Overview of the Specialization

UCLA School of Law has a unique interdisciplinary specialization in law and philosophy. The specialization is designed for UCLA School of Law students who want to supplement their legal studies by exploring the philosophical foundations of law. The specialization is especially relevant to students interested in further graduate studies or exploring a career in academia. The specialization will expose students to material on the nature of law and legal systems, and on the theoretical underpinnings and justifications of particular doctrinal areas such as constitutional law, criminal law, and contract.

Any student interested in philosophical issues related to the law may pursue the specialization (unless that student is subject to special requirements as a result of academic performance in the first year or thereafter). Students need not have any prior background in philosophy, but a strong interest in the subject is recommended.