Clinics and Courses

Students interested in criminal justice can select from courses and clinics that explore a wide variety of topics.

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Second- and third-year students may gain valuable real-world experience by choosing to participate in UCLA Law's externship program. UCLA students have held summer or semester-long placements in a variety of settings, including the Department of Justice; the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, The Netherlands; The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania; The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJ) in New York City; and more.


UCLA Law Journals that may be of interest for students in the Criminal Justice Program include the Criminal Justice Law Review and UCLA Law Review. For those interested in international and transnational criminal law and criminal justice reform overseas, relevant journals also include the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs; The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law; and Pacific Basin Law Journal.

Student Organizations

Student organizations that have done work on criminal justice and related phenomena include:

Criminal Justice Society

The UCLA Criminal Justice Society strives to advance justice by promoting criminal law dialogue, practice, reform, policy, scholarship and career development at UCLA. CJS seeks to promote a critical examination of the criminal justice system through the participation of an inclusive community of individuals who want to contribute to advances in criminal law practice, reform, scholarship and policymaking.

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Immigration Law Society

The Immigration Law Society (IMLS) at UCLA seeks to educate students on issues impacting the immigrant community, as well as bridge a connection with immigration law academic scholars and practitioners. A primary focus of IMLS is to help law students volunteer with agencies that provide free or low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants. Students who volunteer with the VAWA Clinic work with attorneys at the Central American Resource Center to prepare declarations for victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence, in order to apply for U-Visas and Violence Against Women Act petitions.

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International Justice Project

The UCLA International Justice Project (IJP) is a student-run extracurricular clinical program at UCLA School of Law. IJP partners law students with human rights organizations from around the world to provide firsthand experience with the practice of international human rights law. IJP helps students develop the basic skills and substantive knowledge necessary for international human rights and international justice advocacy. Students collaborate with partner organizations to draft legal memoranda and briefs, and to provide valuable international and comparative legal research.

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International Human Rights Law Association

The International Human Rights Law Association provides a student-led forum for developing knowledge, sharing experiences, and promoting career opportunities within the field of international human rights law at UCLA School of Law.

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Visit the Student Organizations page for more information about other student organizations at UCLA School of Law.

Interdisciplinary Studies Opportunities

UCLA School of Law has long been a leader in the interdisciplinary study of law. Unlike many other schools, UCLA Law allows students to take courses in the professional schools and departments elsewhere on the UCLA campus. UCLA Departments such as Anthropology, History, Psychology and Sociology, and schools such as the Luskin School of Public Affairs have had faculty working on criminal justice issues.

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Summer Jobs

The UCLA School of Law Career Services Office and the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy provide advice and support to students interested in getting summer jobs on criminal justice.

In addition, each year the UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program puts together a Prison Law Summer Job Search Guide.

Criminal Justice Career Guides

The Office of Public Interest Programs is publishing a series of guides to assist students in their public interest job search.

Careers in Prosecution

Careers in Public DefenseGuide to California Public Defender Offices

Career Services

UCLA Law Career Services has a wealth of resources for admitted students hoping to establish careers in all areas of law, including criminal justice. Interested students should meet with their career counselor or to discuss potential internships, externships and job opportunities in these fields of law.

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Contact Information

Máximo Langer
Faculty Director, Criminal
Justice Program
2468 Law Building


Alicia Virani
Associate Director, Criminal
Justice Program
2354 Law Building


Assistant: Katie Henkel