UCLA Law is an established thought leader in the evolving field of gender studies. A wide-ranging curriculum explores how the law constructs and regulates gender and sexuality as well as the legal and social status of women, gays, lesbians and transgendered individuals. In family law courses, students delve into the principles and policies governing family formation and dissolution.
The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy is at the heart of the UCLA Law Gender Studies Program. A leading think tank dedicated to rigorous research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, the Williams Institute disseminates its findings to judges, policymakers and the media. Through the Institute, students work alongside nationally renowned scholars and influential researchers.
UCLA Law is home to two outstanding journals in the field of gender law studies. The entirely student-run UCLA Women's Law Journal was one of the first in the country to address issues of gender, race and sexual orientation and remains a top journal in the field. Our students also select the best articles in sexual orientation and gender identity law for publication in the The Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law.
Outside the classroom, students pursue summer fellowships at preeminent organizations such as Lambda Legal, the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). Externships include placements like the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. With these experiences, UCLA Law graduates go on to launch careers as leading advocates, policymakers and scholars.