Re "Law school admonition bites back" (Dan Walters, April 8): Bee columnist Dan Walters repeats his views from 2006 against creating a new law school, but ignores what has happened since. Walters points to the lack of employment opportunities for lawyers, but fails to mention how UC Irvine School of Law actually has done.
A National Law Journal article ranking law schools by percentage of 2012 graduates employed places UCI Law 11th in the country. As of this month, every student but one in the law schools inaugural Class of 2012 is either employed or pursuing full-time graduate studies. The same article, drawing on American Bar Association data, also shows that UCI Law was second only to Yale in the percentage of students who landed federal clerkshipsone of the most prestigious jobs for new law graduates.
The law schools impressive employment record in this deep and prolonged recession is a testament not only to the strength of its curriculumwhich emphasizes more than most schools the practical training of legal skillsbut also to the quality of the students and faculty it has attracted. In fact, a recent study ranks UCI Laws faculty seventh in the country among all law schoolsbehind only Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, New York University and Columbiain scholarly impact.
--Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UC Irvine School of Law, Irvine