November 20, 2015
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Chemerinsky Leaves UCI Law With Legacy to Build On
What a difference a decade makes. When Erwin Chemerinsky joined the University of California-Irvine as founding dean of its law school, it was under a maelstrom of controversy. Some political conservatives protested based on his reputation as a “liberal” scholar, and a backlash ensued. He will leave the law school at the end of June to become dean of the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Law, surrounded by an aura of adulation, with statistics buttressing the law school’s out-of-the-gate laurels, which many lawyers have called “unprecedented.” He’s also one of the country’s most recognized and sought-after authorities on constitutional law and has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
National Jurist magazine named Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law, as the most influential person in legal education in the U.S. in 2016.
The University of California-Irvine School of Law has launched a Civil Justice Research Institute to explore how to make the U.S. civil justice system more accessible.
University of California-Irvine School of Law moved up two places to No. 28 on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s graduate school programs for law schools, released earlier this week.
University of California-Irvine School of Law was admitted to the American Association of Law Schools. Membership in the 116-year-old group requires screening and a vote by the association.