Know the rules and apply them, and then use what you have learned to make a difference.

Ivory Tower Meets Real World

UCLA School of Law has long been recognized for its innovative approach to teaching, which transforms the classroom into a real-world laboratory through the integration of theory and practice. Here, students gain crucial firsthand experience that prepares them for future careers, learning from faculty whose knowledge and expertise place them at the forefront of legal thought.

From the very first year, students have opportunities to receive hands-on training by volunteering at local organizations and interacting with a variety of clients. For second- and third-year students, there are summer internships as well as part-time and full-time semester externships where students work for federal judges, government agencies, public interest law firms and nonprofit organizations. From Hollywood studios to the White House to The Hague, an opportunity awaits you.

Pioneering Clinical Legal Education

We’ve been a national leader in clinical training since the early 1970s and our clinics cover a wide range of topics. Interested in criminal law? Train in trial techniques and represent clients at actual hearings. How about civil law? Help prepare depositions and participate in discovery. Or what about transactional law? Learn the fine art of negotiating basic business contracts. Whatever your field of practice, there’s a clinic to meet your needs.