McGeorge School of Law
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JD Degree

A degree from McGeorge is a gateway to a variety of legal career opportunities. Your first year of core substantive law courses, legal research and writing, and professionalism will provide the foundation for your legal studies. Our variety of certificates of concentration, programs, and clinics will give you the ability to explore and master different areas of law to prepare you for wherever your career path may lead.

Learn By Doing

Our strong experiential curriculum sets us apart. From day one, students are deeply engaged in analyzing, reflecting, giving and receiving feedback, and learning through hands-on experience. Each student participates in Externships and/or Legal Clinics, plus there are Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition Teams, law journals, and numerous experiential courses where students learn by doing.

Real-World Curriculum

In recent years we have developed a wide variety of real-world electives in which our students are immersed in lawyer-like settings with active hands-on methods of instruction to enable the integration of legal theory with professional lawyering skills. Students are involved in projects requiring them to engage in client problem-solving and exercise professional judgment, as lawyers do in practice. Fact-gathering, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, policy analysis, oral advocacy, and persuasive legal writing are some of the many skills students hone in these innovative practice-focused electives.

The Right Fit

Each student can customize the JD Degree to fit their needs. McGeorge offers Certificates of Concentration in Business, Capital Lawyering, Environmental, Elder and Health, Intellectual Property, International, Tax, and Trial & Appellate Advocacy, JD/MPA Dual Degree Programs, opportunities for International Study, the Fast Track Water Law JD/LLM Program, and our broad array of electives and experiential opportunities.

Whichever course of study students choose, our student-focused faculty will share their enthusiasm for the law through engaging classes, using the same lawyering skills that are deployed in practice. A campus environment of support and cooperation encourages collegiality, and graduates of our JD program are equipped to continue learning from experience as they build their legal career.


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