2012 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)

The LSSSE 2012 results for UCI Law showed that the majority of our student population in the academic year 2011-2012 rated their entire educational experience as "Excellent." The percentage of those that rated "Excellent" compared to our peer schools, other schools of similar size, other public institutions, and the overall respondents to the survey was very high.

What is the Law School Survey of Student Engagement?

LSSSE asks students about their law school experience - how they spend their time, what they feel they've gained from their classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and friends, and about important activities. Extensive research indicates that good educational practices in the classroom and interactions with others, such as faculty and peers, are directly related to high-quality student outcomes. LSSSE focuses on these practices by assessing student engagement in key areas.

Retrieved from the LSSSE website. For more information on LSSSE, visit: http://lssse.iub.edu/about.cfm

Survey Results

Distribution of the results listed below are broken down in the following manner:

  • Selected Peers: Our peer schools are five schools of similar academic status. Comparison group does not include respondents from our law school.
  • Less than 500: Schools of similar population size (less than 500) that participated in the LSSSE 2012 survey. Comparison group does not include respondents from our law school.
  • Public: Schools of similar affiliation (Public Institution) that participated in the LSSSE 2012 survey. Comparison group does not include respondents from our law school.
  • LSSSE 2012: all schools that participated in the LSSSE 2012 survey.

Our students were surveyed in the Spring of 2012. They were asked a number of questions by LSSSE. The following are the results from two questions that summarized their overall satisfaction with their experience here at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at your law school?

3L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Poor 1 1.9% 20 4.0% 28 2.2% 92 3.3% 278 3.9%
Fair 3 5.8% 60 12.0% 168 13.4% 434 15.6% 1185 16.8%
Good  6 11.5% 261 52.0% 549 43.8% 1359 48.8% 3458 48.9%
Excellent 42 80.8% 161 32.1% 508 40.5% 897 32.2% 2148 30.4%
Total 52 100.0% 502 100.0% 1253 100.0% 2782 100.0% 7069 100.0%

2L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Poor 0 0.0% 19 3.7% 27 1.9% 85 2.9% 236 3.0%
Fair 1 1.5% 55 10.6% 159 11.4% 398 13.7% 1227 15.6%
Good  18 27.7% 248 47.7% 668 48.0% 1476 50.7% 4025 51.3%
Excellent 46 70.8% 198 38.1% 539 38.7% 950 32.7% 2353 30.0%
Total 65 100.0% 520 100.0% 1393 100.0% 2909 100.0% 7841 100.0%

1L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Poor 0 0.0% 13 2.2% 19 1.3% 61 2.1% 162 2.0%
Fair 3 5.4% 73 12.5% 100 7.0% 269 9.2% 891 11.2%
Good  8 14.3% 277 47.4% 643 44.9% 1447 49.4% 3956 49.6%
Excellent 45 80.4% 221 37.8% 670 46.8% 1151 39.3% 2973 37.2%
Total 56 100.0% 584 100.0% 1432 100.0% 2928 100.0% 7982 100.0%

If you could start over again, would you go to the same law school you are now attending?

3L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Definitely no 0 0.0% 27 5.4% 72 5.7% 160 5.8% 587 8.3%
Probably no 4 7.7% 64 12.7% 182 14.5% 368 13.2% 1246 17.6%
Probably yes 7 13.5% 210 41.7% 478 38.0% 1137 40.9% 2928 41.4%
Definitely yes 41 78.8% 202 40.2% 525 41.8% 1117 40.2% 2316 32.7%
Total 52 100.0% 503 100.0% 1257 100.0% 2782 100.0% 7077 100.0%

2L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Definitely no 0 0.0% 21 4.0% 60 4.3% 119 4.1% 467 6.0%
Probably no 1 1.5% 53 10.2% 170 12.2% 325 11.2% 1269 16.2%
Probably yes 13 20.0% 207 39.9% 580 41.5% 1198 41.2% 3418 43.6%
Definitely yes 51 78.5% 238 45.9% 586 42.0% 1268 43.6% 2691 34.3%
Total 65 100.0% 519 100.0% 1396 100.0% 2910 100.0% 7845 100.0%

1L Students

  UCI Law Selected Peers Less than 500 Public LSSSE 2012
Response
Count % Count % Count % Count % Count %
Definitely no 0 0.0% 11 1.9% 32 2.2% 70 2.4% 263 3.3%
Probably no 3 5.4% 57 9.8% 102 7.1% 203 6.9% 801 10.0%
Probably yes 10 17.9% 242 41.4% 565 39.4% 1154 39.4% 3475 43.5%
Definitely yes 43 76.8% 274 46.9% 735 51.3% 1504 51.3% 3447 43.2%
Total 56 100.0% 584 100.0% 1434 100.0% 2931 100.0% 7986 100.0%