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.

By: Josh La Bella AI overpowering and subsequently overtaking humankind has scared people for decades. Movies like I, Robot showcase the grim reality of an AI-dominated world where AI ignores the original confines humans assigned to them. Other movies—like The Terminator—toy with the idea that if AI becomes dominant, it will do anything to ensure its supreme status. Black Mirror, a Netflix show, explores various alternative societies where AI dramatically changed the universe—for better or…
Most capitol observers are only aware of the majority vote and the two thirds super majority vote requirements for California legislation. However, there are actually several other categories of vote requirements on bills that come before the Legislature. The other categories are the three fourths vote, the 70% vote, and the four fifths vote. The three fourths vote – which requires 30 votes in the Senate and 60 votes in the Assembly – is required…
The California Legislature works on the basis of deadlines for moving measures including bills, resolutions and constitutional amendments through the legislative process. This is in stark contrast to the US Congress that does not have similar deadlines. The Assembly Chief Clerk and the Senate Secretary each maintain information related to these legislative deadlines. Most statutes take effect on January 1. The Legislature generally convenes the first week in January. The budget bill must be submitted…
 By: Lauren Hirota We’ve all seen the movie Concussion, and if you haven’t—you should. It tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s discovery of the degenerative brain disorder Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”) in NFL players. With the success of the movie—coupled with countless stories of ex-NFL, high school, and youth football player’s suicides flooding the news—it’s no wonder why participation in youth programs has dropped almost 20% since 2009. Now more than ever parents are…
The Capital Center for Law & Policy is excited to announce that it will host an event at the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The event, Craft Beer Law and Policy, will be in the Jackson Room on the Mezzanine Level of the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel. It will run from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Friday 1/3/2020. The program will introduce you to the practice and study of craft beer law, the…
To those who are not operating in or around the California State Capitol, sponsored bills are relatively unknown. However the media often focus on sponsored bills in a critical manner making matters confusing. In Congress, the term sponsor means the legislator whose name is on the bill. However in the California Legislature, the legislator whose name is on the bill is called the author rather than the sponsor. In California, sponsor refers to the individual…
A fundamental purpose of both the federal and California Administrative Procedure Acts is to allow public participation in the federal and state rulemaking processes. Providing notice to the public of the proposed rulemaking as well as an opportunity to be heard during the rulemaking process is key to having meaningful public participation in the quasi-legislative actions of executive branch agencies. However, with any exemption from the formal rulemaking process, that exemption precludes any meaningful public…
Being enrolled in law school as a part-time student is an experience unlike any other. Not only must you navigate the rigors of law school, but in all likelihood, you’ll also be balancing that with a full-time job. Add to that kids and a family for many students, and things can quickly feel overwhelming. But worry not! There are several ways to help manage your time and keep yourself mentally vigilant: Take Classes Seriously –…
By: Christy Grellas I am one of the many Americans who is staying up to date with the college admissions scandal. It combines celebrities, elite universities, and fraud into a perfect media storm. Throughout the scandal, many wealthy parents across the United States paid Rick Singer roughly $25 million, in total, to get their children admitted through Singer’s “side door.” Lori Loughlin, an actress known for her television role on Full House, faces up to…