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UC Irvine School of Law, the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years, opened its doors to its first class in August 2009.
UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the twenty-first century by doing the best job in the country of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The Law School’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study, and public service. Interdisciplinary study is also at the heart of UCI and there are several concurrent degree programs that students may wish to consider.
In June 2011, UC Irvine School of Law was granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association. Provisional accreditation means that graduating students can take the bar exam in California without taking a qualifying “baby bar” exam.
“We are extremely pleased to have fielded such a high-caliber student body,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who is also one of the top constitutional scholars in the nation. “Along with a highly rated faculty, this allows us to be considered among the best law schools in the country from the very start,” he said.
Type of school: Public
Setting: Suburban, small city
Size: 232 (2011)
Incoming class size: 89 (2011)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 7 to 1
Acceptance percentage: Not available
Tuition and fees: $44,347.50 (CA resident), $54,192.50 (non-resident)
Cost of living (single student): $17,625 – $24,004 (depending on housing choice: on or off-campus)
Address: 401 East Peltason Drive, Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92697-8000
Twitter accounts: @UCILaw
Facebook: University of California, Irvine School of Law
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