5 things you should know about UCLA Law’s LL.M. program

January 8, 2024

What a difference a year makes. For UCLA Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) students, this couldn’t be truer.

Designed for students who have a J.D. or its international equivalent, the ten-month, full-time LL.M. program offers students the training to distinguish themselves in the evolving legal market. They can specialize their studies, obtain additional credentialing - especially for those with an international background - to practice in the U.S. or abroad, build meaningful connections, and develop their transferable skills for greater career flexibility. For that reason, our LL.M. students are truly global.

Here are five things you should know about UCLA Law’s LL.M. program:

Number 1Crystal ballEvery LL.M. cohort is diverse and highly qualified.

The current LL.M. class features 228 students from 43 different countries. Among the 2023-24 class are prosecutors, members of the judiciary, clerks for supreme courts across the world, Fulbright scholars, associates at leading international law firms, in-house counsels for Fortune 500 corporations and more. Our LL.M. students are both accomplished and exceptionally talented, having earned prior law degrees at elite institutions ranging from Cambridge and the Sorbonne to the National University of Singapore and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Number 2Sannidhi SharmaOur students make the most of their LL.M. experience by doing it all.

An aspiring music lawyer, Sannidhi Sharma ’23 specialized in media, entertainment, technology, and sports law and policy while at UCLA. She not only externed at GoDigital Media Group while an LL.M. student, but also acted as chief managing editor of the UCLA Journal of Gender and Law, served as the LL.M. student speaker for the 2023 commencement and planned for the California bar exam. Her UCLA experience was pivotal in advancing her music career.

“UCLA is the place to be,” she says. Her advice for incoming students: “Try to soak in the sun and the beautiful environment and get as much as you can from the faculty because they’re amazing resources.”

Number 3Flyer for a UCLA Law LL.M. entertainment careers panelLL.M. graduates give back to current students.

Whether at career programs, LL.M. fairs, orientation or law school events, our LL.M. alumni are always willing to offer their insights to current and future Bruins. For example, this fall, alums Carlos Araya Paz ’23, Arkadi De Proft ’22, Tamara Habayeb ’22, Adrian Jungblut ’23, Anson Lyu ’22 and Emma Wilson ’22 shared their experiences during a Ziffren Institute entertainment careers panel. Additionally, Vanessa Braun ’23 and Mijam Dülz ’23 spoke with prospective students about California life at the annual e-fellows LL.M. Day in Frankfurt, Germany.

Number 4Juan Pablo EscuderoLL.M. alumni keep close ties with UCLA.

Juan Pablo Escudero ’22 specialized in environmental law at UCLA. He’s worked at top Chilean law firms and as legal counsel on regulatory and environmental law matters, including for the Presidency of Chile. Following his LL.M., he joined UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment as a staff attorney. “My year at UCLA was by far one of the best years of my life. UCLA Law is one of the best places in the world to study law and is at the forefront of the fight against climate change.”

Number 5The LL.M. alumni network is active, robust and global.

Comprised of more than 2,500 graduates from over 90 different countries, the LL.M. alumni community reaches nearly every corner of the world. Alumni host UCLA networking events, participate in recruitment events, and serve as ambassadors who help admitted students envision their lives at UCLA Law.


Visit the LL.M. website here to get more information about the program and to apply before the February 1, 2024 deadline.

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