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Experiential Curriculum

There is no substitute for the real-world knowledge gained through experiential learning. We offer a variety of ways to put classroom theory into practice through our required Experiential Curriculum. As an incoming Pacific McGeorge student, you will need to complete three types of experiential education to graduate: a clinic or field placement, simulation courses and practicum courses.

Pacific McGeorge's innovative curriculum emphasizes hands-on active learning where our students are placed in the role of an attorney under careful supervision in one of our pioneering legal clinics or intensive field placements. Our students will learn to apply legal theory to practice, develop professional lawyering skills, and perhaps most importantly, become a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. Our talented faculty and network of experienced adjunct professor practitioners teach a distinctive array of hands-on courses through our Experiential Curriculum.

Our Experiential Curriculum is being phased in over three years, beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. We offer the Experiential Curriculum during the regular academic year, a January intersession and in the summer.

Experiential Curriculum Requirements

Field Placement or Legal Clinic 3
Practicum Course 4 to 5
Simulation Course 4 to 5

What is a Practicum Course?

Practicum Courses are defined as courses in which at least one-third of instruction is devoted to a professional skill or set of professional skills characteristically used by practicing lawyers. Practicum courses give students the opportunity to learn substantive law and also learn and appreciate the context in which that law is to be applied by working on lawyer-like projects on simulated legal matters. Examples include: Legal Problem Solving for Construction Clients, Entrepreneurial Management and Local Agency Practice - Advice and Litigation.

What is a Simulation Course?

Simulation Courses are defined as courses where students learn by doing, and in which the vast majority of instruction is devoted to professional skills and values characteristically required of practicing lawyers. Such courses enable students to integrate legal theory, professional skills, and professional identity. Examples include: Trial Advocacy, Mediation, Negotiations & Settlements and Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal.

How will I know which courses to register for?

All experiential and practicum courses are labeled in the Academic Schedule.


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