International and Comparative Law Specialization

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) have a separate admissions track?

No. ICLP does not have a separate admission track into the law school. Students interested in UCLA School of Law and the International and Comparative Law Program and Specialization should apply through the regular admission channels.

Students can elect to pursue the Specialization in International and Comparative Law once they are enrolled. Students are encouraged to apply for the Specialization in Spring of 1L year, but may petition to join the Specialization track after Spring of 1L year, and at any point up to the Spring of 3L year.  In such cases, a student may be admitted to the Specialization if they are in good standing and can demonstrate that they have satisfied some or all of the Specialization requirements, and have sufficient time to complete all the requirements prior to graduation.  The Specialization is also available to transfer students.

On my application, how do I express my interest in the International and Comparative Law Specialization?

On the application for admission to the Law School you can indicate “International and Comparative Law” in response to the question regarding your potential to make a distinctive programmatic contribution.  We recommend that you submit a detailed statement indicating how your admission would strengthen our program.  Be sure to articulate specific past study and experience that may be relevant to the International and Comparative Law Program and Specialization.  In addition, please explain how this Specialization fits in with your future career goals and plans.

May I submit a writing sample or additional materials specific to the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP)?

Please do not send additional materials.  Under the rules established by the Dean of Admissions and Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC) only those materials that are part of the official application submitted to UCLA School of Law Office of Admissions will be considered. If a faculty member or admissions officer determines that we need more information, including a writing sample, we will request it from you.

I am a prospective LL.M. student. Can I participate in the Program?

The ICLP faculty welcomes LL.M. and S.J.D. students into our courses.  The courses are not closed to anyone in the law school.  Application for admission to the LL.M. Specialization in International and Comparative Law is separate to the application procedure for J.D. students.  Further details about applying to the LL.M. program can be found here.

I’m particularly interested in international human rights law. Is the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) and Specialization right for me?

Yes. ICLP is the umbrella program at UCLA School of Law that encompasses all international and comparative law offerings, including human rights.  ICLP holds many international human rights related speakers and events throughout the year, and all interested students are encouraged to attend. There are also many student organizations and journals that cater to students interested in international human rights law.

The International and Comparative Law Specialization caters to all students interested in the pursuit of international and comparative law related study, including international human rights law.  Students pursuing the Specialization can structure their curriculum to focus on their particular area of interest, such as international human rights law, public international law, comparative and foreign law, international criminal law, international trade law, and international intellectual property, among others.

Prospective students should note that, while a student may elect to focus on a particular area within international and comparative law, there are no separate tracks within the Specialization.  Pursing a particular interest area will result in a student being awarded the International and Comparative Law degree transcript notification.

I’m interested in a career in international law. Does the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) support students interested in pursuing careers in this field?

Yes. ICLP offers a Pathways to Careers in International Law event series during the Fall and Spring semesters.  This series is designed to bring professionals working in international and comparative law into the Law School to give students the opportunity to be exposed to different areas of international and comparative law practice, and to network with people working in the field.

The UCLA Law Career Services Office has a wealth of resources for admitted students hoping to establish a career in international or comparative law, including human rights.  Interested students are encouraged to explore those resources and to meet with their career counselor or the ICLP Program Director to discuss their interests and potential internship, externship and job opportunities in these fields of law.