About the Inaugural Class

The Inaugural Class of 2012 arrived when the Law School first opened in August 2009. Only 4 percent of more than 2,700 applicants were chosen, making UCI Law the most selective in the nation that year.

The Class of 2012 passed the California bar at a rate of 90 percent, second only to Stanford among law schools in the state. This class was also ranked in the top 20 of The National Law Journal’s list of Go-To Law Schools, which measured percentage of students obtaining jobs at the nation’s 250 largest law firms. The class also ranked 11th in percentage of students in full-time law jobs, according to the NLJ. And it was second in the country behind only Yale in the percentage of students landing federal judicial clerkships, according to the NLJ.

Class of 2012, by the numbers

  • 60 students
  • 34 females (57%)
  • 26 males (43%)
  • 37% students of color
  • 15 out-of-state residents (25%)
  • 3 international students (British, Canadian, Chinese)
  • Median LSAT – 167
  • Median GPA – 3.61
  • Median age – 25
  • Age range – 20 to 38
  • Undergraduate majors: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Business Management, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Finance, Geography, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Literature, Math, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Policy Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.
  • Most popular undergraduate majors: Philosophy (7 students); Political Science (6); Psychology (5); Economics (5)
  • Total undergraduate schools: 40; 37 in the U.S., 3 international. 30 students went to California schools.
  • Top feeder schools: UC Berkeley (7); UC Irvine (5); USC (4); Georgetown (3); NYU (2); Princeton (2); U Penn (2); UCLA (2); UC Santa Barbara (2); UC San Diego (2)
  • Advanced degrees: 12 (20% of the class) - 10 Master’s, 1 Ph.D.; 1 MD

*Updated Sept. 18, 2009