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International Students

The Graduate & International Programs Center assists incoming and current international students and scholars to make smooth transitions at McGeorge and to have successful academic, professional, and social experiences. To assist in this effort, we will assist you with your visa documentations and we will offer the following special services:

Orientation

Every Fall, we offer a special Orientation for international students. We will personally welcome you at the Sacramento Airport, and help you get situated in your new environment. During our orientation, we will not only go over some basic knowledge that you will need to be successful in law school, but we will also spend some times driving you to several retail and grocery stores, so you may start the new semester with all that you need. Finally, we will schedule a time for each of our international students to meet with our Director of Graduate and International Programs.

Academic

International students at McGeorge do not pursue a separate course of studies from their U.S. counterparts, but study side-by-side with both U.S.-trained attorneys in the LL.M. program and J.D. students, which we believe provides an enriching learning environment for both U.S. and international students.

That being said, we recognize that international students have special needs and need time to bond with each other. The following courses are offered to meet these goals:

  • LL.M. Legal Process — This course introduces foreign-trained lawyers to the U.S. legal system starting with the basic structure of U.S. law, based on the U.S. Constitution, and also focuses on written assignments so that students may begin to develop the skills necessary to communicate using U.S. legal English.
  • LL.M. Legal Writing — The course focuses on providing foreign-trained lawyers with practical experience in legal research and writing and teaches them how to read U.S. case law critically, identify rules, interpret statutes, interview clients, ascertain the relevant facts and implement appropriate legal strategies.
  • Professional Legal English — Designed for foreign-trained lawyers with an interest in learning about the American legal system. It helps the participants to improve their English language skills and master the language of law while learning about the U.S. judicial system.

Additionally, Pacific McGeorge students have access to our legal writing specialist who will work closely with each of you, helping you develop your writing skills.

Career

Our Career Development Office offers a number of programs and events throughout the academic year specifically for International LL.M. students including resume and cover letter workshops, networking and interviewing programs and job fairs in New York (ISIP) and Los Angeles. Note that these two job fairs are not open to all LL.M. or J.S.D students. They are only open to students from member schools, and we are proud to be among them.

Student Life

Practicing legal skills doesn't always happen in classroom or during an internship. Student Organizations play an integral role in the campus environment and educational process for law students at Pacific McGeorge and through them international students have access to additional social and academic opportunities sponsored by McGeorge Student Organizations.

Living in Sacramento

There are plenty of rental opportunities in Sacramento, but the most convenient one as a student is certainly our on campus housing. We offer furnished and unfurnished apartments. We have one or two bedroom, or studios. For more information, review our Student Housing Office.

Although it is easy to buy or rent a car, we found that bicycles are a great way to get around Sacramento. Pacific McGeorge has a special Bicycle Program that is exclusive for international students.

Sacramento's convenient location makes socializing easy. Whether you prefer to stay around Sacramento or enjoy trips to Tahoe, San Francisco-Bay Area, Los Angeles or even Vegas, there are plenty of events and happenings to keep you busy. To check out some of the current Sacramento social events, take a look at the Sacramento News & Review or the Downtown Grid. Additionally, there are a variety of school-related activities and events planned by Pacific McGeorge and the various student organizations on-going throughout the academic year. Moreover, many of our staff have lived in Sacramento for many years, and are more than happy to give you recommendations as to restaurants, day trips, and more.

Questions?

Contact Clémence Kucera, Director, Graduate & International Programs and Centers of Distinction
Email | 916.739.7353 or 916.739.7019