This accreditation would not have gone so smoothly without the hard work, dedication and vision of many people, beginning with Dean Chemerinsky and the founding faculty and staff. Thank you! [Update: The official press release is here.]
Brian Leiter has just posted this on his blog:
I was just forwarded the e-mail confirming that milestone. Not a surprise, of course, given all that’s been accomplished in a remarkably short time, but this also means that UC Irvine will be subjected to U.S. News.com ranking next year. The lawyer/judge reputation survey results are very hard to predict; it will be interesting to see how the academic reputation survey comes out (UCI ought to get a top 20 score there, but we’ll see if that happens).