A law degree without a career utilizing the knowledge you’ve gained is like an oil painting – it looks nice on your wall, but that’s about it. What was all the time and effort (and money) for if not to pursue your dream job, to have a career enacting change in your community, state, country, or the world? To achieve those goals, you’ll likely need some help along the way. While you may not have thought about it when initially weighing your law school options, you will see the importance of a functional and responsive Career Development Office as soon as you begin your law school journey. Our job is to help set you up for – and support you during – a long and successful career, so knowing what services are provided may influence your decision to attend one law school over another. Here are five ways that the McGeorge CDO works with students and alumni to accelerate their careers: Continue Reading Why is a Career Development Office So Important?

Have you ever wanted to create your dream job? Then apply to become an Equal Justice Works Fellow! Applications for the Design-Your-Own Fellowship Class of 2023 are now open and will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET on September 13, 2022. This unique opportunity allows you to design your own Fellowship project to address an unmet legal need in an underserved community in partnership with a legal services organization.

For those interested in either applying for the Class of 2023 or being a host site for a Class of 2023 Fellow, we encourage individuals to sign up for one of these upcoming informational webinars. Please see below for the registration links:

Questions? Visit the EJW website or email Prof. Leah Adams.

Jade Wolansky, Class of 2022

The past two years has taught each of us much about resilience – both in our personal and professional lives. As we transition to endemic COVID-19, the lessons we learned can be the source for resilience moving forward as well.

Ken Nourse, the most recent addition to the McGeorge Career Development Office, spoke recently to Jade Wolansky (3L) at a recent gathering of McGeorge Sacramento Bar Association Diversity Fellows where she shared her strategies to overcome the cancellation of her summer 2020 internship.

Ken Nourse (KN): Give us the background on what happened in May 2020 – what led to having to search suddenly for a summer position?

Jade Wolansky (JW): I was accepted into the Diversity Fellowship and very excited about starting a paying legal internship at a firm with a good reputation. Although other students were contacted by their host firms about starting, I hadn’t heard anything  and decided to reach out to mine. I learned that they were still deciding if they would participate that year. Then, the Friday before my start date, the firm dropped out of the program and my offer was rescinded.

KN: The sudden loss of the internship must have made you feel anxious and uncertain. How did you respond? Continue Reading Lessons from COVID: Job Search Resilience

As you prepare for your role as a summer associate or intern, you may be wondering how to navigate the nuances of office culture and expected work product. It’s a daunting prospect for many law students, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little preparation, you can make a strong first impression and immediately demonstrate your value to the firm.

LexisNexis’ Summer Associate Resources page provides a great starting point for students preparing to enter the legal field, and their interactive Summer Associate Survival Guide – a collection of practice notes from current associates, partners, and executives – will help you hit the ground running and avoid common mistakes made by new associates.

Note: You will need to log in to your LexisNexis account to view the Survival Guide articles.

It is with pride, excitement, and sadness, that we announce that Molly Stafford, Asst. Dean of Career Development & External Relations, is embarking on a new adventure and leaving her position at McGeorge to work with the Prison and Reentry Education Program (PREP) at Folsom Lake College, working with students who are incarcerated or have recently been released from prison.

“After 12 amazing years in the McGeorge CDO, I am ready to follow the advice I have often given students, and take a career leap that I know will grow and challenge me to become the best version of myself.  

I cannot begin to describe my gratitude to all of you: Students, you continually inspire me. I have learned so much from you. Colleagues, you have made it a true joy to come to work for the last twelve years.  We have shared so many moments together—and so much laughter and some tears too—that I will never forget.  Dean Schwartz, thank you for supporting me on this journey; you have lead our team with deep care, humor, and positivity. Professors, it has been a pleasure getting to know you. Thank you for everything you do to promote our students’ career successes. Alumni community, including our stellar Board Members, you regularly astound me with your commitment to supporting our students and McGeorge. I am lucky to know you.”

We are putting something together to celebrate Molly/Dean Stafford/Prof. S. If you would like to include a message of congratulations or share a memory of Molly, please email them directly to ladams@pacific.edu.

Next week, April 18 – 24, 2022, is 3L week at the American Bar Association!

The ABA will be featuring several opportunities and resources for graduating 3Ls, including practical advice for recent grads, a free job search webinar on April 21, and a complimentary bar prep care package when you sign up for a paid ABA membership (free law student memberships expire upon graduation). If you want to put yourself in the best position to launch your legal career, you won’t want to miss this!

The Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML NorCal) is looking for law student volunteers to help at the upcoming Spring Symposium in Napa, CA  from April 29 – May 1. The AAML NorCal Symposium attracts experienced and the most well-respected Family law attorneys from Northern California. In addition, the family law presentations are of the highest caliber.

Approximately 250 attorneys attend the 3-day AAML Symposium. Volunteers will assist the Executive Director during attorney registration on Friday and throughout the weekend, assisting with managing attendee requests, exhibitor issues; conference materials; and conference room needs throughout the event.

Four law student volunteers are needed each day. The time commitment will be divided per day:

Continue Reading Volunteer in Napa with AAML NorCal!

We are very excited to welcome the newest CDO career advisor, Ken Nourse!

Ken joins the Career Development Office with a deep background in legal, law-related, and career development services. Ken especially enjoys leveraging his experience on behalf of talented students on their own professional journeys.

Prior to McGeorge, Ken led graduate and undergraduate career-related experiential education programs in the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Tokyo regions for university partners including UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Sydney, and the Norwegian School of Economics. His experience includes advising professional studies students from the US and abroad on early talent career development in the business, legal, and STEM fields.

After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in 2002,  Ken practiced for several years as a litigator at a firm in Boston and then spent a decade in legal technology, electronic discovery and evidence, legal process outsourcing, and information services, assisting clients in the Western and Northeastern U.S., Canada, and Japan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minor in East Asian Studies and Japanese, from McGill University in Montreal.

We are proud to announce that eight rising 2L McGeorge students have secured a Diversity Fellowship through the Sacramento County Bar Association. Elena Lucero, Jasmeet Kang, Jennifer Quarters-Styles, Kristale Chaney, Kyndall Banales, Marlen Gaytan-Leon, Mondis Vakili, and Shireen Hundal will join students from UC Davis Law School in working at some of the most prestigious private law firms in Sacramento. Not only will the students gain invaluable professional skills, but they will also have the opportunity, through weekly events and programs, to tour different law firms, meet local judges, and network with prominent local attorneys.


The “McGeorge Legacies” blog series allows our current students and alumni to share their experiences, passions, and lessons with our community. While many legacy students find their passion for the law through a family member’s experience, they often forge their own path once they begin their personal journey through law school. We are proud of everything our alumni have accomplished, and we can’t wait to see where our current students will go.

This week we heard from Skye Dawson (class of 2022) and her father, Norman “Norm” Dawson (class of 1993), as they shared their legal journeys. Short excerpts are below, and you can read Skye and Norm’s full stories here.

Skye Dawson: “Having a lawyer father, I understood what a legal career could do – not just for me, but for those I care about and those I have not even met. There have been countless times where someone has come to my father on their worst day and after only a short period of time talking to them, he made them feel better about their situation.”

Norm Dawson: “As time went on my law school friends moved on to other positions. I have remained in the Public Defender’s Office. My career has been very eventful and most enjoyable. I love litigating and there is no better place to be a trial attorney.”