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UCI Extension launches an online pre-law course

‘Prepare to Excel as a 1L’ is designed to help students lay the groundwork for a successful first year of law school.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: January 12, 2012 07:30 AM

Recognizing the importance of a successful first year of law school, UC Irvine Extension has created an online pre-law course, “Prepare to Excel as a 1L,” which was developed to introduce students to the law school environment and the major concepts studied during the first year.

“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 who may be unprepared to face the many challenges that arise in the first year.”

Course participants will learn how to read appellate court opinions, write case briefs and synthesize law. They will apply the IRAC method (Issue, Relevant law, Application to facts, and Conclusion) for legal analysis, practice of spotting issues. The course will introduce major concepts traditionally studied in first-year courses, such as constitutional law, civil procedures, contracts, torts, property law and criminal law.

“Prepare to Excel as a 1L” will be available beginning June 25. A free webinar, “The Law School Experience,” will be offered on March 6 and May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will focus on what can be expected from the first year of law school and provide insight on how to prepare for the experience.