Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Pursue advanced legal study at the premier law school in Southern California


About the Program

The UCLA Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a one-year graduate degree program in which students can enroll in one of nine specializations or choose varied courses to enhance their professional goals. Designed for both international and U.S. law graduates, our elite, flexible program appeals to those seeking to distinguish themselves professionally.

Gain eligibility to sit for the California, New York, or other bar exams, and develop a suite of critical analytic skills that will help you adapt to the evolving international legal market.

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The UCLA Law Difference

UCLA Law has a reputation for excellence throughout the world. Consistently ranked in the top tier of law schools in the U.S., ours is the premier law school in southern California. The university is consistently ranked as the best public school in the country by U.S. News.

Our distinguished faculty prepare students for outstanding careers in transactional and litigation practices, government, academia, business, international law, public policy, and public interest.

Because of this exceptional academic preparation and our reputation for excellence, those who join us can look forward to a promising future for themselves - and for those whom they will represent, advise, and inform.

Graduates of international and domestic law schools who wish to invest in the long-term with an additional year of legal training at UCLA will have access to:

  • Our full range of outstanding upper-division course offerings, taken alongside J.D. students
  • Individual sessions with dedicated career counselors and a variety of career-related programs
  • Networking opportunities with peers and prominent alumni from a range of practice areas to gain insider tips for launching a successful career
  • 22,000+ members of our active alumni community, located in cities across the globe and engaged across the full spectrum of legal disciplines
  • Consideration for our limited partial tuition scholarships based on merit and financial need

Alumni Insights

“At UCLA I made life-long friends from all over the world while learning from a diverse range of highly qualified academics, lawyers, and peers about some of the most pressing and complex issues in law. UCLA Law’s entrepreneurial spirit and welcoming environment provides students with the freedom to pursue their interests and devise a curriculum that best represents their academic and professional development.”

- Ruben de Bruin (The Netherlands and United Kingdom)

Corporate & Commercial Paralegal at Airbnb, London

“UCLA Law provided me with a world-class educational experience and equipped me with the hands-on skills needed to succeed in my career. The faculty with whom I connected and the friends I made there were truly inspirational. They motivated and supported me, and their encouragement helped me develop the determination and ambition to expand the scope of my professional aspirations. UCLA Law opened doors to a global career in sports law that I never thought possible as a young lawyer!"

- Jade Descheneaux (Canada)

Business Development Lead, Content at Meta, New York

“I chose to attend UCLA Law to explore all that Los Angeles has to offer, while developing my legal skills at one of the leading law schools in the world. UCLA Law and its prominent faculty members have molded me into a more effective practitioner and better advocate with a global perspective. The UCLA network is truly global; I’ve met and worked closely with fellow alumni who have served as supportive colleagues at various stages of my career.”

- Andy Pan (China)

Equity Partner and Member of Management Committee at YuandaWinston (Winston & Strawn LLP), Shanghai