The School of Law at University of California–Los Angeles

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Robert Schwartz
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of California--Los Angeles

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 20.1% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.78
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 20.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 164-169
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.55-3.88
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.78
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.P.P.
J.D./M.A. Urban Planning & Regional Plan J.D./M.A. African American Studies
J.D./M.A. American Indian Studies J.D./M.P.H.
J.D./M.S.W.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Students choose from a rich array of clinical offerings; academic specializations in business, critical race studies, entertainment, law & philosophy, and public interest programs; and foreign exchange programs. They participate in centers/programs in business, human rights, real estate, environmental/climate law, law & economics, public policy, int’l law, Indian law, and sexual orientation law.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 166
Seminars 51
Positions available in seminars 822
Positions available in simulation courses 221
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 185
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students participate in more than 50 student organizations and law publications, including the Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, International Law Society, Public Interest Law Fund, UCLA Law Review, Chicano-Latino Law Review and Entertainment Law Review. The UCLA Moot Court Program, recognized as one of the finest in the country, helps students develop appellate advocacy skills.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 80
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 40
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 761
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 211
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 159
Full-time students involved in field placements 146
Full-time students involved in law journals 368
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 14
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 253

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 0
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 0
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 0
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 0
Part-time students involved in law journals 0
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.9:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 96
Full-time minority faculty 16.7%
Part-time minority faculty 4.2%
Total faculty 121
Total faculty (men) 64.5%
Total faculty (women) 35.5%
Total faculty (minorities) 15.7%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#15 Best Law Schools

(6) Ranking by Specialties

#17 in Clinical Training
#15 in Environmental Law
#17 in Intellectual Property Law
#17 in International Law
#18 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#6 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 78
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.0
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.55-3.88
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.78
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 164-169
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168
Acceptance rate 20.1% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 10.9:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 86.4% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.1% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.3% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 987

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 987

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 3.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.3%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Biljana Vuletic
Financial aid phone (310) 825-2459
Financial aid application deadline March 2

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $44,922 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $54,767 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $14,031
Books $1,797
Miscellaneous expenses $4,398
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 57.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 14.6%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.5%
Median grant amount $13,450
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,050–$20,000
Full-time students receiving grants 74.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $105,474
Proportion who borrowed 87.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 244,037
Microform titles 20,343
Electronic titles 33,052
Other non-book titles 1,200
Total titles 298,632
Volumes (excluding microforms) 594,019
Volume equivalent microforms 95,494
Total volumes and volume equivalents 689,513
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 31,302
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 121
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 63
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 46
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 65
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 25
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 13
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 450
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 850
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 100
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 78,891
Total seats available for library users 783
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library is the primary place for study and research for the UCLA Law community. Beyond the handsome physical design, the library offers users an impressive, intelligently developed collection of more than 600,000 bound volumes and myriad electronic information resources. The law library staff has built a reputation for providing the best services in legal education.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 83.3% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 346
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 86.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.6%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 86.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 7.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.9%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $120,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 66%
Median public service starting salary $60,995

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 8.7%
Percent employed in government 10.9%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 8.4%
Percent employed in law firms 57.1%
Percent employed in public interest 9.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 80%
Graduates employed out-of-state 17.4%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 6.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.1%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.3%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 81.1%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.2%
Employment location unknown 0.3%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Office of Career Services provides students with tools and strategies to make informed decisions about employment opportunities and career paths, including: On Campus Interview Program, Public Interest Career Day, Government Reception, Judicial Clerkship Program, Small/Mid Sized Law Firm Reception, Diversity Reception, Externship Program and Alumni Mentoring Program.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 89.8%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 82.4%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 6.5%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 3.1%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 90.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.6%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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