LAW SCHOOL PROFILE
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
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.
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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Davis School Of Law Trains Students To Become Socially Responsible Lawyers And Focuses On The Legal Specialties Of Business Law And Has Seve...