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Students sit outside the remodeled Legal Studies Center at the McGeorge Law School campus in Oak Park. Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

McGeorge law school downsizing student body, staff

Published: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013 - 3:40 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 8:03 am

The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law is downsizing its student body and staff.

The McGeorge campus at 3200 Fifth Ave., in Sacramento is closed today for the July 4 holiday weekend, but the school's dean, Francis J. Mootz III, issued a statement, through McGeorge spokeswoman Bethany Daniels, about reducing the size of the student body and staff reductions.

The Sacramento Bee contacted Daniels early today after receiving an e-mail tip of a "round of involuntary staff layoffs" at McGeorge this week.

A voicemail message left by longtime McGeorge spokesman Mike Curran said that he was no longer with the school, effective July 1.

Daniels subsequently said in an email that "the number of layoffs was very small and the majority of reductions were voluntary."

Daniels' email included the statement from Mootz: "In response to the unprecedented drop in applications to law schools across the country, McGeorge School of Law is reducing the size of its student body.

"The law school has reorganized the staff in Sacramento to align with its new size. The school first offered a voluntary severance plan to all staff members. This week it was necessary to lay off several staff members. McGeorge is going to be a smaller law school, but it will continue its proud tradition over 90 years of educating excellent attorneys."

Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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