University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)A public research university founded in 1919, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has more applicants than any other university in the United States. UCLA is one of the world’s great research universities, ranked number 11 in London’s Times Higher Education rankings (2010-2011). Interdisciplinary teaching and research is a particular strength, with initiatives in the arts, stem cells and other biosciences, nanoscience, international studies and the environment.
There are almost 40,000 students at UCLA, roughly 27,000 undergraduates and 13,000 graduate and professional students. The student body is diverse both in cultural and economic terms. As many as 36% of UCLA undergraduates receive Pell Grants, given to students whose family income is typically less than $50,000. International students account for 17% of graduate students and 5% of undergraduates.
More than 9,500 undergraduates live as part of the on-campus community, in residence halls, plazas and suites “on the hill.” About 4,000 undergrads belong to fraternities or sororities, and 32 of those groups offer housing. Some 3,000 graduate students live in UCLA housing, with a major complex in Westwood and additional complexes within 5 miles of campus.
The campus is a cultural magnet for the entire Southern California region. Intriguing public programs are also offered by academic departments, especially music, theater, architecture, and design. UCLA sports are also an important part of the L.A. lifestyle, from football at the Rose Bowl to basketball in Pauley Pavilion.
The UCLA campus includes 163 buildings across 419 acres (1.7 km²) in the western part of Los Angeles, north of the Westwood shopping district and just south of Sunset Boulevard.
The law school
Founded in the 1950's, UCLA School of Law is one of the youngest law schools in the US. Nevertheless, in a relatively short period of time, it has become one of the premier law schools in the country. UCLA School of Law is the first public law school in Southern California.
UCLA School of Law has more than 200 varied and challenging courses and programs on issues that affect all areas of law in today's world. Its academic offerings are second to none. UCLA is one of four law schools in the top twenty to offer a degree specialization in Business Law and Policy. It is the only school in the US to offer a degree specialization in Critical Race Studies. In addition, the university has one of the best Programs in Public Interest Law and Policy of any school across the US.
In every facet of its institution, through the amazing work of its faculty and staff, and embodied by its diverse and academically astute student body, UCLA School of Law is truly dedicated to pushing the field of law forward and upholding its own tradition of progressive teaching, influential scholarship and enduring innovation.
Tuition for the LLM program is approximately $45,000.
Prices may be adjusted in the future.
For non-native English speakers: Applicants must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam.
Note: Please see the school's web site for score requirements for the TOEFL exam.
Twenty-two (22) units of credit, over two semesters, are required to obtain the LL.M. degree. Applicants who do not have a US law degree are required to take a short summer course, American Law in a Global Context.
Please see the school's web site for additional detailed entry requirements.
The LLM program is a full-time nine-month program. The classes begin in mid-August and continue for 15 weeks.
Applicants have a choice of concentrations in areas such as Entertainment and Media Law and Policy, International and Comparative Law, and four Business-related tracks: Business Law, Bankruptcy, Securities Regulation, and Tax.
With special permission, students can create specializations of their own choice.