From the School

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific is the only ABA accredited law school in Sacramento, the capital of the world's 5th largest economy. We have been educating practice-ready lawyers for almost 100 years in our part-time, full-time and accelerated honors programs. The connections made through unique courses like, Legal Professions, instills the need for networking early in your education. Our 14,000 alumni (in every state and 45 countries) are pivotal players in our graduate's success, whether they are Judges (over 300+ alumni are) or they have moved abroad, they are steadfast in their commitment to your future success. Many of our students will gain valuable and unique experiences through one of our clinical offerings, from Elder and Healthcare to the Federal Defender Clinic (only one of two in the country) or from Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation to drafting Legislation - there is something for everyone. The Sacramento region is a melting pot of peoples, ideas, entertainment, sports, and food (to name a few), and it is more than just a great place to study where the law is made, it is a place to pursue your passion.


Acceptance Rate
Median Undergrad GPA
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
145 - 164


Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

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Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

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Students Say

Located in Sacramento, the state capital of California, Pacific McGeorge School of Law’s proximity to the courts understandably leads to an emphasis on lawyering skills and the reality of legal practice. The unique locale also offers “amazing access to California state government opportunities,” and its status as the “largest law school campus in the world” (resting on thirteen acres) is made even more resounding by the fact that the campus is solely a graduate campus. “No MBA students, undergrad, or the like—everyone here is either going through what you are or can help in some way,” says a 1L.
Most here say that McGeorge's great strength is its “awesome professors.” “Very few of them are the dry, stuffy professors you expect to have in law school”; instead, they're “witty, friendly, very accessible, and sociable.” “It's refreshing to see that they don't take themselves too seriously. Law school is just that much more fun when a professor is willing to show up to class wearing a twisted-balloon bow tie,” says a student. They “are always willing to meet and talk with a student” and also “great about not only attending school sponsored events but also show up to unofficial events.” For the most part, the “strong trial advocacy programs” and comprehensive curriculum “is well tailored to the student body,” and professors “want more than anything for us students to become that knowledgeable and quick.”
Another strength is the faculty scholarship. “I am constantly recommending to friends at other law schools supplements that were authored by Pacific McGeorge faculty simply because they are the best supplements,” says a second year. Administration is as accessible as the faculty, and even the Dean has held “a résumé review session to give individuals advice on their résumés.” The writing program could use some work to become more flexible, according to some, because “although the program sounds good on paper, it fails to achieve its goals because of the way it is implemented.” The global lawyering skills (GLS) program “emphasizes legal writing and oral argument, which is essential for becoming a skilled lawyer”; while it is not without its merits, many agree that it “takes up too many credit hours,” and “the idea that it is known in the region is not, in all likelihood, a function of its success.”
Classrooms are “nice and clean,” and a renovation of the library has been completed: it is “large, aesthetic,” and “gorgeous,” making it “a good place to study.” The library staff goes “above and beyond the call of duty in locating difficult-to-find sources.” Job placements “could be much better,” however, and students agree that a better reputation would help out greatly. “Your degree is only worth what job it gets you,” says one. Luckily, for those remaining in the area, “the school faces little competition from other schools,” and alumni “are always anxious to help out students.” Some wish the bar passage rates would go up, and agree that “it would be helpful if we were specifically told which electives we should take that would increase our chances of passing the bar.”

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Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

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# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
National and California law firms; Federal and California government agencies, California-wide District Attorney and Public Defender offices, lobbying and legislative advocacy firms and public interest organizations.

Graduates Employed by Area

Private Practice
Public Interes
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region

South West

Prominent Alumni

Scott Boras
Sports Agent/Baseball

Katharine (Katie) Martin
Chair of the Board and Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Kim Wilford
General Counsel at GoFundMe

Douglas Love
JPresident and CEO, Annexon Biosciences

The Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan
Judge, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals


From The School


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

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% Under-represented Minorities

82% are full time
18% are part time
46% female
54% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The students in the “very welcoming community” of McGeorge are “great,” and “experiences here are memorable,” according to one. Students are “much less competitive than at the majority of other law schools;” there is “a much stronger sense of community, unlike the cutthroat atmosphere” at some other law schools. “I came to McGeorge for the atmosphere, and it hasn't disappointed. My 1L section was like family,” says a second year student.
While the neighborhood around the school is “less than ideal,” the campus “is constantly working to ensure the students feel safe,” and public safety is “always available and easily accessible.” There is a “lack of on-campus housing,” so most students commute to school every day. The campus itself is lovely, with brick buildings, “massive trees,” and a gorgeous quad with a gazebo. “The campus is extremely beautiful and it has all the resources one could wish for a law school to have,” says a student. McGeorge also cares about the environment: there's an on-campus community garden and a student-run sustainability committee which works with the administration to make the school more sustainable.

More Information

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Admissions Office Contact

From The School

Tracy L. Simmons
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817



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