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DESCRIPTIONMcGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
McGEORGESCHOOL OFLAW LAWYERS FOR WHATS NEXT.
Modern lawyering is client-driven, highly customized, collaborative, proactive, interdisciplinary, and, above all, ever-evolving. At McGeorge, youll gain the kind of comprehensive expertise that goes beyond traditional legal silos. Your studies here integrate mastery of legal doctrine and analysis with a wealth of real-world opportunities, so you become a versatile, entrepreneurial legal thinker: someone whos sought out by employers, clients, and colleagues.
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Partners with McGeorge
on initiatives that connect
students to the capitol
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Lead attorney in drafting the Homeowner Bill of Rights and legislation ensuring legal representation for unaccompanied, undocumented minors
General counsel and deputy chief of staff for
California State Assembly
Speaker Toni G. Atkins
Returns to public policy
work in Sacramento afte
stint in insurance law
Advises students on
Greensheets, a special
issue of the Law Review
focused on legislation
A TENACIOUS CHAMPION
THE CAPITAL LAWYERING PATHWAY, one of the few programs of its kind,
takes advantage of our deep roots in state government and the work of our Capital
Center for Public Law and Policy.
The Los Angeles Times has profiled our LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC POLICY
CLINIC and its success in drafting bills that have turned into laws.
As statehouses outpace the courts intransforming every sector of society,
LEGAL EXPERTISE IN STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
is increasingly essential.
Our network of alumni leaders
in government-related fields
is unrivaledin fact, more
McGeorge alumni are working
in Californias state capital than
graduates from any other law school.
Fredericka is a particularly impressive
case in point: shes currently chief
of staff and general counsel to the
Speaker of the Assembly, and has
been a driving force behind some of
Californias most innovative legislation.
She regularly mentors and networks with
McGeorge students, and is a frequent visitor
to campus. McGeorge helped prepare
me to take advantage of once in a lifetime
professional opportunities, she says. "I
believe my understanding of the convergence
of law and politics has increased my ability to
positively shape California public policy.
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A passion for skiing first drew Kristians attention to alarm
A passion for skiing first drew Kristians attention to alarm
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Our Practice Area Pathways will strategically focus your ambitions. Each one is interdisciplinary and experiential by design, taking advantage of our faculty expertise, as well as our long-standing connections and geographic proximity to key employers. Whichever Pathway you choose, youll have career options in the Sacramento region and beyond.
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THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTIONPATHWAY trains you in the various ways that people can settle legal disagreements without going to courtarbitration, mediation, and negotia- tionthat put you, as the attorney, in the role of problem solver.
THE BUSINESS LAW PATHWAY looks at the entire life cycle of a business, from formation to liquidation, and can include tax law, labor issues, bankruptcy, and real estate. Youll learn how to be a source of legal guidance and advice that harmonizes with your clients objectives and strategies.
THE CAPITAL LAWYERING PATHWAYSee pages 23.
THE CIVIL LITIGATIONPATHWAY prepares you to bring legal action to a courtroom in civil disputes involving the environment, employment, contracts, business issues, personal injury, and more.
THE COMMERCIAL LAW PATHWAY casts a wide net. Youll deal with many day-to-day concerns of business: sales, leases, financing and debtor-creditor relationships, and documents that guarantee payment.
Future-Focused Pathways (continued)
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THE CRIMINAL LAW PATHWAY establishes your career as prosecutor or defense attorney. Youll learn from McGeorges nationally recognized experts in criminal law, and youll graduate ready to walk into a courtroom.
THE ELDER LAW PATHWAY includes issues ranging from employment discrimination to elder abuse. Youll advocate on behalf of an increasingly diverse and fast-growing populationone in every eight Americans is age 65+.
THE EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW PATHWAY covers areas that include hiring and firing, maternity leave, drug testing, con- tracts, and employment discrimination. Youll help protect the workplace rights of employees and guide businesses in how to comply with the growing number of employment-related laws.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PATHWAY leads to investigation of the issues at the intersection of en-vironmental responsibility and societys impact on the natural world. Youll focus on natural resources, energy development, pollution reduction, transportation, land use, and many other aspects of environmental quality.
THE ESTATE PLANNING PATHWAY grounds you in laws governing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, Social Security benefits, probate, taxes, and more. Estate attorneys also help their clients establish philanthropic legacies.
THE FAMILY LAW PATHWAY prepares you to handle issues in the always-changing realm of domestic relationships: divorce, child custody, and pre- and postnuptial agreements. It draws on
both trial advocacy and civil litigation to help families through difficult life situations.
THE FINANCIAL SERVICES LAW PATHWAY prepares you for a world in which transactions, investment vehicles, financial products, and the market itself are being continually shaped by the forces of regulation and innovation.
THE GOVERNMENT PRACTICE PATHWAY leads to careers in the three branches of government at all levels: local, county, state, federal. Youll find opportunities for government attorneys in virtually every area of the law, and many of these opportunities have a direct impact on shaping public policy.
THE HEALTH LAW PATHWAYSee pages 2425.
THE IMMIGRATION LAW PATHWAY develops your expertise in the laws that define the rights and responsibilities of persons who are not U.S. citizens. Its a topic that shapes U.S. demographics and cultureand sparks some of our most heated national debates.
THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PATHWAY trains you in laws concern- ing property or assets that are intangiblescientific breakthroughs, works of art, slogans, and other results of creative thought. The field continues to grow and change as the pace of technological advancements accelerates.
THE INTERNATIONAL LAW PATHWAYSee pages 2021.
THE JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP PATHWAY builds on the experience of the many McGeorge faculty members who served as clerks for federal and state judges. These one- and two-year post-graduate positions are considered one of the laws most prestigious credentials.
THE PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PATHWAY attracts attorneys who dedicate their careers to social change, usually on behalf of clients who have historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented. Youll provide direct service to individuals and work for advocacy and policy-oriented organizations.
THE REAL ESTATE LAW PATHWAY encompasses sales and purchases, financing and development, construction contracts, property management and leasing, environmental and zoning compliance, and litigation.
THE SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW PATHWAY reflects a field in which many different kinds of laws intersect, and many of your clientswhether individuals or organizationsseek to become global brands.
THE TAX LAW PATHWAY offers you numerous career possibilities. In addition to advising individuals, tax attorneys advise businesses and organizations: corporations, banks, start-up companies, small businesses, nonprofits, and more. THE TRIAL & APPELLATE ADVOCACY PATHWAYSee pages 1415. THE WATER RESOURCES LAW PATHWAYSee pages 89.
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WATER RESOURCES LAW
TURNING PASSION INTO PRACTICE
The WATER RESOURCES LAW PATHWAY is led by Distinguished Professor of Law Stephen McCaffrey, one of the foremost authorities on international water law.
Network with top water law attorneysmany of whom are McGeorge alumni and water policy experts through events hosted by the student-run WATER LAW SOCIETY.
Collaborate on water-related projects with UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC students and faculty in engineering, economics, and business.
A passion for skiing first drew Kristians attention to alarming changes in the snowpack. Now everyone in California, if not the world, is thinking about the issue, due to its impact on the water supply. Kristian knew that if he wanted to take an active role in water resource management and policy, McGeorge would be the best possible place to get a legal educationin a city thats at the hub of water policy and regulation. We have an ideal, hands-on connection with the city and state, he says. And, as the only ABA-accredited law school in Sacramento, were producing the attorneys who can write good laws that can solve problems.
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