Be Prepared for Success

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law educates lawyers for large and small law firms, government agencies and corporate legal departments in California, across the United States, and around the world. This has been our hallmark since 1924, and is truer today than ever before. As the world grows smaller yet more complex, McGeorge responds by rigorously training our students for leadership positions in the global economy of the 21st century.

Our success is built on a distinguished faculty, high quality students, and involved alumni. McGeorge is an institution on the move, a dynamic law school that is changing and growing, offering the following degrees on campus, in addition to our online programs: Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD), Master of Science in Law (MSL), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Master of Public Administration (MPA).

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with three distinct campuses united under one common goal: to educate and prepare the leaders of tomorrow through intensive academic study, experiential learning, and service to the community.

Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates prepared for personal and professional success. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes its San Francisco Campus, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and the Sacramento Campus, home to the McGeorge School of Law and graduate programs in health, education, business, public policy and data science.


  • Ranked No. 4 for Best Law School for Public Service-Government Law, PreLaw Magazine, 2018
  • Ranked No. 3 in U.S. for Government Law, National Jurist, 2016
  • Honor Roll for Best LL.M. programs, 2016
  • McGeorge Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz named ninth Most Influential Person in Legal Education, National Jurist, 2017
  • Ranked No. 42 Part-Time Program in U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools Guide
  • Recognized as No. 18 with an “A Grade for Practical Training” preLaw Magazine, Spring 2017
  • McGeorge Professor Stephen C. McCaffrey was named the Stockholm Water Laureate in 2017 for his work in international water resources law

What students and the community say about McGeorge

“I chose McGeorge because the classes build up specific knowledge about things that only people working in the field might know. It gets you a step ahead of the competition.”

— Brandon Chaidez ’18

“My decision to come to McGeorge was influenced in large part by the caliber and dedication of the professors here. The professors not only want to teach us the current law, but also encourage us to challenge laws that are antiquated or prejudicial to marginalized community members."

— Vallerye Mosquera ’15, Sacramento Immigration Attorney

"When I work with McGeorge alumni, they seem experienced, polished and able to connect the dots. The experience, attention to detail, and rigor of the program really shows, and for these reasons, we love hiring McGeorge students as law clerks at SMUD."

— Andrew Meditz ’09, Senior Attorney, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)