University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge 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, committed and involved alumni, and a beautiful, spacious campus with state-of-the art classrooms and student facilities.

The McGeorge Alternative Summer Advantage Program (“McGeorge ASAP”) is a self-directed volunteer summer legal research project created by alum Lexi Purich Howard and Asst. Dean of Career Development Molly Stafford in response to COVID-19.  The program matched McGeorge students who lost summer opportunities due to the pandemic with local attorneys for guidance on a research project on the topic of the student’s choosing.  This week’s ASAP paper was authored by Jordan Taylor (2L, 2022) under the…
The McGeorge Alternative Summer Advantage Program (“McGeorge ASAP”) is a self-directed volunteer summer legal research project created by alum Lexi Purich Howard and Asst. Dean of Career Development Molly Stafford in response to COVID-19.  The program matched McGeorge students who lost summer opportunities due to the pandemic with local attorneys for guidance on a research project on the topic of the student’s choosing.  This week’s ASAP paper was authored by Samuel Kim (3L, 2021) under the…
California’s Law Revision Commission was established almost 70 years ago as an independent state agency, and its purpose is to assist the Legislature and the Governor in reviewing and making suggested reforms to state statutes. Beginning this year, there is also a Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code. The Commission is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Governor and approved by the State Senate. Additionally, one State Senator and one…
The California Transportation Commission, also known by its acronym, the CTC, was established in state government by legislation enacted in 1977. The CTC began operations the following year. Its purpose is to ensure the implementation of a single transportation policy here in the State of California. When it began operations in 1978, it actually assumed the duties of four prior state entities. The CTC is charged with programming and allocating funds for the construction of…
This week’s guest is USC Gould School of Law Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Franita Tolson. She is an expert in election law, constitutional law, and employment discrimination. Our conversation starts with the historic nomination of California Senator Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party and then spins off to voting rights and the numerous structural issues that could impact the outcome of this election.…
The California Energy Commission, or CEC as it is often referred to as, was established in 1974 by the Warren-Alquist Act in response to the nation’s energy crisis in the early 1970’s. The CEC is charged with leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. It is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. You can find provisions on the CEC in the Public Resources Code, Division 15, Chapter 1. Per Section 25006…
The California Coastal Commission was created by voters in 1972 and made permanent by the Legislature when the California Coastal Act was enacted in 1976. The Coastal Commission is charged with protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for all generations. It is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency. It is quasi-judicial because it has enforcement capabilities as well as appellate authority over developments that have been approved by local governments in specified geographic areas. The…
Similar to how the LAO serves the California Legislature, the Department of Finance – DOF or Finance for short – serves as the chief fiscal policy advisor to the Governor. Its closest federal counterpart is the Office of Management and Budget, OMB, which serves as the President’s chief fiscal policy advisor. The DOF engages in a number of activities related to the state budget. They prepare the proposed, revised, and enacted versions of the state…
The Legislative Analyst’s Office, LAO, is similar to the federal Congressional Budget Office. It is a nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor and has performed this duty admirably for 75 years. The LAO is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and for providing very important and nonpartisan analyses of the California state budget to the Legislature. The office often acts as the eyes and the ears of the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch…