Preparing Students for
21st Century Practice
Graduates of the University of California, Irvine School of Law will be among the best prepared law graduates in the country. In addition to educational opportunities comparable to any top-20 law school, UC Irvine School of Law students will gain meaningful real-world and interdisciplinary training from scholars in law-related fields across the UC Irvine campus, who already are among the country’s leaders in such disciplines as law and humanities, law and society, criminology, law and psychology, law and real estate.
Our students also will provide critically needed legal assistance that supports those in need while building practical skills and a commitment to service.
Our location in Southern California – the nation’s most populous and diverse region – provides incomparable opportunities for internships, public service and interaction with prospective employers and members of the bar, bench and business community. Orange County is also home to a large number of rapidly growing technology and other innovative companies, as well as nonprofits with social justice missions.
The first-year curriculum instructs students in areas of legal doctrine traditionally taught in the first year, but in an innovative way that focuses on teaching methods of legal analysis and skills that all lawyers constantly use.
Unlike most law schools, we will infuse each of a law student’s three years with hands-on experiential learning. Our students learn by doing, performing the tasks of lawyers under the close supervision of some of the best professors in the country. All upper-level students are required to complete at least one semester of clinical education.
Strong writing skills are key to professional competence. All upper-level students must complete at least one course that includes a major writing project with frequent feedback from a faculty member.
UCI School of Law is proud to have some of the nation’s most qualified, diverse, and highly motivated law students. Click here for statistics about our inaugural class.
It is the policy of UCI School of Law not to rank its students on the basis of academic standing. Therefore, students may not estimate class standing or indicate a percentile ranking on their resumes, cover letters or applications.
For an explanation of the Law School’s grading policy, click here.
“Throughout law school,
students will have the opportunity and be encouraged to use their legal knowledge and skills in public service. The law school will also have one of the most generous loan-forgiveness programs to ensure that those graduates who wish to pursue a career in public interest law are not precluded by student loan debt.”
Pictured above: Student Joni Carrasco