December 01, 2014 Articles

Law School and Lessons Learned

A young lawyer reflects on his three years at a brand-new law school

By Denny Chan

Going to a brand new law school carries many risks. For example, the school does not have an established reputation. The school also does not have an alumni network. There is neither a flagship law review nor established student organizations. There are no job placement statistics or US News rankings to consider. Essentially, you are starting at a law school that is on a blank slate.

This is exactly what I did when I began at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in its inaugural class in the fall of 2009. Coming off the plane from Michigan, I had no idea what to expect. None of my close family members are attorneys, and although some of my college friends went to law school one or two years before I started, I still had little idea what I was doing as I sat down for orientation in August.

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