University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): UCLA Law

School of Law


Which schools are best?
UCLA School of Law has a reputation for excellence throughout the world. Consistently ranked in the top tier of law schools in the nation, ours is the premier law school in southern California. And, as judged by academic peers, the university itself consistently ranks in the top half-dozen in the country. The university boasts 13 schools and colleges, 69 departments, and 19 libraries.

What will I study?
UCLA School of Law uses an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies, with a dynamic, flexible curriculum that appeals to a range of interests. In addition to taking our introductory seminar designed uniquely for LL.M. students, you may decide to specialize your studies in fields such as Business Law, International and Comparative Law, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, or Public Interest Law.

Who will I meet?
UCLA Law's faculty has a world-class reputation for scholarship. We're unique, however, because these leading scholars also seek to foster an encouraging and supportive learning environment. UCLA law students are among the best and brightest in the world, and together they make up a diverse, close-knit community. They come from a range of nationalities and backgrounds, offering fresh perspectives both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether at an academic lecture or one of our LL.M. social events, you're sure to make friends that will last a lifetime.

What can I expect to achieve?
Our distinguished faculty prepare students for outstanding careers in transactional and litigation practices, government, academia, business, international law, public policy and public interest. Because of this exceptional academic preparation and our reputation for excellence, those who join us can look forward to a promising future for themselves -- and for those whom they will represent, teach and inform.

And finally, why wouldn’t I choose Los Angeles?
Those of us who work and study in Los Angeles have a hard time understanding why people go anywhere else. In fact, UCLA's colors were chosen to represent regional attributes: blue to symbolize the Pacific Ocean and yellow to reflect "the Golden State," the California poppy and sunsets. Our lush, sprawling campus is ideally located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, just 15 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from Beverly Hills. In addition to having what might be the best climate on earth, Los Angeles is a dynamic, cosmopolitan cultural center of more than ten million people. Our arts and entertainment offerings rival any in the world. Why wouldn't you choose Los Angeles?

Watch our video and learn more about UCLA School of Law’s LL.M. Program and what makes the UCLA Law experience truly exceptional:

How to Apply
Graduates of foreign and domestic law schools are eligible to apply for admission to our LL.M. Program. All applicants must complete an online application and submit their related supporting documentation via the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Document Assembly Service. The application will normally become available during October and the deadline to apply is February 15. Decisions are made on a rolling basis from January through April. For more details about the application process and requirements, visit us online.

Other Programs
S.J.D. (Doctoral) Program
The S.J.D. (doctoral degree) Program is geared towards law graduates seeking to pursue careers in academia as teachers and scholars of the law. Applicants should possess a distinguished academic track record, show promise in scholarship, and hold both a J.D. degree (or foreign equivalent undergraduate law degree) and an LL.M. degree prior to beginning the program in order to be eligible for this highly selective program.

UCLA School of Law
Office of Graduate Studies & International Programs
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
1242 Law Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
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Phone: +1 310 206 3947

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