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Yale, Harvard, Stanford … UC Irvine?

Debra M. Strauss, J.D., associate professor of Business Law, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, was interviewed for thisintriguing article: Despite not yet having bestowed a single law degree, UC Irvine says it has placed nearly a fifth of its 2012 graduates with district and circuit court judges. That rate was recently surpassed only by Yale, with 27 percent, and Stanford, with 24 percent, according to the latest figures from U.S. News & World Report, which tracks clerkship placement. Had it been ranked, Irvine would have placed ahead of Harvard, which landed 18 percent of its graduates in federal clerkships in 2009. “It’s an impressive rate,” said Debra M. Strauss, professor of business law at Fairfield University and former director of the judicial clerkship program at Yale Law School. With just 58 students, UC Irvine’s 2012 class is relatively small, but its results are “still striking,” Strauss said. “These are very prominent judges … truly prized clerkships.”

Published in Thomson Reuters News and Insight on 12/11

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