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. Babbe / 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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V. Jih / C. Lazatin / C. Lifland / A. Silvers

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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K. Lyon Grossman / 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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This year-long clinic will teach students how lawyers and other professionals help build businesses, with particular emphasis on supporting the technology transfer process at UCLA. This experimental...

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D. Babbe / S. Donald D. Babbe / I. Joe A. Moore

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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G. Blasi J. Nanda

In this course, students in the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic work with clients, organizers and other advocates to devise and implement strategies for changing law or public policy in a selected area...

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F. Mosten

The course covers mediation theory, skills, and perspectives in a variety of areas of law. Students will learn the basic skills to serve as both a neutral mediator and to work with lawyers during the...

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P. Bibring / S. Paul J. Schwartz / P. Bibring

This clinic is focused on the doctrine, skills, and strategy involved in litigating civil rights cases. During class we will study principles of federal civil rights law and practice. The...

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

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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S. Derian S. Derian / 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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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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S. Gillig

This five unit clinic is open to a maximum of twelve students. The class meets twice a week for a total of three hours and has a placement component at a community based legal service organization....

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J. Hilson M. Gottfried / J. Hilson K. Klee

This transactional clinical course teaches the art of renegotiating basic business contracts such as leases, junk bond indentures, and loan agreements. After studying principles of contractual...

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J. Cramer / G. Iversen I. Eagly / J. Cramer 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 is a yearlong clinic that requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients. It has two...

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S. Hecht S. Hecht / C. Horowitz S. Hecht / M. Herzog M. Herzog

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

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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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 S. Banner / F. Rowley, Jr.

Course credit: 5 unitsLimited to 6 studentsEnrollment by applicationIn this course students work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects and decides...

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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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C. Goldberg

4 units; may be taken for one or two semesters, with second semester subject to approval of units by the instructor.Students in this Clinic will provide assistance to justices of the highest courts...

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K. Jackson K. Jackson / J. London 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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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 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

The operation of a going concern raises a host of environmental issues to be resolved and integrated into the broader context of managing the business. This problem-based course will draw upon such...

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I. Anabtawi I. Anabtawi / J. Cramer I. Anabtawi / G. Georgiev

In this course, students will have an opportunity to study in depth the process of selling a private company. Students will learn (from both the buyer’s and the seller’s perspective) how to prepare a...

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J. Hilson

From the client's initial call requesting a confidentiality agreement and term sheet, through the due diligence process and the preparation and negotiation of a commitment letter, up to the...

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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 J. Nanda / M. Brandow

Note: Law 532 is Professor Nanda’s Youth & Justice seminar (substantive) course. Law 750 is a live client clinical year-long course. Students who enroll in this clinical course (Law 750) must...

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K. Penteshin / K. Petersen

The Workers’ Rights Clinic is looking formotivated 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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