Known as a trailblazer, honored as an institution, renowned as a place for tomorrow’s leaders.
Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law has garnered a reputation for access and excellence: delivering a world-class legal education and producing leading scholarship while providing access to a life in the law to a diverse and high-achieving group of students. As the first public law school in Southern California and the youngest top-ranked law school in the United States, UCLA Law is an innovative institution that embodies the University of California commitment to teaching, research and public service.
Beginning in the 1970s, UCLA Law was among the first law schools to embrace clinical education, allowing students under expert supervision to provide direct legal services to clients who could not afford it. Today the school has a robust and multi-faceted experiential program, with clinics serving populations as diverse as military veterans, documentary filmmakers and musicians, criminal defendants, communities affected by pollution, immigrant families and organizations promoting sustainable food practices. Simulations provide students with the opportunity to learn the ropes in complex financial and real estate transactions, and the school's Supreme Court and First Amendment clinics allow students to participate in the practice of law at its highest levels.
The school is home to the only program in the country dedicated to examining issues of race and justice. Faculty in the Critical Race Studies program are among the foremost influences in this field. The school is also renowned for its Public Interest Law Program, and has a long tradition of developing students who become leaders in social justice and providing legal resources to the underrepresented communities.
In addition the school is home several centers dedicated to addressing the most pressing areas of law. These include: the Ziffren Center on Media, Entertainment Technology and Sports Law, ranked annually as the top entertainment law program in the country; the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, one of the top environmental programs in the country; the Lowell Milken Institute on Business Law and Policy; the Promise Institute on Human Rights, founded with a $20 million gift in 2017; and the Williams Institute, the pre-eminent source for information and analysis of law and policy impacting the LGBT community.
UCLA Law's faculty is one of the most influential nationwide. Our professors are leading scholars in constitutional law, corporate law, critical race theory, evidence, immigration and other areas. Faculty regularly publish books and op-eds, driving the debate in many areas of law and policy.
Today, the UCLA Law alumni community is more than 17,000 strong and extends to nearly every state and more than 50 foreign nations. More than 320 alumni serve or have served on courts throughout the country, including more judges on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit than any other law school. Alumni serve in Congress and leadership positions in federal government, and are leading figures at law firms, movie studios, businesses and non-profit organizations.