The McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Ella Mae Estrada
Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 39.3% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.40
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 40.2%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.11-3.56
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.41
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 28.6%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.01-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.38
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 156

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.P.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Students can receive a certificate or concentrate in Advocacy, Business, Criminal Justice, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Legal Studies, Public Law & Policy, or Taxation. Our unique LLM programs including Transnational Business, Public Law & Policy and Water Law attract foreign graduate students, giving our campus an international flavor.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 168
Seminars 22
Positions available in seminars 394
Positions available in simulation courses 493
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 230
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Over 46 professional, social, and academic student organizations represent the breadth of interests and diversity of our student community. Two student law reviews offer the opportunity to contribute to legal scholarship at the national and international levels. Many students serve on competition teams which represent the law school in interscholastic competitions regionally and nationally.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 95
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 50
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 249
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 320
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 144
Full-time students involved in field placements 231
Full-time students involved in law journals 85
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 31
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 29

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 50
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 72
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 117
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 47
Part-time students involved in field placements 87
Part-time students involved in law journals 19
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 12
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 23

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.9:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 94
Full-time minority faculty 18.4%
Part-time minority faculty 8.9%
Total faculty 106
Total faculty (men) 60.4%
Total faculty (women) 39.6%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#101 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#17 in International Law
#13 in Legal Writing
#23 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 41
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.09-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.40
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158
Acceptance rate 39.3% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 14.9:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 33.8% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.4% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 69.6% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 908

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 653

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 255

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 7.9%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 9.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.7%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 1.1%
Male students discontinuing law school 7.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.2%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Joe Pinkas
Financial aid phone (916) 739-7158
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $41,320 per year
Part-time: $27,460 per year
Room and board $9,738
Books $2,250
Miscellaneous expenses $11,577
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 66.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 9.6%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.8%
Median grant amount $11,320
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $7,500–$16,800
Full-time students receiving grants 78.3%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 55.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 5.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.8%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.4%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,000–$9,420
Part-time students receiving grants 62.4%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $138,267
Proportion who borrowed 93.4%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 53,470
Microform titles 65,335
Electronic titles 11,042
Other non-book titles 796
Total titles 130,643
Volumes (excluding microforms) 214,762
Volume equivalent microforms 292,841
Total volumes and volume equivalents 507,603
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 20,653
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 108
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 49
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 8
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 47
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 39
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 94
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 12
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 37
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 38
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 37

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department, other
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 275
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 38,725
Total seats available for library users 590
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The law school consists of 26 buildings on 13 wooded acres located in California’s capital with the atmosphere of a small college. The newly remodeled law library is a comprehensive research facility with an extensive international collection & information technology capacity. Other campus facilities include 150 on-campus student apartments & a recreation center with exercise room & swimming pool.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 69.6% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 308
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 33.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 14.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 86.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 33.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 50.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 84.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 2.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 8.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 41%
Median public service starting salary $61,200

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.2%
Percent employed in business and industry 15.4%
Percent employed in government 21.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 1.2%
Percent employed in law firms 45.0%
Percent employed in public interest 15.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.8%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 87%
Graduates employed out-of-state 10.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 15
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.5%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 89.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.0%
Employment location unknown 2.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Development Office offers a full range of counseling and employment resource services for students and alumni, including the opportunity for many law firms, government agencies, and businesses to interview students on campus, or to solicit resumes, for summer or postgraduate positions. Its mission is to provide individualized career counseling and assistance for each student.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 82.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 57.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 60.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 10.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 73.1%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 11.1%