School of Law
Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean
1242 Law Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
By any standard, the School of Law at UCLA is recognized as one of the nation’s great law schools. Each year a lively, talented, and diverse law student population assembles in a rigorous, innovative, and supportive environment. Members of the faculty frequently receive awards for teaching excellence and are highly regarded Universitywide and nationally. They also are recognized worldwide for their contributions to scholarship and law reform in a broad spectrum of fascinating fields that dramatically affect our world—constitutional law, environmental law and policy, criminal law, corporate law, employment law, international law, and intellectual property, to name a few. The structure of our democracy, the underpinnings and regulation of business, families, communities, and individual liberties, the powerless and homeless, the many permutations of a race-conscious society—all are subjects of investigation and study. Faculty members are committed to being intellectually and professionally demanding of students and humane at the same time, encouraging and fostering a genuine spirit of collaboration and community.
Law students select courses from an intellectually rich curriculum in private or public law and theory. Courses are taught in both traditional and clinical settings, with some offered as part of coordinated concurrent degree programs or specializations in Business Law and Policy, Critical Race Studies, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Law and Philosophy, and Public Interest Law and Policy. Situated at a major gateway to the Pacific Rim, UCLA is a center of international programs; international and comparative law has become a dynamic, integral part of the law school curriculum, with courses addressing the European Union, modern Japan and China, Islam, international trade and business transactions, and a host of other related courses. Part of an outstanding research University, possessed of rich cultural resources, and located in a beautiful garden setting allowing year-round outdoor study and reflection, UCLA’s extensive educational programs afford law students myriad interdisciplinary opportunities both in the classroom and through independent research.
The technologically advanced, spacious, and comfortable Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library—replete with natural lighting and views—houses an extensive collection of legal materials. The school’s nationally recognized clinical program offers sophisticated courses that help students develop applied lawyering skills, focus on solving client problems, and see in their education at UCLA more of what ultimately will face them as lawyers and policymakers. An entire wing of the Law Building is designed especially for clinical teaching and student practice and facilitates work and study in the ever-expanding clinical curriculum, which includes courses in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, business transactions, criminal and civil trial advocacy, community-based lawyering, environmental law, and international justice. The first-year lawyering skills course, taught by experienced lawyers who are full-time faculty members, is truly outstanding and features interviewing and counseling of clients and drafting of legal memoranda, contracts, and advice letters, thereby developing legal research capabilities and writing prowess.
Successful placement of UCLA law graduates reflects the school’s excellent national ranking. Approximately 400 interviewers from across the country visit the campus annually, including law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. UCLA graduates (more than 16,000) work in coveted positions locally and around the world, not only serving in a wide variety of public and private law practices, but as judges, business executives, writers, journalists, law professors, and academic administrators.