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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches New Online Course to Prepare Students For Law School

IRVINE, Calif. – May 6, 2011 – Establishing a strong foundation during the first year is critical for a successful law school career and absolutely required for future opportunities with prestigious academic programs such as law review and moot court. To respond to the need for a thorough preparation of what to expect during the first year of law school, the University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the launch of “Prepare to Excel As A 1L”, a new online course developed to prepare students for their first year in law school. A free webinar titled, “Excel as a 1L: The Law School Experience” will explain how new law students can put their best foot forward and will also address the benefits of the course. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PDT. The course will begin Monday, June 20 with registration currently underway.

“In today’s competitive academic environment, first year law students with an in-depth knowledge of what to expect will have a leg up and advantage from the competition,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., Assistant Director for Business, Management, and Legal programs at UC Irvine Extension. “This course will introduce students to major concepts covered during their first year of law school and will provide the necessary skills needed to not only succeed the first year, but to successfully navigate law school.”

Many law students are unprepared for the first year of law school. The realization of learning a whole new language among many other new things will set in sooner than not. Course participants will learn how to effectively read appellate court opinions, write case briefs, and synthesize the law. Students will learn how to apply the concepts of issue spotting and learn the IRAC methodology for legal analysis, which are critical for success on law school exams. After completing the course, students will be able to explain the institutional sources of American law, describe how the judicial system is organized, and analyze and brief court opinions. In addition, students will be introduced to constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property and criminal law procedures.

Course instructor Robert Wright earned his juris doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Law in 2003 and his LL.M. in intellectual property, commerce and technology from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2005. He worked as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals and has published scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics including trademark registration, movie piracy and cyber-bullying.

To learn more about UC Irvine Extension’s legal program or “Prepare to Excel as a 1L”, please visit

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit