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News Posted on October 11, 2013

UC Davis Places 23rd in National Surveys

The UC Davis School of Law faculty placed 23rd in two highly influential national surveys of law school quality. King Hall was ranked 23rd in the peer assessment category of the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Review's "Best Law Schools" and also rated 23rd in the most recent comprehensive faculty quality assessment undertaken by University of Chicago Law Professor Brian Leiter.

UC Davis has "improved significantly in the last generation" and is now "solidly top 25," wrote Leiter.  His periodic assessment of law faculty productivity and influence, as measured by the number of faculty citations over a five-year period, is widely regarded as the single most systematic evaluation of American law school quality.

The King Hall faculty has an outstanding record of consistent publication in the nation's most-cited legal periodicals. Recent months have seen articles published or accepted for publication in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Southern California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Arizona Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, American University Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Emory Law Journal and North Carolina Law Review, among others.

"Although it is important not to place undue emphasis on rankings, it is always gratifying to receive the recognition of legal professionals and our colleagues in legal education," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "At UC Davis School of Law, we have made great strides in recent years, with the expansion and renovation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall, the recruitment and retention of superstar faculty, enrollment of excellent students, and the launch of new academic programs and international partnerships. We are a law school on the rise, and we look forward to even greater things in the years to come."