UCI Law News April 2016

A quarterly newsletter to keep members of the UCI Law community connected

A Note from Erwin

Dear friends,

Since UCI Law’s doors opened in 2009, our community together has achieved many milestones and celebrated countless successes. Earlier this year, we reached another notable landmark — UC Irvine School of Law’s induction into the Association of American Law Schools.

Schools must be accredited by the American Bar Association one year before they can be considered for AALS membership, which meant we entered the rigorous review process in 2015. On Jan. 7, 2016, during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, the Association’s executive committee welcomed UCI Law with great enthusiasm, and commended our school’s strong academic record and commitment to diversity and scholarship. “In a very short period of time,” said AALS President Blake D. Morant, UCI Law “has contributed so much to legal education and continues to produce outstanding legal professionals.” The Daily Journal has more on this wonderful achievement.

As you may have heard, in only our second year of eligibility to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report, UCI Law moved to No. 28 of the approximately 200 law schools in the United States. Additionally we ranked No. 13 for Clinical Training, No. 23 for Legal Writing and No. 25 for our Intellectual Property Law program. The Law School also scored among the Top 12 in student diversity, according to the U.S. News Diversity Index.

More good news: We earned an A+ and ranked fourth, just behind Yale, in The National Jurist’s 2016 list of Best Schools for Practical Training. The rankings are based on experiential learning opportunities offered by U.S. law schools, with the most weight placed on top-notch clinical experience.

In focusing on these external measures, I never want us to lose sight of all that makes us truly different and special. As illustrated in our newly published viewbook, we have amazing students who work tirelessly to create a wonderful community. Our faculty are not only terrific scholars, but great classroom teachers. I believe that without question, we have the best administrators and staff of any law school in the country. We have created a law school deeply committed to public service and experiential learning.

Our successes would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from so many people. This was especially evident at Admitted Students Weekend on April 1 and 2, when the Law School community came together to welcome prospective members of the UCI Law class of 2019. In so many ways, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends all play a crucial role in advancing the Law School and in ensuring that we continue to foster innovation, collegiality and excellence.

Warm regards,



April 11, 2016:
Tax Law and Policy Colloquium, "Alpha: Labor is the New Capital," featuring Victor Fleischer

April 14, 2016:
Initiative to End Family Violence Survivor Series, featuring Leslie Morgan Steiner

April 22, 2016:
Why the Arctic Matters, presented by Hon. Fran Ulmer

May 5, 2016:
"Plutocrats United" book talk by Prof. Rick Hasen, UC Washington Center

May 6, 2016:
Public Service Award Dinner, honoring Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno

May 7, 2016:
UCI Law Commencement Ceremony

May 13, 2016:
UCI Long US-China Institute Annual Conference, "Poor China, Rich China: Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality"

July 14, 2016:
6th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review
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