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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.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.