The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Pacific McGeorge School of Law prepares students to capably manage the public sector processes and effectively implement public policy decisions. Mat Olson, ’18; Jenny Rodriquez, ’19; Trey Hunter, ’19; and Lacee Solis, ’21, discuss why they decided to get an MPA degree, what drew them to McGeorge, and how their MPA degree helped advance their careers.

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Omar Figueroa, JD ’23, came to McGeorge School of Law with an interest in Public Policy as well as a drive to get into a career where he can give back to the people. Figueroa hopes after graduation to pursue a career in Public Policy and get a jump start on doing legal work for a state agency.

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Sacramento-native April La Torre, JD ’23, decided to go to law school because wanted to make an impact within her community. She chose McGeorge School of Law because of the school’s location and alumni network. During law school, she participated in the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and a number of student organizations. During law school, La Torre interned with the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office and the Office of the Public Defender in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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The Hon. Morrison England, Jr., ’83, shared his journey from being an evening law student at McGeorge School of Law to becoming a judge. He currently serves as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Judge England is a double tiger. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in 1977 and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1983.

Judge England said he enjoyed creating lasting friendships with his former professors – some of whom still teach at McGeorge – as an alumnus. In this video, he discusses his career path and offers advice to current law students.

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Third-year law student Alec Peden, ’23, is a member of the Accelerated Honors Program at McGeorge School of Law. The program allows students to complete their JD degree on an accelerated 2.5-year track, instead of the traditional 3-year path.

His passion for the law came to him once he stepped foot into a mock trial class in high school and from there, he couldn’t stay away. Peden shared that after graduation, he plans to take the bar exam and explore how his future in the law field will unfold.

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Ahmed Bakry, ’23, is currently enrolled in McGeorge School of Law’s LLM in Transnational Business Practice Program. He is originally from Cairo, Egypt. His family’s extensive law background made him a curious child growing up, which transformed into the passion he has today for law. After graduation, Bakry plans to take the Bar Exam and hopes to make both his parents and McGeorge proud.

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Reno-native Dakota Councilman, ’23, was drawn to McGeorge School of Law because of the school’s vast network of alumni in Reno, Nevada. Councilman is the Student Bar Association’s Alumni Committee Chair. After law school, he hopes to pursue a career that combines his interests in Business Law and Real Estate Law.

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The Hon. Arthur Scotland, ’74, originally chose McGeorge School of Law for its economics, its reputation, and its contacts with the local community. Scotland was attracted to McGeorge’s student-centered focus and the distinguished faculty. From the very beginning, he knew that McGeorge was, and always will be the perfect law school for him.

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Aleksandr Vorontsov, ’22, came to McGeorge School of Law from Russia to pursue an LLM degree. His goal is to one day become an international attorney or work for a big law firm either in Russia or San Francisco, California. He said McGeorge has prepared him for his next steps on this journey. He has enjoyed being a part of the welcoming community of international students during his time as a student.

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Professor Dan Croxall, ‘08, shares his journey from teaching English at Cal Poly at a young age to his experience of being an evening student at McGeorge School of Law, which transformed into his current position as a professor at his alma mater.

Croxall’s dual perspective as both a former student and professor allows him to see eye-to-eye with many different struggles students may encounter during their law school journey.

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