July 27, 2009
First Class All the Way: California-Irvine Sets Example on How to Launch a New Law School
After a shaky start when Erwin Chemerinsky was hired, fired, and then re-hired as dean of the University of California at Irvine School of Law in 2007, the school has proceeded to make its presence felt in the legal academy under Chemerinsky's leadership. "Our goal and the university's goal was to be a top 20 law school from the moment we open our doors in August,” says Chemerinsky.
Will UCI Law achieve its goal? After reading the ABA Journal article, Irvine by Erwin Can a top legal academic create a law school that is both innovative and elite?, I think the school may be successful in "creat[ing] the ideal law school for the 21st century.” (Quoting Chemerinsky). In two years, Dean Chemerinsky has already set the example on how to launch a new law school. [JH]
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