We Are UCI Law

Fulfilling a longstanding vision of the campus, UC Irvine School of Law opened its doors to students in August 2009 to become the first new public law school in California in nearly 50 years. UCI Law is an innovative and visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers. It is driven by academic excellence, intellectual rigor and a commitment to enrich communities through public service. From the outset, its goal has been to create one of the top law schools in the country and to prepare students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The school combines the best of a large and renowned academic institution with a collegial, supportive and friendly environment.

Office of the Dean

Dean L. Song Richardson is a renowned
legal scholar and award-winning teacher.

Our History

UC Irvine School of Law is the first new public law
school in California in more than 50 years.

Public Service

Serving the public is a core mission of the Law School,
and students are offered diverse opportunities to do so.


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about UC Irvine School of Law.

Class Profile

Our diverse student body boasts highly 
competitive qualifications.

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Video: Creating a Top Law School From the Beginning

UCI Law prides itself on a commitment to public service, an innovative curriculum that features experiential learning, and its culture of civility. This video provides a look back on how UCI Law’s Inaugural Class helped establish these foundations.

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Accolades for UCI Law

Members of the UCI Law community routinely earn top honors in their fields.


UC Irvine School of Law has recruited an administrative staff that is second to none among law schools.

Maps and Directions

UCI Law is located in coastal Southern California, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles.