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Center for Law and Economics

The mission of the Center for Law and Economics is to foster academic scholarship exploring how economics can help us better understand and improve our laws. UCLA has one of the richest law and economics traditions in the world, and many of the founders of law and economics have made UCLA their academic home. The center, along with the Anderson Graduate School of Management and School of Law Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, sponsors the UCLA Law, Economics, and Organization Workshop, where speakers present their latest works-in-progress in the broad area of law and economics as it relates to business organizations.

Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is the leading law-school center focused on climate change and other critical environmental issues. Founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Dan A. Emmett and his family, the institute works across disciplines to develop and promote research and policy tools useful to decision makers locally, statewide, nationally, and beyond. The institute houses the school’s leading environmental programs, including the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, a vital training ground for environmental lawyering. It also works hand in hand with the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, a collaboration between the School of Law and the Fielding School of Public Health. Taking advantage of its home at one of California’s top law schools, the institute has particular expertise in the cutting-edge steps taken by California to lead the way toward meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Lawmakers, the broader legal community, business leaders, academics, and the media rely on the institute as a trusted resource to analyze and answer questions about policy and law issues related to climate change and other environmental challenges.

Empirical Research Group

UCLA School of Law is one of the only law schools in the country to offer its faculty members the support of trained statisticians to further empirical research. The Empirical Research Group (ERG) is a methodology-oriented research center that specializes in the design and execution of quantitative research in law and public policy, and enables faculty members to include robust empirical analysis in their legal scholarship. Articles and reports published by faculty members working with ERG have covered topics as diverse as bankruptcy, legal aid, pollution prevention, tax policy, gay rights, the living wage, and campaign finance disclosure. Articles, reports, working papers, and supporting data are posted on the ERG website. In addition to faculty scholarship, ERG trains law students as research assistants in empirical methods such as sampling, data collection, and statistics, and works closely with law students who conduct their own empirical research.

Health and Human Rights Law Project

The Health and Human Rights Law Project seeks to improve global health by using a framework grounded in international human rights law. Through multidisciplinary research, training, and mentorship, the project examines the relationship between health and human rights and fosters the next generation of leaders working in this area. With an emphasis on issues pertaining to sexuality, gender, and HIV/AIDS, the project focuses on health issues around which rights-claiming has particular salience.

Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy

The central mission of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy is to influence national legal and policy debate over critical issues affecting the regulation and governance of business. The institute seeks to fulfill this mission by promoting innovative research at the intersection of law and business, by a highly respected and widely recognized business law faculty; by offering a unique blend of policy and practice-oriented courses designed to prepare law students to be leaders in the new economy; and by hosting timely conferences and scholarly events on matters that advance the public discussion.

Native Nations Law and Policy Center

The Native Nations Law and Policy Center supports Native nations to enhance their governmental institutions and laws, strengthen their cultural resource protections, and address critical public policy issues by bringing together UCLA academic resources and the knowledge and experience of tribal leaders and knowledge-holders. The center serves as the home for the Tribal Legal Development Clinic and Tribal Appellate Court Clinic that involve students in projects such as constitution drafting, code development, and serving as law clerks for Indian nation clients.

Office of Public Interest Programs

UCLA School of Law has a long-standing commitment to public service, and is committed to cultivating an environment that encourages all of its students and alumni to better serve society in myriad ways. Students gain significant exposure and experience in public service through clinical courses, a pro bono program, an externship program, extensive public interest advising and informational programming, and numerous student organizations. The Office of Public Interest Programs, the hub of the school’s public interest efforts, hosts a variety of career-oriented programs and relevant public interest forums and events in which students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community participate. The office also hosts the annual Southern California Public Interest Career Day, which attracts more than 110 public service employers and some 1,000 students from around the region. The office also supports the student-run Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) and its annual auction, which raises monies to help fund summer public service internships.

The Promise Institute for Human Rights

The Promise Institute for Human Rights, founded with a visionary $20 million gift in 2017, trains human rights lawyers and leaders, generates vital scholarship, and develops programs for on-the-ground assistance to address the most pressing contemporary human rights concerns of our times — including genocide studies, international migration and refugee crises, and post-conflict human rights.

UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy

The UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy is a unique partnership of UCLA School of Law and RAND Corporation. Its mission is to produce innovative legal scholarship that is grounded in multidisciplinary empirical analysis to guide legal and public policymakers in the twenty-first century. It was created to support collaborative research and to evolve with the doctrinal, institutional, and professional changes in the law. The main activities of the center include research, conferences, and the Empirical Legal Scholars Program.

Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy

The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy is the only think tank of its kind dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. The institute supports legal scholarship, legal research, policy analysis, and education regarding sexual orientation discrimination and other legal issues that affect lesbian and gay people. The institute began with the recognition that issues central to sexual orientation law have profound implications for the development of the law and public policy in general. Drawing on the intellectual and material resources of UCLA, the institute serves as a national center for the interdisciplinary exploration of these issues by scholars, judges, practitioners, advocates, and students.

Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law

The Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law supports and expands the curricular offerings of the Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law specialization. For students interested in learning more about entertainment law, the program helps them earn externships with entertainment-related businesses, brings influential speakers to campus, and sponsors the industry’s top legal conference on entertainment issues, the annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium. Students run an entertainment-related journal, the UCLA Entertainment Law Review; and the student organization, the Entertainment Law Association.

Ziman Center for Real Estate

Reflecting a growing interdisciplinary focus at UCLA, the School of Law formed a partnership in 2005 with the Anderson Graduate School of Management to create the Ziman Center for Real Estate. The center is firmly grounded in the scholarship and teaching missions of both schools, and offers practical application principles that help real estate industry professionals, public officials, and business people alike make critical policy and business decisions. The center truly bridges the divide between research and practice, and offers students a full range of coursework that supplies a holistic view of real estate issues.