UCLA School of Law

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UCLA School of Law
UCLA Seal (Trademark of the Regents of the University of California)
Motto Fiat lux (Latin)
Parent school University of California
Established 1949
School type Public
Parent endowment $1.88 billion (June 30, 2009) [1]
Dean Rachel Moran
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Enrollment 1,011[2]
Faculty 116–138[2]
USNWR ranking 17[3]
Bar pass rate 85%[2]
Website www.law.ucla.edu
ABA profile ABA Law School Data

The UCLA School of Law is the law school of the University of California, Los Angeles. It has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1950.[4] It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1952.[5]

History[edit]

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law

Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is currently one of five law schools within the University of California system. The others are UC Berkeley School of Law, King Hall at UC Davis, UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and UC Irvine School of Law.

UCLA Law's first dean was L. Dale Coffman, who recruited elderly Harvard dean Roscoe Pound as one of the school's first professors.[6] The school was forced to operate in a Quonset hut for its first two years until a proper building was constructed. In September 1949, Pound insisted on delivering the school's first ever keynote address in the Latin language, in the Quonset hut.[7]

The UCLA Law Review, the law school's flagship scholarly journal, was first published in 1953. From 1971 to 1983, UCLA School of Law published the Alaska Law Review, a publication dedicated to the legal issues that pertain to Alaskans.[8] Additionally, the first scholarly journal in the nation focused on issues affecting Latinos, the Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review, was first published in 1972 as the Chicano Law Review.[9]

Degrees and areas of specialization[edit]

The school offers the standard Juris Doctor degree as well as several programs of specialization within the degree (which are indicated by notations on a student's diploma). Students can specialize in Business Law and Policy, Entertainment Law, Public Interest Law, Critical Race Studies, and Law and Philosophy. The roughly 300 students who begin Law School at UCLA every year are divided into sections in order to encourage a sense of community. Students take all of their first year courses with their sections.[10]

The Socratic method is still in use by most professors, but some faculty allow for a slightly more relaxed classroom atmosphere than at other top-tier law schools.[11] The school also has traditionally offered a strong clinical program, which is housed in its own wing (built at a cost of $9 million).[12] Each year, the clinical program puts students through realistic simulations of trials, depositions, and client meetings; these are staffed with a pool of nearly 500 volunteers drawn from all over the Southland who play parties, witnesses, judges, and jurors.[13]

Several joint degree programs are available, requiring four years of study, and resulting in the simultaneous award of a Juris Doctor and a Master's Degree in one of the following areas: Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Law and Management, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning.[14]

The school also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) law program, which involves one year of post-law-graduate studies. This program is popular among foreign students, who then take the California bar exam.

Finally, it offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree, designed for students who already have a J.D. and hope to become law professors.[15]

Faculty and students[edit]

UCLA School of Law has over 100 faculty members with expertise in all major disciplines of law; it "is one of the most diverse in the country."[11]

For the class entering in the fall of 2013, 1,567 out of 5,563 applicants were offered admission (28.2%), with 293 matriculating. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2013 entering class were 162 and 169, respectively, with a median of 167. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.51 and 3.88, respectively, with a median of 3.79.[16]

The school sponsors a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.[17]

Location[edit]

The School of Law's south entrance facing Charles E. Young Drive East

UCLA School of Law is located on the northeastern edge of the UCLA campus in the Westwood area of Los Angeles.[18] The school is approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

The school proper is housed in a five-story brick building known simply as the Law Building. The oldest parts of the Law Building's interior are notorious for a "high school atmosphere" and "dark, drafty classrooms,"[19] but it has been extensively improved by the addition of the clinical wing in 1990 and the new law library in 2001. A few offices, like the Office of Career Services, are housed in an adjacent building, Dodd Hall.

The campus sits on the sloping foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, between the communities of Brentwood to the west and Holmby Hills to the east. The entrance to the Playboy Mansion is a short way up Sunset Boulevard, in Holmby Hills. Just beyond Holmby Hills is Beverly Hills.

Rankings[edit]

In 2012 US News & World Report ranked UCLA as 15th of U.S. law schools.[3] In 2010, it had the largest student body in the UC system after Hastings, and the smallest student/faculty ratio.[20] It was the second least expensive law school in the UC system, Hastings being the cheapest.[20]

According to Brian Leiter's Law School rankings, UCLA ranks 15th in the nation in terms of scholarly impact as measured by academic citations of tenure-stream faculty during the years 2005–2009.[21]

In July 2012, The Hollywood Reporter ranked UCLA the number one school for entertainment law.[22]

Bar passage rates[edit]

Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 88% of UCLA Law graduates passed the California State Bar.[23]

Post-graduation employment[edit]

American Bar Association data shows that 240 of 333 (72.1%) of 2012 graduates had secured full-time, long-term, JD-required employment within nine months of graduation. A total of 114 graduates (34.2%) had found employment in firms of more than 100 lawyers, and 16 graduates (4.8%) had secured federal judicial clerkships.[24]

