McGeorge's three Centers of Distinction complement the influential faculty scholarship, the comprehensive student education and wide ranging service to the local and global community that happen at McGeorge.

Engaged faculty operating within the three Centers of Distinction challenge students in and out of the classroom and produce focused scholarship that contributes to thoughtful policymaking here and throughout the world.

Through tailored JD Certificate of Concentration, LLM (Master of Laws), and JSD (Doctor of Juridical Science) programs, the three Centers of Distinction allow students the opportunity to delve deeply into specialized areas of legal practice in small classes and policy seminars, through skills practice and competitions, and by means of hands-on learning in externships with courts, the legislature and government agencies.

The three Centers of Distinction house Institutes and Initiatives dedicated to contributing to the growth of the law in particular areas, such as sustainable development and ethics. Through these Institutes and Initiatives, faculty and students provide community service as they add to the development of the law

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The Capital Center for Law & Policy

The Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law offers a unique blend of courses and experiential opportunities to prepare you for a career focused on shaping public policy in government. Our location in California's capital city, just a few short miles from the State Capitol and government buildings, provides an unparalleled opportunity to impact critical government and public policy issues while completing your JD. 

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Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

Our mission is to prepare you to excel as an advocate who can ethically and skillfully represent clients in an array of legal matters.

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution will help prepare you to become an outstanding advocate, whether your career takes you to the courtroom, the boardroom or beyond. U.S. News & World Report ranked our Trial Advocacy Program No. 9 in the nation in its 2020 Best Graduate Schools guide. The reason for that ranking is due in large part to the success of our outstanding Mock Trial and Moot Court teams, which consistently win awards in regional and national competitions.

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Global Center for Business & Development

Consistently ranked among the United States' top international programs, McGeorge School of Law is distinguished by the breadth and depth of our faculty's engagement with international and transnational law. Our scholarship influences policy and practice, and our pedagogy promotes intercultural competence and exposes students to global issues right across the curriculum. U.S. News & World Report has ranked McGeorge's International Law program among the top programs in the country for the seventh year in a row as No. 20 in the 2019 Best Graduate Schools guide.

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