UCLA LLM Programs

UCLA School of Law offers a customizable Master of Laws (LLM) program to U.S.-educated attorneys and attorneys educated abroad. UCLA School of Law’s LLM program is a full-time, nine-month on-campus program requiring the completion of 22 units. The school does not offer summer or evening courses, and LLM students select their courses from those available to J.D. candidates each semester. International applicants are required to take a short summer course titled American Law in a Global Context, but are otherwise allowed to customize their LLM program as they see fit. Students who intend to stay in the U.S. can also transfer to the JD program.

UCLA LLM Specializations

At UCLA, School of Law there are five possible areas of specialization:

Students are able to select from one of these areas of specialization or may also develop their own specialization with the approval of the director of graduate studies. Certain specializations may require an additional admissions process.

UCLA LLM Admissions

At UCLA, School of Law, admissions offers are given on a rolling basis between January and April to students who have submitted a completed application through UCLA’s online application portal and LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service. A completed application includes:

  • Application Form: The application form includes basic biographical information and short-answer questions about the applicant’s career goals and planned course of study. The application form must be completed and submitted using the UCLA LLM Application Homepage. The UCLA LLM application deadline is February 15, and applicants can check their UCLA LLM application status online.
  • Current Resume or C.V.: The resume or C.V. must be submitted in either a PDF or Word format via email to UCLA School of Law after the online application has been submitted.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must prepare a personal statement addressing their objectives in pursuing graduate legal studies at UCLA School of Law. The personal statement must not exceed three pages in length and must also be emailed in PDF or Word format to the UCLA School of Law.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate coursework, and transcripts must be in English. Transcripts must indicate class standing or rank. If they do not, the information needs to be submitted by a school official. All transcripts and documents supporting class rank should be submitted through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: UCLA School of Law requests that at least one of the two letters of recommendation be provided by an academic reference. Letters should be submitted through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service.
  • Official TOEFL Score: An official TOEFL score should be submitted for any non-native English speakers. Scores should be submitted through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service. Due to the academic rigors of the program and the level of written and spoken English proficiency it requires, minimum accepted scores are 590 on the paper-based version, 243 on the computer-based version, and 93 on the Internet-based version.

UCLA LLM Tuition

For the most recent school year, check the UCLA website for UCLA LLM tuition and fees. Students should also consider books and supplies as well as the cost of living in Los Angeles when planning their budget for their LLM.

UCLA LLM Scholarships

UCLA Law School Office of Financial Aid sponsors the following scholarships, research assistantships, and fellowships for LLM students:

  • Dean’s Tuition Fellowship Awards cover 25-50% of tuition and are awarded on both the basis of need and merit. All students receive automatic consideration at the time of application.
  • Law Library Research Assistantships: students work 10 hours/week assisting professors with research and earn a rate of $15-$16/hr.
  • Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship: a fellowship program which completely covers tuition, helps to offset living and travel costs, and allows the student to apply for a one-year fellowship placement with Sonke in Cape Town or Johannesburg in South Africa

UCLA Law School also recommends LLM students look into outside sources of scholarship aid or loans. For more information on scholarship assistance for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

UCLA LLM Employment

The UCLA School of Law Office of Career Services employs an LLM Coordinator to assist LLM students with their job searches. The Office also provides counseling and help with interviews, job search strategies, and resumes, and organizes and hosts the West Coast International LLM Job Fair, one of the biggest LLM job fairs which hundreds of employers attend to recruit LLM students from all over the world.

UCLA LLM Contact

UCLA School of Law
Office of Graduate Studies & International Programs
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
Phone: (310) 206-3947
Fax: (310) 206-7705
Email UCLA School of Law: llm@law.ucla.edu