Transnational Program on Criminal Justice


For Students – Transnational Program on Criminal Justice


Students interested in comparative law, international law and transnational criminal justice can select from many exciting courses in these or related areas. Visit the UCLA School of Law Curriculum Guide for a list of current courses.

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Independent Research

Students who are interested in conducting independent research on comparative law, international law and transnational criminal justice can draw on the support and resources of UCLA Law and the broader UCLA campus.


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 places as varied as 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; The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Freetown, Sierra Leone; The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague, The Netherlands.


UCLA Law Journals that may have a particular interest in comparative, international and transnational law include the Criminal Justice Law Review; Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA); The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL); and UCLA's Pacific Basin Law Journal.

Student Organizations

Student organizations that have done work on or may have an interest in the intersection between criminal justice and transnational and international phenomena include:

Criminal Justice Society

The UCLA Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is a student group that strives to advance justice within the criminal law system. We do this by promoting criminal law dialogue, practice, reform, policy, scholarship and career development at UCLA. We seek to promote a critical examination of the criminal justice system through the participation of an inclusive community of individuals who want to engage with criminal law. Though our members' backgrounds and political ideologies may vary, we are all committed to increasing the presence of criminal law at UCLA and creating a forum for UCLA School of Law students to contribute to criminal law practice, reform, scholarship and policymaking.

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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.

IJP is currently working on a range of projects with organizations addressing domestic human rights issues as well as issues abroad in South Africa, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and India. JD students may begin IJP work in the second semester of their first year, and LLM students may join as soon as they arrive at UCLA.

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International Human Rights Law Association

The International Human Rights Law Association's (IHRLA) purpose is to provide 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. IHRLA endeavors to work closely with the International and Comparative Law Program and other organizations, both on and off campus, to provide meaningful opportunities for learning, project-based research, and career assistance to students within the Law School.

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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 the organization 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 (CARECEN) to prepare declarations for victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence, in order to apply for U-Visas and VAWA. Students also volunteer with the Youth Deportation Defense Clinic, in conjunction with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, by conducting legal screenings for minors to help the family identify potential defenses to deportation and connect the child with free or low-cost representation.

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Through its Foreign Legal Study and Exchange Program, UCLA School of Law offers various opportunities for its students, and for law students in other countries, to gain exposure to international law and the legal systems and cultures of other nations. 

UCLA School of Law has partnered with many leading academic institutions in Europe, Asia, Israel, Australia and South America to establish the Foreign Legal Study and Exchange Program (FLSEP). Under exchange agreements with these partner schools, UCLA School of Law will host the most highly qualified students from its partner schools, while similarly talented and committed UCLA law students may sample the intellectual and cultural riches that partner schools offer.

The program is highly selective - each semester, each partner school may normally nominate only up to two students to attend UCLA School of Law for a semester, and UCLA School of Law may normally nominate only up to two students to attend each partner school for a similar academic term. Well-qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interdisciplinary Studies Opportunities

UCLA School of Law has long been a leader in the interdisciplinary study of law and, unlike many other schools, UCLA law students can take courses in the professional schools and departments elsewhere on the UCLA campus, offering yet another way for students to connect to the world outside of the law school. 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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Career Services

The UCLA Law Career Services has a wealth of resources for admitted students hoping to establish a career in all areas of law, including comparative, international and transnational criminal law. Interested students should meet with their career counselor or Jessica Peake, Director of the International and Comparative Law Program, to discuss their interests and potential internship, externship and job opportunities in these fields of law.

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Contact Information

Máximo Langer
Director, Transnational
Program on Criminal Justice
2468 Law Building


Assistant: Mary Tran



For students interested in courses, career advice, externships and other administrative matters on comparative, international and transnational criminal justice, please contact Jessica Peake, Director of the International and Comparative Law Program, (310)206-8974,