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