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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L. Holder J. Schwartz

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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A. Miyashita

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

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J. Cramer I. Eagly

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 T. Schneider

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 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

The Real Estate Law Clinic offers students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live real estate transactions involving the development and finance of affordable housing. Students...

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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 First...

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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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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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C. Goldberg

Students in this Clinic will provide assistance to justices of the highest courts of the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona and other tribes, while learning skills useful in clerking for any appellate judge...

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S. Patel W. Watts

Los Angeles County is home to a diverse group of 304,828 veterans: 6% are women, 47% are people of color, 32% served during Vietnam, over 69% are 55 or older, and, relative to non-veterans in the...

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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 Practice Clinic provides students an opportunity to work on a law assignment provided by a local company under the supervision of the instructor. The assignments will require the...

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J. Nanda V. Narro

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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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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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

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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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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A. Korn

The Food Law and Policy Clinic will allow students to take on the role of policy advocate within the food justice movement, which calls for positive, systemic change in the areas of food insecurity,...

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