The study of public law encompasses everything from national security and election law to constitutional theory, federal courts and administrative law. Whether students are interested in civil rights or the regulation of financial markets, the public law curriculum at UCLA offers critical grounding in the legal structures that shape the relationship between individuals and the U.S. government.
At UCLA Law, students explore the structure of our government, the distribution of and limitations on power under the Constitution, and the legal principles that undergird the administrative state. Courses on constitutional law and governance ask students to examine the sources of presidential power and to reimagine definitions of citizenship. Administrative law extends to nearly every aspect of modern life: it guides the regulation of labor, immigration, the environment, telecommunications, national security initiatives, financial markets, taxation and prisons. In administrative law courses, students ask how the practical necessities of having an unelected, expert bureaucracy can be reconciled with commitment to a government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.
Innovative centers, illustrious faculty, a wealth of distinguished speakers and specialized conferences offer students broad exposure to the range of laws that structure the relationship between individuals and the government.
Through clinical training in courses such as our Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic, Regulatory Lawyering, Policy Advocacy Clinic and Supreme Court Clinic, law students can learn firsthand how to advocate before a court or administrative agency and form real-world strategies for practicing in the administrative state.