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Parent schoolUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_1_0 University of California, Los AngelesUCLA School of Law_cell_0_1_1
EstablishedUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_2_0 1949UCLA School of Law_cell_0_2_1
School typeUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_3_0 PublicUCLA School of Law_cell_0_3_1
Parent endowmentUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_4_0 $3 billion (2018)UCLA School of Law_cell_0_4_1
DeanUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_5_0 Jennifer Mnookin (June 2015)UCLA School of Law_cell_0_5_1
LocationUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_6_0 Los Angeles, California, U.S.UCLA School of Law_cell_0_6_1
EnrollmentUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_7_0 942UCLA School of Law_cell_0_7_1
FacultyUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_8_0 104UCLA School of Law_cell_0_8_1
USNWR rankingUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_9_0 15th (2020)UCLA School of Law_cell_0_9_1
Bar pass rateUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_10_0 88% (July 2019 1st time takers)UCLA School of Law_cell_0_10_1
WebsiteUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_11_0 UCLA School of Law_cell_0_11_1
ABA profileUCLA School of Law_header_cell_0_12_0 UCLA School of Law_cell_0_12_1

The UCLA School of Law, also referred to as UCLA Law, is one of 12 professional schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA School of Law_sentence_0

UCLA Law has been consistently ranked by U.S. UCLA School of Law_sentence_1 News & World Report as one of the top 20 law schools in the United States since the inception of the U.S. News rankings in 1987. UCLA School of Law_sentence_2

Its 18,000 alumni include leaders in the judiciary, private law practice, business, government service, sports and entertainment law, and public interest law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_3

As part of a renowned public university, the school's mission is to provide an excellent legal education while expanding access to the legal profession to those who otherwise would not be able to pursue a legal degree. UCLA School of Law_sentence_4

The dean of the school is , an evidence scholar who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2005 and became the school's ninth dean, and third female dean, in 2015. UCLA School of Law_sentence_5

History UCLA School of Law_section_0

Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Law is the third oldest of the five law schools within the University of California system. UCLA School of Law_sentence_6

In the 1930s, initial efforts to establish a law school at UCLA went nowhere as a result of resistance from UC President Robert Gordon Sproul, and because UCLA's supporters eventually refocused their efforts on first adding medical and engineering schools. UCLA School of Law_sentence_7

During the mid-1940s, the impetus for the creation of the UCLA School of Law emerged from outside of the UCLA community. UCLA School of Law_sentence_8

Assemblyman William Rosenthal of Boyle Heights (on the other side of Los Angeles from UCLA) conceived of and fought for the creation of the first public law school in Southern California as a convenient and affordable alternative to the expensive private law school at USC. UCLA School of Law_sentence_9

Rosenthal's first attempt in 1945 failed, but his second attempt was able to gain momentum when the State Bar of California and the UCLA Alumni Association announced their support for the bill. UCLA School of Law_sentence_10

On July 18, 1947, Governor Earl Warren authorized the appropriation of $1 million for the construction of a new law school at UCLA by signing Assembly Bill 1361 into state law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_11

The search for the law school's first dean was difficult and delayed its opening by a year. UCLA School of Law_sentence_12

UCLA's Law School Planning Committee prioritized merit, while the then-conservative Regents of the University of California prioritized political beliefs. UCLA School of Law_sentence_13

Another factor was a simultaneous deanship vacancy at Berkeley Law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_14

Near the end of 1948, the Committee finally identified a sufficiently conservative candidate willing to take the job: L. Dale Coffman, then the dean of Vanderbilt University Law School. UCLA School of Law_sentence_15

The Regents believed Coffman would help bring balance to the UCLA campus, which they saw as overrun by Communists. UCLA School of Law_sentence_16

Dean Coffman was able to recruit several distinguished faculty to UCLA, including Roscoe Pound, Brainerd Currie, Rollin M. Perkins, and Harold Verrall. UCLA School of Law_sentence_17

To build a law library, he hired Thomas S. Dabagh, then the law librarian of the Los Angeles County Law Library. UCLA School of Law_sentence_18

The UCLA School of Law officially opened in September 1949 in temporary quarters in former military barracks behind Royce Hall, and moved into a permanent home upon the completion of the original Law Building in 1951. UCLA School of Law_sentence_19

Coffman's deanship did not end well, due to his vindictive and strongly prejudiced personality. UCLA School of Law_sentence_20

