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High School Summer Institute in Law

Offered in collaboration with UCI School of Law

  • Course Fee
  • Location
    UCI Campus

    5 days
    Coming Summer 2021

     Course Schedule


Offered in
collaboration with

This week-long experience led by distinguished UC Irvine School of Law faculty in a law school setting is designed to equip students with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will benefit them as they continue their education and chart their future—to perform better in high school, prepare for college, and explore a possible career as a lawyer.

Renowned faculty will lead engaging morning lectures of current relevance, introducing participants to the legal system and to major areas of law important to students. In the afternoon, students will have an opportunity to participate in mock debates, hearings, and workshop-style sessions. This specialized program advances college readiness on a UC campus in actual law school classrooms. Personal interaction with faculty aims to expand perspectives, boost academic and professional confidence, and support career and college interests.

With curriculum developed by UCI Law faculty, college-bound participants will become stronger candidates through a unique program of timely lectures, intellectually rigorous small group activities, lively open discussion, and practical skills enhancement.

Message from UCI Law

The High School Summer Institute in Law has been created and designed by UCI Law faculty and staff. The curriculum has been mindfully geared toward high school students, not only to engage them in the study of law but also to inspire them.

They will have the opportunity to become familiar with different areas of law through cases and activities that relate to the rights of students. In addition, they will have the opportunity to improve their speaking, arguing, and negotiating skills – all valuable as they navigate any career path.

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is the culmination of several generations of revolutionary dreamers. Those not satisfied with the status quo who wanted to redefine, reimagine and reinvent legal education. UCI Law provides an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, and prioritizes public service and a commitment to diversity within the legal profession. UCI Law continues to rank highly, including: The National Jurist ranks UCI Law No. 4 in the nation for practical training; U.S. News & World Report ranks UCI Law No. 23 in the nation overall out of 192 law schools, and ranks UCI Law's robust clinical program No. 7 in the nation.

We hope very much that you will join us for this exciting program.

Who Should Attend

Students who have completed their sophomore year in high school will find this program engaging, informative, and inspiring as they prepare for higher education in a variety of pursuits.

This prestigious summer institute is an ideal opportunity for high-achieving students who:

  • are preparing for college
  • want to enhance their college application
  • aspire to work in law
  • seek practice in public speaking, writing, analytical reasoning, persuasion techniques, and negotiation skills
  • have an interest in learning about their rights and those of others

Program Benefits

  • Benefit from a UC-quality curriculum for college-prep students
  • Learn from UC Irvine School of Law faculty
  • Study alongside motivated students with similar interests in U.S. law
  • Gain practice and learn skills in public speaking, writing, persuasion, negotiation and legal analysis
  • Participate in mock hearings, debates and discussions
  • Demonstrate strong academic interest on college application
  • Explore a possible career in law

One-of-a-Kind Summer Experience

  • Develop academic skills and gain lifelong knowledge
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the U.S. Constitution and students’ rights in today’s context
  • Participate in legal studies in an inspiring law school setting

Hear what our students have to say about their experience in the program

Schedule & Fee

Monday through Friday (coming summer 2021)
10am – 4pm
UC Irvine School of Law campus
Lunch and break-time refreshments will be provided.

Fee: $1,110 – includes materials

Prerequisite Courses

LAW 801.5
High School Summer Institute in Law (2.50 CEU)
LAW 801.5
    to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.



Lectures taught by leading scholars at UCI Law and practicing lawyers are complemented by small group discussions and workshop sessions.

Topics include:

  • First Amendment Principles
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Rights of Students
  • Fourth Amendment Overview
  • Negotiation Techniques and Strategies
  • Legal Career Exploration
  • Hearings, Appellate Arguments, Policy

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Check back in coming months for faculty information.

A certificate of completion will be awarded by UCI Law and UCI Division of Continuing Education.

Program Closing Remarks

Friday (last day of program)
3 – 4pm

Parents are invited to attend this closing event.

L. Song Richardson, UC Irvine School of Law Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law, describes the academic skills students will practice as they learn about the law in context to their rights in a law school setting.

Law Faculty 2019

The High School Summer Institute in Law program will be primarily taught by the following distinguished UCI Law faculty. Small group discussions and workshop sessions are led by UCI Law students.

L. Song Richardson

L. Song Richardson
Dean and Professor of Law
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Joint Appointment in Criminology, Law & Society; Faculty Advisory Board, Center on Law, Equality and Race; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy
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Justice William Bedsworth

Justice William Bedsworth
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Jonathan Glater

Jonathan Glater
Professor of Law
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Kaaryn Gustafson

Kaaryn Gustafson
Professor of Law
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Richard Hasen

Richard Hasen
Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science
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David Kaye

David Kaye
Clinical Professor of Law
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Katherine Tinto

Katherine Tinto
Clinical Professor of Law
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English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.