School of Law

School of Law
  • Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean

By any standard, the UCLA School of Law 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. Faculty members frequently receive awards for teaching excellence, and are highly regarded University-wide and nationally. They also are recognized worldwide for their contributions to scholarship and law reform in a broad spectrum of fields that dramatically affect the world — constitutional law, environmental law and policy, human rights, criminal law, corporate law, employment law, international law, immigration law, and intellectual property, to name a few. The structure of U.S. 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 supportive 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; media, entertainment, technology, and sports 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; human rights and international and comparative law are dynamic, integral parts 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 related topics. 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, extensive UCLA educational programs afford law students myriad interdisciplinary opportunities in the classroom and through independent research.

The school’s nationally recognized clinical and experiential program offers sophisticated courses that help students develop applied lawyering skills, focus on solving client problems, and gain from their UCLA education more of what they will ultimately face as lawyers and policy makers. The clinical and experiential curriculum includes courses in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, business transactions, criminal and civil trial advocacy, community-based lawyering, environmental law, human rights, and international justice. Clinics and simulations offer students the opportunity to provide direct representation to clients in areas including patent law, immigration rights, veterans&rsqu; rights, and legal work on behalf of documentary filmmakers and musicians, among other programs.

The first-year lawyering skills course, taught by experienced lawyers who are full-time faculty members, is truly outstanding. It features interviewing and counseling of clients; and drafting of legal memoranda, contracts, and advice letters; thereby developing legal research capabilities and writing prowess.

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.

Successful professional placement of graduates is a hallmark of the law school. Approximately 400 interviewers from law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations across the country visit campus annually. More than 17,000 UCLA graduates work in coveted positions in California and around the world, serving in law firms and government agencies and working as in-house counsel, judges, business executives, law professors, and academic administrators.