One sign of early trouble was when he drove out Dabagh in 1952 after they could not bridge their fundamental differences over how to run the law library, which was widely regarded around the UCLA community as contributing to Dabagh's early death in 1959. UCLA School of Law_sentence_21

On September 21, 1955, the faculty revolted in the form of a memorandum to Chancellor Raymond B. Allen alleging that Coffman was categorically refusing to hire Jews or anyone he perceived to be leftist, and that the school's reputation was deteriorating because Coffman's abrasive personality had led to excessive faculty turnover. UCLA School of Law_sentence_22

On May 24, 1956, Coffman was stripped of his deanship after a lengthy investigation by a panel of deans of his biases and his "dictatorial, undemocratic, and autocratic" management style. UCLA School of Law_sentence_23

He remained on the faculty until his forced retirement in 1973, but continued to face allegations as late as 1971 that he was "an unreconstructed McCarthyite and pro-segregationist." UCLA School of Law_sentence_24

Coffman's successor was Richard C. Maxwell, who served as the second dean of UCLA Law from 1958 to 1969. UCLA School of Law_sentence_25

Dean Maxwell "presided over happier, more harmonious years of institutional growth," and it was under his deanship that UCLA became "the youngest top-ranked law school in the country." UCLA School of Law_sentence_26

Dabagh's successor, Louis Piacenza, was able to grow the law school's library collection to 143,000 volumes by May 1963, which at that time was the 14th largest law school library in the United States. UCLA School of Law_sentence_27

By 1963, the law school had 600 students in a building designed for 550, and the Law Building's deficiencies had become all too evident, such as a complete lack of air conditioning. UCLA School of Law_sentence_28

In October 1963, the law school administration announced a major remodeling and expansion project, which added air conditioning and a new wing to the building. UCLA School of Law_sentence_29

During the 1960s, the law school grew so quickly that the new wing was already insufficient upon its completion in January 1967. UCLA School of Law_sentence_30

From its founding to the end of the 20th century, UCLA Law struggled with severe overcrowding, as librarians, faculty, staff, and as many as 18 student organizations—at one point, more than any other law school in the United States—competed for limited space in the Law Building for books, classes, conferences, and offices. UCLA School of Law_sentence_31

The chronic space shortage was ultimately relieved by the addition of a wing for clinical education and, after four grueling years of construction, completion of the new Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library on January 22, 2000. UCLA School of Law_sentence_32

Under Dean Maxwell, the faculty size tripled, from 12 to 37 professors, and the school hired its first female and African-American faculty members. UCLA School of Law_sentence_33

Under Deans Murray Schwartz, who led the school from 1969 to 1975, and William Warren, who served as dean from 1975 to 1982, the school became a pioneer in clinical legal education, developing a skills-based approach that remains among the school’s hallmarks. UCLA School of Law_sentence_34

Students, too, broke new ground. UCLA School of Law_sentence_35

In 1973, they created a network of student-run legal clinics first known as El Centro Legal de Santa Monica, which continues to provide pro bono services around Los Angeles with 15 separate clinics. UCLA School of Law_sentence_36

In the 1990s and through subsequent years, the school established several centers of excellence that focus on education and advocacy in specific fields. UCLA School of Law_sentence_37

The school’s was the first law school school center in the country to formalize the study of race and justice. UCLA School of Law_sentence_38

The is a leading organization for research and analysis of LGBT legal issues. UCLA School of Law_sentence_39

The in Public Interest Law and Policy trains students who are committed to advancing social justice and serving communities of need in Los Angeles and around the world. UCLA School of Law_sentence_40

Academics UCLA School of Law_section_1

UCLA Law has approximately 1,000 students in its Juris Doctor (J.D.) program and 200 students in its Masters of Law (LL.M.) UCLA School of Law_sentence_41

program, which is popular among foreign students intending to take the California Bar Exam. UCLA School of Law_sentence_42

It also offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) UCLA School of Law_sentence_43

program for students who already have a J.D. and hope to become law professors, as well as a Master of Legal Studies program for those who do not seek a law degree, but find a legal education an important complement to their professional obligations. UCLA School of Law_sentence_44

The school was a pioneer in clinical legal education and today offers a strong experiential education program. UCLA School of Law_sentence_45

Through clinical courses and related offerings, the school gives students the opportunity to directly represent clients in a variety of settings while under expert supervision. UCLA School of Law_sentence_46

UCLA Law's clinics also provide service to many people who cannot afford to pay for their own legal services, including veterans, the homeless, and indigent individuals appearing in criminal and immigration courts. UCLA School of Law_sentence_47

