4.5 out of 5 Stars
It's made up of fun social supportive people, who are all driven.Downers
Sometimes it's hard to get into the smaller, more in-demand classes.Comments
OCI is a great experience for the top 1/3 of the class.Would You Recommend
The professors are excellent and really have your best interests at heartDowners
The lawyering skills class is not pass/ fail and the graded memo in the second semester is inconsistentComments
Trying to employ more cutting edge programs and pilot programs which is very goodWould You Recommend
Good job prospects (especially for the LA market) thanks to the school's strong reputation.Downers
First year classes are big and it's possible to "get lost in the crowd."Comments
If you plan on staying in Los Angeles after graduation there is no better law school.Would You Recommend
Superb, engaged faculty, top to bottom.Quality of Life
Extremely collegial atmosphere, which is fostered by faculty and staff in the midst of a robust extremely rigorous academic agenda
more theoretical than practical. many teachers use socratic method. 1st year classes are larger than 2nd and 3rd year classes. many opportuntiies for externships.Quality of Life
cost of living in la is expensive. westwood village is nice. safe neighborhood.Admissions
application plus lsat, etc
The quality of classes and seminars was exceptional. The teachers are brilliant yet accessible and supportive. Some used the Socratic method, but many didn't. The students are ambitious and competitive, but by and large welcoming and friendly. The coursework was challenging and workload rigorous, but not overwhelming. I loved every moment at the school.Quality of Life
Great facility, fine, spacious library, beautiful campus, terrific location in Westwood, near the beach, lots of people live in Brentwood or Santa Monica. I lived in Ocean Park near the beach, a short bus rid from campus.Admissions
The process is described in detail on the user-friendly web site.
UCLA has one of the best clinical programs in the country. Students work on real Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit cases under the supervision of attorneys. For example, in my clinic, I wrote a brief and made an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit to bring back a man wrongfully deported from the United States. In several other clinics, students work on real contracts for small businesses, administrative cases to obtain government benefits for disadvantaged clients, or dispute resolutions for a variety of parties.
In the non-clinical classes, the professors are both important names in their field (e.g. Mark Grady) but also committed to teaching students how to think like lawyers without hiding the ball (there's little use of the Socratic method here). Because an unusual amount of professors have real-world experience, they include more relevant and cutting-edge issues. I remember, for example, a tenant who came to one of our clinics to learn what recourse he had to fix his slum housing. Having just studied landlord-tenant law in property, I was only too happy to tell my supervising attorney all about implied warranty of habitability and when the landlord’s responsibility for a substantial defect was triggered.Quality of Life
I can't think of a better place to study than on the beaches of sunny Southern California. Campus housing was the nicest, most spacious apartment I've ever lived (much of it was built in the past few years, so it's wheel-chair accessible and clean). No crime concerns and affordable, hip communities within commutable distance (30 mins).Admissions
UCLA requires a unique essay, LSAT, and general application form. In addition, the more exclusive pubic interest program (acceptance rate into the program is about 10%) requires an additional essay demonstrating commitment to public service, detailed resume of public service jobs/interships (including hours worked), and references.Level
Professorial style at UCLA is quite varied; it really depends on the particular professor you have. Some are hard core cold-callers; others wait for volunteers; I had one professor who just called on people in alphabetical order. Most of them prefer the Socratic method, but also take time to lecture on points that are particularly esoteric or complicated. Whatever their style, they are some of the friendliest, genuinely caring teachers I have ever had. They always encourage e-mails, office visits, and questions if you don't understand the material. And they also take the time to interact on a personal level; I've had many professors take groups of students out to lunch or dinner, and several have even hosted end-of-the-semester parties at their homes. There are even 1-unit courses called "Perspectives" classes that some professors teach; these courses are meant to be a low-stress (there are no papers or tests), small (10 students), fun (the topics range from the TV show "The Wire" to Comic Books) means of engaging professors in a more relaxed setting.
Student body wise, there is little competitiveness amongst UCLA students. The records office doesn't release your class rank (EVER), so while there is still a forced curve, not knowing your rank takes away a lot of the pressure. Students eagerly share notes from class with those who missed. Nobody hides books in the library; in fact, people actually mark off the section in the books their classmates will need that contains the answer to the problem.Level
The entire 1L class is split into sections of about 35 people each. Two 1L classes combine two sections, one class is with just your section, and Lawyering Skills (research and writing class) is about half of your section. The classes aren't strictly Socratic method, and my classes are competitive enough that I'm always making sure to keep up with everyone else, but the atmosphere here definitely isn't competitive between students. Everyone in my class is very supportive and helpful, and we are frequently in study groups.
I think our grading curve is just about in the middle (not too forgiving, but not too harsh either)
The academic advising here is fantastic. Tons of faculty to help out with tons of resources.Quality of Life
Cost of living is similar to other big cities, but you can do it for cheap. For on campus housing right now, I'm paying $1100. I plan on paying $675 next year for housing that's a 1 minute drive south. Anything close to campus will be very expensive and probably surrounded by undergrads.
The UCLA housing is very nice and I highly recommend living in Weyburn Terrace your 1L year if you like to be more social.
We have a lot of fun here though, many people go out 2-3 times a week even during the more busy points in the semester.
I feel very safe walking around campus, even at night. Westwood (where UCLA is) is very isolated from the more run-down, dangerous places in LA. We're close to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica too.
The facilities here are nice. I thought they looked a little older than other private schools I visited, but once I got here it felt comfortable and I don't notice anymore.Admissions
Admissions process was pretty straight forward, more simple application than others. Great scholarship opportunities here, I got funding based on merit, need, and a departmental scholarship that I didn't even know about when applying.Level