University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

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Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest of the top-ranked law schools in the U.S. Its faculty are influential teachers and scholars, and its 18,000-plus alumni are leaders in government, industry, social justice and the legal profession. The school offers students a strong foundation in the law and practical training in a collaborative, intellectually rich environment.

UCLA School of Law is the premier law school in Southern California and has a reputation throughout the world for excellence. The school uses an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies, with a dynamic, flexible curriculum that appeals to a range of interests, taught by leading scholars also seek to foster an encouraging and supportive learning environment. LL.M. students may specialize their studies in fields such as Business Law, International and Comparative Law, Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy Specialization, or Public Interest Law. Our lush, sprawling campus is ideally located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, just 15 minutes from the beach and five minutes from Beverly Hills. In addition to having what might be the best climate on earth, Los Angeles is a dynamic, cosmopolitan cultural center of more than 10 million people.


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Allgemeines Zivilrecht
  • Beihilfenrecht
  • Datenschutzrecht
  • Gesellschaftsrecht/Corporate und M&A
  • Gesundheitsrecht
  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Geistiges Eigentum (IP)
  • Handelsrecht
  • Insolvenzrecht und Restrukturierungen
  • Internationales Recht
  • Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Joint Ventures
  • Kartellrecht und Außenhandel
  • Menschenrechtsgesetz
  • Migrationsrecht / Asylrecht
  • Öffentliches Recht
  • Öffentliches Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Patentrecht
  • Private Equity und Venture Capital
  • Produkthaftungsrecht
  • Prozessführung und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit
  • Rechtsvergleichung
  • Steuerrecht
  • Steuerstrafrecht
  • Strafrecht
  • Umweltrecht
  • Urheber- und Medienrecht
  • Vermögensschutz
  • Vertragsrecht
  • Wirtschaft & Business
  • Zivilprozessrecht und Schiedsverfahren


  • Vollzeit


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Did you know?

  • UCLA is the most applied-to university in the nation. For the fall of 2020, more than 100,000 freshman applications were received.
  • More than half of UCLA undergraduates receive some sort of financial assistance.
  • 35% of UCLA undergraduates receive Pell Grants — among the highest percentage of any top-tier university in the country.

Ranking and Awards

  • UCLA ranks 9th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings (2020). The reputation survey was completed by more than 10,000 senior academics from 138 countries.
  • Times Higher Education has a separate World University Ranking. In the latest edition (2021), UCLA is 15th in the world and number 2 among U.S. public universities.
  • UCLA ranks 13th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, based on faculty publications and citations and the number of alumni and faculty who have won major awards.
  • U.S. News & World Report introduced a Global Ranking in 2014. UCLA is number 13 in that ranking (2021).


Program types

Full time

LL.M. Degree Specializations

LL.M. students have the option of pursuing a specialized LL.M. degree by completing a curriculum geared towards a specific area of law. Specializations are available in the following fields:


Four separate tracks within this specialization:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax

Environmental Law

Human Rights

International and Comparative Law

Law and Philosophy

Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law and Policy

Critical Race Studies

Law and Sexuality

Public Interest Law

Kosten und Finanzierung

($) Tuition fee for the LL.M. program

($) Health insurance

+ Mandatory Health Facilities Fees: $ 238.00

All fees are charged to students in two equal installments

with the first installment due in mid-August and the remainder due in mid-December

Scholarships & Financial Aid

When it comes to financing your pursuit of an LL.M. degree, there are a number of options to consider for securing funding. While the list of options below is not exhaustive, it provides links to a variety of resources for learning about scholarship, fellowship, grant, and loan opportunities through private, non-profit and governmental sources. International students are encouraged to seek financial aid funds from additional sources in their home countries. Consider contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to inquire about sponsoring organizations and agencies.

For example:

Brain Capital: The LL.M. Education Fund
The LL.M. Education Fund offers income-based repayment financing options to cover tuition fees and living expenses for LL.M. studies. German students seeking to pursue an LL.M. degree abroad are eligible, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Fund recipients receive financial support to cover their program fees and living expenses, and income-based repayment will begin after graduation from the LL.M. program.

VISA Information

If you accept UCLA's offer of admission, the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars will email you instructions for applying online for an I-20 form. Along with your I-20 application, you will be required to submit electronic copies of your passport, as well as financial documentation which demonstrates that you possess the necessary funds to pay for the costs of tuition and living expenses. After receiving and processing these items, the Dashew Center will issue your I-20 form, and the law school will ship it to you. After receiving the I-20 form, you must make an appointment at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of residence in order to apply for an F-1 student visa to travel to the United States. Please make an appointment well in advance of the date you intend to travel to the United States, as some embassies and consulates take several weeks (or even months) to process visa requests.


Application deadline

The application for admission to the 2022-2023 LL.M. Program will be available online in September.

The deadline to apply is February 1.

