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    California (Los Angeles) -- UCLA School of Law -- Accreditation: Full ABA -- Year Founded: 1949
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    The UCLA School of Law is the law school of the University of California, Los Angeles. It is generally regarded as the top law school in Southern California, as well as one of the top 15 law schools in the United States. It is the youngest of the top-tier U.S. law schools.

    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.


    US News ranks UCLA 15th among top law schools in the US, and as the third most diverse of the five law schools in the UC system. It has the largest student body in the system after Hastings, and the second smallest student/faculty ratio after Berkeley. It is the second most expensive law school in the UC system, behind UC Berkeley. While it grants the most in financial aid, students still tend to graduate with more debt on average than at the other UC law schools. According to Brian Leiter's Law School rankings, UCLA ranks 10th in the nation in terms of scholarly impact as measured by academic citations of tenure-stream faculty. In terms of overall student numerical quality, UCLA ranks 15th in the nation.

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    • International Human Rights Law Program
    • Business Law and Policy Program
    • Critical Race Studies
    • David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy
    • Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment
    • Entertainment and Media Law and Policy Program
    • Native Nations Law & Policy
    • Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project
    • UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy
    • UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
    • Center for Law and Economics
    • Law and Philosophy Program
    • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program
    • PULSE (Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence)
    • The Empirical Research Group
    • Globalization And Labor Standards Bibliographic Library

    About UCLA School of Law

    UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. At 60 years old, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation. We maintain this tradition persistently, building off our past successes as we propel our school, and students, into a future of unparalleled distinction.

    For example, while many law school deans, alumni and students decry the disconnect between what goes on in the classroom and what lawyers do in the 'real world,'? UCLA School of Law has taken a leading role in bridging this gap. Beginning in the early 1970s, under the leadership of Professor David Binder, UCLA's clinics were the first in the nation to teach students systematically about the link between theory and practical skills. This commitment to integrating theory and practice continues today in our extraordinary array of simulated transaction courses and live-client clinics covering the waterfront of practice areas from mergers and acquisitions to workers' rights and environmental law.

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    Stephen C. Yeazell
    Interim Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law


    University of California Los Angeles
    Box 951476
    Los Angeles, California

    (310) 825-4841


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