*University of California, Irvine School of Law will provide generous scholarships for its entire class of students arriving in August 2010, which will help ensure the high caliber of its second class.
Funded by private donations, these scholarships will provide all new students with at least 50% of their annual tuition payments through each of their three years at the Law School.
The Law School's pledge of generous scholarships for the second class follows upon last year's grant of privately funded scholarships to the school's Inaugural Class, the Class of 2012, which received full-tuition scholarships for three years. That class of 60 students, which arrived in August 2009, was comparable to classes of top 20 law schools in terms of median grades and LSAT scores. UC Irvine School of Law accepted only 4 percent of applicants for its Inaugural Class, which was the lowest
acceptance rate in the country.
"Privately funded scholarships for our second class of students, the Class of 2013, will help us maintain the high quality of our student body and keep us clearly in the realm of a top 20 law school in our second year of operation," said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. "We are seeking and receiving generous support from the entire Southern California legal community for these scholarships. "
Tuition --- including professional fees and other campus fees --- for the second class during the 2010-2011 school year is expected to be about $40,000 for in-state students and about $50,000 for those out of state. The Class of 2013 is expected to have approximately 80 students; the Law School will slowly expand to its ultimate goal of 200 students per class.
All students in the Class of 2013 are also guaranteed on-campus housing at UC Irvine, though they will be responsible for their own housing and living expenses. Other forms of financial aid, including guaranteed federal loans, will also be available to help cover tuition costs and other expenses.
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