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Ryul Kim



  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D., Western State College of Law


For over four decades, Ryul Kim has dedicated his career to specializing in U.S.-Korea legal matters, exhibiting expertise as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator, consultant, educator, and expert witness. His involvement spans diverse transactional and litigation cases, ranging from a few thousand dollars to substantial nine-figure values. Currently teaching the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) class and Mediation Clinic courses at Trinity Law School, Professor Kim also actively serves as an arbitrator and mediator.

His contributions have been recognized through numerous accolades, including the Alliance Defending Freedom (Honor Guard) for 500 Hours Pro Bono Services, The Wiley Manuel Award Recipient for Pro Bono Services, and the State Bar of California Board of Governors Award for Pro Bono Services. Beyond affiliations with the California State Bar Association, Professor Kim held memberships and distinctions from eminent legal bodies such as the U.S. Court of International Trade, Orange County Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy (Civil), and the National Litigation Academy in London, England. Throughout his career, he has delivered speeches and written extensively on an array of legal subjects concerning U.S.-Korea cross-border implications.

Professor Kim played a pivotal role as the founder and Executive Co-Chair of the Korea Law Center at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. In 2009, he initiated and executed a fellowship program for visiting Korean jurists. Additionally, his founding of the U.S.-Korea Law Foundation led to the establishment of the annual U.S.-Korea Law Day, a prestigious event hosted at the KIA corporate headquarters in Irvine.

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