Experiential Courses - Clinics, Simulations, and Externships

UCLA School of Law’s Clinical and Experiential Learning Program offers extensive and rigorous practical training for student-lawyers interested in any area of practice. Experiential 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.

J. Horwitz L. McClelland

This course provides an intensive skill-building experience in legal research and drafting of rules and analyses regarding charitable nonprofit law. The client is the American Law Institute, an...

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UCLA School of Law’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through litigation and policy advocacy. The class seminar builds on the work of the J-Term course, Suing the...

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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. Miyashita

This clinic focuses on teaching students interviewing and counseling skills through practice client-centered lawyering. The course builds on UCLAW’s strong skills training curriculum developed by...

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J. Cramer I. Eagly G. Iversen

UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive...

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E. Achiume J. Berra

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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J. Forgie S. Hecht C. Horowitz

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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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

This Clinic files friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of nonprofits (e.g., the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and more) in a wide range of...

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S. Banner F. Rowley, Jr.

In this course students work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects and decides its cases and how lawyers shape their arguments. Our work consists...

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L. Miranda W. Wood

Students in this clinic provide legal assistance to Native nations. Clinic projects emphasize skills of drafting legislation, legal memoranda and other documents, along with cross-cultural...

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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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S. Cummings

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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J. Feuer M. Tarango

The Corporate In-House Practice Clinic 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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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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J. Nanda

Note: Law 750 is a live client clinical course. An application is required for admission. There are no prerequisites required for this clinic. By completion of this course, students will have a...

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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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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, which...

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E. Chong D. Dawes

The Patent and Trademark Clinics at UCLA School of Law teach students how to file applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The clinics offer such limited legal services on a...

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D. Dawes J. Hyman S. Natland

The Patent and Trademark Clinics at UCLA School of Law teach students how to file applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The clinics offer such limited legal services on a...

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I. Eagly

Sentencing advocacy is central to the work of criminal defense lawyers. In the federal system, 97% of cases are resolved by plea bargaining and proceed immediately to sentencing. Sentencing law is...

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J. Berra H. Motomura

Immigrants’ Rights addresses the consequences of immigration or citizenship status. For example, are undocumented immigrants eligible for state-run health care and other public benefits? Are...

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