UCI Law is a world class law school that is dedicated to training practice-ready lawyers and legal professionals. UCI Law routinely receives high marks across the board.

UCI Law ranked No. 8 overall in an analysis of Princeton Review's Best Law Schools of 2023 (Princeton ReviewTaxProf Blog).

Princeton Review compiles its list of Best Law Schools based on data provided by 17,000 students and administrators at the law schools. UCI Law received outstanding marks – on a rating scale of 60-99 with 99 being the highest – in five key categories, below. The rankings are compiled by TaxProf Blog’s analysis of these critical areas:

  • No. 2 Professors: Teaching: 98 “This rating is based on how students rate the quality of teaching at their law school.” (TaxProf Blog).
  • No. 7 Professors (Teaching and Accessibility): 98 “Giving equal weight to the professors teaching and accessibility.” (TaxProf Blog).
  • No. 10 Academic Experience: 96 “This rating measures the quality of the school's learning environment. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating, as well as how students rate each of the following: the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the research resources at their school, the range of available courses, the balance of curricular emphasis on legal theory and practical lawyering, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and the degree of intellectual challenge that the coursework presents.” (TaxProf Blog).
  • No. 13 Admissions Selectivity: 96 “This rating measures the competitiveness of admissions at each law school. Factors taken into consideration include the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of entering 1L students, the percentage of applicants who are accepted, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted and ultimately enroll.” (TaxProf Blog).
  • No. 16 Professors: Accessibility: 97 “This rating is based on how law students rate the accessibility of law faculty members at their school.” (TaxProf Blog).
  • No. 17 Career Rating: 94 “This rating measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's own record of having done so.” (TaxProf Blog).

Princeton Review also ranked UCI Law No. 10 for Best Professors, No. 7 for Most Diverse Faculty, and No. 8 for Most Liberal Students (Princeton Review).

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  • No. 12 for having the most 2023 J.D. graduates in full-time, long-term, bar passage-required jobs, and is listed as the only school in California (Reuters) (2024)
  • No. 18 in the nation for federal clerkships, No. 2 in the state of California (Law 360) (2024)
  • No. 20 top go-to law school ('s 2024 Go-To Law School Report). (2024)
  • No. 23 in the nation for large law firm jobs (Law 360) (2024)
  • No. 22 top go-to law school ('s 2023 Go-To Law School Report). (2023)
  • Top 15 school and highlighted for high salary-to-debt ratio ("Law Schools Where Starting Salaries For Graduates Exceed Their Student Debt") using 2021 data. USC is the only other Califonia law school on the list (Above the Law). (2023)
  • No. 26 in the nation for federal clerkships, No. 3 in the state of California (Excess of Democracy). (2020)
  • No. 6 for employment outcome among graduates of California law schools (Excess of Democracy). (2019)

Specialty Areas & Programs

  • UCI Law is a top law school for business law with an A grade (prelaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law is a top law school for criminal law with an A grade (prelaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law is a top law school for tax law with an A- grade (prelaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law is a top law school for legal technology with an A- grade (preLaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law is a top law school for international law with an A grade (preLaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law is a top law school for public policy with an A grade (preLaw Magazine).
  • UCI Law's Graduate Tax Program is ranked No. 1 on the West Coast, No. 5 nationally among law schools with a graduate tax program (TaxProf Blog).