UCLA Law is one of the nation’s preeminent law schools – and our students rank among the smartest, best trained and most talented anywhere. Our current students and graduates have stellar academic credentials and unprecedented diversity of background and experience, offering invaluable perspective and skill to employers across the legal sector and beyond.
Finding the Best and the Brightest
- The UCLA Law Class of 2022 has stellar academic credentials with a median GPA of 3.79 and a median LSAT of 168.
- 42 percent of the Class of 2022 are students of color and 58 percent are women, adding to our diversity.
- Our Bar Passage Rate is nearly 30 percent higher than the statewide average for California. For UCLA Law graduates taking the July 2019 New York Bar Exam, the passage rate was 100 percent for first-time test takers.
- Students have worked or interned for the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Archives and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
- Students have shown a commitment to public service and has spent countless hours working for organizations including the American Enterprise Institute, ACLU, Doctors without Borders, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, PETA, The Nature Conservancy and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- The Class of 2022 includes professionals from the investment banking, private equity and real estate industries, and has a wealth of experience in the art, entertainment and media industries.
Bruins Hiring Bruins
UCLA School of Law graduates are among the most capable and best-trained young lawyers in the country, resulting in an outstanding record of employment for new grads. UCLA Law's family of 18,000 alumni are among the most accomplished attorneys working in law firms, business, government agencies and public service organizations around the world.
Bruins Hiring Bruins is a win-win for emerging graduates and alumni looking to bring the best and brightest into their organizations. The UCLA Law Office of Career Services connects students with prospective employers with:
- On-campus interviews
- Off-campus interviews in major legal markets across the country
- Receptions and career fairs for small/mid-sized firms, public interest organizations and government agencies
- Diversity receptions and job fairs
- Sneak Peek receptions where 1Ls and rising 2Ls network with alumni at large firms in major cities
- Expert-led seminars for students and alumni on topics including how to succeed in big law, judicial clerkships, practicing on the East Coast, careers in national security, and more
- Exclusive job listings
- Counseling and guidance for students and alumni
Contact the Office of Career Services to connect with UCLA Law students and graduates who can make an impact for your organization.
- Place your employment opportunities on our exclusive listing.
- Explore ways to meet and interview current UCLA students and alumni by signing up for on-campus interviews, reviewing resumes and more.
"On multiple occasions I have had the joy of recruiting a rising 2L from UCLA School of Law, working side-by-side with her, and then celebrating her election to the Paul Hastings partnership. For decades UCLA School of Law graduates have filled important leadership roles, including managing partner, in our firm. I look forward to meeting the next generation of leaders when interviews begin."
Nancy Abell '79
Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Co-Chair, UCLA Law Women LEAD
"Silicon Valley provides great opportunities for law grads who are ready to work hard and tackle cutting-edge issues in a fast-paced environment. I am always on the lookout for UCLA Law grads, not simply to support my alma mater, but because I know from experience that UCLA Law graduates come prepared to dive in and make a difference."
Matthew Fawcett '92
General Counsel, NetApp
Post a Job
The following services on posting positions for law students or attorneys are free of charge.
Create an account on Symplicity, our Job Posting Site.
It's is a great way to attract UCLA School of Law candidates, both students and alumni, by tailoring your job posting to your exact needs. Establishing a Symplicity account enables you to post a position, update your post, receive and manage resumes and other application materials. Unless you indicate otherwise, the default expiration for the postings is one month. This is our recommended posting method, as you can control your post and it will appear immediately.
If you have questions or would like assistance, feel free to email email@example.com or call 310.206.1117.
For paralegal or assistant positions, please consider posting on the UCLA undergraduate job database at BruinView.
Summer Judicial Externship Fellowship
UCLA Law has established a summer Judicial Externship Fellowship Program. Through this program, every UCLA first-year law student who secures a full-time summer externship of at least eight weeks with a judge in a federal court (circuit, district, magistrate, bankruptcy or tax court) or in a state’s highest court (i.e., the Supreme Court of California or its equivalent) receives funding support from the school.
Working as a judicial extern offers an unparalleled experience for law students, and for many years we have encouraged our students to take advantage of these excellent opportunities. While approximately 20% of each first-year class historically has worked in judicial chambers during the summer, some students are not in a position to pursue these positions in the absence of funding support. Our Judicial Externship Fellowship Program enables all students who are interested in a summer judicial externship to pursue such an opportunity, creating an even stronger and more diverse pool of candidates.
If you have an interest in receiving UCLA Law applications, we have enclosed a survey regarding your preferred application process and timing. Please feel free to complete our form or call 310.206.1117. Please also feel free to pass this information along to colleagues who also may be interested in UCLA externs.
Meet Our Students
Many employers, alumni and lawyers are looking for a way to connect with UCLA Law students, increase visibility on campus and help students as they embark on their careers. You can make a difference by volunteering.
Mock Interview Program
The Office of Career Services coordinates two highly successful mock interview programs, one for first-year students on campus in January and one for second-year students with attorneys in law office settings during the summer. Because nothing prepares students for interviewing as well as practice, these programs are extremely helpful and popular, with more than one-third of students participating. These mock interview sessions are conducted at your convenience, and you can choose the number of interviewees. We welcome your volunteer participation.
For more information, or to inquire about the 1L mock interview program held in January, please contact Legal Recruitment Manager Linda Kressh.
We strongly believe that our students can benefit from the experiences of our alumni. We invite our alumni to mentor new UCLA law students through the Alumni Mentor Program.
Participate in New Graduate Initiatives
UCLA Law has several programs to help new graduates gain meaningful legal experience while also assisting employers to address unmet needs.
