Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of the law school’s accreditation by the American Bar Association?
The University of California, Irvine School of Law has been granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association. On June 14, 2011, the ABA Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar notified Dean Erwin Chemerinsky that the Law School fulfills the criteria necessary for provisional accreditation.
Law schools are eligible for provisional accreditation after two years, and full accreditation after five. Provisional accreditation means that graduating students can take the bar exam in any jurisdiction, including California, without taking a qualifying "baby bar" exam.
Full accreditation requires full compliance with all ABA standards after having been provisionally approved for at least two years. A student at a provisionally approved law school and an individual who graduates while the school is provisionally approved are entitled to the same recognition given to students and graduates of fully approved law schools.
What are the basic requirements for applicants to the School of Law?
A bachelor's degree earned prior to the beginning of the Law School semester from an accredited institution of higher education and a valid LSAT score. Please refer to the application instructions online
for more information about the specific components of the application process.
Who should apply?
We seek to create a community of law students from a broad spectrum of society, with strong qualifications and the greatest potential to contribute to the diversity and intellectual vibrancy of UCI School of Law. Click here to read what the faculty has to say
about the type of students they anticipate enrolling.
What is the timeline for first-year admissions?
The secure online application form, available through the LSAC Electronic Application system, and instructions will be available after October 1. Applications may be submitted up until March 1 of the following year. Please visit our How to Apply page
for details. Apply earlier, rather than later!
Students are admitted only
for fall entry to the Law School. There is no mid-year admission.
Is there an early admissions program? What about deferring acceptance?
No. There is no early admissions or early action program. We encourage applicants to apply for the year they wish to enroll. On a case-by-case review basis, a request for a one- or two-year deferment may be granted.
Is there a part-time or evening program?
No. Our J.D. program is considered a full-time day program.
How much is tuition?
Our tuition is comparable to the tuitions of the University of California law schools because, as a public institution and UC campus, we are committed to keeping tuition as low as possible and scholarship support as high as possible to ensure accessibility to all the highly talented students who will join us. Go to our "Costs and Financial Aid" page
for estimated information.
What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?
Every student admitted to the law school is considered for merit scholarships which may be valued up to full tuition and fees. Additionally, we provide public service scholarships, also valued up to full tuition for admitted students who demonstrate an exceptional interest in pursuing careers in the public sector.
Both merit and public service scholarships are renewable for the second and third year of enrollment at the School of Law for students who maintain good academic standing.
We also provide need-based grants. Students who wish to be considered for need-based grants must supply parental information on the FAFSA form.
Finally, the School of Law participates in the Federal Stafford and Graduate Plus loan programs.
What is the curriculum like?
combines the best of tradition and innovation through experiential learning.
We offer courses in areas such as environmental law, intellectual property law, business law, international law, law and medicine, and public interest/social justice, among others, that take advantage of Southern California’s economic vibrancy as well as UC Irvine's and our faculty’s numerous strengths.
Who is on the faculty?
are from top-tier schools. They are among the most highly regarded legal scholars and represent a broad range of expertise and interests. They also are committed to delivering a student-centered education, and to the ethical advancement of the profession.
In July 2012, the UCI Law Faculty was ranked No. 7 in a national study of scholarly impact
, moving up from No. 9 two years before.
Does the School of Law accept transfer or visiting students?
Yes. Please see our Transfer Students page
for more information about the transfer application process, and our Visiting Students page
for more information about being a visiting (non-matriculating) student.
What opportunities are available for public-service-minded students?
Public service is central to the school’s mission, and our philosophy is that public service is not just for students who want to pursue full-time public service jobs. We believe that all law students should be exposed to social justice legal issues as part of their legal education. All students are required to participate in at least one clinical course in which they provide pro bono legal representation to actual clients.
How does the School of Law make sure students get practical learning experience?
As part of their training through clinical
and pro bono
programs, UCI Law students provide supervised legal assistance to community members who would otherwise be unable to afford a lawyer. These opportunities allow students to gain invaluable real-world experience in the actual practice of law while addressing gaps in our justice system.
Our goal is to do the best job of any law school in the country in preparing students for the practice of law. Our experiential learning emphasis will ensure that students have hands-on opportunities to understand how the law works in action, with live clients and actual problems. Under the supervision of some of the nation's best faculty, as well as working with local legal services providers, students will learn to interview live clients, analyze real legal issues, investigate the facts and help their clients find solutions.
What is the UC Irvine campus like?
With a temperate climate (the year-round average temperature ranges from 67 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit) and beautiful and diverse surroundings, the University of California, Irvine is an ideal community in which to live and study. The campus itself is centered around tranquil Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden with more than 11,000 trees and shrubs.
The campus also is home to a vibrant performing arts program, a wide range of athletic facilities and teams, the Arts Plaza
(a unique, outdoor gallery and performance space), and the Irvine Barclay Theatre
, as well as the Bren Events Center
, which provides an exciting and prestigious array of music, performance, exhibition, sporting and other public events.
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What kind of cultural and recreational resources are nearby?
In Southern California, you can surf in the morning and snowboard in the afternoon, and have a wide choice of cultural opportunities in the evening. The region contains 76 miles of shoreline, bounded by mountain ranges and criss-crossed by thousands of miles of nature trails. Neighboring Newport Beach and Laguna Beach are among the most beautiful coastlines in all of California. With UC Irvine’s ideal Southern California location, students have a wealth of recreational and cultural options and venues. The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve includes 37,000 acres designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark. And from nearby Disneyland and other theme parks to the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the South Coast Repertory Center, there’s always something to do.
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How can I find out more?
We invite you to visit the law school, where you may attend a first-year class, tour our facilities and attend an Information Session. You can get more details and schedule a visit here
Continue to browse our web site
for regular updates. If you have specific questions, please contact us at 949-824-4545, or send an email to VisitUs@law.uci.edu
(Updated August 2012)