Why Pursue an LL.M. at UCI Law?

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World-Class Faculty

Classes at UCI Law are taught by a brilliant group of dedicated and welcoming faculty. Our faculty members are extraordinary scholars. A recent study ranked their scholarly impact as No. 6 in the country behind only Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, New York University and Stanford. Equally important, they are also superb teachers and devoted mentors.  This unbeatable combination makes UCI Law a unique, dynamic and diverse intellectual community in which to learn and grow.

Impeccable Reputation

Individually and collectively, the faculty, staff, students, alums and friends of the Law School have made UCI Law a place of excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and public service. UCI Law had the highest ever debut ranking in U.S. News & World Report, and now is ranked No. 28 overall, No. 13 for Clinical Training, No. 23 in Legal Writing, No. 25 in Intellectual Property Law and Top 12 in Student Diversity. A vast majority of UCI Law students rate their overall educational experience as “Excellent,” and report developing clearer career goals and acquiring job-related knowledge at a significantly better rate than the national average. (Law School Survey of Student Engagement – LSSSE).

Small Class Sizes

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 our outstanding faculty. We combine the best of a small, collegial and supportive environment with a large and renowned research institution.

Learning by Doing

Experiential learning is the core of our curriculum. We teach our students how to turn theory into practice and learn by doing, essential in developing practice-ready skills for lawyers. Public service is also at the very center of UCI Law’s mission. Our programs provide students the opportunity and training to use their legal education to improve society.

Southern California Location

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Our prime location in central Orange County, California  ̶  one hour south of Los Angeles and one hour north of San Diego – makes UCI a highly attractive place to spend a year studying law.  Located about 10 minutes from the beach, the UCI campus is situated in Irvine, California, which consistently ranks among the safest cities in the U.S.  Among Irvine’s many benefits are its pleasant year-round climate and easy access to many cultural, entertainment and outdoor attractions.  In addition, Southern California is a vast, highly desirable and sophisticated legal market home to prestigious international law firms, regional firms, and prominent public interest organizations. Orange County boasts a large and diverse economy home to some of the world’s largest companies as well as entrepreneurial small startups. The business climate offers emphasis in a myriad of sectors, including real estate, high technology, international trade, health care and life sciences.