UCLA School of Law

UCLA School of Law

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UCLA is the highest ranked law school in Southern California, placing 15th in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking.

The law school, which is on the huge UCLA campus in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is the regional leader when it comes to reputation and LSAT and GPA scores. But it is second to USC in employment, and third in bar passage.

But the public school is not cheap — running at close to $45,000 a year, second highest in the region.

Law school Dean Rachel Moran attributed the school’s rise to near the top in national rankings to its cutting edge innovation in training lawyers.

“We have been a leader in clinical education,” she said. “We started way back in the early 1970s and have continued to build our program. But we have never been about preparing legal technicians. We have always had the philosophy that students have to have a strong grounding in substantive law.”

UCLA created policy centers and think tanks in the 1990s with the aim of enabling outstanding faculty and intellectual leaders to gather and focus on major policy issues free of ideology and partisan influence. This movement continues on campus with race studies, sexual orientation law. public interest law and environmental studies.

The school offers certificates in environmental law, entertainment law, business law, taxation and public policy.

“We have a fabulous faculty and the best and brightest students,” Moran said. “These students become loyal and outstanding alumni — a powerful network of people who are available to help our current students.”

Published Winter 2013

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75th Percentile1683.84
25th Percentile1633.49
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$21000
Percent receiving grants79.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 85.90%
NJ Employment83.72
Bar Passage87.24%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy