen, the elected District Attorney for San Diego County, delivered an inspiring set of remarks with his well-known humility and grace.  Graduation is probably the most joyous part of my job; if you met our graduating students, I suspect you would find them as inspiring as I do.

I know we all wish them the best on the July Bar Exam.   

As I mentioned in my March Dean’s Report, McGeorge is moving its MSL (Master of Science of Law) degrees online this coming fall.  These degrees, designed for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but who do not require the JD degree for their career plans, require only 26 credit hours.  On May 24, I participated in a phone call with our accreditors, who lauded our vision as thoughtful, strategic, and well planned. If you know someone who would benefit from legal training but not a full JD degree, please tell them about our new online versions of the degree.

The McGeorge Brag Point of the Quarter

McGeorge has doubled down on its national leadership in practical legal training. McGeorge guarantees each student a one-on-one, alumni mentor, and McGeorge requires its students to complete four semesters of legal writing training (most law schools offer two or three), at least 11 credit hours of upper-division lawyering skills classes (one of the largest requirements in the country), and two clinical or externship experiences (one of only six law schools to require two such experiences and one of only 85 law schools to require at least one such experience).

Final Thoughts

Thank you for all you do to support McGeorge. Your work as a mentor, speaker, adjunct professor, alumni board member is greatly appreciated, and your generosity as a donor will help elevate McGeorge. Together, we can grow the value of your degree.

— Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz