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History of the McGeorge School of Law (1924)

The McGeorge School of Law was founded in 1924 as a one-room night school in downtown Sacramento.

Under the leadership of Dean Gordon Schaber, McGeorge moved to the Oak Park neighborhood in 1957.

In 1966, McGeorge merged with the University of the Pacific.

It earned American Bar Association accreditation two years later, which led to an explosive growth in enrollment.

McGeorge offered its first Day Division classes in 1968, and its unique 22-acre campus devoted exclusively to legal education was built over the next two decades.

In recent years, the school has developed a number of specialized programs to serve students who wish to prepare for particular areas of legal work, including state governmental affairs, international law, intellectual property, and criminal law.

Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy taught Constitutional Law at McGeorge for more than 20 years before his appointment of the United States Supreme Court, and in recent years he has taught a course in Fundamental Rights in Europe and the United States to students attending McGeorge’s summer institute in Salzburg, Austria.