Great Financial Aid
Collegial Community (School and Town)Downers
Lack of LGBT Community
Increasing Class Sizes
It is very hot in the summerComments
It is an amazing place to attend school. There is no other place like UC Davis. To provide an example, during On Campus Interviews our students are kind and considerate, if someone interviews before you our fellow classmates will tell you what might be asked during the interview. Which is telling of the type of environment UC Davis School of law encourages.Would You Recommend
Small size, student-faculty ratio, 24 hour law library access, excellent Dean, support for clinical education.Downers
Davis itself is a pretty sleepy little town. Decent proximity to Tahoe and SF, but you have to drive for 90 min or more to get there.Comments
If you want to incorporate clinical work into your legal education, this is a great school for you. The Dean is committed to improving the school's rankings and reputation. Already a top 40 school. If you plan to practice outside of CA, be careful, UCD is not well-known outside the state, especially compared to the other more prominent UC schools (e.g. UCLA, Berkeley). If you are interested in pursuing clinical education and/or a public interest law career, be sure to also check out the newest UC campus, UC Irvine.Would You Recommend
Faculty really supports student success. Classmates are cooperative and it is easy to make lifelong friends.Downers
Although the school is named after MLK, the lack of African-American students is alarming.Comments
Tuition is extremely high so many high grade earners transfer after 1L. Makes sense, because why pay Davis' sticker when you can pay the same for Boalt, Stanford, etc.
MLK School of Law does have a great reputation in Sacramento.Would You Recommend
My time as a law student U.C. Davis was the most fulfilling of my life -- by any metric. The environment completely engaged me. I found myself surrounded by supportive peers, enjoyed unparalleled access to world-renowned professors, and had ample opportunity to particpate in top-rate programs such as one of the winningest Appellate Advocacy program in the country and the number one Negotiations program in the World. Nestled in a vibrant and highly educated college town, Davis is THE place to immerse yourself in your legal education while also enjoying great quality of life. As the youngest law school to be ranked in the nation's Top 30, Davis has unquestionably emerged as the rising star law school of the West Coast.Quality of Life
It's connected to the undergraduate campus which means students have full access to a gorgeous, state-of-the art gym, IM sports, and all of the other opportunities available in a large University setting. Huge plus when compared with sequestered law school campuses.Admissions
LSAT, letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, undergraduate transcriptGraduation Year
First-year class professors tend to use the Socratic method or panel approach. Second and third year professors generally use panels or just rely on students to volunteer.
Classes at King Hall are competitive, but students are very friendly with each other, sharing notes and helping each other out in study groups.
Research assistantships are plentiful. Professors are engaged in a wide range of scholarships and almost all of them have at least one research assistant.
Though professors conduct a great deal of excellent research, they are focused on teaching as well. This means walking down the hallway, you'll see lots of office doors wide open. In general, professors will make time for students and are very accessible and friendly.
King Hall participates in three direct exchange programs with law schools in Ireland, Denmark, and China. These programs are gaining in popularity, but generally everyone who wants to go abroad with one of the programs gets the opportunity to do so their 2L or 3L year. Additionally, students can participate in other ABA exchange programs abroad, spend a semester to year at another American law school, extern with the UC-DC program.Admissions
The King Hall Office of Financial Aid works hard with admitted students to ensure that they are able to afford to attend the school. Dozens of students receive Deans' awards and named scholarships. Also, every class has two members who receive large, three-year Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarships.Level
The class sizes are small. The faculty are extremely approachable and do not really use the Socratic method much after 1L year. The academic environment is, like most law schools, competitive, but students are actually surprisingly open and collaborative. Workload and grading are both fair. The school has some notable faculty, including evidence icon Ed Imwinkelried.Quality of Life
Davis is the perfect city to attend law school. The pace of life is slow, the town in quiet, and the people are very nice. Dining options are limited, but Sacramento and San Francisco are just twenty minutes and one hour away by car, respectively, from Davis. Overall, students at UC Davis School of Law are very happy. I certainly was.Admissions
The admissions process was pretty standard (personal statement, LSAT scores, undergraduate transcripts, etc.). I completed it through LSAC. Although I was accepted off the waiting list late in the summer, I still received a generous financial aid package.Graduation Year
Small classes. A variety of theory versus practical study courses, depending on the professor. The faculty at the school is fantastic. All are well published, and care a lot about teaching. Socratic method is used in the first year of classes, but after that, it is mostly voluntary participation. One of the big benefits of UC Davis is its participation in the UCDC program, which allows students to spend a semester externing in Washington. For the most part, Davis offers introductory courses in most areas of law. If you want more advanced classes which the school does not offer, you can cross register with Boalt or Golden Gate University free of charge.Quality of Life
The Davis community is fantastic. I chose Davis because all the alumni I spoke with all "enjoyed law school" and "made some of their best friends" there. I do think that Davis' supportive and fun community is what makes it unique. Davis will be opening a new building next year. Most students live off-campus. On-campus housing is made available only to undergraduate freshmen. There is no crime at Davis. The cost of living is very affordable.Admissions
The admissions process was similar to that of other schools. I do feel that Davis puts more emphasis on your personal statement than most schools. They look for a unique combination of characteristics in individuals. Grades and scores alone are not enough for admissions.Level
Small classes; few professors use Socratic method. There's a reason King Hall is the "kinder, gentler" law school. The professors really do care about student participation and work to encourage, not intimidate, students.Quality of Life
Great quality of life. Law school isn't a walk in the park, but King Hall has a wonderful community feel that makes law school more bearable. I would often run into my professors at the local farmers' market, and the professors were really supportive of student events (such as our annual public interest auction). Plus, there are actually a lot of parks to walk in really close to the law school. Davis is a beautiful, relaxed setting for law school. Granted, you may not go out a lot and the dating scene is difficult, but this enables students to focus more on their classes.Graduation Year
Faculty members focus on theory a bit too much for a school ranked in the high twenties / mid thirties. However, most professors are accessible, and many go so far as to host students at their homes once a semester. The academic environment is minimally competitive (well, for law school). Class sizes are smaller than average - most 1Ls have two classes of ~ sixty students and one class of ~ thirty students.Quality of Life
Cost of living is above average nationally, but probably reasonable for California. Davis is a wonderful and safe community. One can ride a bike anywhere at any hour of the day. There's not a tremendous amount of things to do, which is good in terms of not being too distracted for three years of law school. It rains a lot in the winter and gets oppressively hot in the summer.Graduation Year