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UC Davis School of Law
University of California, Davis
School of Law
MottoFiat lux (Latin)
Parent schoolUniversity of California
School typePublic
Parent endowment$956 million (2014)[2]
DeanKevin Johnson
LocationDavis, California, U.S.
38°32?09?N 121°44?57?W / 38.53583°N 121.74917°W / 38.53583; -121.74917Coordinates: 38°32?09?N 121°44?57?W / 38.53583°N 121.74917°W / 38.53583; -121.74917
USNWR ranking31st[1]
Bar pass rate88% (ABA profile)
ABA profileUC Davis Profile

The University of California Davis School of Law (Martin Luther King Jr. Hall), referred to as UC Davis School of Law and commonly known as King Hall and UC Davis Law, is an American Bar Association approved law school located in Davis, California on the campus of the University of California, Davis. The school received ABA approval in 1968.[3] It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1968.[4]

UC Davis School of Law is the smallest of the five law schools in the University of California system, with a total enrollment of just under 600 students. The school is located in a building named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and commonly referred to as King Hall.[5]

Rankings and academics

Mabie Law Library

In 2016, US News & World Report ranked UC Davis 30th among top law schools in the U.S.,[1] and as the second-most diverse of the five law schools in the UC system (after UC Hastings).[6] Princeton Review placed UC Davis tenth in the nation in the 2009 version of its annual ranking of faculty diversity among American law schools. It is listed as an "A-" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.[7]

It is listed as an "A" (#16) in the January 2011 "Best Public Interest Law Schools" ratings by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.[8]

UC Davis Law has the smallest student body of the UC schools, but a slightly higher student/faculty ratio than UCLA or Berkeley.[9]

UC Davis has been ranked as the fifth most-expensive public law school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[10] It is also ranked first for providing the most financial aid.[10]

Main Entrance to King Hall

UC Davis grants the second-most in financial aid in the country.[11][12][13] UC Davis Law's King Hall Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), founded in 1990 to help alumni working in relatively low-income public-service law careers to repay student loans, was the first loan repayment assistance program established at any UC law school.[14]

According to Brian Leiter's Law School rankings, Davis ranks 23rd in the nation in terms of scholarly impact as measured by academic citations of tenure-stream faculty.[15]

Bar passage rates

Based on a 2001-2007 6 year average, 79.4% of UC Davis Law graduates passed the California State Bar exam.[16] In 2009, 89% of first-time test takers passed the California bar.[17]

For July 2012, 78.9% of first-time test takers passed the California bar exam.[18] For July 2013, 85.0% of first-time test takers passed the California Bar Exam.[19]

For July 2014, 86% of first-time test takers passed the California bar exam.[20]


According to King Hall's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 79% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[21] King Hall's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 10.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2017 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[22]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at King Hall for the 2013-2014 academic year is $68,346 for California residents and $80,591 for non-residents.[23] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $265,806 for residents.[24]


The law school completed a $30 million expansion project in 2011. The project has added an additional wing to the law school's current building, increasing assignable space by nearly 30 percent to provide for additional classrooms, offices, and a new courtroom, named the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom in honor of a $1 million gift to the project from the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation. The courtroom is used by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, California Supreme Court, and California Court of Appeal.

Noted people


  • Alan Brownstein, Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality
  • Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Professor of Law, specialist in fields of immigration law and criminal procedure
  • Joel Dobris, Professor of Law, scholar of Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • Angela P. Harris, Professor of Law, critical legal theory scholar
  • Robert W. Hillman, Professor of Law, Fair Business Practices and Investor Advocacy Chair
  • Edward Imwinkelried, Edward L. Barrett Jr. Professor of Law
  • Kevin Johnson, Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, specialist in civil rights, immigration, and Chicano/a rights law
  • Miguel Méndez, Professor of Law, evidence law scholar
  • Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women, acting professor of law 1988-1989.
  • Rex R. Perschbacher, Daniel J. Dykstra Endowed Chair, former Dean of the Law School, 1998-2008
  • Cruz Reynoso, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court 1982-1987, Professor Emeritus
  • Martha West, former Associate Dean; Professor Emeritus
  • William S. Dodge, Professor of Law, international law, international transactions, and international dispute resolution.
    He currently serves as Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction and as a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law.



  1. ^ a b c d e "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: University of California -- Davis"". Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Annual Endowment Report, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014; p.4" (PDF). Chief Investment Officer of the Regents of the University of California.
  3. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ AALS Member Schools
  5. ^ King Hall
  6. ^ "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, Law School Diversity Index". US News & World Report. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Larsen, Rebecca (March 2011), "Most Diverse Law Schools (Diversity Honor Roll)", The National Jurist, San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines, 20 (6): 30-37
  8. ^ Weyenberg, Michelle (January 2011). "Best Law Schools for Public Interest". The National Jurist. San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines. 20 (4): 24-28.
  9. ^ "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, What are the largest and smallest law schools?". US News. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b "Public Cost Programs - Top Law Schools - US News Best Graduate Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, Who's the priciest? Who's the cheapest?". US News & World Report. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, Which public schools award the most and the least financial aid?". US News. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, Whose graduates have the most debt? The least?". US News. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Law School expands loan repayment assistance program". The Aggie. October 5, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Top 25 Law Faculties Based on Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009".
  16. ^ "Internet Legal Research Group: University of California-Davis School of Law, 2009 profile". Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ Robertson, Kathy (2009-11-25). "Top UC Davis, McGeorge law students raise the bar". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Hoerauf, Graham (2013-03-13). "California Bar Admissions 2012" (PDF). California Bar Association. Retrieved .
  19. ^ http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/01/july-2013.html
  20. ^ Robertson, Kathy (January 8, 2015). "UC Davis ranks No. 4 in bar exam pass rate; McGeorge comes in at No. 15". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Employment Statistics".
  22. ^ "University of California-Davis Profile".
  23. ^ "Tuition and Expenses".
  24. ^ "University of California-Davis Profile".

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