UC Irvine School of Law

  • Porn makes Justice Scalia happy?

    Antonin Scalia, Erwin Chemerinsky

    With All Due Respect, Dean, Justice Scalia Probably Doesn’t Give A Damn About What You Think

    This law school dean thinks Justice Scalia is a bad influence on young attorneys.

    61 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 2:18 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.12.15

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Irvine School of Law thinks it’s time for California to follow New York’s lead and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. After all, if doctors don’t have to take separate exams each time they move to a new state, lawyers shouldn’t have to do it either. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A jury just returned a verdict of $0 for a police officer who was severely burned after spilling a cup of free Starbucks coffee in his lap. The pictures of the burns that were used as evidence are pretty nasty, so you’ll obviously want to check them out. [NPR; WTVD]

    * According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 56 percent of recent law grads would have preferred to condense their schooling to two years, while just 34 percent of prospective law students felt similarly. Oh, to be that naive again. [National Law Journal]

    * Violent besties? As it turns out, the gun altercation George Zimmerman was involved in yesterday was apparently part of some sort of ongoing feud with Matthew Apperson, the same man he threatened to kill in a road rage incident last year. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * If you’re wondering what you should do during the summer before going to law school, then you can take the advice of this future gunner and possibly enroll in a pre-law prep course and work yourself to death, or you can relax. It’s up to you. [The Diamondback]

    22 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.11.15

    * As we mentioned, U.S. News is giving law schools less credit for hiring their own grads. Rumor has it that a few schools would’ve done better in the rankings but for their high percentage of school-funded jobs. Which ones? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Two students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from Oklahoma University were expelled after a video of their racist chanting was leaked online. Lawyers want to know: was their expulsion a First Amendment violation? [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * UC Irvine Law debuted on the 2016 U.S. News law school rankings at No. 30, missing Dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s goal of starting out as a Top 20 school. Not to worry, Dean, there are still ways to game the rankings. Keep your head up! [National Law Journal]

    * Don’t bother delaying your law school education just because the economy’s bad. The professors who told us that a law degree is worth $1 million think that its value will only drop by about $30K in times when unemployment is high. Yeah, okay. [ABA Journal]

    * The grisly murder of DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt, who was found stabbed to death in a Washington, D.C., hotel, remains unsolved. Police are still searching for the “person of interest” who was seen on video from the hotel’s security camera. [Legal Times]

    39 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings

    Quote of the Day

    Law School Slashes Students To Game U.S. News Rankings

    Everything wrong with the U.S. News ranking methodology in one post.

    37 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM
  • Justice Stephen Breyer

    American Bar Association / ABA, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sports, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.09.14

    * If you’ve ever wondered what’s being said about Supreme Court justices during the vetting process, we’ve got a great one-liner about Justice Breyer, who’s apparently a “rather cold fish.” Oooh, sick burn. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The NLJ 350 rankings are here, and this is where we get to see the big picture about the big boys of Biglaw. In 2013, it looks like headcount grew by 3.9 percent, which is good, but not great, all things considered. Meh. [National Law Journal]

    * A Wisconsin judge is the latest to give her state’s ban on same-sex marriage the finger, and she did it with flair, noting in her opinion that “traditional” marriages throughout history were polygamous. [Bloomberg]

    * The Ed O’Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA is going to trial today before Judge Claudia Wilken. Since it could change college sports forever, here’s everything you need to know about it. [USA Today]

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of those employed in the legal sector is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2014, with jobs still being shed. Welcome, graduates! [Am Law Daily]

    * UC Irvine Law has finally earned full accreditation from the American Bar Association. We’d like to say nice work and congrats, but we’re pretty sure the ABA would fully accredit a toaster. [Los Angeles Times]

    0 Comments / / Jun 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • law_school LF

    Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, New York Times

    Yet Another Defense Of Law Schools (Yawn)

    Who’s coming to the defense of legal academia in the New York Times now?

    21 Comments / / Apr 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • angry summer associate

    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rudeness

    Would-Be Law Student Responds To Rejection Letter As Only A Future Lawyer Can — By Being An Epic Tool

    How badly do you want to go to law school? Badly enough to ruin your future admission prospects?

    94 Comments / / Oct 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM
  • Professor LF

    Boalt Hall, Law Professors, Law Schools, Rankings, Vanderbilt

    Law School Rankings: Who Has The Most Important Professors?

    A new ranking of the scholarly impact of legal academics.

    7 Comments / / Aug 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM
  • decision LF choosing different paths

    Law Schools, Money, Reader Polls, Student Loans

    The Decision: Tempted By The ‘T14′

    Please advise three more prospective law students on where they should go. They’ve gotten into some great schools, but greatness isn’t cheap.

    31 Comments / / Apr 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM
  • u.s. news rankings RF

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings, Student Loans, U.S. News

    Open Thread: 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings (The Second Tier)

    Do you have something to say about your law school’s U.S. News ranking? This is the place to do it!

    62 Comments / / Mar 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM
  • california RF

    Bar Exams, Boalt Hall, California, Law Schools

    California Bar Exam Results By Law School: Open Thread

    The school-by-school breakdown of the California bar exam results is out. Let’s take a look!

