UCLA Law has built a comprehensive curriculum to prepare our students for the practical aspects of lawyering.
Hands-on training begins in the first-year Lawyering Skills course. Upper-level coursework provides essential instruction on legal ethics and professionalism, as well as opportunities to gain fundamental practical skills. In Transition to Practice, for example, students consider the ethical and professional issues that may arise during their careers.
UCLA Law’s comprehensive clinical program provides students with deep insights into the lawyer-client relationship. Experiential courses such as Negotiation Theory and Practice give students the conceptual basis that will enable them to make sound judgments and to execute their decisions with competence. Students engage with – and sometimes represent – real clients in clinics like Criminal Defense and the Asylum Clinic. Students also learn firsthand about the court process through coveted judicial externships.
As they develop their professional identities, students gain insight and inspiration from our community of alumni mentors and faculty, and from visiting leaders in the profession, such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Kim McLane Wardlaw, UCLA alumna and judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
From the moment they walk onto campus until graduation day, UCLA Law students receive the support they need to develop their identities as future leaders in the legal world.