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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2013

News Briefs paci f i c l aw 7 b e t h a n y d a n i e l s Sacramento may not seem like a foreign city, but to an individual who spent years in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Honduras, it can seem like a different world. Fluent in Russian and Spanish and knowledgeable in Arabic, and with training in goju-ryu and jiujitsu, Jamal Malik, ’16, has a vast background in supporting military and Department of Defense efforts worldwide. Malik, who grew up in Elk Grove, decided to join the U.S. Army in his junior year of high school and shipped out on assignment upon graduation. Because of Malik’s exceptional score on his ASVAB, his recruiting sergeant offered him a position in military intelligence. Once he arrived in Kuwait, Malik attended classes on base and completed his associate degree from Georgia Military College. After leaving the Army in 2003, he was sent to Kyrgyzstan to work for the Department of Defense. During this 15-month commitment, he was able to get halfway through his bachelor’s degree with the University of Phoenix. With a final commitment in Kuwait, Malik received a phone call from his fiancée telling him they were expecting a baby. After promising to be home in time for the birth, he ended up being sent to Afghanistan. “It was the toughest three months of my life,” he says. While living in a tent, dodging rockets and running to bomb shelters, he tried to distract himself by studying for the LSAT. Soon, though, he decided to resign from his position to return home for his daughter’s birth. Throughout all these experiences, Malik never lost sight of his original career goals. Ever since the age of 7, he wanted to go into law. After speaking with Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Timothy Naccarato, Malik felt that Pacific McGeorge could be a good fit for him. “Pacific McGeorge values veterans, and Dean Naccarato called to tell me so,” Malik notes. “And I can feel the camaraderie among the veterans on campus.” However, it was the outstanding faculty that ultimately convinced Malik to submit his application. “The faculty understands that many students like me are working professionals with families,” says Malik. “They understand our interest in pursuing a legal education to make a career change.” Malik, who works in IT operations for the General Dynamics Information Technology Group in Fairfield, attends Pacific McGeorge’s evening program. The appreciation and warm welcome that he received at Pacific McGeorge reinforced his decision that law is the right career path. “It feels great to be part of a closeknit community where practicing lawyers give students so much attention,” Malik says. Pacific McGeorge is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you have previous or prospective military service, please call 916.739.7141 or email alumnimcgeorge@pacific.edu to let us know! Student Spotlight: Jamal Malik, ’16


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2013
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