University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law


Pacific McGeorge offers graduate programs for both domestically trained attorneys and foreign trained attorneys. Whether you seek an advanced legal program focusing on U.S. Law, Public Policy, Transnational Business or Water Resources, Pacific McGeorge is the right place for you.

About Pacific McGeorge

Pacific 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, Pacific 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.

Yet it is also built on vision. Pacific McGeorge is an institution on the move, a dynamic law school that is changing and growing to meet the challenges of the global economy and to educate the lawyers who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Why choose Pacific McGeorge? Because you’ll be prepared for success.

LL.M. Program Application Requirements

To be eligible to apply to one of our LL.M. programs, the applicant must present evidence of:

  • Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • Admission to the Bar of a state in the United States; or
  • Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law.

Proof of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers):

  • Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
  • Multi-year employment in a position in which English is the primary language of communication; or
  • A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Pacific McGeorge values diversity: 

The University of the Pacific community - including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni - believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission. We value inclusiveness in learning, curricular and co-curricular programming, campus climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring and retention. See scholarship opportunities here.

Life at Pacific McGeorge reaches beyond the classroom. While the rigorous academic programs are the main focus, the tight-knit community of students, faculty staff, and alumni support a rich social experience that will round out your legal education.

LL.M. Programs

Who will I learn from?

Pacific McGeorge's distinguished faculty and adjuncts offer our students a wide range of expertise. 

Who will I learn with?

Learn about law and build networks with students from all over the world. Share classes with J.D. students who are already working on various institutions.

What will I be prepared for?

An LL.M. from Pacific McGeorge will prepare you for bar exam eligibility, job placement or further pursuit of legal studies.

Pacific McGeorge Programs

Pacific McGeorge offers graduate programs for both domestically trained attorneys and foreign trained attorneys.


McGeorge awards some academic merit and need-based scholarships to LL.M. students. These awards are made available by the allocation of University general funds, as well as the generosity of donors by means of endowed funds and alumni contributions.


Note: If you want to be considered for a scholarship, you must indicate it on your application. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted (rolling basis) and early applications are encouraged.


  • General Eligibility: All incoming LL.M. students are eligible for scholarship consideration.


  • Deadline: Funding is limited — students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


More information here

LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice

The LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice trains lawyers to practice in the field of international business law. Whether trained in civil or common law, an LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice from Pacific McGeorge further prepares lawyers for a career in the global economy.

Students have the choice between two tracks:

  • LL.M. Transnational Business Practice: Two semesters (full-time) or three/four semesters (part-time) of study on the Pacific McGeorge Campus (more here).

  • LL.M. Transnational Business Practice with Internship:  One semester of study on the Pacific McGeorge Campus and the opportunity to participate in a 12-week internship with an international law firm (more here).

One of the program highlights is that our students gain access to the Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development, which stands at the interface between the global economy and the legal profession. 

The program offers many other highlights such as: 

  • Getting real practical experience
  • Enjoying classes with J.D. students
  • Benefiting from faculty expertise in the International Law field
  • Working with the Director of Graduate & International Programs to tailor your course selection to meet your career goals
  • Having access to Pacific McGeorge's broad base of alumni who work in international law firms in more than 40 countries
  • Joining a community of law students studying on the Pacific McGeorge campus, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

The Campus

The law school experience can only be enhanced by a vibrant and inviting campus. Here at Pacific McGeorge, we offer our students a home away from home on a 13-acre campus manicured lawns, stately brick structures and tree-lined paths.

We invite you to visit us and explore Pacific McGeorge:

The best way to figure out whether a law school is right for you is to get to know the campus and the community. We invite you to visit Pacific McGeorge to take a campus tour, sit in on a class, or both. We also offer a number of on campus information sessions and open houses each year.

See here how to get a campus tour.

Pacific McGeorge also has four on-campus apartment buildings, each strictly devoted to students, and all located on the campus grounds.

Learn more about housing here.

What makes Pacific McGeorge different?

Leadership in Law

Pacific McGeorge prepares leaders — whether your career takes you across town, across the country, or around the world. Pacific McGeorge believes today's lawyers must know American law, but also have familiarity with international law, as our world becomes smaller and our borders less distinct.

