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Campus Walk: Inside UK’s New College of Law Building

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2019) — Lawyers are regarded as advocates and advisors for society, training and working hard to represent individuals and to promote justice. The College of Law at the University of Kentucky is preparing the next generation of advocates for justice and order in society. 

UK Law, which recently announced a $20 million gift from alumnus J. David Rosenberg, is ranked fifth by preLaw magazine as Best Value Law School. It is home to four dual degree programs, 16 clinical and externship opportunities, two law journals and more than 20 student-run organizations.

Educators in the College of Law are preparing graduates to be responsible members and leaders of the legal profession, the Commonwealth and the nation who are dedicated to the highest standards of ethics, excellence and professionalism.

In this Campus Walk, explore the newly renovated and expanded College of Law Building to discover what makes the space so special for students and faculty alike.

About Mary J. Davis

Mary J. Davis is the Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law and became the interim dean of the UK College of Law in summer 2019. Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and juris doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. She has been on the UK Law faculty since 1991 and was selected in 2016 as University Research Professor from the College of Law. She has been elected by the faculty to the Dean’s Advisory Executive Committee more than 10 times, and served as the associate dean of administration and faculty development and the associate dean for academic affairs.

Her expertise lies in products liability and complex litigation. Davis’ recent work on federal preemption of state products liability laws has been cited by the United States Supreme Court. Davis has been honored with the College of Law Outstanding Teacher Award and UK's Distinguished Teacher Award.

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This is a photo inside the new UK College of Law building.
This is a photo of students inside the new UK College of Law building.
This is a photo taken inside the recently renovated UK College of Law building.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.