UCLA School of Law
|UCLA School of Law|
|Motto||Fiat lux (Latin)|
|Parent school||University of California|
|Parent endowment||$1.88 billion (June 30, 2009) |
|Location||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Bar pass rate||85%|
|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. It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1952.
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. 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.
The UCLA Law Review, the law school's flagship scholarly journal, was first published in 1953. Additionally, the first scholarly journal in the nation focused on issues affecting Latinos, the Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review, was first published in 1971 as the Chicano Law Review.
Degrees and areas of specialization 
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.
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. The school also has traditionally offered a strong clinical program, which is housed in its own wing (built at a cost of $9 million). 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.
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.
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.
Faculty and students 
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." Since 2002, the faculty has published 48 new books, 45 chapters, and over 150 journal articles.
The admission rate for the Class of 2014 was 20%. 1,471 students were admitted out of a pool of 7,328 applicants. The median LSAT score was 168, and the median GPA was 3.78. The top quartile of the incoming class achieved a 3.88 GPA, and the top quartile scored a 169 on the LSAT.
The student body is "extraordinarily diverse." Over 32% of the UCLA law students are students of color: 5.3% of the student body identify as African-American, 17.8% as Asian, 8.4% as Hispanic or Latino(a) and 1.3% as Native American. The student body is 49% female and 51% male.
The students enrolled in the fall 2009 came from 110 undergraduate schools; by number of students enrolled, the top undergraduate schools were UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, UC San Diego, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, UC Santa Barbara and Harvard University. Thirty-one percent of UCLA law students hail from out-of-state, coming from 33 states and 9 foreign countries.
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.
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," 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.
In 2012 US News & World Report ranked UCLA as 15th of U.S. law schools. In 2010, it had the largest student body in the UC system after Hastings, and the smallest student/faculty ratio. It was the second least expensive law school in the UC system, Hastings being the cheapest. While in 2008 it granted the most in financial aid, students still tended to graduate with more debt on average than at the other UC law schools.
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. In terms of overall student numerical quality, UCLA ranks 14th in the nation.
Bar passage rates 
Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 88% of UCLA Law graduates passed the California State Bar.
Post-graduation employment 
Based on a study of the 333 graduates from the class of 2012, 5.7% could not find a job after nine months, resulting in a 94.3% employment rate.
As of 2008[update], 95% of students have already secured employment by the time they graduate; 99% of 2008 graduates secured employment within nine months of graduation. The median starting salary in private practice for the Class of 2008 was $160,000. 8% of graduates were employed in public-interest fields of law, one of the higher rates in the country. While these UCLA-trained attorneys earn less than their private practice counterparts, their median starting salary, around $46,000, is also one of the highest in the country.
Specialized Centers and Institutes 
Business Law and Policy 
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. 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.
Climate Change and Environmental Law 
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.
International Human Rights Law Program 
The International Human Rights Law Program, founded in 2008, is an organization for human rights education, scholarship, advocacy, and policy-oriented research. It includes the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Justice Clinic, 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. Haris Silajdžić, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will work closely with the program.[not in citation given] The faculty director is Richard Harold Steinberg and the executive director is David Kaye.
Sexual Orientation Law 
The Williams Institute was founded in 2001 through a grant by businessman, academic, and philanthropist Charles R. “Chuck” Williams. Mr. Williams’ 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.
Real Estate Law 
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 in 2005 as a campus-wide center of both UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Law.
Public Interest and Law & Policy 
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 Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. In 2000, the Program graduated its inaugural class of students.
Journals and student organizations 
Journals and law reviews 
- UCLA Law Review
- UCLA Asian/Pacific American Law Journal
- UCLA Chicano/Latino Law Review
- UCLA Entertainment Law Review
- UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
- UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs
- UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law
- UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs
- UCLA Journal of Law & Technology
- UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal
- UCLA Women’s Law Journal
- National Black Law Journal
Student organizations 
Notable people 
- Val Ackerman – First female president of USA Basketball (2005–2008); President of the WNBA (1996–2005)
- Stewart Baker - Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2005-2009)
- Howard Berman – United States Congressman from California
- Janice Rogers Brown – Judge, Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2005–); former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (1996–2005)
- Vincent Bugliosi – Attorney and writer of non-fiction works as Helter Skelter and The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President.
