Reflecting on the Past Decade -- UCI Law Review Publishes Volume 10: Tenth Anniversary Special Edition


IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2020) — As the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) looks ahead toward the next 10 years with the launch of the UCI Brilliant Future campaign, it is also reflecting on the past decade with its January 2020 issue of the UCI Law Review, Volume 10: Tenth Anniversary Special Edition.

“As I reflect on what accounts for our unparalleled success, I believe it can be summed up in one word: vision,” UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson wrote in the foreward. “Visionaries built this school, and visionaries will continue to shape and define its future.”

UCI Law celebrated its 10-year anniversary in August of 2018. The January 2020 issue of the UCI Law Review is comprised of the Foreward, written by Dean Richardson, and six other articles – all of which capture what it means to be part of the UCI Law community.

  1. The first essay is a series of letters between three class of 2016 UCI Law alumni. It outlines the commitment UCI Law has to public interest, and the role UCI Law can play in reshaping systems and economic incentives.
  2. Former Vice Dean Bryant Garth writes the second article which confronts the tension between “innovation and elitism.” The piece reflects on UCI Law’s challenges and successes in committing to do things differently.
  3. In the third essay, Professor Jonathan Glater writes about the tension between innovation and convention.
  4. Professor Annie Lai provides a snapshot of the school’s clinical program, a fundamental aspect of the curriculum, in the fourth article. She explains how clinical experiences help students develop critical thinking skills.
  5. The fifth piece, by Professor Stephen Lee, makes the case for why and how, as a public institution, UCI Law should play a role in ensuring that undocumented students are able to join the legal profession.
  6. Finally, the sixth essay written by Professor Rachel Croskery-Roberts examines the history of UCI Law’s lawyering skills program.

This special issue of the UCI Law Review concludes with an article co-authored by a current UCI Law student and an alumnus, which highlights the challenges law schools face in recruiting and retaining Black students.

When UCI Law opened its doors, it did so with the bold pledge of becoming a top law school within a decade. As outlined through various voices and stories in Volume 10 of the UCI Law Review, it has achieved that goal in many ways. Now focused on its second decade, UCI Law is setting its sights even higher. As the Brilliant Future Campaign outlines, UCI Law’s goal is to become a top 10 law school, and to accomplish that UCI Law’s way: with a commitment to public service, groundbreaking research, and preparing students to confront the challenges of a changing legal profession.

About the University of California, Irvine School of Law

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is a visionary law school and provides an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, prioritizes public service, and demonstrates a commitment to diversity within the legal profession. UCI Law students have completed more than 100,000 hours of pro bono work in the past decade. Forty-five percent of UCI Law’s graduates are students of color. The collaborative and interdisciplinary community at UCI Law includes extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, engaged alumni, and enthusiastic supporters. More information on UCI Law is available here. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ucilaw and SnapChat: ucilaw.

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