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University of California-Davis School of Law, Davis, CA [By Barbara Chalsma] The University of California-Davis School of Law, (Martin Luther) King Hall, was founded in the early 60s, during the whirlwind of social change in the U.S. that essentially spread from UC Berkeley, Davis’ sister institution.

In addition to its mission of becoming a world

international law, and public interest law.

Program and Orientation in U.S.A. Program.

leader in law studies, the goals of UC Davis’

The J.D. can only be attained via full-time,

Law students may also participate in

law school are to train students “to become

three-year study, and it may be combined

exchange programs with law schools in

socially responsible lawyers committed to

with other M.A. or M.B.A. studies to earn a

Copenhagen, Denmark, or Dublin, Ireland, as

professional excellence and high ethical

joint degree.

well as at other ABA-approved law schools.

service through law reform and professional

Additional degrees offered are the LL.M.

An exceptional number of law journals exist


and the Summer International Commercial

despite the fact that UC Davis School of

Law LL.M., as well as a one-year LL.M.

Law is a relatively small school; students

The law school’s publications use such words

exclusively for international students.

can earn academic credit for participation

to describe its attributes as “supportive,”

Certificates are awarded in public service

in the UC Davis Law Review, Environs-

“genuine warmth and friendship,” and “an

law and environmental law. Furthermore,

atmosphere of cooperation unparalleled in

a large number of clinics are offered:

any other law school.” These are soft words

Civil Rights, Immigration Law, Prison

for a strong school, whose ranking among

Law, Administration of Criminal Justice,

U.S. law schools is well within the nation’s

Employment Relations, Environmental Law,

Environmental Law and Policy Journal, and Journal of International Law & Policy. The school’s other publications are the Business Law Journal and the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy.

top 50.

Family Protection, Federal Taxation, Judicial

standards” and to provide “significant public

UC Davis School of Law is small, with a

Internships, Legislative Process, and Public

The law school is completing the planning


phase for a major capital improvement

current J.D. enrollment of 583 and a total

project that will renovate the current

student-faculty ratio of approximately 8:1. It

UC Davis has several programs for

building, increase total space by nearly

attracts graduates from schools including

international students as well as study-

one third, and permit the creation of new

Yale and Harvard-more than 100 in all, not

abroad programs for all students, and its

research and instructional programs. The

to mention the large numbers coming from

law school follows suit. The law school’s

project is anticipated to be finished by the

the massive University of California and

programs in this area include the focus

summer of 2009.

California State University systems. More

on commercial law mentioned above: a

than one third of the students, according to

master’s degree in international commercial

King Hall’s law library holds nearly 300,000

the law school, fall under the rather vague

law that requires attendance over three to

volumes, and the campus has a wireless

catch-all term “people of color,” and more

five summers; two-week specialized courses

network. Miraculously, in King Hall, there

than half are women.

in international commercial law offered

is even a nursery for the young children of

over three sequential years; and a two-week

law students to stay in while their parents

UC Davis School of Law focuses on the

summer seminar in Cologne, Germany, in

attend classes. The Perfect Tender Infant

legal specialties of business law, criminal

collaboration with the University of Cologne.

Care Co-op is run by UC Davis law students, both parents and non-parents, which hints

law and procedure, environmental and natural resources law, human rights and

Specifically for foreign students are the

at the caring attitude prevalent in the Davis

social justice law, intellectual property law,

short-term English for Legal Professionals



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Davis, CA, a city of only 62,000 residents, half

steep cost of living. Davis is a hop, skip,

of whom are connected to the university, has

and a jump (translation: 15 minutes) from

the second-highest per-capita education

California’s capitol city, Sacramento, whose

level of any city in the U.S. and 95 miles

major airport is on the Davis side. San

of bicycle paths. What more does anyone

Francisco and Berkeley are 75 miles to the

need to know? How about the facts that it

southwest, Napa’s wine country is 30 miles

boasts all-year great weather, “controlled

to the west, and Lake Tahoe and skiing are

growth, environmental awareness, energy

less than 100 miles to the east.

conservation, excellent schools, and exceptional parks and recreational programs”?

With all of these pleasures, quality-of-life perks, and conveniences, it’s no wonder all

Nevertheless, the average house price is

those attorneys at UC Davis School of Law

higher than $500,000, reflecting California’s

tend to be “warm” and “supportive.”


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