Welcome to the UCLA School of Law website and thank you for your interest in our law school. UCLA School of Law, the youngest among the top law schools in the nation, is located on a world-class campus in a dynamic global city. As you learn about our students, faculty, alumni and staff, you will find that UCLA Law is truly a special place.
A great public law school, UCLA Law is committed to training students to be leaders both in practice and in the community. Upholding the law school’s longstanding traditions of excellence, innovation, access and service, UCLA School of Law offers a wide array of courses that enable students to shape their own professional identities. There are opportunities to pursue business law, environmental law, entertainment law, international human rights and much more. For those interested in public interest law, the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law is a path-breaking effort to rethink advocacy for the disadvantaged. The law school’s Critical Race Studies Program, the only one of its kind in the country, provides fresh perspectives on longstanding questions of racial justice.
UCLA Law’s cutting-edge research programs, which are addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, complement the law school’s courses. The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy is the premier source of analysis on questions of equality that affect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is the first law school research program to focus exclusively on this emerging global challenge. The UCLA-Rand Center for Law and Public Policy is a unique partnership between a law school and a policy think tank, promoting multidisciplinary empirical work on questions of civil justice. I encourage you to spend some time exploring the “Centers & Programs” section of our website to learn more about the law school’s myriad offerings.
UCLA School of Law has long been a leader in the interdisciplinary study of law, and the law school has taken an active role in bridging the gap between theory and practice. Beginning in the early 1970s, UCLA Law integrated clinical courses into the law school’s curriculum. The commitment to enabling students to become adept at both critical thinking and practical skills continues today, as the law school offers an extensive number of live-client and simulation-based clinics covering topics ranging from bankruptcy to immigration, criminal defense and international justice. Unlike many other schools, our students also can take courses in the professional schools and departments elsewhere on the UCLA campus, offering yet another way for students to connect to the world outside of the law school.
In addition to unparalleled academic resources, what really sets UCLA Law apart is the law school’s collegial and collaborative atmosphere. You will be taught by faculty members who are leading scholars and award-winning teachers. Professors are accessible and enjoy interacting with students both inside and outside the classroom. So, for example, students and faculty members often can be found chatting in the hallways or meeting for coffee. You will be supported by a staff dedicated to ensuring that you have the services you need to succeed. And, you will be mentored by our distinguished alumni who take an active role in the life of the law school by participating in roundtables and offering entrée to professional networks that are critical to career advancement.
UCLA Law students create connections here and form relationships that last a lifetime. The intellectual distinction of this remarkable law school combined with the creative energy, diversity and spirit of our law school community make UCLA School of Law a premier legal institution. I am confident that if you choose to study at UCLA Law, your time here will be both intellectually and personally fulfilling.
Rachel F. Moran
Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law