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LOS ANGELES — The University of California at Irvine’s new law school has received $20 million from local billionaire Donald Bren. The gift creates an endowment that will go toward recruiting 11 professors and a new dean, who will also receive discretionary startup funding. Also, the law school will be named the Donald Bren School of Law. The law school, which will be geared toward graduates who are interested in public service, is conducting a national search for its dean and plans to open in fall 2009. Bren, chairman of The Irvine Co., is a philanthropist from Newport Beach, Calif., who made his fortune in real estate investments. This year, Forbes estimated his net worth at $8.5 billion. Bren has been a major donor to UCI since 1984. He established the Donald Bren Endowment and contributed toward the Bren Events Center and Beckman Laser Institute at UCI. His support created UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, which was named after his late stepmother. In May, UCI’s new law school received $1 million from the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation to establish its law library. UCI’s Donald Bren School of Law, which was approved last November, is the first California public law school to open in 40 years. The school will offer a J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees, as well as dual J.D. degrees with a Master in Public Health or M.B.A. program.

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