McGeorge School of Law

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is a private, American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school in the Oak Park neighborhood of the city of Sacramento, California. It is part of the University of the Pacific and is located on the University's Sacramento campus.

University of the Pacific,
McGeorge School of Law
Parent schoolUniversity of the Pacific
School typePrivate
DeanMichael Hunter Schwartz
LocationSacramento, California, US
Enrollment388 (Full-time)
174 (Part-time)[1]
Faculty42 (Full and Part-time)
63 (Total)[1]
USNWR rankingNot Published (bottom 25%)[1]
Bar pass rate50% (July 2018 first time takers)[2]
ABA profileMcGeorge School of Law

Founded in 1924, the school merged with and became part of the University of the Pacific in 1966. The current dean of McGeorge School of Law is Michael Hunter Schwartz, formerly the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 2013-2017.[3]


The school that eventually became McGeorge began in 1921 when University of Chicago Law School graduate[4] 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 and came to be known as "Pacific McGeorge." [3] McGeorge became an integral part of the University of the Pacific in 1991.[3]

Accreditation, memberships, rankings

McGeorge has been fully approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1969.[5] As a result of its ABA accreditation, McGeorge is also approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California.

The first year curriculum at McGeorge consists of 27 units.[6] McGeorge law students must also complete 29 units of upper-level required curriculum.[7] Therefore, 56 units out of the 88 units to graduate are required courses.[8] All students take the same required courses.


McGeorge joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1974.[9] It 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.[10]

Rankings and Bar Exam Passage Rate

In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, McGeorge School of Law ranking was not published, placing it in the bottom 25% of US law schools.[11]

Of the McGeorge alumni who took the California bar for the first time in July 2018, 50% passed, vs. a statewide average of 64% for graduates of ABA-accredited law schools.[12]

Tuition Costs

McGeorge's tuition and fees for full-time students during the 2017-2018 academic year cost $54,496 per year, while tuition and fees for part-time students was $40,776 per year.

McGeorge LLM tuition and fees for an LLM during the 2017-2018 academic year cost $34,436.

Academic programs

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

McGeorge offers both a three-year day division program and four-year evening division program. As an ABA approved law school, McGeorge graduates are eligible to sit for the bar examination in any American jurisdiction.


The McGeorge School of Law is located on University of the Pacific's Sacramento campus at 3200 Fifth Avenue in the Oak Park area of Sacramento, the capital of California.[13]

Journals and publications

Law journals and student publications

  • The University of the Pacific Law Review (formerly titled "McGeorge Law Review" and "The Pacific Law Journal") A student-run, scholarly journal publishing four issues annually. Two 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.
  • California Initiative Review An online comprehensive, independent analysis of California ballot initiatives and related issues.
  • California Water Law Journal A forum for high quality water law research and academic discourse between students and professionals, and the opportunity to publish candid and current legal analyses.

Notable people

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

Present Dean and Dean Emeriti

  • Michael Hunter Schwartz, 2017 - present
  • Francis J. –"Jay" Mootz, 2012 – 2017
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, 2002 - 2012, Executive Director and CEO of the State Bar of California[19] Former CIA General Counsel
  • Gerald Caplan, 1991 - 2002
  • Gordon D. Schaber, 1957 - 1991
  • John Swann, 1946 - 1957
  • Lawrence Dowrety, 1937 - WWII closure
  • Gilford Rowland, 1933 - 1937
  • Russell Harris, 1930 - 1933
  • Vern Adrian McGeorge, Founder, 1924 - 1930


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  5. "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
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