In addition to support for a responsive and dynamic curriculum, the Lowell Milken Institute nurtures the next generation of business leaders and scholars through critically needed financial assistance. Scholarships and prizes not only attract the best and brightest students but also keep the promise of access to a world-class legal education alive for people from all walks of life.
The institute promotes training and leadership through extracurricular activities that enrich the law school experience. For example, students can participate in the Transactional LawMeet℠ described below. In addition, the institute reaches out to numerous student organizations, which promote awareness of issues and opportunities in the business law field. Examples include the Business Law Association, the Law and Economics Society, the Real Estate Law Association and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic.
Scholarships and Prizes
The Bruce I. Hochman Award for Excellence in the Study of Tax Law is presented to the student in the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in the field of tax law. The recipient of the $15,000 award is selected by UCLA School of Law tax faculty and is announced at the commencement ceremony in May. The 2012 recipient was Christopher Hanfling. The award honors Bruce I. Hochman, who was a member of the first UCLA Law School graduating class of 1952.
The Lowell Milken Institute Law Teaching Fellowship
is a full-time, year-round position over the course of one or two academic years. The fellowship involves teaching law, research and writing on legal policy issues, preparing for the law teaching market and assisting with the organization of projects such as conferences and workshops. No degree is offered as part of the fellowship program.
Student Organizations Multiple opportunities exist for students to get involved at the law school.
• Business Law Association
• Real Estate Law Association
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
More information can be found on UCLA School of Law’s Student Organization information page
The Transactional LawMeet℠ offers a national competition for students interested in transactional practice. Each year, one or two teams of three students are selected to represent UCLA School of Law at the meet. Teams draft a transactional agreement and negotiate its terms with opposing teams. The Western Regionals of the Third Annual Transactional LawMeet℠ was held at UCLA School of Law in February 2012, and we will once again host the Western Regionals in February 2013.
Ziman Center for Real Estate and Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy Sponsor Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Challenge
Students from UCLA School of Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management recently teamed up to compete in a simulated joint venture real estate deal prepared by Phil Nichols, a founder of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks. The event was sponsored by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law.
Winners of the competition were Daniel Nagel (Anderson), Nathan Davis (UCLA Law), and Sarot Srisitinam (Anderson), who will share a $3000 prize. In second place was Tim Najera (UCLA Law/Anderson), Alex Valente (Anderson), Amir Sadr (UCLA Law) and Aaron Eshaghian (UCLA Law). The third place team was Ross Giglio (Anderson), Josh Zierton (Anderson), and Blake Lawless (UCLA Law). Twelve teams took part in the competition.
The competition involved teams of three to four students working through both legal and business issues to prepare a professional memorandum answering numerous questions posed by a hypothetical general counsel and investment partner. Teams started working on the project in November 2012.
On February 8, 2013, Phil Nichols and Kevork Zoryan, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, presented a model answer to students and announced the winners based on the most comprehensive and correct answers to the questions presented. During the presentation, Nichols and Zoryan shared their knowledge of the field and provided insights applicable to the hypothetical deal and beyond.
“The Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Challenge provided an opportunity for law and business students to gain valuable experience working together,” said Kathy Smalley, advisor to the UCLA Real Estate Law Association student group and a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. “It also exposed students to the complex nature of real estate transactions and the many issues that must be addressed by both the attorney and the businessperson evaluating a joint venture.”
From left to right: Phil Nichols (Pircher, Nichols & Meeks), Daniel Nagel (Anderson Class of 2014), Sarot Srisitinam (Anderson Class of 2014), Kevork Zoryan (Morgan Stanley). Not pictured, Nathan Davis (UCLA School of Law Class of 2014).