While much has been said about UCLA law school’s souped up LLM program, with the addition of courses to appeal to the deferred and unemployed, we haven’t seen mention of the cost.
With a price tag of $41,000, that’s a good chunk of the stipends being offered to deferred associates, which range from $30,000 to $75,000, for those that get a stipend at all.
Though the program is geared toward deferred first-year associates and those who have not yet practiced, it’s unclear whether most law firms will go for it as a substitute to public interest or nonprofit work.
Law Dean Michael Schill told us the school is in conversations with firms about the possibility.
“There’s been some enthusiasm about that,” he told us. “It will likely be a firm by firm decision.”
Schill says the LLM program, which already had 55 students enrolled and has been re-opened to give another 20 grads a chance to apply, is not targeting UCLA grads. And he says that in addition to offering one more option to the delayed, it’s one more step the school is taking to make law studies more relevant.
“We’re going to do it for one year and in the future we’ll look at this as an opportunity to experiment with some things, and some elements we’ll keep and some we’ll move into the J.D. program,” he said.
Some of the new features being introduced include:
* An incubator clinic, where law students will work with business students on start-up companies.
* A bankruptcy course taught by UCLA law professor and attorney Ken Klee (partner at insolvency boutique Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern)
* A choice of five to 10 part-time externships in corporate law departments like Northrop Grumman and Warner Brothers Entertainment.
* A course focused on practical skills like how to start and manage a practice and how to get and deal with clients.
Petra is a Cal Law reporter.