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UC Davis (University of California, Davis)

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The University of California, Davis (more commonly referred to as "UC Davis" or "Davis") is a university established in 1905 and located in Davis, California in the United States. The UC Davis campus is the largest within the University of California system and the third largest by enrollment. UC Davis is ranked as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation, and consistently ranks amongst the best universities in the world. Additionally, Davis is considered to be one of America's "Public Ivy" universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. The campus was originally established as the University Farm, the agricultural extension of UC Berkeley and the second campus of the University of California system. While UC Davis' agricultural heritage remains strong, the campus has expanded over the past century to include graduate and professional programs in medicine, law, education, nursing and business management. UC Davis graduates can be found throughout the world, making an impact in professions that affect all aspects of our lives. Students benefit from a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs, an interdisciplinary research community involved in local and global issues, and an abundance of opportunities to lead and to make an impact on society. UC Davis offers students the experiences in which they discover what matters to them and how to succeed after graduation.

The Law School

UC Davis' outstanding ranking, small size, and unusually accessible and dedicated faculty of internationally-renowned scholars provide a uniquely supportive learning environment. The school offers a challenging academic program with diverse specialties including, but not limited to, business law, environmental law, international and comparative law, intellectual property, immigration law, constitutional law, and public interest law.

Moreover, the School of Law's award-winning trial and appellate advocacy programs, clinics, and externships enable students to earn academic credits while gaining first-hand exposure to legal professionals and institutions, honing practical lawyering skills, and contributing to the greater good. The Immigration Law Clinic, Family Protection and Advocacy Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Prison Law Office, all directed by staff attorneys at the top of their fields, allow students to represent real people with real problems before real courts and agencies.

At UC Davis, you will find a vibrant and diverse student community with more than 40 active student organizations, five law journals, and an academic spirit where intellectual rigor combines with genuine warmth and friendship, as well as true community of purpose.

Supporting students' academic and career goals remains a high priority at the UC Davis School of Law. Its success can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its graduates in bar passage rates, job placement, and challenging and rewarding careers in cities across the United States and around the world.

Tuition Fees

For the 2011-2012 academic year tuition and fees were $39,850.* This does not include a fee of approximately $2,189* for graduate student health care coverage. The health care coverage may be waived with proof of comparable health care coverage. Please see the section on Medical Care coverage in the LL.M. Program brochure for additional information.

Non-refundable LL.M. application fee: U.S. $80

*Fees are subject to change.

The Program

The University of California, Davis, Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program integrates domestic and international law students at all levels of study and provides LL.M. candidates with a broad curriculum of many different courses. Through the LL.M. program, international law graduates are able to gain a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system and also have the opportunity to develop special expertise in a particular area of law.

Through the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program, the law school promotes transnational law knowledge and economic development, and prepares its LL.M. students for global interaction and their professional roles in the internationalized economy.

UC Davis also offers a summer program -- the International Commercial Law LL.M. program is designed to provide specialized knowledge in international business and trade with an emphasis on the U.S. legal system in a comparative context. The program and schedule enable legal practitioners who wish to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge to obtain a master's degree by attending 6 weeks of courses for three to five consecutive summers at the School of Law at University of California, Davis. This is a part-time degree program for international and domestic lawyers.

Classes are held during a 6-week period each summer. Course dates for the summer of 2012: July 8 - August 17.

Entry Requirements

There is a minimum TOEFL score of 570 (or 230 for the computer-based examination TOEFL-CBT or 88-89 for the iBT examination) required by the law school for English-as-a-Second-Language applicants to the LL.M. program. Alternatively, applicants may submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International LL.M. applicants must present satisfactory evidence of the completion of legal academic training at an accredited educational institution.

Domestic LL.M. applicants must have completed at least six years of residential study at accredited colleges and law schools and must hold a professional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.