Public Service Fellowship Program
UCLA Law’s Public Service Fellowship Program seeks to support graduating students who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to public service, enabling them to work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, both domestically and abroad. Please contact Katherine Eklund for more information.
New Graduate Opportunity Program
The New Graduate Opportunity Program funds part-time, temporary work with nonprofit organizations and government agencies for up to 20 hours per week for 10 weeks, for a total of 200 hours of funding. Participants are paid by UCLA School of Law, which provides participating legal employers with well-qualified post-bar volunteers, while the recent graduates have a unique opportunity to further build their resumes and to enhance their legal skills while awaiting bar results. Although participating employers are not required to permanently hire these graduates, many host employers have offered our graduates long-term employment at the conclusion of the program. Please contact Lisa Barash for more information.
Apprentice Associate Program
This pilot program reaches out to boutique and mid-sized law firms that do not normally hire recent graduates. Participating firms hire at least one recent UCLA Law graduate to work as an apprentice associate for a one-year term. UCLA Law provides additional personalized training to participating graduates. The program allows participating firms a creative way of responding to market changes and client demands, while allowing more senior associates the ability to develop additional management and business skills. Contact Assistant Dean of Career Services Elizabeth Moeller for more information.
Sign Up for On-Campus Interviews
We would be happy to answer any of your questions or help you with determining which of our sessions of On-Campus Interviews is right for your firm or organization. Please contact Recruitment Manager Linda Kressh for more information or help in registering.
UCLA’s Virtual Early Interview Week will take place July 27 – July 30, 2021.
2021 Recruitment Policy (coming soon)
Early Interview Week
Every year, hundreds of 2L and 3L J.D. students, along with joint degree and LL.M. students, participate in the Early Interview Week of our On-Campus Interview Program. This year, the Program will be taking place in a virtual format. For the recruitment of 2Ls for summer 2022 positions and/or 3Ls for post-graduate 2022 positions, this program will be held July 27 – July 30 and August 11 – 12, 2021.
To enhance your interviewing experience, we offer 30 percent pre-selection of your interview schedule, with the balance assigned via lottery based on student preference. For additional opportunities to meet students before or during the On-Campus Interviews, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Interviewing Program (FIP)
Fall Interviewing Program interviews historically take place at the UCLA School of Law Library. This year, interviews will be held virtually, September 9 – 15. As in the past, this session is an excellent opportunity for small and mid-sized law firms, corporate counsel and public sector employers to connect with current students.
The UCLA School of Law Office of Career Services invites potential employers to interview on campus during Spring Semester. Your firm or organization may choose 100% of the students you meet, be they 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, recent graduates, and/or LL.M. candidates. In addition, we offer resume collections to those employers who may forgo interviewing on campus but are interested in receiving resumes from UCLA Law students.
The Spring 2021 On-Campus Interview Program will be held after the Early Interview Week. The dates of this event are yet to be determined, but it will likely be held in February 2021.
Please contact our office if you have any additional questions at email@example.com.
Attend a Job Fair or Event
UCLA LL.M. Interview Program
Employers interested in enlisting international and other specialized legal talent are invited to attend the UCLA LL.M. Interview Program (formerly known as the West Coast International LL.M. Job Fair). Information about the next program is available. The most recent interview program was held on February 21, 2020.
Organized and hosted by UCLA Law, a consortium of 18 law schools have participated in this program. Employers have the opportunity to pre-select LL.M. candidates from a collective pool of high-caliber students who hold their law degrees from around the globe.
More information about the UCLA LL.M. Interview Program
Information about UCLA Law's LL.M. program.
Small / Mid-Sized Law Firm Reception
Small and mid-sized law firms are of increasing importance in recruitment efforts at UCLA Law. The Office of Career Services offers a wide range of opportunities for our students and graduates, including networking events where students connect with law firm representatives. In the past, approximately 200 students and more than 75 practitioners from 25 practice areas attended such events.
The last Small / Mid-sized Law Firm Reception took place on March 11, 2020.
If you are interested in possibly attending future receptions, please contact Legal Recruitment Manager Linda Kressh.
Government and Public Interest Information Fair
The Government Reception and Public Interest Information Fair combines government and public interest employers that have worked with the Office of Career Services and the Office of Public Interest Programs. The fair:
- Helps UCLA law students learn about the world of public service
- Allows law students to share their insight and experiences in an informal setting
- Provide students with information about your summer and postgraduate hiring practices and procedures
- Accepts resumes from 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. students
Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day
This career fair is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Hosted annually in early February at UCLA School of Law and cosponsored by 11 Southern California-area law schools, this career fair generally brings more than 130 public interest/public sector employers to recruit law students for openings, provide information about their work, and inspire students to pursue public interest work.
More information on Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day.
UCLA School of Law partners in events with other law schools
Annual Off-Campus Interview Programs
UCLA is one of six law schools across the country chosen to participate in off-campus interview programs in the Chicago, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. The interview programs offer flexibility in recruiting to meet your needs. You may specify hiring criteria and applicant materials and then choose to interview only those candidates you pre-select.
UCLA also partners with USC for a "Walk-Around" New York interview program, whereby students may interview at law firm office in New York.
Additional partner programs:
Northern California Public Sector Career Day, held at UC Hastings College of the Law
Diversity Job Fairs
The Office of Career Services hosts informational programs and diversity events where students and lawyers can have candid conversations about practicing as a diverse lawyer.
One such program is the annual Law Firm Diversity Reception, which includes law firms of all sizes, corporate counsel and affinity bar associations. Sponsoring organizations pay a fee that supports the Law Fellows Program in its continuing efforts to increase diversity in legal education. In the past, more than 40 law firms and organizations sponsored this important event.
The date of the next annual Law Firm Diversity Reception is to be determined. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, we participate in several national diversity job fairs and scholarships such as: