About UC Irvine School of Law
UC Irvine School of Law, the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years, opened its doors to its first class in August 2009.
UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job in the country of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The law school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.
In June 2011, UC Irvine School of Law was granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association. Provisional accreditation means that graduating students can take the bar exam in California without taking a qualifying "baby bar" exam.
“We are extremely pleased to have fielded such a high-caliber student body,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who is also one of the top constitutional scholars in the nation. “Along with a highly rated faculty, this allows us to be considered among the best law schools in the country from the very start,” he said. “Our goal and the university’s goal was to be a top 20 law school from the moment we opened our doors.”