In 2017, the school opened the and , which provide legal services to aspiring visual journalists, musicians and entrepreneurs in the arts, and the at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. UCLA School of Law_sentence_48

UCLA Law offers the first program in the country, focusing on the intersection between race and law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_49

It also has a robust public interest program. UCLA School of Law_sentence_50

Its most prominent centers, programs and institutes include the Center for Immigration law and Policy, Critical Race Studies program, the ; the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; the Institute for Technology, Law and Policy; Lowell Milken Institute on Business Law and Policy; the Promise Institute for Human Rights; the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy; the Williams Institute; and the Ziffren Center on Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_51

Students can elect to specialize in Business Law and Policy, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Public Interest Law, Critical Race Studies, and Law and Philosophy. UCLA School of Law_sentence_52

The roughly 300 students who begin Law School at UCLA every year are divided into sections to encourage a sense of community. UCLA School of Law_sentence_53

Students take all of their first year courses with their sections. UCLA School of Law_sentence_54

Several joint degree programs are available, which require four years of study and result in the simultaneous award of a Juris Doctor and master's degree in Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Law and Management, Public Health, Public Policy, Philosophy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning. UCLA School of Law_sentence_55

Faculty and Students UCLA School of Law_section_2

UCLA School of Law has a faculty of over 100 members with expertise in all major disciplines of law, representing "one of the most diverse in the country." UCLA School of Law_sentence_56

Thirteen members of the school's tenured faculty have been recognized for being the most-cited scholars in their areas of specialty. UCLA School of Law_sentence_57

The school faculty is ranked 11th for scholarship, up from 15th in 2010 and 13th in 2013. UCLA School of Law_sentence_58

In 2020, 6,034 students applied to attend UCLA Law, and 311 were enrolled. UCLA School of Law_sentence_59

The average LSAT score for members of the entering class in 2020 is 169. UCLA School of Law_sentence_60

The average GPA for members of the entering class in 2020 is 3.79. UCLA School of Law_sentence_61

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J.D. Entering Class of 2020 ProfileUCLA School of Law_header_cell_1_0_0

Location UCLA School of Law_section_3

UCLA School of Law is located on the UCLA campus in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. UCLA School of Law_sentence_62

The school is located approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean and 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. UCLA School of Law_sentence_63

The UCLA campus sits in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, between the communities of Brentwood to the west, Bel Air to the north, Holmby Hills to the east and Westwood to the south. UCLA School of Law_sentence_64

The school is easily accessible via Wilshire Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard and Interstate 405. UCLA School of Law_sentence_65

The school proper is housed in a three-story brick building, with the library tower extending to four stories. UCLA School of Law_sentence_66

A few offices, including the , the and the , are housed in an adjacent building, Dodd Hall. UCLA School of Law_sentence_67

Rankings UCLA School of Law_section_4

See also: Law school rankings in the United States UCLA School of Law_sentence_68

In 2020, US News & World Report ranked UCLA as 15th among U.S. law schools, 4th in environmental law and 5th in tax law. UCLA School of Law_sentence_69

According to Brian Leiter's Law School rankings, UCLA Law ranks 8th in the nation in terms of scholarly impact as measured by academic citations of tenure-stream faculty during the years 2009–2013. UCLA School of Law_sentence_70

The Hollywood Reporter ranked UCLA the number one school for entertainment law in its inaugural 2012 rankings, and every year from 2014 through 2019. UCLA School of Law_sentence_71

Bar passage rates UCLA School of Law_section_5

In July 2019, UCLA Law's bar passage was 88%, compared to a statewide average for first-time test-takers of 62%. UCLA School of Law_sentence_72

American Bar Association data shows that more than 95% of 2019 graduates had secured full-time, long-term, JD-required employment within ten months of graduation. UCLA School of Law_sentence_73

Journals UCLA School of Law_section_6

Journals and law reviews UCLA School of Law_section_7

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  • UCLA Law ReviewUCLA School of Law_item_0_0
  • UCLA Asian/Pacific American Law JournalUCLA School of Law_item_0_1
  • UCLA Chicana/o-Latina/o Law ReviewUCLA School of Law_item_0_2
  • UCLA Criminal Justice Law ReviewUCLA School of Law_item_0_3
  • UCLA Disability Law JournalUCLA School of Law_item_0_4
  • UCLA Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity LawUCLA School of Law_item_0_5
  • UCLA Entertainment Law ReviewUCLA School of Law_item_0_6
  • UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture & ResistanceUCLA School of Law_item_0_7
  • UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and PolicyUCLA School of Law_item_0_8
  • UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign AffairsUCLA School of Law_item_0_9
  • UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern LawUCLA School of Law_item_0_10
  • UCLA Journal of Law & TechnologyUCLA School of Law_item_0_11
  • UCLA National Black Law JournalUCLA School of Law_item_0_12
  • UCLA Pacific Basin Law JournalUCLA School of Law_item_0_13
  • UCLA Women's Law JournalUCLA School of Law_item_0_14

