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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Pacific McGeorge is designed to develop highly skilled professionals who are prepared for the rapidly changing legal market. Pacific McGeorge's accomplished faculty challenges students. A legal education at Pacific McGeorge will push you academically within a supportive, empathetic environment where faculty and staff are invested in your personal success.

The First Year — A Solid Foundation

The focus of the first year is on building a solid foundation in the theory of law and mastering legal research and writing. All first-year students have a small-group classroom experience in Global Lawyering Skills I, which provides the opportunity to work intensively with a professor on analytical and advocacy skills. First-year students also take a spring Legal Profession class where they begin to shape their professional identity and bring their professional goals into focus. In the fall semester, a skills covers topics such as case briefing, note taking, outlining, and writing law school exams. This Analytical Skills Course is fully integrated with a substantive course, such as Torts or Contracts. Those students whose fall exam scores suggest that they would benefit from additional academic support are enrolled in Principles of Legal Analysis I in the spring semester.

The First-Year Required Courses
Day Division
Evening Division
Analytical Skills Course (1)
Civil Procedure (4)
Contracts (4)
Criminal Law (4)
Global Lawyering Skills I (2,2)
Legal Profession (1)
Legislation & Regulation (3)
Property (4)
Principles of Legal Analysis I (1) — if applicable
Torts (4)
Analytical Skills Course (1)
Civil Procedure (4)
Criminal Law (4)
Global Lawyering Skills I (2,2)
Legal Profession (1)
Principles of Legal Analysis I (1) — if applicable
Torts (4)

 

After the First Year — A Specialized Path of Study

Upper-division students choose among a broad array of elective courses where they get to focus on a more specialized path of study. Students may choose to add a Concentration or pursue a Certificate, as well as considering competition teams, law journals, field placements or legal clinics. The usual course load during upper-level years is 14-16 units (Full-Time) or 9-10 units (Part-Time). Students must complete a total of 88 units, including a minimum of 72 which must be graded units.

Upper-Division Required Courses
Day Division
Evening Division
Second Year
Constitutional Law (4)
Evidence (4)
Global Lawyering Skills II (2,2)

Second or Third Year
Professional Responsibility (2)
Second Year
Constitutional Law (4)
Contracts (4)
Global Lawyering Skills II (2,2)
Legislation & Regulation (3)
Property (4)

Third Year
Evidence (4)

Third or Fourth Year, or Any Summer 1
Professional Responsibility (2)

 

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Legal writing is an essential skill for a successful legal career. Most Pacific McGeorge students satisfy the Upper-Division Writing Requirement by taking Global Lawyering Skills II during their second year. Full-Time students who work on the journal comment staff during their second-year have the option of waiving out of Global Lawyering Skills II. No waiver is available for Part-Time students who serve on the journal comment staff in their third year.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Day Division
Evening Division
Second Year
Global Lawyering Skills II (2, 2) or Comment Staff Writer on the McGeorge Law Review or McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal.
Second Year
Global Lawyering Skills II (2,2)

 

Experiential Curriculum — Hands-on Legal Experience

There is no substitute for the real-world knowledge gained through experiential learning. As part of our commitment to teaching practical lawyering skills, all Pacific McGeorge students complete a Legal Clinic or Field Placement, and simulation and practicum courses where the focus is on learning by doing. Students learn to apply legal theory to practice, develop professional lawyering skills, and become a reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Experiential Curriculum Required Courses
Day Division
Evening Division
Second or Third Year
Legal Clinic or Field Placement (3 units minimum)
Simulation and Practicum Courses (8 units total)
Third or Fourth Year, or Any Summer 1
Legal Clinic or Field Placement (3 units minimum)
Simulation and Practicum Courses (8 units total)

 

Directed Study

Pacific McGeorge is committed to the success of each student. The Directed Study Program is designed to bolster a student's command of and confidence in core legal skills, with the goal of increasing success in law school and paving the way to passing the bar exam. Students who are in the lower 50% of their division after the first year are part of the Directed Study Program.

Directed Study Required Courses (Students in the lower 50% of their division after first-year are part of Directed Study)
Day Division
Evening Division
Second Year
Principles of Legal Analysis (1)

Second or Third Year
Business Associations (4)
At least one of the following bar courses: Community Property (2), Criminal Procedure (3), or Wills & Trusts (3)

Third Year
Remedies & Principles of Law (3)
Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing (2 P/F)
Second Year
Principles of Legal Analysis (1)

Third Year
Business Associations (4)

Third or Fourth Year, or Any Summer 1
At least one of the following bar courses: Community Property (2), Criminal Procedure (3), or Wills & Trusts (3)

Fourth Year
Remedies & Principles of Law (3)
Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing (2 P/F)

 

1 Note: To stay on track for graduation, part-time students generally must take 2-5 units each summer.

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