Sacramento Seminar


For over 65 years, the Sacramento Seminar has brought students from several colleges and universities together for a three-day program focused on policy and politics. Students engage in meaningful discussions with state executives and legislators, legislative staff, campaign strategists, and lobbyists who work in California politics and the journalists who cover it. Students also meet LMU alumni who offer insight into potential pathways for careers in government, law, education, and non-profit work.

2024 Sacramento Seminar

Sunday, February 25 to Tuesday, February 27
California State Capitol


StudyLA invites all students interested in social impact careers in public service to enroll in POLS 4380: Politics of California and attend the Sacramento Seminar.

The program is open to all LMU students with a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, or state and local politics. Preference is given to political science and international relations majors and minors. Students interested in applying to the Capital Fellows Programs or other post-grad fellowship opportunities are highly encouraged to participate.

Consent of the professor is required to enroll in the course. Students should email Dr. Fernando Guerra ( briefly describing their interest.


  • Students enroll in POLS 4380: Politics of California, a two-unit course taught that meets weekly in the first half of the semester. The course provides an overview of California government institutions, structures, and processes, emphasizing contemporary policy and politics.  

Spring 2024
POLS/CLST 4380: Politics of California
Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D.
Select Mondays, 3:40-5:20 p.m.
CRN: 71053 | 2 units | Engaged Learning flag

  • Sacramento Seminar takes place during spring break. Students are expected to arrive in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon and stay through the duration of the program on Tuesday afternoon to receive a scholarship covering trip expenses and a passing grade in the course.


  • StudyLA covers the cost of airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and most meals by providing a scholarship that covers the $500 lab fee. Students receive the scholarship after the trip. 
  • Scholarships are made available through the generous support of the David A. Roberti ’61 Award.

The Honorable David A. Roberti '61

The Honorable David A. Roberti ’61 was elected to the California State Assembly in 1966, becoming the youngest legislator elected to office at 26. He was elected to the State Senate in 1971, serving as Senate Majority leader (1976-1980) under Governor Jerry Brown and as Senate President pro Tempore (1980-1994) under Governors Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, and Pete Wilson.

In 2016, LMU honored Roberti with the President’s Award. “Sen. Roberti’s legacy of service to the people of California is impressive,” said Loyola Marymount University President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. “We teach our students to be women and men for others, and they can look to no better example than David Roberti.”

StudyLA extends its gratitude to David A. Roberti ’61 for his ongoing support of the Sacramento Seminar.


Students must enroll in POLS/CLST 4380: Politics of California to attend the Sacramento Seminar. Consent of the professor is required to enroll in the course. Students should email Dr. Fernando Guerra ( briefly describing their interest in the program.

For more information about the Sacramento Seminar, contact:
Lydia Lopez Wolfe at