The Network

With nearly 13,000 alumni in all 50 states and in 58 countries around the world, you will join a network that literally spans the globe. No matter where you choose to go, the chances are you will find Pacific McGeorge alumni there making a difference - and ready to connect with you.

Campus Environment

Pacific McGeorge's 13-acre, green and wooded campus is dedicated to the study of law. Here you will be part of a community committed to your success. 

The Education

Pacific McGeorge students are forged through an unusually rigorous intellectual preparation process matched with high quality experiential training.

Student Organizations

Practicing your legal skills does not always happen in class or during an internship. Chartered Student Organizations play an integral role in the campus environment and educational process for law students at Pacific McGeorge and the many events hosted annually directly enhance academic and career preparation, cultural awareness, public service, leadership skills and networking opportunities.

So get involved — with your peers, with the Pacific McGeorge community, and with the Sacramento legal community.

LL.M. in U.S. Law & Policy

Pacific McGeorge offers a unique program leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in U.S. Law or in Public Law & Policy.

The track involves one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study.

U.S. Law Track

The U.S. Law track is specifically designed for lawyers or law graduates with a law degree granted from schools in their home country who seek a general introduction to the United States law and valuable insights as to how attorneys are trained in the United States.

Highlights of this track include : 

  • Experiencing courses with J.D. students allowing direct observation of American lawyer training

  • Receiving assistance to tailor your course of study to qualify to take the Bar exam

  • Obtaining special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

  • Studying the foundation of American law to be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients

  • Having access to Pacific McGeorge's broad base of alumni from all over the world

More here.

A great place to study law

Justin Giovannettone shows why Sacramento, and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, is a great place to train to become a lawyer.

The LLM program at McGeorge was an amazing experience. Despite the fact that I met highly intelligent people that helped me to figure out my future way and still remain my friends, the LLM program also provided me with huge amount of knowledge, that I wouldn’t find otherwise.

Margarita Vladimirova, ’12, Ph.D. Student at the Samara State University of Economics – Mediator

The City

A manageable and affordable city, Sacramento, known as the “City of Trees,” boasts:

  • a number of pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhoods
  • a variety of farmers’ markets, parks, restaurants for every taste
  • opportunities to explore history and culture
  • plenty of art, dancing, music and sports activities

Sacramento offers plenty of social and recreational activities for students to decompress and take advantage of periods of down time. All that Sacramento has to offer will enhance your educational experience at Pacific McGeorge. A destination city, Sacramento’s sunny disposition of over 300 days of sunshine a year and its short distance from other popular destinations like San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite make it an unbeatable place to live.

Learn more on the city of Sacramento's website !

Required Documents

  • Curriculum vitae (résumé)
  • Signature form (pdf)
  • Personal Statement
  • Original official transcripts from colleges, universities, and graduate or professional schools attended, including a current law school transcript
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from law school professors or legal employers
  • For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency

Complete our Online Application or our LSAC Application.

There is no application fee ! 

More here.

LL.M. in Water Resources Law

This LL.M. will prepare you to serve the diverse needs of businesses and developers, farmers and ranchers, non-profit organizations, and public agencies at every level from local to international.

The Water Resources Law graduate program emphasizes interdisciplinary natural resources classes; simulations and case studies; a robust field placement experience; and advanced substantive law course work. The combination of natural resources science, technology and economics, with strong legal coursework and hands-on training, makes this program unique among other natural resources law graduate degrees.

Both tracks of the LL.M. in Water Resources Law involve one-year (two semesters) to two-year (three or four semesters) courses of study

  • U.S. Law Track: This track focuses on issues affecting the United States. It is designed for students with a law degree to gain expertise in this growing field of environmental and natural resources law (see here).

  • International Track : For law graduates interested in pursuing careers in government, non-governmental organizations or private law firms dealing with international water issues. This program focuses on the unique laws, policies and political dynamics as it applies to water- courses that are shared by two or more nations (see here).

  • Fast Track: This accelerated program is available to Pacific McGeorge J.D. students for both the U.S. Law Track and International Track of the Water Resources Law LL.M. degree (see here).

Highlights of the program include: 

  • Experiencing first-hand observation and participation in solving complex relevant real issues
  • Enjoying small classes sizes
  • Taking advantage of our mentoring and career development resources
  • Obtaining special assistance with course selection and class success
  • Receiving help in adjusting to student life in the United States