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UC Davis School of Law will mark its 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration highlighting its outstanding record of scholarship, teaching, and service.

Founded in 1965, UC Davis School of Law fulfilled an urgent need for a public law school in Northern California. Edward L. Barrett Jr., a prominent constitutional law and criminal procedure scholar and teacher, was appointed the school's founding dean. Construction of the law school building was delayed due to a tie-up in legislative funding, but Dean Barrett pushed on, opening the law school in the fall of 1966 in a cluster of temporary structures that resembled steel railroad cars. The new UC Davis School of Law had an entering class of 78 and a faculty of four.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His death had an immediate impact on UC Davis School of Law students and faculty, who immediately sought to name their new law school building after Dr. King. The building was officially dedicated after Dr. King on April 12, 1969 in a ceremony including a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren.

UC Davis School of Law will mark its 50th anniversary during a year's worth of events.

August 16, 2015

Welcome BBQ for the Class of 2018 – the School of Law's 50th class

August 25, 2015

Anniversary kick-off celebration with cake cutting at King Hall

October 24, 2015

Milestone Reunions

March 10, 2016

"Celebrating King Hall – Commemorating 50 Years" featuring the Distinguished Teaching Award

April 16, 2016

Special Picnic Day Open House