Quote of the Day - We are extremely pleased that the University of California selected Irvine to develop the state's next premier public law school.
The power curve visited the newly-approved University of California at Irvine School of Law last night, and MIPTC was lucky enough to attend, having wrangled a media invitation from Tiana Johnson, UCI's Associate Director of Development for the Professional School Initiative. Wow, that's a mouthful. The School of Law celebrated the approval of its proposal for a new law school from the Regents of the State of California in fine style at the Bren Events Center, on campus.
The luminaries shone brightly - Chancellor Michael Drake, Provost Michael Gottfredson, several Deans of the various schools, the entire search committee for the new Dean of the soon-to-be Law School, prominent members of the community, including Joan Irvine Smith, members of the judiciary, including appellate court justices, several federal court judges, numerous state court judges, leaders of prominent large law firms, and the four members of the team that successfully lead the effort to get the Regent's approval, former State Senator Joe Dunn, local lawyers Mark Robinson and Gary Singer.
The School will open in 2009 with 65 students, and grow to 200 per class, for a total of 600. UCI intends to recruit a top Dean, and hire only the finest faculty members, some 30 in all. They will seek accreditation through the American Bar Association, and MIPTC expects UCI will easily earn it. Students will be able to earn a Juris Doctor, a Master of Laws and a Doctorate, known as a Science of Laws. The UCI School of Law also plans to offer joint Masters programs with other graduate disciplines offered by UCI, as well as an accelerated joint JD/MBA program.
The stars fell on Irvine last night, and will continue to shine for years to come. Welcome UCI School of Law.