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University of California At Los Angeles (ucla) School of Law

UCLA School of Law offers engaging classroom instruction across a wide spectrum of courses that appeal to students with disparate interests. Beyond the intellectually rich core program lie additional valuable opportunities to enhance student learning and preparation for professional pursuits. Our curriculum includes intensive, supervised educational experiences in the school's groundbreaking clinical program, coordinated courses of study in specific areas of specialization, joint degree programs, and special programs.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 994
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 164 - 169
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.58 - 3.89
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 84.74%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.7%
In State Tuition $45,221
Out of State Tuition $51,715

Overview

Overview

About University of California At Los Angeles (ucla) School of Law

UCLA School of Law offers engaging classroom instruction across a wide spectrum of courses that appeal to students with disparate interests. Beyond the intellectually rich core program lie additional valuable opportunities to enhance student learning and preparation for professional pursuits. Our curriculum includes intensive, supervised educational experiences in the school's groundbreaking clinical program, coordinated courses of study in specific areas of specialization, joint degree programs, and special programs.

Reviews

At UCLA’s law school, “The professors are all studs in their field, and most teach 1L courses. It's pretty cool to have a famous professor as a teacher in your first year.” Students feel like a priority to their professors and administrators despite the size of the student population, saying “Considering UCLA is a large university, the law school feels small and friendly.” They laud their professors, especially, for being “some of the most incredible, engaging and intelligent people I have ever met” and appreciate that they’ve been invited “to meals with or been at the homes of most of my professors.” UCLA’s “brilliant, renowned, accessible, kind” professors do a great job balancing professional and pedagogical responsibilities: “the number of professors who are considered author­ities within their realm of expertise is unreal, and to know that these highly-reputed figures are willing to open their office for you because they truly care about your learning is incredible.” Indeed, students perceive their professors to be “completely committed to forming talented attorneys who will contribute to society.”UCLA law is “very progressive” and forward-looking in the legal field, resulting in an “incredibly impressive” “diversity of classes, opinions, [and] extracurricular programs.” “The David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the Critical Race Studies Program are two very unique and well-run specializations”, and many “in-depth classes in particular areas” engage students. “The quality of discussion in the classroom is superb” across the board, and students credit this partially to the program’s “ample diversity.” When it comes to grading, the curve is kind: “The curve once you're in upper division classes is at a B+, so that's quite nice.”In their interactions with the administration, students often report that they’ve “great­ly benefited from the services and support” of particular programs like “the Public Interest Law Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. I have a post-graduation job already thanks to the advice and support I received from the Public Interest Law Program's office.” For budding attorneys looking to practice in California (who may be the best served by a UCLA degree, as some students complain that the school has “no network on the east coast”), UCLA offers “access to more people and resources in the entertainment industry than any school in the country,” as well as “great connections to the legal community and access to jobs and internships.” In general, students find that “The administration is unbelievably supportive and communicative”, while also encountering that, not unusually for a large, public university, “There is a lot of red tape when trying to do anything out of the ordinary.” “In terms of facilities”, they critique, “The law school building itself is a bit of a mixed bag. I think they're in the process of renovating rooms continuously, so every semester a new room gets redone, but the two really big lecture halls are pretty outdated.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 332

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./M.A. (African American Studies), J.D./M.A. (American Indian Studies), J.D./M.B.A, J.D./Ph.D. (Philosophy), J.D./M.P.H, J.D./M.A. ( Public Policy), JD/M.S.W. (Social Welfare), and J.D./M.U.R.P. (Urban and Regional Planning). Students may also create a tailored program by undertaking work from multiple disciplines within UCLA & apply to the JD program; or students may design a joint program with another school with administrative approval.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 127
Full-Time Faculty 91
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 27
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 49%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,221 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,172 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $59,393 $45,221

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $51,715 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,172 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $65,887 $51,715

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$52,049 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

University of California At Los Angeles (ucla) School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 164 - 169
LSAT Total 164 - 169

University of California At Los Angeles (ucla) School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.58 - 3.89
Total 3.58 - 3.89

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#97 National Universities Top Public Rankings
#173 National Universities
#184 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 95%
First Time Pass Rate 85%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 350
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 91%
Average Starting Salary $135,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 40 13%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 9 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 16 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 10 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 88 29%
Business Industry 27 9%
Government 28 9%
Public Interest 38 13%
Federal Clerkship 16 5%
State Clerkship 4 1%
Other Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 4 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 1%
NY 6%
CA 83%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of California At Los Angeles (ucla) School of Law include:

  • Stewart Resnick '62 - President and CEO, Roll International Corporation
  • John Branca '75 - Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • The Honorable Alex Kozinski '75 - Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • David Steiner '86 - Chief Executive Officer, Waste Management, Inc.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand '91 - United States Senator, New York

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