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Frequently Asked Questions

If I apply to the Accelerated Honors Program and I am not admitted, will I automatically be considered for the traditional J.D. program?

Definitely! Any Accelerated Honors Program applicant who is not admitted to that program will be given full consideration for the traditional J.D. program.

Can I enroll in the Accelerated Honors Program after my first year is completed?

No. Unfortunately, we have structured the curriculum to start in the spring semester of the Accelerated Honors Students' first year.

Am I eligible to participate in study abroad programs as an Accelerated Honors Program student?

Participating in a study abroad program is possible if you coordinate and plan accordingly to ensure you are meeting all of the requirements including the honors externship. To stay on track with the accelerated program, you will need to earn externship credits each of your two summers to complete the 7 unit honors externship experience. This means you will need to do an externship during the study abroad program and an additional externship the following summer.

Is my tuition covered during my summer honors externship?

Yes, you are eligible for seven credit hours of free summer tuition.

What GPA do I need to have to remain in the Accelerated Honors Program?

You must maintain a 3.00 GPA.

Where do most of your student's extern?

Students in the accelerated honors program will participate in an honors externship during the first summer after they commence law school. Externships will be full time for 10 weeks, and students will earn seven (7) credits. Example of externship placements include:

  • Trial and Appellate Judges (state and federal)
  • California Attorney General's Office (various divisions)
  • Fair Political Practice Commission
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • District Attorney's Office
  • Public Defender's Office
  • California Environmental Protection Agency – State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Department of Human Resources
  • Children's Law Center
  • California Department of Managed Health Care

Other externship placements at non-profit and governmental agencies and organizations are also available and each student will be individually placed with consideration given to her or his area of interest.

What is the benefit of participating in the Accelerated Honors Program?

  • Accelerated Honors students will obtain their law licenses and be eligible to start practicing while their peers are preparing for the bar exam and therefore will begin working as attorneys or policy makers six months ahead of their peers in traditional three-year full-time programs.
  • Because students in the Accelerated Honors Program participate in a free summer externship as part of the program, students in McGeorge's unique program save thousands of dollars.

The most accurate way to compare the cost of attending McGeorge's Accelerated Honors Program is to discount the total cost of attendance by the free summer externship and the six months of income students will earn while their peers are studying for and taking the bar exam and waiting for their results.

What is the purpose of the interview requirement?

The interview provides an opportunity for both parties to ensure that your participation in this new program will provide you all the opportunities for success available. Your application allows us to ascertain certain things about you but an interview will ensure we can weigh such immeasurable factors such as self-discipline and grit that would help you as you pursue an accelerated honors program.

Can I participate in mock trial, moot court, law review if I am a member of the Accelerated Honors Program?

Like all McGeorge students, you will have the opportunity to earn a spot on our competition teams and/or law review. Our teams are nationally recognized and participating in them brings many opportunities to hone your craft and prepare you for your legal career.

What if I start in the Accelerated Honors Program and change my mind?

No problem. Depending on when you decide, you will be able to take a lighter load of classes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Competitive students will have excellent academic credentials and distinctive life experiences to support successful completion of an accelerated J.D. degree. Students with a 157 LSAT score and a 3.3 or better undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) or a 156 and 3.5 or better UGPA presumptively will qualify for an interview. Students whose entrance credentials do not meet these prerequisites may qualify for an interview if their LSAT score and UGPAs are similar to these requirements and other aspects of their application justify further evaluation of their candidacy for the program.

How does the Accelerated Honors Program give me a competitive advantage in the legal employment market?

It helps in two ways. First, Accelerated Honors students will obtain their law licenses and be eligible to start practicing while their peers are preparing for the bar exam and therefore will begin working as attorneys or policy makers six months ahead of their peers in traditional three-year full-time programs. Because students in the Accelerated Honors Program participate in a free summer externship as part of the program, students in McGeorge's unique program save thousands of dollars. The most accurate way to compare the cost of attending McGeorge's Accelerated Honors Program is to discount the total cost of attendance by the free summer externship and the six months of income students will earn while their peers are studying for and taking the bar exam and waiting for their results. Second, your admission into the program and consequent right to say you are an Accelerated Honors Student is a mark of distinction.

How will potential employers know that I've completed the Accelerated Honors J.D. Program?

As a new program, many employees will likely be unfamiliar with what it required to complete your degree faster than average. Placing this on your resume will undoubtedly open the door for you to discuss the nuances of the program and your ability to perform at such a rigorous academic level.

Will I select my own summer honors externship or will one be assigned to me?

McGeorge will provide a list of opportunities. Please see the list of possibilities provided in the answer to question 6 above.

If I do not maintain the required GPA for the Accelerated Honors J.D. Program, how will I be integrated into the traditional J.D. program?

Your integration with the three-year program will be seamless. You will have been taking classes with students in the three-year curriculum all along, and you will continue to do so if you end up in the traditional program.