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McGeorge School of Law is the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy

McGeorge School of Law is the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy

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McGeorge climbs in rankings

Law school No. 10 in trial advocacy, international program No. 24 in national rankings
Mar 14, 2017

University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law is the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools for 2018 released today. That's up from 12th last year.

National Jurist's preLaw magazine, a leading news magazine on legal education that ranks schools for practical training, in its winter 2017 edition also lauded McGeorge for trial advocacy, giving the school an A- grade for programs that not only focus on law, but also on the art of persuasion and presentation.

McGeorge also ranked well in other U.S. News & World Report categories. The law school's international program moved up one spot to be ranked No. 24 - it is the sixth year in a row the program has been in the top 25 - and tied for No. 34 among part-time programs nationwide - fourth among part-time law programs in California. The part-time program moved up four spots from No. 38.

National Jurist also ranked McGeorge 18th in the country for practical training and gave the program an A score.

"This is great news. These very positive rankings reflect the hard work done by Dean Jay Mootz, his staff and the dedicated faculty at McGeorge to restructure curriculum, and provide wide-ranging experiential opportunities and expansive career development for our students," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "Our law students receive recruitment and networking opportunities, the main source of jobs for law graduates. They leave McGeorge prepared to work in many legal areas, often working side-by-side with McGeorge alumni."

Success in the trial advocacy ranking can be attributed to McGeorge's award-winning moot court, mock trial and alternative dispute resolution programs, directed by the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. These programs provide opportunities for students to expand courtroom experience, improve appellate advocacy, and hone skills in client counseling, negotiation and arbitration. McGeorge students are able to test their abilities in competitions around the world.

McGeorge's international concentration offers students a strong, rich foundation for a broad array of careers as globalization transforms the practice of law. The international concentration prepares law students to respond to the challenges that come with transnational and intercultural practice. International moot court competition, where students prepare written briefs and compete at oral arguments on disputes involving international law, and the McGeorge International Law Society support student success.

The American Bar Association said that more than 13,700 law students, or more than 12 percent of all law students in the United States, were enrolled in part-time classes in the 2016-17 academic year. McGeorge, founded as a one-room night school in 1924 in Sacramento, continues today to offer the flexibility of classes for those students who may have other obligations, such as family or work.

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