About the Clinical Program
The UCLA School of Law offers superb training in lawyering skills. Since pioneering clinical legal education in the early 1970s, the UCLA Clinical Program has blazed an outstanding path of innovation and excellence. It offers extensive and rigorous practical training for student-lawyers interested in litigation, transactional and public interest work. Every first-year student is required to take a foundational lawyering skills course, and upper-division students choose among more than twenty clinical course offerings.
Clinical courses include a range of live-client clinics such as the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, the Civil Rights Litigation clinic or Community Economic Development in which students represent actual clients or community groups. The Clinical Program also offers a series of sophisticated simulation-based skills courses such as our outstanding trial advocacy classes and a series of transactional clinical courses. In these varied clinical settings, students learn how to interview and counsel clients, represent groups, draft legal documents, examine and cross-examine witnesses, resolve disputes, and argue before a judge or jury. Students interested in transactional practice can learn how to finance a start-up company, sell a private company, advise a community-based organization engaged in economic development projects, or manage a myriad of environmental issues that arise when selling a business.
These clinics and clinical courses are taught by superlative faculty who have won numerous teaching awards and who have contributed many of the cornerstone ideas that form the basis of clinical scholarship.
The following UCLA Law articles provide in-depth information about the Clinical Program:
New Clinical Courses for the 2013-2014 academic year: