What's Special About UCI Law
UC Irvine School of Law seeks to do the best job in the country of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession.
Drawn from top law schools, the faculty was ranked 7th in the nation in scholarly impact in a recent study, behind Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, NYU, and Columbia. Excellent teaching is also a high priority, and numerous faculty members have won teaching awards at their previous institutions. More about our faculty >>
Founded in 2009, UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by emphasizing hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.
All students actually practice law (under careful supervision) while at UCI Law, beginning in the first-year Lawyering Skills course—where they do intake interviews at legal aid or public defender offices—and culminating with substantial client representation in an in-house legal clinic before graduation. More about our experiential learning >>
Eighty-eight percent of UCI Law grads who sat for the bar exam in July 2012, February 2013, or July 2013 have now passed the bar in at least one jurisdiction. (To this point, we have had 134 graduates take a bar exam and 118, or 88%, have now passed.) The jurisdictions in which our graduates have passed the bar include: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The student-faculty ratio is 10 to 1, which means classes are smaller and professors have more time for individual students.
Each new student is assigned an attorney mentor from the local legal community to provide guidance in academic and career matters. More about our Mentoring program >>
ACTIVE PRO BONO
More than 90% of students have been involved in the Pro Bono Program, participating in scores of projects in which they provided legal services under attorney supervision. Students are encouraged to log 120 pro bono hours in three years. More about our Pro Bono program >>
The 2012 Law School Survey of Student Engagement shows that more than 77% of students over all three classes said their educational experience was “excellent.” About the same percentage answered “definitely yes” when asked whether they would attend the same school again. Both figures are about twice the national average. More about our LSSSE results >>
Our students have, over the years, spent their summers and begun their careers in a variety of legal settings. In the private sector, UCI Law students have worked in national firms and in leading Southern California-based firms. UCI Law was featured on the National Law Journal’s Top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list based on the percentage of 2013 graduates hired at major national law firms. In addition, students have interned in federal, state, and municipal government agencies and have worked with corporate counsel for numerous corporations. More about our placements >>
Judges in a variety of federal district and appellate courts and state appellate and supreme courts have hired UCI Law students to serve as their post-graduate law clerks. These clerkships span both the country and the federal judicial system. More about our clerkship placements >>
The Law School is located in beautiful, coastal Southern California, 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. More about life beyond our campus >>
Generous financial aid is available, including full-tuition Public Service Fellowships and other full-tuition scholarships, and a Loan Repayment Assistance Program. More about Types of Aid >> More about LRAP >>
Experience UC Irvine School of Law
“By every measure we are succeeding in creating a top law school, with a
faculty ranked among the best in the nation and students who have done
superbly in passing the bar, gaining prestigious judicial clerkships,
and landing impressive jobs in every area of legal practice.”