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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Summer Preparation Law School Course

Pre-Law Course Prepares Students For First Year At Law School

IRVINE, Calif. – December 9, 2011 – A successful first year at law school can impact students’ opportunities with prestigious academic programs like law review and moot court. To provide students with a strong foundation for the first year of law school, the University of California, Irvine Extension has announced the summer 2012 dates for “Prepare to Excel as a 1L”, an online course developed to introduce soon-to-be law school students to the law school environment and major concepts studied during that important first year of law school. The course will begin June 25 and registration is available by phone at (949) 824-5414. Online registration will be available starting May 2012. A free webinar titled, “The Law School Experience” will address what to expect from the first year of law school as well as provide practical insight on how to best prepare for studying and learning law school material. This free webinar, which is offered in advance of the June course, will be held on March 6 and again on May 22, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PST.

“This course will prepare students to face the competitive environment of law school by providing them with a well-rounded introduction to major legal concepts and foundational information to navigate law school,” said Tom Pokladowski, Acting Director of Law, Finance and Business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “Exposure to the quirks of law school and many popular legal concepts will help new law students stand out among classmates that may be unprepared to face the many challenges that arise in the first year.”

To better prepare for the crucial first year, course participants will learn how to effectively read appellate court opinions, write case briefs, and synthesize law. Students will learn to apply the IRAC methodology for legal analysis as well as to apply the concepts of issue spotting, both of which are necessary knowledge to succeed on law school exams. Students will also receive an introduction to major concepts studied in courses traditionally taught during the first year of law school such as constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property, and criminal law and procedure.

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

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