About UCLA Law

UCLA lawThe University of California, Los Angeles School of Law prides itself on its variety of curriculum options and clinics that produce successful lawyers. The school enrolls a little over 1,000 students, and class sizes remain reasonably small. With more than 100 full-time faculty members, augmented by just under 100 part-time faculty, students have plenty of chances to form important relationships with their professors.

UCLA Law offers the traditional J.D. degree and students can specialize in business law and policy, entertainment law, public interest law, critical race studies, and law and philosophy. Other popular programs are in clinical training, environmental law, intellectual property law, and international law. Students can also choose to complete joint degrees, which usually take four years. Possible degrees include a J.D./M.B.A. with the Anderson School of Management or a J.D./M.A. in Afro-American Studies through the UCLA Center for African American Studies. Other master’s programs include American Indian studies, law and management, public health, public policy, social welfare, and urban planning. Each year, about 300 new law students enter the program and are divided into sections; they take all their first-year courses with this group so that they can form closer relationships with their classmates.

UCLA law admissionStudents are required to complete clinic hours and there are currently more than 20 options. These clinics give students the chance to participate in real-life cases. Every year, they are put through simulations of trials, depositions, and client meetings to get a feel for what it’s like to be a practicing lawyer. Those interested in business law can take part in the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy program, which places an emphasis on corporate law, bankruptcy, and intellectual property. The Emmett Center gives students the opportunity to study climate change and environmental law, while the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Justice Clinic focuses on international human rights law. There are also programs for sexual orientation law, real estate law, and public interest law. Students can participate in fellowships through the Office of Public Interest Programs. UCLA Law also offers students the option of having student loans paid off if they work in public interest after graduation.

UCLA School of LawUCLA Law students can also find activities to do outside the classroom or clinic setting. There are 15 law journals published by students, including “UCLA Law Review,” “UCLA Entertainment Law Review,” “UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy” and “UCLA Women’s Law Journal.” Students can also take part in more than 40 student-run organizations on campus. These groups cover a wide variety of topics, like the Animal Law Society, the China Law Association, and the Environmental Law Society. There are also intramural sports teams which are not always found at law schools. One way or another, UCLA Law students usually find themselves very involved in their school.


Acceptance Rates

Median Student Scores

LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

2020 acceptance rate: 22.75%

Number of 2020 applicants: 6,034

Number of 2020 matriculants: 298

LSAT (median): 169

GPA (median): 3.79

LSAT (25 to 75 percentile): 164 to 171

GPA (25 to 75 percentile): 3.54 to 3.90

Application Deadlines

The early decision deadline is November 16.

The final application deadline is February 1.

Admissions are on a rolling basis.

UCLA law students must start in the fall semester.

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Median Grants for Students

Additional Information

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $48,138

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $53,736

Room, board, and other (2020-2021): $31,183

Estimated in-state cost of attendance (2020-2021): $79,321

Estimated out-of-state cost of attendance (2020-2021): $84,919

Students who receive grants: 81%

Median grant amount: $20,000

conditional law school scholarships Conditional Scholarships

UCLA School of Law does not award law school scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.

Score Card

Employment Statistics

Career Placement Results

Transfers Out

Average Bar Passage Differential

Class Size Analysis

Additional Information

Employment Statistics
Employed full-time, long-term, bar passage required: 87.7%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 3.5%

Career Placement Results
BigLaw: 39.8%
Federal Clerkships: 4.1%


Net Transfers: +31
Transfers Out: 8

Average Bar Passage Differential (first-time takers): 18.52%

Class Size Analysis
Under 25: 68%
25-49: 16%
50-74: 9%
75-99: 4%
100+: 3%


UCLA School of Law

This page was last updated in December 2020.