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Megan McCauley

Class of 2019

Hometown: Kalispell, Montana
Undergraduate: Boston University
Major: Major in History, Minor in International Relations

Bio

Megan McCauley was born in Sacramento but raised in a small town in Montana near the Canadian border. "In high school, I was a band geek and loved to spend my free time riding horses and enjoying Glacier National Park. Growing up in rural Montana and eager to see what the rest of the world had to offer, I was bitten by the travel bug early in life. After graduating from high school, I packed my life into two suitcases and moved to Boston for university. I had never been to Beantown before, but was more excited than ever for a new adventure."

While attending Boston University, she spent a semester in London studying History. "During that time, I spent many long hours in the National Archives researching the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 and wrote a large paper on my findings. I also studied in Paris and worked at a law firm in the city. The internship was entirely in French, which truly took me out of my comfort zone. I fully immersed myself in these experiences and learned so much about myself and what I want to do with my life."            

After graduating from Boston University with a degree in History and International Relations, Megan decided to move to sunny California to be closer to family (and escape the brutal Boston winters). She spent about two years working at a law firm here in Sacramento, which really opened her eyes to what the practice of law looks like on a day-to-day basis. "After hearing so many great stories from the firm's attorneys (most of whom are McGeorge alumni) and learning more about the school's International concentration, I knew McGeorge was for me."  

In the summer leading up to her 1L year, she was given the incredible opportunity to move to Parma, Italy with her boyfriend (also a McGeorge student) to research international extradition with a leading expert in the field at the University of Parma. "While there, we also worked with Italian lawyers and professionals who were trying to improve their English. We spent the summer learning more about extradition than I imagined was possible and trekked all over Europe before school started in the fall."    

Law school has given Megan the opportunity to fuse her two passions, History and International Relations. "My time at the law firm in Paris certainly inspired me to pursue that path. That said, after graduating college, I was a little unsure. Law school is expensive and I wanted to be sure that it was something I truly wanted to do. This is why I took time off to work in a law firm and get a feel for what the law looks like on a more practical level. I am so glad I did that. My time in the 'real world' truly cemented my desire to go to law school and make a difference in people's lives."  

Megan is the current President of Yoga Club, Vice President of Wine Law Society, Secretary of Craft Beer Law Society, and Communications Director of McGeorge International Law Society. She became involved in these organizations because she wanted to give back to the campus community and also learn more about the things she already has a passion for. "I am a home brewer, yoga enthusiast, and have a serious passion for international affairs - what better place to build on those interests and merge them with the law than with these clubs?"  

As a current staff writer for Greensheets, she has spent this summer researching and analyzing the legal implications and background of Senate Bill 54, California's "sanctuary state" bill.  Aside from writing for Greensheets this summer, Megan loves to spend her free time scoping out great campsites throughout Northern California, brew her own beer, to bake, and has a passion for travel. "I have traveled extensively throughout England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, and Canada and hope to cover much more ground in the future!"  

Megan hopes to graduate with a concentration in International Law and Business Law. "For me, it is vital that I am passionate about what I do and the people that I work with. I plan to keep my career options open, but hope to pursue a career in International Business Law or perhaps even Craft Beer Law."  

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