University of California, Davis School of Law
Today’s featured law school is the University of California, Davis School of Law, also known as King Hall. During the program you will hear from the Dean of the Law School, Kevin Johnson, and third-year student, Esmeralda Soria.
The U.S. News & World Report currently ranks UC Davis School of Law as number 28 in its law school rankings. UC Davis Law currently has a full-time enrollment of 628 students; it costs a little over $33,000 a year for in-state students and $44,000 for out-of-state students. In 2009, the school received about 3,000 applications, of which less than 35% were accepted. For the incoming class of 2012, the median LSAT score was 163 and the median GPA was 3.51.
Dean Johnson believes that the UC Davis family is what makes his school different than most. He says the students, teachers, and alumni help make the school unique. He also says that UC Davis has become consistently more selective in their admission standards; an applicant’s GPA and LSAT carry heavy weight during the admissions process, as do any aspects that make your application stand out and seem unique. Dean Johnson goes on to say that not every law school is right for each applicant-to that end, he advises prospective students to visit the schools they are interested in, and get a sense of what the right fit is for you.
The student perspective at UC Davis comes from 3L, Esmeralda Soria. She says that the student life at UC Davis offers a wide variety of opportunities for its students, from journals to diversity organizations. She also agrees with Dean Johnson about the environment of the school, and talks about the “family” atmosphere the school provides.