Take a shortcut to a versatile career in environmental law

The Environmental Law Advantage program at University of the Pacific is an excellent choice for students who would like to pursue career in environmental law. Upon completion of the entire program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Geological and Environmental Sciences and a JD law degree in a total of six years. The program will also prepare you to practice in any area of law.

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A Solid Combination
Pathway Breakdown
  • Accelerated pathway: 3 years of undergraduate and 3 years of graduate studies
  • One-year savings on tuition (est. 17%)
  • Guaranteed admission into the McGeorge School of Law JD program, upon meeting all performance standards
  • Experiential learning opportunities: field experience, summer internships
  • Merit-based and need-based scholarships
Faculty Voices
Stand out in a growing field

"In a world where the law increasingly intersects with science and technology, a science background can be a real advantage for a lawyer. Environmental law, particularly, is a growing field. This geological and environmental science to JD dual degree program not only makes you stand out to employers, but gets you started on your career more quickly."

— Lydia K. Fox, chair for Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

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Study in California's Capital

Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law is situated in Sacramento, the capital city of California, where  crucial policy decisions that impact the entire nation — including important environmental policies — are made.

McGeorge School of Law

Earning a JD degree from McGeorge School of Law is a gateway to a variety of professional opportunities and settings. Our alumni work in every state in the U.S. and in 43 countries around the globe.

Environmental Law careers

Our program’s graduates pursue careers in:

  • Law
  • Education
  • International Relations
  • Policy Advisory
Take the Next Step

To stand out during the admission process, show a commitment to environmental issues, such as volunteer work.

Apply for the program after being admitted to University of the Pacific any time before the start of your second year of undergraduate studies as a full-time sophomore.

Undergraduate Requirements

  • High school GPA minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT minimum score of 25 or an SAT minimum score of 1050
  • A written application to the BA/JD program detailing your motivation and qualifications must be completed at the time of expressed interest
  • In-person interview with Geological and Environmental Sciences faculty.

Pacific JD Program Requirements

Submit your application to McGeorge School of Law in your junior year at Pacific. You must fulfill all the criteria for admission to McGeorge School, including a minimum LSAT score of 153 and a minimum University of the Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.3.