The Juris Doctor (J.D.) program at UCLA School of Law is offered on a full-time basis only, requiring three years of study. The academic year, comprised of two semesters, extends from mid-August through mid-May. There are no evening or summer study programs available.
Areas of Specialization are designed for those students who wish to focus their schooling in a particular area, and receive an advanced degree within that specialty area. UCLA School of Law offers Specialization in Business Law, Critical Race Studies, Entertainment and Media Law and Policy, Law and Philosophy, and Public Interest.
Joint Degree programs enable students to simultaneously earn a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree from another school or department.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program is a one-year program for domestic and foreign students seeking a year of advanced legal studies. The program offers specializations in Business Law, Entertainment and Media Law and Policy, and International and Comparative Law, as well as design-it-yourself specializations in a range of fields.
The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Degree Program is designed for those seeking to pursue careers as teachers and scholars of law. This highly selective program is open only to applicants who possess a distinguished prior academic record in law, show promise of outstanding scholarship, and demonstrate a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of required quality. Applicants must hold a J.D. degree or foreign equivalent and an LL.M. degree (or be enrolled in a program leading to an LL.M. degree). Applications must include or be accompanied by, inter alia, a detailed statement of research purpose and a letter from a UCLA faculty member attesting to the importance of the applicant’s proposed research and agreeing to assume full responsibility for supervising the program of study.