UCLA School of Law has a reputation for excellence throughout the world and stands at the forefront of institutional innovation and impactful programming. Consistently ranked among the top tier of law schools in the nation, ours is the premier law school in southern California. Our world-class faculty balance careers as formidable experts in their respective fields while simultaneously fostering an encouraging, supportive learning environment centered around inclusion and accessibility.
Curriculum & Course Offerings
UCLA Law takes an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies, boasting a dynamic, flexible curriculum that appeals to a broad range of interests. LL.M. students can pursue general or specialized studies in a wide variety of fields and may even develop an individualized specialization in an area of their choosing. UCLA offers specializations in:
Business, with tracks in:
Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy
International and Comparative Law
Public Interest Law and Policy
Law and Sexuality
Critical Race Studies
Law and Philosophy
LL.M. students may supplement their specialized studies with courses from other areas of interest to achieve their unique academic goals. Those who do not specialize may select courses from any area of the curriculum. Students can also enhance their legal education by taking complementary courses from departments outside of the law school, such as the Anderson School of Management.
Students seeking eligibility to practice in California, New York, or elsewhere in the United States will find numerous resources and extensive support to help navigate this complex process. UCLA Law offers many courses in subjects tested on state bar exams, including versions tailored specifically to international LL.M. students.
UCLA law students are among the best and brightest and compose a robust, diverse, close-knit community. Each LL.M. cohort represents over 30 different countries, and together comprise a vast wealth of expertise and experience across numerous disciplines, offering fresh perspectives inside and outside of the classroom. Our LL.M. students look forward to one of the most intellectually stimulating, memorable, and exciting years of their lives as members of the Bruin family.
Los Angeles is a dynamic, cosmopolitan cultural center unlike any other, boasting rich arts, recreational, culinary, and entertainment offerings that rival those around the world. Our lush, sprawling campus is ideally situated in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, just 15 minutes from the beach and within easy reach of L.A.’s iconic landmarks and vibrant communities.
UCLA Law’s LL.M. Program & What Makes UCLA Law Truly Exceptional
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 related supporting documentation via the LSAC LL.M. CAS Document Assembly Service. The application will be available in September, and the deadline to apply is February 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis from January through April. Visit us online for more details about how to apply.
UCLA Law offers one form of financial assistance for LL.M. students: Dean’s Tuition Fellowships. These limited, competitive partial fellowships are awarded based on merit and need, and are applied towards tuition fees. A separate application is not required. All applicants are eligible for consideration and need only indicate that they would like to be considered for the fellowship in the Finances section of their online application.
Launched in 2020, the M.L.S. Program is designed for professionals from non-law disciplines seeking to advance their careers, expertise, and practical skills by obtaining a deeper understanding of the legal and regulatory issues that affect their respective industries. This program is ideal for individuals of diverse backgrounds, from fields in the private, non-profit, or government sectors.
S.J.D. (Doctoral) Program
The S.J.D. Program is geared towards law graduates looking 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/first law degree) and an LL.M. degree prior to beginning the program in order to be eligible for this highly selective program.