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McGeorge School of Law reaffirmed itself as a national leader in preparing attorneys to practice international law, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings released today.

McGeorge School of Law reaffirmed itself as a national leader in preparing attorneys to practice international law, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings released today.

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McGeorge School of Law moves up in international law rankings

Mar 20, 2018

University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law reaffirmed itself as a national leader in preparing attorneys to practice international law, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings released today.

McGeorge jumped to No. 20 from No. 25 in international law, tying the Sacramento-based law school with Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and placing it above law schools at Cornell University, New York University, Emory University and University of Pittsburgh.

"I'm so very proud of the work our faculty and staff have done in preparing our hardworking students to practice law in California, throughout our country, and around the world," said Michael Hunter Schwartz, McGeorge's new dean who arrived July 1. "Stephen McCaffrey, who has been a member of our faculty since 1977, is a great example of that dedication and was recently awarded the coveted 2017 Stockholm Water Prize, akin to the Nobel Prize, for his outstanding work in international water law."

In addition to international law, McGeorge is excelling in several areas. Recent rankings include:

  • No. 15 in Trial Advocacy (U.S. News Best Graduate Schools Guide, 2019)
  • No. 4 for Best Law School for Public Service-Government Law (preLaw Magazine, winter 2018)
  • No. 9 among law schools with the "Greatest Resources for Minority Students" (Princeton Review, 2018)
  • No. 14 in for Moot Court (preLaw Magazine, fall 2017)

According to Schwartz, McGeorge's newly launched strategic plan will allow the law school to successfully compete for students with increasingly competitive entrance credentials, increase bar passage and career placement rates, and improve the law school's overall U.S. News & World Report rankings.

"We are very excited that McGeorge will continue to be a unique, student-centered community that focuses on excellence in teaching, serving our community, and fostering student success," Schwartz said. The new dean was named the ninth Most Influential Person in Legal Education in 2017 by National Jurist magazine.

Media contacts:

Bethany Daniels | 916.739.7152 (Office) | 916.698.7203 (Cell) | bdaniels@pacific.edu
Joseph Cockrell | 209.946.2313 (Office) | 209.561.1535 (Cell) | jcockrell@pacific.edu

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