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J.D. Course Selection FAQ


a. Read course evaluations.

Evaluations can be found on the MyLaw Student Services page. You can access them HERE.

b. Check exam dates.

You can see the exam dates on the far right side of the course schedule. You can also check whether the course has a take-home or in-class exam. Planning your exam schedule is your responsibility. We will not reschedule your exams unless you have two exams on the same day; in that case, we will move one of your exams to the following day. If you take courses with exams scheduled on consecutive days, we will not reschedule your exams. We also do not convert in-person exams to remote or take-home exams. 

c. Be mindful of when courses are taught. Plan ahead!

Remember that some classes are offered every semester, while others are only offered once a year. Some courses are taught every year, but some courses are only offered certain years. When planning your schedule, it’s a good idea to consider which courses you want to take this next semester but also consider what courses you can take another semester.

d. Check specialization requirements.

If you are specializing in a subject area, e.g., Business, Critical Race Studies, Entertainment Law, Philosophy, etc., check what courses you need to take to fulfill these requirements HERE. Specializations are optional.

e. Consider taking Non-Law School Classes.

Upon approval of the Dean of Students, law students can take two courses in UCLA departments other than the School of Law for a maximum of six semester units of Law School credit. For more information about this process click HERE.

f. Consider externships.

You can also do a full-time or part-time externship with a non- profit organization, a judge, a governmental agency or for in-house corporate and entertainment firms (part-time only) for academic credit. Externships are wonderful ways to develop skills and work experience and build relationships with employers. Contact the UCLA Law Externship office ( for more information about externships.

g. What are your interests?

What topics are you curious about learning more about? Is there a professor with whom you would like to take a class? What sounds fun to you?

h. What courses would be helpful or practical for your career?

Are there certain skills you should learn for your area of law? For example, if you would like to litigate or do transactional work, what courses would help you learn those skills? Are there certain topics that you should learn about for your career interests? For example, if you are interested in working for the public defender or district attorney’s office, you should definitely take Criminal Procedure. If you are interested in clerking for a federal judge after law school, consider taking Federal Courts.