Admission Requirement

After creating your LSAC account and beginning your online application, please submit the following supporting documents to LSAC:

Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A standard résumé listing your academic qualifications and relevant work experience is required. You may submit a more detailed curriculum vitae if you wish. When completing your online application through LSAC, please follow the instructions to attach an electronic copy of your résumé to your application.

Personal Statement

An important aspect of the application is the personal statement, in which applicants describe their objectives in pursuing graduate legal studies at UCLA School of Law. Discuss any matters relevant to your ability to succeed in law school and the practice of law, and any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to UCLA and the legal profession. The personal statement should be typed, double-spaced in 12-point font, and should not exceed three pages in length. When completing your online application through LSAC, please follow the instructions to attach an electronic copy of your personal statement to your application.

Official transcripts

Applicants must arrange to have transcripts submitted to the LSAC LL.M. CAS Document Assembly Service from all graduate and undergraduate coursework evidencing their completion of a prior degree in law, such as an LL.B. or J.D. Please also submit transcripts for any other subjects in which you have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree. Transcripts should include all courses taken and grades received for university work, and must be translated into English. If your school is unable to provide an English translation of your transcripts, please obtain one from a translation service.

Transcripts must be submitted directly to LSAC by the issuing institution and may not be mailed to UCLA School of Law. Click here for detailed instructions on submitting your transcripts to LSAC. Applicants need only arrange to have one copy of each transcript sent to LSAC, and LSAC will transmit copies to each law school to which you apply.

If your transcript does not indicate your relative class standing or rank, and such information is available, please have a school official issue a letter or certificate indicating your class standing or rank, and include this notification with the transcripts that are submitted to LSAC.

Two to four Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must arrange to have two (2) to four (4) letters of recommendation submitted to LSAC from knowledgeable persons who can tell the Graduate Studies Committee about the applicant’s academic qualifications and career interests. The letters are most helpful when the writer can provide the committee with specific firsthand information on your academic and (if applicable) professional capacity and performance. If possible, please include at least one academic reference. While employer references are acceptable, letters from academic sources are viewed more favorably.

You may submit a minimum of two and a maximum of four recommendation letters. Letters must be submitted to LSAC and may not be mailed to UCLA School of Law. Click here for detailed instructions on submitting your recommendation letters to LSAC.

Official TOEFL or IELTS Score

International applicants who are not native English speakers, or do not hold a law degree from an institution at which the primary language of instruction is English, are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will also be accepted, but are less desirable.


TOEFL: UCLA School of Law prefers a score of at least 96 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or 600 on the paper-based exam. (There are no score requirements for specific sections of the exam.) Applicants with lower scores are welcome to apply, but are strongly advised to re-take the exam in order to increase their likelihood of admission.

IELTS: Favorable consideration will be given to applicants who submit a TOEFL score. However, an overall IELTS score of at least 7.5 will also be viewed favorably. (There are no score requirements for specific sections of the exam.) Applicants with a lower score are strongly advised to take the TOEFL in order to increase their likelihood of admission.


Life at UCLA Law

A Location Like No Other

UCLA School of Law is located in the heart of the thriving metropolis of Los Angeles on the spectacular UCLA campus – the largest campus within the UC system and one of the world’s leading research universities. With an interdisciplinary tradition that offers partnerships across the campus and a commitment to public service, the UCLA network lifts your education well beyond the law school.

Sophisticated Culture and Natural Splendor

As one of the world’s most dynamic cultural centers, Los Angeles offers a rich artistic, social and culinary scene, with access to renowned museums, theaters, restaurants, sporting events and musical performances. At the same time, the region’s extraordinary topography and microclimates allow students to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, from surfing to skiing, mountain biking to hiking, all year long.

Club and Society

Students have the possibility to join a variety of groups focused among others academics, sports and wellness.

Our more than 50 student organizations offer many opportunities for students to engage with the diverse community of Los Angeles, build connections with practicing lawyers and potential employers, and form lifelong bonds with their peers.

Student organizations host lively debates, meaningful community service activities and stimulating social events. Whether organizing a national Latino/a law student conference through Latinx Law Students Association, working on one of our dozen student-edited journals, or attending a panel discussion on high art and intellectual property through the Art Law Society, UCLA Law students benefit from immersive learning experiences and valuable networking opportunities.


We are eager to help you find a home on campus or in one of the many attractive neighborhoods nearby. We also provide a secure website where law students may seek roommates and exchange information. Law students may reside in privately owned or university-owned properties.

  1. University-owned properties offer attractive, accessible and affordable residences for law students who are single, partnered or raising children.
  2. Privately-owned properties: A diverse array of apartments are available near the UCLA campus. The UCLA Housing Office has compiled Neighborhood Profiles. You can also review the Housing Guide assembled in 2019 on the basis of a survey of law students. UCLA Law Admissions has also compiled a guide to private housing.
  3. The University Cooperative Housing Association provides affordable housing to qualified students, visiting scholars and faculty of UCLA. The Co-op offers reasonably priced accommodations for those who might not be able to afford alternatives.