An unparalleled legal education at a top public university


Join our welcoming environment with top faculty, diverse students, and an exciting, challenging curriculum in a world-class city.

Our strength is rooted in a tradition of innovation established when we opened our doors in 1949. We have all the advantages of a top law school, while providing a close-knit environment. We have academic programs to suit all interests, world-renowned faculty and an impressive, diverse student body. Our immersive and inventive approach to learning ensures that students are intellectually challenged and personally fulfilled. Our students are excellent and experienced, coming from all kinds of backgrounds but with a shared passion for the law. We offer competitive tuition, and outstanding scholarship and loan repayment programs. 

Curriculum

Students at UCLA School of Law have access to a dynamic and innovative law school education. From the first day of orientation, students are exposed to the foundations of legal reasoning and begin to develop their professional identities and intellectual engagement with the law. Our wide array of upper-division classes, clinics and specializations is recognized as some of the finest professional training for law students anywhere.

  • First-Year Curriculum

    Students begin their time at UCLA Law with a pioneering week-long orientation program that immerses them in the fundamentals of the law school learning process. This experience eases the transition to law school and primes students to begin thinking of themselves as attorneys and advocates. From there, students embark on a formative first year that promotes optimal learning with an extensive course on Legal Research and Writing in addition to the traditional courses on common law and other foundational subjects.

    Our distinctive yearlong Legal Research and Writing course provides students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between legal analysis and lawyering tasks, such as effective legal writing, oral advocacy and legal research. The Legal Research and Writing course is taught alongside courses that historically have laid the foundation for law of all kinds: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Torts. Between these fundamental doctrinal courses and the Legal Research and Writing curriculum, our first-year students are ready at the end of May to tackle their first legal jobs, and to think and communicate like lawyers. To foster a sense of community and an environment of mutual support, the Legal Research and Writing course and one of the core doctrinal courses are taught in small sections.

    Our innovative Lawyer-Client Relationship course introduces students to the attorney-client relationship through the foundational lawyering practices of interviewing (a basic skill transferrable to almost any conceivable legal practice), and provides students with an understanding of the professional and ethical obli1gations that are integral to the relationship between a lawyer and client. The course also offers students the opportunity to obtain live client interviewing experience through pro bono placements with local legal services organizations on a voluntary basis.

    Our Modes of Legal lnquiry (MLI) seminars are small enrollment courses designed to expose students to some analytical, empirical, theoretical or normative perspective on law that complements and enriches the doctrinal analysis characteristic of most 1L courses. MLI courses may address a broad array of topical contexts (criminal procedure, entertainment law, human rights, etc.), types of legal authority (judicial opinions, regulations and other administrative materials, statutes, etc., domestic, foreign, or international), and analytical frameworks (empirical, law and society, regulatory, philosophical, etc).

  • Advanced Curriculum

    The second and third years at UCLA Law offer a comprehensive selection of upper-division classes, clinics and specializations that are recognized as some of the most thought-provoking and rigorous experiences for law students anywhere. Our wide-ranging advanced curriculum enables students to build upon the achievements of the first year, while developing and refining their individual interests and professional goals. Students complete a mandatory course in Professional Responsibility, an upper-division writing requirement, and, for the entering class of fall 2016 forward, complete six units of experiential coursework. Students also select from our extensive advanced and specialized course offerings and have the option to complete a culminating clinical capstone experience.

    Our advanced curriculum allows students to broaden their foundational knowledge with coursework in such areas as Constitutional Law (freedom of speech, press and religion, or the rights of the accused in the criminal process); courses that examine the legal framework in which society’s economic life takes place (Business Associations, Federal Taxation, Labor Law); and courses focusing on basic elements of the judicial process (Evidence, Remedies). In addition, students are encouraged to delve deeply into a field by pursuing one of our six specializations; to broaden their expertise with interdisciplinary coursework; and to hone their skills in a large selection of superb clinical and experiential courses.

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