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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
    July 29 – August 2, 2019

     Course Schedule


Offered in
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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, such as First Amendment rights and crime and punishment. 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.

UCI Law opened its doors in August 2009. We seek to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, our faculty ranked sixth in the country – behind Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, NYU, and Stanford – in scholarly impact in a recent study. Developed thoughtfully, our innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.

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, July 29 – August 2, 2019
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

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

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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

View sample program calendar

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, August 2, 2019
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.

Ben Boyd

Meet high school student, Ben Boyd, and read about his experience in the program.

Need-Based Scholarship Program

A limited number of students will be awarded complimentary enrollment in this program. View details and application form.

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.