Specialized Centers and Institutes[edit]

Institute for Business Law and Policy[edit]

In 2011, the business law and policy program established the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy with a 10 million dollar gift from alumnus Lowell Milken.[25] The institute focuses on research in business law and policy in bankruptcy, corporate law, corporate governance, intellectual property, international business transactions, real estate, securities regulation and tax.[26]

Center on Climate Change and The Environment[edit]

Founded in 2008 with a gift from Dan A. Emmett and his family, the Center was the first law school center established to focus on climate change. The Emmett Center curriculum details law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally.[27]

International Human Rights Law Program[edit]

The International Human Rights Law Program, founded in 2008, is an organization for human rights education, scholarship, advocacy, and policy-oriented research.[28] It includes the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Justice Clinic,[29] which assists in the apprehension and prosecution of alleged war criminals in Bosnia, initially focussing on the relations between Ratko Mladic, formerly head of the Bosnian Serb Army, and others accused of involvement in the Srebrenica massacre.[30]

Haris Silajdžić, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will[when?] work closely with the program.[31][not in citation given] The faculty director is Richard Harold Steinberg and the executive director is David Kaye.

Sexual orientation law[edit]

The Williams Institute was founded in 2001 through a grant by businessman, academic, and philanthropist Charles R. "Chuck" Williams.[32] Williams's inaugural donation of $2.5 million to create the Williams Institute was the largest donation ever given to any academic institution in support of a gay and lesbian academic program in any discipline.[33]

Real estate law[edit]

In 2001, the UCLA Law School real estate program was named in honor of Richard Ziman, who established a permanent endowment. In 2005, the Ziman center was reconstituted as a campus-wide center of both UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Law.[34]

Program in Public Interest Law and Policy[edit]

In Spring 1996, in response to these developments and the corresponding need for better trained public interest lawyers, the UCLA School of Law established the David J. Epstein[35] Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. In 2000, the Program graduated its inaugural class of students.

Journals and student organizations[edit]

Journals and law reviews[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UC Annual Endowment Report Office of the Treasurer of The Regents Retrieved March 31, 2010 (As of June 30, 2009. Of this amount, $982,212,000 is designated to the UC Regents for the benefit of the campus and $898,838,000 is held by the campus Foundation.)
  2. ^ a b c ABA Law School Data
  3. ^ a b "Best Law Schools: University of California – Los Angeles". US News & World Report. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ AALS Member Schools
  6. ^ Dan Gordon, "History of UCLA School of Law: A History of Innovation," UCLA Law Magazine, Spring 2004, 10.
  7. ^ William Warren, "50th Anniversary of UCLA School of Law," UCLA Law Magazine, Spring–Summer 2000, 55.
  8. ^ Asta Corley (March 26, 2001), "Law review is one more thing setting Alaska apart", Anchorage Daily News: B2, retrieved December 21, 2013 
  9. ^ journals.law.ucla.edu
  10. ^ Cynthia L. Cooper, The Insider's Guide to the Top Fifteen Law Schools (New York: Doubleday, 1990), 343 & 345.
  11. ^ a b Cooper, 345.
  12. ^ Cooper, 352–353.
  13. ^ Carol Bidwell, "Trial By Hire: Volunteers Put L.A. Students On The Spot," Los Angeles Daily News, 6 December 1998, L8.
  14. ^ "Joint Degree Programs". UCLA Law School website. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Degree Programs". UCLA Law School Website. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.law.ucla.edu/prospective-students/admission-information/Pages/incoming-class-profile.aspx
  17. ^ Order of the Coif member schools
  18. ^ Cooper, 359.
  19. ^ Cooper, 358–359.
  20. ^ a b "Best Law Schools School Comparison". US News. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  21. ^ "TOP 25 LAW FACULTIES IN SCHOLARLY IMPACT, 2005–2009". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  22. ^ Belloni, Matthew (July 20, 2012). "America's Top Ten Entertainment Law Schools". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "Internet Legal Research Group: University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2009 profile". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  24. ^ http://www.lstscorereports.com/?school=ucla&show=ABA
  25. ^ | Los Angeles Times | August 9th, 2011
  26. ^ UCLA Law
  27. ^ UCLA Law
  28. ^ International Human Rights Law Program | Centers & Programs | UCLA Law
  29. ^ "Bosnian's $4 million funds UCLA war crimes clinic," San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 2008
  30. ^ "Law Clinic to Focus on Bosnia," California Lawyer Magazine
  31. ^ UCLA Today Online, September 22, 2008
  32. ^ UCLA Law
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  34. ^ UCLA Law
  35. ^ UCLA Law
  36. ^ Peter B. Carlisle, National District Attorneys Association. Accessed December 3, 2007.
  37. ^ "#251 David P Steiner". Forbes. April 28, 2010. 
  38. ^ UCLA International Institute

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