    18 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM
  • unemployed lawyer 1

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Washington Post

    Washington Post Hops On The ‘Do Law Students Know How Stupid They Are’ Bandwagon

    Going to a middling law school and paying full price is only for those who can’t read…

    23 Comments / / Nov 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM
  • CBS-Good-Wife-Alicia-Florrick

    Asians, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, JPMorgan Chase, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Television

    Morning Docket: 10.02.12

    * “This case has nothing to do with the United States.” We’d normally let that slide because of this law from 1789, but now the Supreme Court is suddenly skeptical about the validity of the Alien Tort Claims Act. [Reuters]

    * “Why are we being punished for Dewey & LeBoeuf?” Come to think of it, former employees at the failed firm are probably wondering the exact same thing as the fictional characters on “The Good Wife.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Reduce, reuse, and recycle your claims? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against JPMorgan, alleging that the bank’s Bear Sterns business defrauded mortgage-bond investors. [Bloomberg]

    * A man of many firsts: Randall Eng, the first Asian judge in the state, was appointed to lead New York’s Second Department as presiding justice, the first Asian-American to serve in the position. [New York Law Journal]

    * UC Irvine Law is planning a six-week summer camp for in-house counsel. They’re calling it the Center for Corporate Law, but Mark Herrmann’s “General Counsel University” has a nicer ring to it. [National Law Journal]

    * Why shouldn’t you get a dual JD/MBA? Because hiding out in school for another year isn’t going to save you from all of the extra debt you’ve incurred earning yet another degree. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    3 Comments / / Oct 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • chick-fil-A

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Food, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.26.12

    * When thinking of the Penn State situation (the alleged cover-up, not Jerry Sandusky’s crimes), I am reminded of how critically important due process is to the proper administration of justice. You really notice due process when it’s gone. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * I haven’t eaten at Chick-fil-A since college. Nohomo. [Fox News]

    * It’s funny to think of law professors getting their pieces rejected by law reviews. Funny insofar as there are people who actually care about what ends up in a law review. [lawprofblog]

    * I’m not inclined to believe things coming out of Nigeria, but if this is true, it’s crazy. [Gawker]

    * The bright side of losing your job because of the LIBOR scandal. [Dealbreaker]

    * Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, thinks that you can’t cut faculty salaries enough to achieve substantial reductions in tuition without losing your top faculty. But in this market, I bet a law school that said, “We hire only cheap professors and pass the savings on to you,” would have a lot of appeal. [National Law Journal]

    7 Comments / / Jul 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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    Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Facebook, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Prostitution, Reality TV, Social Networking Websites, Television, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.13.12

    * Dewey even care if we spent money like it was going out of print? A new D&L bankruptcy court filing states that the failed firm used $43M of secured lenders’ funds in less than a month in an attempt to save the ship from sinking. [Bloomberg]

    * The Jerry Sandusky trial continues: Mike McQueary’s testimony in the former football coach’s case was pretty disgusting, but then again, most things are going to be pretty disgusting when you’re dealing with an alleged child predator. [Daily Item]

    * A few ways you can tell this isn’t England: 1) our dental hygiene is generally better; 2) our royalty is entirely made up of reality TV stars; and 3) you still can’t serve people via social networking sites like Facebook. [paidContent]

    * Foul ball(s)! Remember Clark Calvin Griffith, the former William Mitchell adjunct sports law professor who was accused of unsportsmanlike penile conduct? He pleaded guilty to indecent exposure. [Pioneer Press]

    * “Do I have to read the whole settlement?” Yup! UC Irvine Law’s consumer protection clinic will work to see if banks are keeping their end of the bargain in a $25B foreclosure-abuse settlement. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Anna Gristina, the accused “Millionaire Madam,” claims in a motion to dismiss that police tried to make her name her johns, one of whom is apparently “a prominent Manhattan lawyer.” But which one? [New York Post]

    * CBS claims that ABC’s “Glass House” is a rip off of “Big Brother,” and the network is trying to block the show from airing. OMG, please let it air so we can see this law school dropout in action. [Celebrity Justice / FindLaw]

    8 Comments / / Jun 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    Blogging, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.07.12

    * I bought the excellent Mayweather/Cotto fight this weekend. Floyd looked great for a guy who was too much of a coward to fight Manny Pacquiao. But the sweet science is dying. In its place, a bunch of grabbing and submission could be legalized in New York. [New York Daily News]

    * Speaking of boxing, hey football, I bet 40 years ago nobody thought this would ever happen to boxing. [Overlawyered]

    * Cooley Law subpoenas Professor Paul Campos. [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * Accusing the president of “thuggery,” just another day on the campaign trail. [Election Law Blog]

    * These kids are smiling because those diplomas were free, folks. [OC Register]

    * Here is a visual representation of the Dewey & LeBoeuf partner departures (which have also been captured in tabular form by Am Law Daily). [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * I think if more lawyers drew inspiration from Jeanne d’Arc, more recent graduates would light themselves on fire. [Amicae Curiae via Blawg Review]

    5 Comments / / May 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    Clerkships, Law Schools

    UC Irvine Announces Better Clerkship Numbers Than Almost Everyone Else

    Ever since the UC Irvine School of Law opened its doors in 2009, the fledgling institution has been garnering rave reviews. Over the weekend, the emerging West Coast powerhouse added a new impressive statistic to its quickly filling trophy case. This year, the school boasts one of the highest federal clerkship placement rates in the country. Keep reading to see which elite law schools have been edged out by UC Irvine….

    61 Comments / / Dec 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.14.11

    * An associate in the New York office of Gibson Dunn, Moshe Gerstein, has been hit with child pornography charges. (More coverage to come; if you know him personally and have info to share, please email us.) [New York County District Attorney’s Office] * Motion to vacate the Proposition 8 decision, on the grounds that […]

    13 Comments / / Jun 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM