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Message from the Dean

Kevin JohnsonAs Dean of the UC Davis School of Law, I have the privilege of welcoming you to one of the world's leading law schools. We are extremely proud of the excellent record of scholarship, teaching, and service we have achieved since our founding 50 years ago. Please explore our website, and visit us in person, to discover the many ways in which UC Davis School of Law offers a legal education that is second to none.

At UC Davis, our outstanding ranking, small size, and unusually accessible and dedicated faculty of internationally-renowned scholars provide a uniquely supportive learning environment. There is really no other law school like it in the United States! Each of our faculty members is truly committed to teaching, and together they offer a challenging academic program with diverse specialties including, but not limited to, business law, environmental law, international and comparative law, intellectual property, immigration law, constitutional law, and public interest law.

Moreover, the School of Law's award-winning trial and appellate advocacy programs, clinics, and externships enable students to earn academic credits while gaining first-hand exposure to legal professionals and institutions, honing practical lawyering skills, and contributing to the greater good. The Immigration Law Clinic, Family Protection and Advocacy Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, Prison Law Office, and our new California Supreme Court Clinic, all directed by staff attorneys at the top of their fields, allow students to represent real people with real problems before real courts and agencies.

At UC Davis, you will find a vibrant and diverse student community with more than 40 active student organizations, five law journals, and an academic spirit where intellectual rigor combines with genuine warmth and friendship, as well as true community of purpose. We have an atmosphere of cooperation unparalleled by any other law school.

Supporting our students' academic and career goals is and will remain the highest priority at the UC Davis School of Law. Our success can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of our graduates in bar passage rates, job placement, and challenging and rewarding careers in cities across the United States, from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, from Reno to Chicago and Atlanta. Our graduates' professional lives are marked by high ethical standards and a dedication to public as well as private service.

As the beneficiary of a public university education, I personally know just how important it is that the UC Davis School of Law maintain a public legal education that is of the highest quality and that is accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. We at King Hall are dedicated to upholding these ideals, and we consistently enroll one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.

On behalf of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni, I invite you to seriously consider the study of law at the UC Davis School of Law, where curiosity meets community. If you come here, you will never regret the decision. I promise.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson