And they're not accredited by the ABA, and you won't know until your 3L year if they'll have provisional accreditation before you graduate. Run, do not walk, in the other direction..
I disagree with this post. For a school as prestigious as UC Irvine NOT TO GET ABA APPROVAL on its first try would be like Ohio State Football moving to Division-II. Irvine is a consensus top-10 public university, nationally, and its other departments and professional schools are also top-ranked. It WILL be ABA approved, period, no worries about that. What seems a bit off is Chemerinsky's forecast that UCI will be ranked as a top-20 school in its first-ever ranking in three years (or, rather, that is a stated goal)
We'll see about that one. I can see it getting to top-50 (or even top-40) fairly easily, and it can make the top 30 within, say, five years after accreditation. But the school will have to build a strong track record to surpass Davis or Hastings...or even San Diego for that matter. The school can reach top-20, but it won't be in three years...maybe 10-15 years is more realistic.