About UCLA School of Law's Public Interest Program

UCLA Law is home to one of the most innovative and successful public interest programs in the nation. The David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy offers membership in a vibrant community of students and faculty as well as an intellectually ambitious curriculum that grapples with the fundamental questions in public interest lawyering.

At UCLA Law, future public interest leaders are trained through an unsurpassed clinical program that promotes mastery of both the conceptual and practical aspects of the law. Students gain crucial hands-on practice in clinics like the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic where they work on cases in cooperation with organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union.

Public interest students have access to world-class resources including distinguished faculty, a strong mentorship program, diverse symposia led by esteemed experts, and a speaker series that has taken up such vital topics as the future of capital punishment, challenges to health reform implementation, and the limits of human rights advocacy in Syria and the Middle East.

UCLA Law provides robust financial support for public interest students including summer public service funding, a postgraduate fellowship program that assists graduates as they launch their careers, and a competitive Loan Repayment Assistance Program for graduates working in public interest.

Our alumni have gone on to prominent careers at the forefront of social justice issues, both domestically and abroad, from jobs with the California Women’s Law Center to positions at The Bronx Defenders. UCLA Law graduates are fierce advocates, recipients of prestigious fellowships and founders of pioneering organizations. New students can look forward to joining the ranks of attorneys successfully working on the frontlines of a broad cross-section of social justice issues.