- Peter Carlisle – Former Mayor of Honolulu (2010-2013) and Prosecuting Attorney of Honolulu (1996-2010)
- Anna Caballero - Secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency (2011- ), member of the California State Assembly (2006-2010)
- Joshua Dressler – OSU Law professor and prominent author in criminal law and criminal procedure
- Cara Dunne-Yates - Blind Paralympic athlete
- Dolly M. Gee – United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Kirsten Gillibrand – United States Senator from New York
- Sandra Ikuta – Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2006–)
- Alex Kozinski – Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1985–)
- Laurie L. Levenson – Professor, Loyola Law School; TV legal commentator, gained fame during Rodney King and O.J. Simpson trials
- Alicia Limtiaco – United States Attorney of Guam
- Lowell Milken - Co-founder and chairman of the Milken Family Foundation
- Julius Nam - Associate professor of religion at Loma Linda University
- Jacqueline Nguyen, Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2012–), United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California (2009–2012)
- Dorothy Wright Nelson – Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1979–); former Dean of the University of Southern California School of Law (1969–1980)
- Kelly Perdew – Winner of Season 2 of The Apprentice
- Susan Westerberg Prager – Former Dean of the School of Law (1982–1998) – one of the first female law school deans; Professor at the UCLA School of Law (1972–1998, 2001–2006); Provost of Dartmouth College (1998–2001); President of Occidental College (2006–2007)
- Linda Sánchez – Congresswoman from California's 39th Congressional District (2002–)
- David P. Steiner – CEO, Waste Management, Inc
- Eugene Volokh – UCLA Law professor and legal commentator
- Kim McLane Wardlaw – Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998–)
- Paul J. Watford – Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2012–)
- Henry A. Waxman – Congressman from California's 30th Congressional District (1975–)
- Jack Weiss - Member, Los Angeles City Council (2001-2009)
- Richard L. Abel - Member of the faculty since 1974; expert on sociology of law
- Khaled Abou El Fadl – Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law and expert in Islamic Jurisprudence; Chairman of Islamic Studies Department at UCLA
- Norman Abrams – Author of leading casebooks on Federal Criminal Law, Anti-Terrorism Law and Evidence; member of the faculty since 1959; former UCLA Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel; former acting Chancellor
- Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw – Founding coordinator of the "Critical Race Theory Workshop" movement; Also teaches at Columbia Law School
- Gerald P. Lopez – Author of works on rebellious lawyering, community lawyering, re-entry issues and Director of the Center for Community Problem Solving
- Lynn M. LoPucki – Security Pacific Bank Professor of Law. LoPucki's Bankruptcy Research Database provides data for empirical work bankruptcy
- Melville B. Nimmer (deceased) – Author of a treatise on American copyright law (which is still regularly updated by his son David Nimmer, also a UCLA Law Professor)
- Frances Olsen – Expert on Feminist Legal Theory
- Eugene Volokh – Author of textbooks on First Amendment law and academic legal writing; author of over 45 law review articles; founder of The Volokh Conspiracy weblog
- 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.)
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- AALS Member Schools
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- William Warren, "50th Anniversary of UCLA School of Law," UCLA Law Magazine, Spring-Summer 2000, 55.
- Cynthia L. Cooper, The Insider's Guide to the Top Fifteen Law Schools (New York: Doubleday, 1990), 343 & 345.
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- Carol Bidwell, "Trial By Hire: Volunteers Put L.A. Students On The Spot," Los Angeles Daily News, 6 December 1998, L8.
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- Eric Owens, The Best 117 Law Schools, 2005 ed. (New York: Princeton Review, 2005), 195.
- Order of the Coif member schools
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- Cooper, 358–359.
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- "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008, Which public schools award the most and the least financial aid?". US News. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
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