The School of Law at University of California–Davis

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Sharon L. Pinkney
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of California--Davis

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 25.4% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.63
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 164

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 25.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 161-165
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.47-3.79
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.63
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 164

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.S.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Nationally renowned faculty; talented, diverse students; 70 student 1L sections, 30-35 student small sections; immigration, civ. rts, prison, family law clinics; employment, tax, crim’l, govt., env., judicial externships; litigation & nonlit. skills courses;Public Service Law program/certificate/externship;Env.Law certificate/Center;Intl Law/Science&Innovation Centers http://www.law.ucdavis.edu
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 100
Seminars 13
Positions available in seminars 271
Positions available in simulation courses 467
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 172
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Cooperation and collegiality define student life (http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/). 5 journals: UC Davis Law Review; Environs; UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy; UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy; Business Law Journal (electronic and print); extensive appellate and trial advocacy; parent co-operative nursery for law students’ babies; Law Student Assoc. and 30+ student groups.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 67
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 32
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 223
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 395
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 139
Full-time students involved in field placements 126
Full-time students involved in law journals 392
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 175
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 164

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 11.1:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 63
Full-time minority faculty 39.1%
Part-time minority faculty 17.6%
Total faculty 72
Total faculty (men) 56.9%
Total faculty (women) 43.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 36.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#29 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#43 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 66
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.6
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.47-3.79
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.63
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 161-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 164
Acceptance rate 25.4% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 11.1:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 82.5% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.3% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.4% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 601

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 601

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 8.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.0%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.8%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Lawrence Gallardo
Financial aid phone (530) 752-6573
Financial aid application deadline March 2

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $46,485 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $54,622 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,987
Books $1,014
Miscellaneous expenses $3,865
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 39.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 31.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.0%
Median grant amount $22,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $12,100–$25,200
Full-time students receiving grants 71.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $100,517
Proportion who borrowed 86.2%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 110,379
Microform titles 545
Electronic titles 5,796
Other non-book titles 403
Total titles 117,123
Volumes (excluding microforms) 307,988
Volume equivalent microforms 159,337
Total volumes and volume equivalents 467,325
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 50,201
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 67
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 67
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 67
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 19
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 33

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 32,984
Total seats available for library users 311
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Moot Courtroom, trial skills lab, 4 clinics, 5 journal offices. Extensive Law Library, print and electronic sources and services. Wireless network, computer lab, study carrels, lockers, child care coop, student lounge, 24 hour building access. Financial Aid, IT, Registrar and Career Services offices in King Hall. Major facilities expansion in 2010;renovation by 2012. See http://www.law.ucdavis.edu

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.4% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 194
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 82.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.9%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 82.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 10.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 3.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $85,000
Median private sector starting salary $145,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 43%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 8.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 7.8%
Percent employed in government 10.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 5.6%
Percent employed in law firms 45.3%
Percent employed in public interest 11.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 10.1%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 88%
Graduates employed out-of-state 8.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 15
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 88.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 1.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Counselor assigned to each student. 4 Career Counselors (4 attorneys): Director; 1 general advising/clerkships; 1 public interest/public sector; 1 general advising/alumni. Public Service Law program/certificate. Panels, Training Sessions, Skills Workshops, Networking Opportunities. Career Resource library. See http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/careerServices/index.shtml

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 78.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 90.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 15.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 16.7%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 57.1%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%

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