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University of the Pacific,
McGeorge School of Law
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Established 1924
School type Private
Dean Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker
Location Sacramento, California, USA
Enrollment 1,104
Faculty 60 full-time; 40 adjunct
USNWR ranking Tier 3
Annual tuition $36,617 (full-time); $20,690 (part-time)

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is a private, ABA-accredited law school in the Oak Park neighborhood of the city of Sacramento, California, commonly known as "Pacific McGeorge" as it is graduate school of the University of the Pacific. Originally founded in 1924, the school merged with and became part of the University of the Pacific in 1966. The university also runs a dental school in San Francisco, California. The current dean of McGeorge School of Law is former CIA General Counsel Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker.[1]

Additionally, Pacific McGeorge was ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in both Advocacy and International Law programs in the 2007 U.S. News & World Report annual guide to “America’s Best Graduate Schools”. In 2008 it was tied for #3 in the West for its international programs and was also #45 for its student diversity.


Accreditation and Memberships

Pacific McGeorge is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Pacific McGeorge has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.

General Information

Pacific McGeorge offers degree programs leading to the award of the J.D. (Juris Doctor), the LL.M. (Master of Laws) and the J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degrees.

J.D. candidates gather before commencement, May 2008

Pacific McGeorge offers both a three-year day division program and four evening division program. Pacific McGeorge graduates are eligible to sit for the bar examination in any American jurisdiction.


The school that eventually became Pacific McGeorge began in 1921 when Stanford Law School graduate and Standard Oil executive Verne Adrian McGeorge began teaching law students at night in downtown Sacramento, California. After its formal establishment as a school in 1924, this Sacramento Law School, subsequently renamed in Professor McGeorge's honor as the "McGeorge School of Law," merged with the University of the Pacific in 1966 to become Pacific McGeorge.[1]

Areas of Specialization

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

In addition to completing requirements for the Juris Doctor degree, Pacific McGeorge students who wish to add additional value to their legal education may elect to complete additional requirements for a specialization or concentration certificate in the following areas of law:

  • Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • Tax


The Pacific McGeorge campus is located at 3200 Fifth Avenue in the Oak Park area of Sacramento, California, the capital of the State of California.

  • See Pacific McGeorge campus map and directions. As a stand-alone, law-only campus of more than 13 acres (53,000 m2) wooded, Pacific McGeorge offers a green campus with which few other law schools can compare.

Journals and Publications

Faculty-edited publications

  • Journal of National Security Law & Policy Focused on war and terrorism, international relations, democracy, and civil liberties issues.

Law journals and student publications

  • McGeorge Law Review (formerly titled The Pacific Law Journal) A student-run, quarterly, scholarly journal. Two or more issues are published each year containing professional articles and student-authored comments or casenotes; one issue contains the Review of Selected California Legislation, or "Greensheets;" and one issue contains a symposium, focusing on a specific, significant legal topic.
  • Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal (formerly titled "The Transnational Lawyer") Published by law students, articles center on legal analysis and commentary about issues affecting private international law practitioners
  • California Initiative Review An online comprehensive, independent analysis of California ballot initiatives and related issues

Notable alumni

Notable Faculty


External links

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