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Shoeb Mohammed

Shoeb Mohammed

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Major: B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy Minor


Shoeb is a Muslim American with a passion for law. Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Shoeb grew up around the car culture and beach vibes of Los Angeles. Raised in a family of engineers, Shoeb was always known as a tinkerer. He made stuff, he broke stuff, and he made stuff out of broken stuff. Eventually, his tinkering led him to the computer where he became a lover of all things software.

But growing up, Shoeb's off-screen experiences led him to become very aware of his status as a minority in America, particularly with regard to the law. "In our little Islamic community, we had no shortage of surgeons and engineers. But we had no lawyers." The lack of representation of Muslim Americans in our legal system troubled Shoeb.

He decided that becoming a doctor or engineer was not his calling; law school was the best fit for him since he still wanted to pursue a public service-oriented career. He remembers, "I always got excited about cases and law, and I just never had the courage to experiment with my classes in college. I was on a  purely Biology-focused track. But once I veered from that course, I never looked back." 

So, Shoeb pursued a law degree. He admits, "In my heart, I know I'll always be a nerdy math and software guy; but I really felt like a law degree was the right choice."

With its top tier Trial Advocacy programs and its rich history in Sacramento, McGeorge became the perfect place to pursue his law career. "McGeorge is a generous school in an excellent location. It's nearly a century old and has a great reputation for putting out Judges and California State as well as Federal level public service attorneys. It was ideal for me."

After his first year in law school, Shoeb was elected Vice President of the Student Bar Association (SBA) at McGeorge, held the position of Treasurer of GASA, and also served on the McGeorge Mock Trial team. 

During his last year of law school, the McGeorge Mock Trial team placed Regional Runner Ups in the Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Seattle, Washington; and Shoeb later won Best Cross Examination at the Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York. "I really owe everything to the training and attention I received from my professors and coaches at McGeorge. They really did set me up for success."

While he credits his professors for their dedication to their students, Shoeb's involvement in the Mock Trial Team also helped prepare him for life after law school, saying, "I've graduated and I am employed for post-bar. As I await my bar results, I am very fortunate to have multiple offers for career level employment based on bar passage. I consider myself to be very lucky to be in a position to weigh offers, and I attribute it all to the trial advocacy program at McGeorge."

The McGeorge Trial Advocacy Program also connected Shoeb with his internship at the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, which is where he first gained a passion for criminal prosecution. Shoeb attributes his career path to his participation with the McGeorge Mock Trial Team. "I love trial more than anything, and I never in a million years would have thought that I'd win an award for trial advocacy. I treasure this accomplishment not because of the award but because of my coaches and my team, who I truly believe are the reason I won anything at all. Nothing was more rewarding than making them proud and representing my alma mater."

Today, Shoeb continues his career in criminal prosecution and works to promote minority representation in the administration of justice.

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