University of California, Irvine - School of Law

Introduction

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.

What's Special About UCI Law


EXCELLENT FACULTY

Drawn from top law schools, the faculty was ranked 7th in the nation in scholarly impact in a recent study, behind Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, NYU, and Columbia. Excellent teaching is also a high priority, and numerous faculty members have won teaching awards at their previous institutions.

CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATION

Founded in 2009, UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by emphasizing hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study, and public service.

REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE

All students actually practice law (under careful supervision) while at UCI Law, beginning in the first-year Lawyering Skills course—where they do intake interviews at legal aid or public defender offices—and culminating with substantial client representation in an in-house legal clinic before graduation.

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

Eighty-eight percent of UCI Law grads who sat for the bar exam in July 2012, February 2013, or July 2013 have now passed the bar in at least one jurisdiction. (To this point, we have had 134 graduates take a bar exam and 118, or 88%, have now passed.) The jurisdictions in which our graduates have passed the bar include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

SMALL CLASSES

The student-faculty ratio is 10 to 1, which means classes are smaller and professors have more time for individual students.

ATTORNEY MENTORS

Each new student is assigned an attorney mentor from the local legal community to provide guidance in academic and career matters.

ACTIVE PRO BONO

More than 90% of students have been involved in the Pro Bono Program, participating in scores of projects in which they provided legal services under attorney supervision. Students are encouraged to log 120 pro bono hours in three years.

SATISFIED STUDENTS

The 2016 Law School Survey of Student Engagement shows that UCI Law far exceeds the national average when it comes to student satisfaction. About 95% of our students over all three classes rate their overall UCI Law experience as excellent or good, and about 95% say they would likely attend UCI Law again if they could start over.

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS

Our students have, over the years, spent their summers and begun their careers in a variety of legal settings, including large, medium and small law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, general counsel offices and other alternative careers.

PRESTIGIOUS CLERKSHIPS

Judges in a variety of federal district and appellate courts and state appellate and supreme courts have hired UCI Law students to serve as their post-graduate law clerks. These clerkships span both the country and the federal judicial system.

INCOMPARABLE LOCATION

The Law School is located in beautiful, coastal Southern California, 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego.

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Graduate Tax Program

Campus Full time 1 year April 2019 USA Irvine

The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers an innovative curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and the practical skills needed to practice tax law at the highest levels, in the United States or abroad. [+]

About the Graduate Tax Program

A one of a kind, practice-oriented tax law program.

The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers an innovative curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and the practical skills needed to practice tax law at the highest levels, in the United States or abroad.

The Graduate Tax Program aims to produce graduates who are prepared for careers as tax attorneys, judges, tax administrators and policy advocates, as well as markedly enhance the tax skills of those who are already members of the tax profession.

In designing its innovative curriculum, the program’s founding tax faculty consulted tax practitioners, government administrators, tax policy advocates and other industry experts to develop a world-class educational experience at one of the premier law schools in the United States. At the center of the curriculum is a mandatory practical tax skills requirement, which is completed through tax externships, tax clinics, or specially designed tax classes. Ours is the only program in the United States that makes practical tax skills an inherent, mandatory part of the academic curriculum.... [-]


Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 USA Irvine

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers a first-rate legal education to lawyers, judges, government officials and others wishing to become educated about the legal system and practice of law in the United States. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers a first-rate legal education to lawyers, judges, government officials and others wishing to become educated about the legal system and practice of law in the United States. We offer a general LL.M. program that can be tailored to each individual’s interests, thus uniquely equipping students with the knowledge and skills to excel in today’s global legal community, whatever their personal and professional goals may be.

The program is a one-year, full-time, 24-credit course of study in advanced legal topics, designed primarily for lawyers trained outside of the United States. Students are required to take four courses: Introduction to American Law; Research, Analysis, and Writing in American Law; American Legal Practice in Context; and Professional Responsibility, Globalization, and the Legal Profession in the United States. For the remainder of their courses, students select from a broad range of courses across the upper-level curriculum. Dedicated staff are available to assist students in planning their course of study and, if desired, ensuring that students’ coursework meets the eligibility requirements of California, New York, or other state bars.... [-]


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92697 Irvine, California, USA