UC Irvine School of Law opened its doors to students in August 2009, the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked sixth in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has admissions qualifications comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.
UC Irvine School of Law opened in August 2009 as the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. Since the inception of the University of California, Irvine, which celebrates its 70th birthday in 2017, a law school was envisioned as part of the plan to become a full-service, interdisciplinary research institution.
|Director of admissions||Kathryn Espiritu|
|Application deadline||March 31|
|Approximate number of applications||2035|
Fees are composed of Tuition; Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition; a Student Services Fee; and mandatory campus-based fees (recreation center, graduate student health insurance, etc.).
2016-2017 Estimated Nine-Month J.D. Student Budget:
|Living On Campus||Living Off Campus*|
J.D. class rank will not be made public, as per the Academic Rules, Standards and Procedures (PDF).
UC Irvine School of Law grades on a scale of A+ (4.3) to F (0.0).
IP (in progress) will be assigned at the end of the first semester in all year-long courses.
After grades post to transcripts, the Law Registrar will generate a letter for each in-progress course offered during the semester, indicating the A to F level of performance for each student. In-progress letters will be available in the Law Registrar’s Office until the official grades for the class post at the end of the second semester.
Students can take up to 8 self-selected units of Law School upper-level courses on a credit/no-credit basis. Credit/no-credit grading options are at the instructor’s discretion and must be elected and enrolled in by the end of the second week of classes in any semester. In order to receive credit for a law course taken credit/no credit, a law student must obtain a minimum grade of C- (1.7).
All examinations will be graded anonymously.
Required Medians and Grade Distributions
All first-year courses have a required median of B+ and the following grade distibution:
|A+||As outlined below.|
|A||19% - 23%|
|A-||19% - 23%|
|B+||19% - 23%|
|B||19% - 23%|
|B- or below||14% - 18%|
|A+||As outlined below.|
|A, A-||33% - 39%|
|B+, B||41% - 45%|
|B- or below||14% - 18%|
In all advanced courses, including clinics, and all first-year courses there shall be a required number of A+ grades equal to the following. This chart lists the minimum and maximum number of A+ grades. For example, a course with between 21 and 40 J.D. students must have at least one A+ and at most two A+ grades.
|Number of Students||Faculty shall give at least the following number of A+ grades:||Faculty shall give no more than the following number of A+ grades:|
|Honor||Percentage of Class Receiving|
|Order of the Coif||N/A|
|summa cum laude||The top 5 percent of the graduating class will be designated summa cum laude|
|magna cum laude||the next 7.5 percent will be designated magna cum laude|
|cum laude||the next 10 percent will be designated cum laude|
|Faculty Award (Fall 2015)||highest performance in course|
|Dean's Award (Fall 2015)||second-highest performance in course|
The UC Irvine Law Review (ISSN 2327-4514) was founded in the spring of 2010, during the inaugural year of the UC Irvine School of Law. We aim to promote exceptional legal scholarship by featuring contributions from a spectrum of academic, practical, and student perspectives. The Law Review launched its inaugural volume during the 2010–2011 academic year.
UCI Law Moot Court Competition
Moot Court is a competition in which students write a brief and argue a case before an appellate court, usually the United States Supreme Court. UCI Law's Moot Court program is a student-run program with two faculty advisors, and the focal point is its intra-school competition, in which students write their briefs in teams of two, but argue as individuals.
Students advance in the competition based on a combination of their brief and oral argument scores. Awards are given to the teams writing the top two briefs and to the two students reaching the final round of the competition.
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
With participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries, the Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.The Jessup Competition is a demanding but very rewarding competition that offers an excellent opportunity for improving oral advocacy, writing, research, and collaboration skills, and for developing expertise on cutting-edge international legal issues.
Practicing law under close supervision and with time for reflection is a fundamental goal of the UC Irvine School of Law curriculum, and the clinical program, ranked No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is the most important means by which students achieve this goal.
The heart of the UCI Law experiential learning program is the 6-unit core clinical course required of every student. Students may choose one of seven different clinics in which they act as the primary legal representative for their clients. Each of the seven core clinics is taught by one or more members of our full-time faculty, all of whom have come to UCI Law after teaching in top-tier clinical programs around the country. The clinical faculty collaborate to ensure that the program offers a vibrant and diverse set of learning opportunities that will train our students to practice law in a wide array of subject matter and work environments. In addition to a guaranteed placement in one of UCI Law’s seven core clinics, second- and third-year students have the opportunity to enroll in an elective clinic. Second- and third-year students may also enroll in their core clinic for additional semesters.
Students in our core clinics work to solve problems facing individual clients and problems that affect a larger community, whether within a neighborhood, city, state, country or the world. Although the types of legal issues vary, the essential features of every core clinic at UCI Law include:
In BC Law's clinics, students work in civil litigation, criminal justice, juvenile rights, immigration law, issues affecting women, the wrongly convicted, government practice, community development, the prevention of homelessness, the role of the judiciary, and many other individually selected areas, along with programs permitting students to practice law in London, Paris, and in many other locations around the world.
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$75,000 - $160,000|
|Median in the private sector||$112,500|
|Median in public service||$58,562|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||55.5%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||66.4%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||3.2%|
|Public Interest Organizations||19.1%|
TUC Irvine School of Law places a strong emphasis on experiential learning and offers various opportunities for students to provide legal services directly to the community. A key component is the Externship Program, which provides academic credit for students doing legal work for judges, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
UCI Internship Programs
For students that are interested in getting involved, an internship on campus can be a great way to get started. There are various departments that offer diverse internship opportunities to help you gain valuable experience and develop transferable skills.