Skills Courses

UCLA School of Law’s Clinical Law Program offers extensive and rigorous practical training for student-lawyers interested in litigation, transactional and public interest work. Clinical courses include a remarkable array of live-client clinics, simulation-based skills courses and courses that combine simulation-based teaching with field-placement programs. In these varied clinical settings, students learn how to interview and counsel clients, represent groups, draft legal documents, examine and cross-examine witnesses, resolve disputes and argue before a judge or jury. Students interested in transactional practice can learn how to finance a start-up company, sell a private company, advise a community-based organization or manage the myriad environmental issues that arise when selling a business. The law school also offers a robust externship program.

D. Babbe S. Donald D. Lanning J. Light

This course is designed for students who will be doing civil litigation. The course provides a “real world” overview of how pretrial civil litigation is conducted and explores how lawyers...

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The Yearlong Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic is a joint undertaking between UCLA and the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Three senior O’Melveny appellate attorneys will teach the...

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D. Binder S. Donald J. Light K. Lyon Grossman A. Moore

This course is designed for students who intend to engage in a civil litigation practice. The course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of preparing for, taking and defending...

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D. Babbe S. Derian S. Donald I. Joe D. Lanning A. Moore S. Paul

The course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent clients in trials. Classes consider the principal function of trials...

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F. Mosten E. Scully

Mediation is now a central aspect of lawyers’ work in the litigation, transactional and public sector contexts. This Foundational Skills Course has a dual focus. It will examine how lawyers provide...

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S. Paul J. Schwartz

Students in the civil rights litigation clinic will tackle questions of litigation strategy, practice litigation skills in the civil rights context, and work on pending and potential cases. During...

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D. Babbe J. Dasteel R. Feldman R. Korobkin R. Steinberg

All lawyers, regardless of specialty, must negotiate: with opposing counsel, with clients, and with members of their own firms or organizations. Law 709 is a 3-unit course that provides an overview...

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M. Bender S. Derian S. Paul

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or...

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G. Iversen

This course is designed for students with an interest in the practice of criminal law. Specifically, this course will cover the major pretrial phases of criminal litigation. The course has three...

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A. Tolbert

Students teach law-related topics in local high schools and participate in weekly seminar meetings at the law school. Each student, in consultation with the hosting high school teacher, develops...

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M. Gottfried J. Hilson K. Klee

This transactional experiential course teaches students how to negotiate basic business contracts such as commercial leases, loan agreements, and junk bond indentures. After studying principles of...

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J. Cramer I. Eagly G. Iversen

This clinical course examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive and technical aspects of...

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E. Achiume

The International Human Rights Clinic requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients. It has two components: clinical projects and a...

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S. Hecht M. Herzog C. Horowitz J. Lueders

The course is designed to train students in lawyering by exposing them to actual environmental law cases. Under faculty supervision, students represent environmental and environmental justice...

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G. Cardona G. Iversen

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or...

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L. Bocarsly T. Muller

Taught in conjunction with Advanced Real Estate Transactions, the Real Estate Law Clinic is a year-long clinical course offering students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live...

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G. Blasi

This 4-credit clinical course provides students with hands-on experience in conducting investigations of facts relevant to litigation, transactional matters, and public policy advocacy, particularly...

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E. Volokh

The First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic will file friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of nonprofits in a wide range of First Amendment cases. Students will work in teams of two or three on each...

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S. Banner F. Rowley, Jr.

Students work on real cases before the U S. Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects & decides its cases and how lawyers shape their arguments. Includes drafting certiorari petitions

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L. Miranda

Students in this clinic will provide legal assistance to Indian nations. Projects served by the clinic will involve the development and modification of tribal legal codes, governing documents and...

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M. Tyner

In this clinic students will gain hands-on client experience by working directly with veterans in need of legal assistance. The course includes class instruction on veterans law, general...

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The course is designed to provide hands on experience in various aspects of the lawyering process, including interviewing, administrative record review, factual and legal case analysis, and mediation...

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K. Jackson J. London

The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. Students will spend approximately four hours each week in the classroom and an additional...

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M. Kezirian C. Powers

**Completion of Law 608- Intersection of Law, Health and Public Policy: Medical-Legal Partnerships, is pre-requisite to enrollment in this course.** Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) represent a...

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S. Cummings B. Weiss

Community economic development (CED) has emerged over the past quarter century as a important strategy for redressing urban poverty. The main programmatic goal of CED—advanced primarily by...

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D. Bussel K. Klee

Students will be divided into groups and assigned one of four roles -- debtor's counsel, secured bank's counsel, unsecured creditors' committee 's counsel, and Noteholders counsel. You will be...

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T. Malloy B. Weiss

The acquisition of a going concern raises a host of environmental issues to be resolved and integrated into the larger transaction. It also offers an excellent context in which students can learn...

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T. Malloy

Legal practice in the modern world requires the ability to deal with complex regulatory regimes, including tax, environmental, telecommunications, and others. Thus, the operation of a business...

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J. Feuer M. Tarango

The Corporate In-House Practice Course is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about and actually work with in-house counsel at a local company. In addition to training students in...

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I. Anabtawi J. Cramer G. Georgiev

This course leads students through an in-depth analysis of the M&A process and the documentation applicable to selling a private company. Students who complete the course will leave knowing how...

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G. Georgiev J. Hilson

This course covers the legal aspects of modern corporate finance transactions, with a focus on the core ways in which capital is raised for the purpose of creating, expanding, and acquiring...

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R. Steinberg

Students enrolled in the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo will help support and assess five interventions to assist villages that have suffered mass rape attacks in...

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R. Steinberg

This year-long clinic has elements of a clinic, a seminar, a law journal, and a long-distance externship. We will partner with the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court...

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J. Nanda

Students will gain a complete understanding of the inner workings of the Juvenile Justice System, both nationally and locally with a focus on issues impacting youth who interact with the criminal

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J. Hilson

This course focuses on the development of a suite of skills used by lawyers in connection with transactions as opposed to controversies. It is intended to appeal to a wide range of students inasmuch...

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B. Weiss

The modern neighborhood-based community development corporation (CDC) has emerged as a critical actor in the effort to close the housing affordability gap and to promote sustainable development in...

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N. Arya

In this clinic, students will gain hands-on experience working on state and federal criminal justice reform campaign efforts. Lawyers engaged in criminal justice reform projects use multiple tactics...

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The Workers’ Rights Clinic is looking for motivated students with a strong interest in labor law and social justice. Under the supervision of in-house counsel and a senior organizing director,clinic...

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S. Paul

This clinic will focus on developing core trial skills in the context of representing low-wage workers in today’s economy. The live-client case-work will center around administrative hearings,...

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S. Derian

This course will provide experiential opportunities for students interested in practicing in the sports industry in the United States. Each student will participate in one major experiential project...

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F. Mosten

This course will examine cutting edge developments, lawyering roles, and practice skills that are necessary to prepare law students for a successful career to serve families using a non-adversarial...

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I. Joe

Litigators often describe voir dire as the most essential part of any criminal or civil trial. This 1-unit, January term course will use criminal cases to provide a comprehensive overview of the...

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D. Babbe R. Feldman R. Korobkin E. Scallen E. Scully

Nearly all lawyers, in both litigation and transactional practices, negotiate on a regular basis. “Negotiation Theory and Practice,” a 3-unit experiential course taught in an intensive workshop...

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Depositions and Discovery will provide students with an overview of the tools of discovery and exemplify how discovery is used to build case theories. After providing an explanation of all tools of...

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