Misael Guiterrez, LLM ’22, recently graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law’s LLM in U.S. Law & Policy Program. He is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. Guiterrez pursued an LLM degree to challenge himself personally and professionally as well as to open doors to new career opportunities.

In this video, Guiterrez describes some of the challenges he overcame as a first-generation college student and a first-generation law student.

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Advance your legal career with an Online Master of Science in Law (MSL) Degree from McGeorge School of Law, with concentrations in Water and Environmental Law and Government Law and Policy. In this video, you will hear more about the MSL program from:

  • Assistant Dean for the Graduate, Online, and International Programs at McGeorge School of Law, Clémence Kucera, ’05;
  • Adjunct Professor Chris Micheli, ’92,
  • Vanessa Chavez, ’22;
  • Soha Rasa, ’22; and
  • Katrina Smolen, ’22.

Learn more about the online program by visiting our website: onlinelaw.pacific.edu.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Larry Levine teaches a class at McGeorge School of Law in 2022. Photo by Ashley Golledge.

Larry Levine is an esteemed leader in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and a beloved University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law professor. Levine has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McGeorge School of Law since June 2021 and the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law & Policy Professor of Law since 2020. He joined the law faculty in 1985. 

He established McGeorge’s Jeffrey K. Poilé Memorial Civil Rights Endowed Scholarship in 2002, an LGBTQ+ civil rights scholarship that helps law students with a passion for civil rights minimize their student loan debt. The scholarship is named after Levine’s life partner who passed away in 1992. The law school has raised more than $1,100,000 for this endowment since its creation 20 years ago. 

“Receiving the Poilé Scholarship bolstered my confidence not only as a law student but also as a community leader within the LGBTQ+ community,” said Maya Alexandria, a first-year law student and Poilé scholarship recipient. “It is truly an honor to learn from a tenacious LGBTQ+ advocate like Associate Dean Larry Levine.”

Levine helped launch SacLEGAL, Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association. He advised McGeorge’s Black Law Students Association for 14 years and has advised the Lambda Law Students Association, a student organization for LGBTQ+ students and allies, since 1996.  

At McGeorge, Levine teaches Torts, Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and the Law, and Bioethics. Levine has authored several books and articles on the subject of torts. He is the co-author of “A Torts Anthology” and is a co-author of the torts treatise, “Understanding Torts,” and a torts casebook, “Tort Law and Practice.” He has been a frequent panelist, lecturer, and speaker on legal issues involving torts and sexual orientation. 

Maya Alexandria didn’t initially plan to go to law school. But, a 10-minute car ride with Professor Dan Croxall, ’08, and the opportunity to interact and speak with McGeorge School of Law alumni changed the course of her life.

Alexandria balances a full-time job as the Coordinator of Alumni & Decanal Initiatives for McGeorge School of Law and a full course load as a first-year evening law student. She hopes to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law after graduation. Alexandria, a published poet, wants to be able to advocate on behalf of and protect the interests and creative works of minority artists.

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Jazmin Galvan, ’22, works as the Deputy Political Director for a congressman. She hopes to become a public servant for a government agency after graduating from McGeorge School of Law. In this video, Galvan expresses her gratitude to McGeorge for its inclusive community.

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Third-year law student Krishma Malhotra was drawn to McGeorge School of Law because of the school’s reputation and its alumni network. Malhotra plans to pursue a career in Criminal Law after graduation. She currently serves as president of McGeorge’s Student Bar Association. Malhotra is also a member of the Public Legal Services Society and the Middle Eastern & South Asian Association.

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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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