Krinsk-Houston Law & Politics Initiative

The UC San Diego Krinsk-Houston Law & Politics Initiative has at its core a vision to create a premier pre-law experience that matches the ambitions and talents of UC San Diego's students. This experience will include student instruction, a partnership with the University of San Diego School of Law, and rich community engagement.

The Initiative puts this into practice by bringing law school faculty, practicing attorneys, and judges into the classroom to teach classes that give students the skills that they need to succeed both in law school and in legal careers and the exposure to succeed in related professions.

Course offerings will be expanded in practical politics. Former elected officials and policymaking professionals will be brought into the classroom to teach students concrete skills in an academic context. 

Partnerships will be made with alumni in the profession and with student organizations to an effort to bring more practitioners, prominent legal minds, and political leaders to the campus for lectures and for conversations. 

Finally, the Initiative will provide students, regardless of their financial need, the support to take part in internships that show how law and politics can change society, in Washington, DC, in Sacramento, and here in San Diego.

The Initiative is co-named after legal pioneer Jeffrey Krinsk and UC San Diego Political Science Professor Emeritus Alan Houston.

Jeffrey is CEO and co-founder of Finkelstein & Krinsk, LLP, a San Diego-based class action law firm. Jeffrey was formerly COO of Hang Ten International, President at Guess? Inc. of Los Angeles, and Chairman and CEO of Fabulous Inns of America. Originally from Boston, Jeffrey graduated from Hobart and William Smith College and later earned a J.D. from Boston University Law School. Jeffrey is a former trustee of theUC San Diego Foundation and his wife, Marcy Krinsk, is a Member of the Board of Trustrees at the UC Press Foundation. Jeffrey and Marcy generously provided visionary philanthropic support to start this initiative.
Alan Houston, an internationally recognized scholar of early-modern British and American political thought, is the Director of Academic Strategic Initiatives at UC San Diego and a Professor Emeritus who served the Department of Political Science for 28 years. Alan also served as an Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College. Alan has been committed to undergraduate education throughout his entire career and was instrumental in designing and teaching many of the early law classes that inspired the work in the Krinsk-Houston Law & Politics Initiative.


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