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UC Davis School of Law Ranks Among Top 10 Most Diverse Law Schools

News Posted on April 13, 2018

The 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranks the UC Davis School of Law as having one of the most diverse J.D. student populations in the country.

The ranking, which appears in the recently released 2019 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," is based on the total proportion of minority J.D. students.

At UC Davis School of Law approximately 17 percent of students are Hispanic and 15 percent are Asian. The diversity index rating measures the likelihood of law students encountering peers from different ethnic groups including Hispanic, Asian, African American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Caucasian and multiracial.

Kevin R. Johnson, Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, said that the school has diligently worked to increase its diversity. For example, in the school’s most recent incoming class, the number of African-American students more than doubled. In the last few years the school has jumped from the top 25 for diversity of students into the top 10. UC Davis School of Law is the only top 40 school in the overall rankings in the top 10 of the diversity rankings.

“We at UC Davis School of Law are dedicated to excellence and diversity which is reflected in the latest rankings,” Dean Johnson said.

At the UC Davis School of Law diversity does not end with students. King Hall is also noted for having the only majority-minority faculty of America's leading law schools. And, according to the most recent U.S. News rankings our faculty score high marks. UC Davis School of Law is in the top 25 in the nation for the reputation of its faculty, based on responses from law school deans and faculty. This year the school's academic peer reputation improved to 21, up five slots from two years ago.

UC Davis School of Law also ranked fourth in the U.S. News assessment of "Generosity of Financial Aid" at public law schools.

King Hall remains in the top 40 of almost 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools. In the latest U.S. News ranking UC Davis School of Law placed 37th. The school advanced two points from the previous year.

Dean Johnson said it is important to recognize the record of excellence at King Hall over the course of more than 50 years. He said while a school's rankings may fluctuate from year to year, UC Davis School of Law is consistently ranked as a top school.