University of California at Los Angeles School of Law


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During the first year, students study the traditional law school courses and a Lawyering Skills Course, which exposes them to the skills that they will need in practice. “This course is the students’ foundational clinical course and focuses on practice-oriented legal analysis. During this yearlong course students develop skills needed by practicing lawyers and desired by legal employers, including legal analysis, legal writing, research, argumentation, statutory interpretation, fact development, interviewing and client counseling. These skills are taught using the clinical method, with the client’s perspective firmly in mind and with the students learning by acting as lawyers.” (UCLA Law Website)

There is a mandatory Professional Responsibility course and writing requirement that students must complete during their second and third years. Other than that, students may choose from a wide variety of elective courses and seminars, participate in the school’s Clinical Program, or focus on a specific area of study. In addition, the school provides its students with opportunities to study abroad by participating in externships in Switzerland, France, Japan, Argentina, Spain, and Norway.

For those students interested in joint degrees, the school offers J.D./M.A., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./M.S.W. degrees.

For those considering advanced degrees, the law school offers LL.M. and the S.J.D. degrees.

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