Juris Doctor Program

studentwithlaptopUCLA School of Law offers students a rigorous and engaging J.D. program. From the innovative design of our first-year curriculum, to the demanding capstone courses of the advanced curriculum, UCLA Law offers students a dynamic start to their professional life.

At UCLA Law, students begin with a remarkable first-year learning experience, which promotes optimal learning and development of their professional identities from the start.  In the upper-level curriculum, students select from extensive advanced course offerings, clinics and specializations to further their individual interests and goals.

Degree Requirements

The candidate for the degree of Juris Doctor must have pursued resident (full time) law school study for at least six semesters, and have satisfactorily completed the following:

First Year Courses

The first-year of the J.D. program provides the foundation for the J.D. education.  Students begin with an introduction to the study and analysis of law, followed by a strong first-year curriculum, including: civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, torts and lawyering skills.

Upper Level Requirements

In order to receive the J.D. degree, students must complete total of 87 semester units of coursework, including a course on professional responsibility and a substantial analytic writing requirement.

Residency

Students must maintain minimum course load requirements each semester, and the maximum amount of elapsed time permitted between enrollment in the law school and graduation is five years.