Notable people UCLA School of Law_section_8

Alumni UCLA School of Law_section_9

Academia UCLA School of Law_section_10

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Business and private practice UCLA School of Law_section_11

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Entertainment UCLA School of Law_section_12

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Government and politics UCLA School of Law_section_13

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Judiciary UCLA School of Law_section_14

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Sports UCLA School of Law_section_15

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Other UCLA School of Law_section_16

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Faculty UCLA School of Law_section_17

Current UCLA School of Law_section_18

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  • Khaled Abou El Fadl – Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law and expert in Islamic Jurisprudence; Chairman of Islamic Studies Department at UCLAUCLA School of Law_item_8_107
  • Stephen Bainbridge – expert on corporations and business lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_108
  • – expert on human rights, public international law, comparative constitutional lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_109
  • Ann E. Carlson – expert on U.S. environmental law and policyUCLA School of Law_item_8_110
  • Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw – founding coordinator of the "Critical Race Theory Workshop" movement; Also teaches at Columbia Law SchoolUCLA School of Law_item_8_111
  • – expert on immigration law, criminal justice, public interest lawyeringUCLA School of Law_item_8_112
  • – expert on critical race theory, civil rightsUCLA School of Law_item_8_113
  • Jill R. Horwitz – expert on health law, economics, and policy as well as the law of nonprofit organizationUCLA School of Law_item_8_114
  • Lynn M. LoPucki – Security Pacific Bank Professor of Law. LoPucki's Bankruptcy Research Database provides data for empirical work bankruptcyUCLA School of Law_item_8_115
  • Jennifer Mnookin – expert on evidence (law)UCLA School of Law_item_8_116
  • Hiroshi Motomura – expert on immigration lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_117
  • David Nimmer – expert on copyright lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_118
  • Frances Olsen – expert on feminist legal theoryUCLA School of Law_item_8_119
  • Seana Shiffrin – expert on philosophy of lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_120
  • – expert on tax lawUCLA School of Law_item_8_121
  • 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 blogUCLA School of Law_item_8_122
  • Adam Winkler – Author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America and We the Corporations: How Corporate America Won Its Civil RightsUCLA School of Law_item_8_123

Former UCLA School of Law_section_19

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  • Richard L. Abel – member of the faculty since 1974; expert on sociology of lawUCLA School of Law_item_9_124
  • Brainerd Currie – professor (1949–1952); expert on the conflict of laws in the United StatesUCLA School of Law_item_9_125
  • Jesse Dukeminier – professor (1963–2003); expert on property law, wills, trusts, and estatesUCLA School of Law_item_9_126
  • – professor (1972-2018) expert on federal indian law and tribal legal systemsUCLA School of Law_item_9_127
  • – professor (1978-2018) lawyering for social change,UCLA School of Law_item_9_128
  • James L. Malone – associate dean (1961–1967); later became Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (1981–1985)UCLA School of Law_item_9_129
  • Mari Matsuda – first female Asian-American law professor to obtain tenure at any law school in the United States, while teaching at UCLA Law in 1998UCLA School of Law_item_9_130
  • Richard C. Maxwell – Dean of the School of Law (1958–1969)UCLA School of Law_item_9_131
  • Melville B. Nimmer – professor (1962–1985); expert on U.S. copyright law and father of David NimmerUCLA School of Law_item_9_132
  • Cruz Reynoso – professor (1991–2001), former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California (1982-1987)UCLA School of Law_item_9_133
  • Michael H. Schill – dean and professor (2004–2009), expert on property law and urban planning; became president of the University of Oregon in 2015UCLA School of Law_item_9_134
  • Lynn Stout – professor (2001–2012); expert on corporate law, securities, and derivativesUCLA School of Law_item_9_135
  • – professor (1959-1972, 1975-1994); dean from 1975-1982, expert on commercial lawUCLA School of Law_item_9_136

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