University of California Davis School of Law

University of California Davis School of Law

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University of California Davis School of Law benefits from its proximity to the state capital, the Bay area, and Silicon Valley, giving students not only externship opportunities, but the chance to network and build their careers.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson said the school’s commitment to diversity makes it a collaborative and accessible environment.

“UC Davis School of Law is dedicated to the principles of social justice and equality espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom our law school building is named,” Johnson said. “We are also one of the few law schools to be ranked in the top 40 overall and also in top 40 diversity rankings.”

Haydes Hyde, the student government president, said UC Davis Law stands out for its Academic Support program, which pairs first-year students with upper class mentors.

“First year students can expect to be welcomed into a supportive, collegial, and exciting community,” Hayes said. “This is a school where faculty, alumni, and other students are more than happy, if not excited, to help the incoming first-years navigate law school.”

The school has a very low 10.1-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and averages 64 students per each first-year class. it received a B+ for Best Value, despite tuition that has increased during the past firve years. Students still graduate with a little more than $100,000 in debt. But employment and bar pass rates are good. 

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75th Percentile1643.72
25th Percentile1583.31
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$30600
Percent receiving grants88.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 82.40%
NJ Employment79.44
Bar Passage77.02%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
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Environmental/Natural Resource Law
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Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Technology Law