Outstanding Faculty

Our faculty members are extraordinary scholars. A recent study ranked their scholarly impact as No. 6 in the country behind Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, New York University and Stanford. They are also superb teachers and mentors. Our student-faculty ratio is among the best in the country at 7:1 and the average number of students in an upper-level class is 11 – this enables students to have more individual time with faculty. We combine the best of a small, collegial and supportive environment with a large and renowned research institution. Moreover, many faculty members from across campus hold joint appointments in the Law School, incorporating breakthrough multidisciplinary scholarship into the UCI Law curriculum.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at UC Irvine School of Law.

Six of UCI Law’s faculty members are among the most cited in their fields: Erwin Chemerinsky is listed No. 2 overall in the country as well as No. 2 for Constitutional & Public Law. Dan Burk is listed No. 3 for Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw. Bryant Garth is listed No. 9 for Law & Social Science and Carrie Menkel-Meadow is also included in this category as a highly-cited scholar who works partly in this area. Christopher Leslie is listed No. 6 for Antitrust and Gregory Shaffer is listed No. 20 in International Law.

UCI Law’s faculty address the most important issues of the day, from the radically new challenges in intellectual property and comprehensive immigration reform to the changing nature of the legal profession, the impacts of climate change, reform of election and campaign laws, the protection of consumers in economic crisis, the interaction of international and national law, and much more. At the heart of our scholarship is not only rigorous attention to legal norms but also a deep appreciation for interdisciplinary work, bringing together law with such disciplines as political science, criminology, sociology, public health, and business.