Prospective Students

Why Students Choose UCLA School of Law and the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy

UCLA’s School of Law and the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy attract the best and brightest students. Here are some of the top reasons why:


  • Business Law & Policy Specialization – UCLA is one of only four law schools in the top 20 to offer a degree specialization in business law and policy. Just as the term “business law” covers a wide range of transactions in the modern economy, the Business Law and Policy Specialization provides students with opportunities to study a variety of business transactions.  As students progress through the courses in the Specialization, they first learn the basics of business transactions and then can take courses that explore in depth some of the most sophisticated aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy reorganizations and tax planning for international transactions. The Specialization emphasizes both substantive law courses and training in the practical lawyering skills that the modern business lawyer must master. The Specialization is for students interested in practicing transactional law as well as for students who want to become business litigators.


  • Limitless Opportunities – Los Angeles is a global city where culture, business and industry blend into opportunity. This is where four million people power the world’s 15th largest economy – and where internship opportunities abound in the entertainment industry and with major corporations. It’s a culturally diverse landscape where people from all corners of the world converge in pursuit of the great American dream. Our students are given every resource and opportunity to take advantage of all L.A. has to offer.


  • Notable Alumni – UCLA Law alumni can be found in all areas of business. UCLA Law alumni are partners at prestigious law firms throughout the country, chief legal officers and senior attorneys in big and small corporations, regulators at the most influential federal and state agencies such as the SEC and IRS and policy makers and politicians at every level of government.  Some have practiced law for a time and then gone on to become business executives or entrepreneurs creating new businesses.  Most importantly, UCLA Law alumni often reach out to our students, participating in Law School programs and offering internships and jobs.


  • Trailblazing Programs – Established in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest among the top 20 law schools and has already established a strong reputation as an innovative leader in hands-on training that prepares students for real-world practice.


  • Joint Degree Programs – Several joint degree programs are available, consisting of four years of study and resulting in the simultaneous award of a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree.  Programs offered in conjunction with other academic divisions at UCLA include J.D./M.B.A. degrees through the Anderson School of Management or J.D./M.A. degrees in Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Philosophy, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Welfare or Urban Planning.


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree – The Master of Laws (LL.M.) advanced law certification program, designed for international students seeking global legal credentials and for U.S. Juris Doctor (J.D.) graduates desiring advanced legal study, further attests to UCLA School of Law’s commitment to delivering curricular excellence in an encouraging, supportive and flexible learning environment that gives our graduates real-world advantages.


  • Research Centers and Programs – The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy is one of approximately 20 research centers and programs at the UCLA School of Law.


  • Premier Law Library – The Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library is the primary place of study and research for the UCLA School of Law community. Seating 775, the newly renovated building offers wireless and wired network/Internet access throughout; provides access to thousands of online resources; and houses nearly 600,000 bound volumes.



  • Student Organizations –The school offers approximately 40 organizations in which students can get involved.


  • Diverse Student Body – More than 32 percent of the UCLA law students are students of color: 5.3% of the student body identify as African-American, 17.8% as Asian, 8.4% as Hispanic or Latino(a) and 1.3% as Native American. The student body is 49% female and 51% male.


  • University-Owned Housing – Law students may take advantage of university-owned housing only a few minutes walk from campus.


For information about the Business Law and Policy specialization requirements, or to get started in the online interview/application process for UCLA School of Law, please visit the links below:

Business Law and Policy Specialization Requirements 

Apply to UCLA School of Law

J.D. Application Requirements

LL.M Degree Requirements