UCLA-RAND Center for Law & Public Policy


About the UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy


The UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy produces legal scholarship grounded in multidisciplinary empirical analysis to guide legal and public policymakers in the 21st century. A unique partnership of UCLA Law and the RAND Corporation, the Center — designed to evolve with doctrinal, institutional and professional changes in the law — supports collaborative research on topics as varied as medical malpractice, class actions, employment discrimination and institutional reform. The Center hosts influential biannual conferences focused on critical themes in civil justice.

Students interested in using their legal education for policy or academic careers can apply to the Center’s Empirical Legal Scholars Program, which provides them with the coursework and guidance to examine existing scholarship critically and produce high-quality original research.

The explosion of empirical scholarship at law schools has not been matched by increased training of law students. Students who want to use their legal education for policy or academic careers need to look elsewhere for the formal instruction and mentorship that is a necessary foundation for good empirical work. The UCLA-RAND Empirical Legal Scholars Program is designed to fill this void. It provides a small group of students with the coursework and guidance to critically examine existing scholarship and to produce high-quality original research. Students in the program will work closely with UCLA faculty and RAND staff as research assistants on significant projects. In their second year they will receive instruction in research design, statistics and composition along with guidance from mentors in substantive areas of the law. By their third year each student is expected to have a paper suitable for conferences and/or publication.