Academic Skills Office

UCI Law's Academic Skills Program is a resource for all students seeking to maximize their academic success in law school. From identifying the keys to effective class preparation for first-year students, to demystifying the bar exam for third-year students, ASP provides critical skills instruction to help students excel in all stages of their legal education.
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    Linda Puertas

    Director of Academic Skills
    lpuertas@law.uci.edu
    LAW 3800-H / (949) 824-3850

    As Director of Academic Skills and Lecturer, Linda Puertas oversees all curricular and co-curricular aspects of the Academic Skills Program, guiding students to academic success from pre-matriculation through the bar exam. Ms. Puertas joined UCI Law after serving as the Director of Academic Support and Adjunct Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law from 2008-2012. After earning her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, Ms. Puertas clerked for Judge Christina Snyder of the Central District of California, Los Angeles. She was a litigation associate with the law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, in Los Angeles before moving into the Academic Support field. Ms. Puertas has also served as appointed counsel in dependency appeals for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, and is currently serving as an Executive Committee Member for the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support.

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    Sue Kung

    Associate Director of Academic Skills
    skkung@law.uci.edu
    LAW 3800-J / (949) 824-1908

    Sue Kung joins UCI Law after practicing in various areas of law for almost 20 years and teaching in the Academic Skills and Legal Writing arenas for over 13 years at Southwestern University School of Law. As a practicing attorney, Ms. Kung worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of the U.S. Trustee and then served as a law clerk to The Honorable Ernest M. Robles in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. She then served as General Counsel for eight years at a prominent worldwide distributor in the extreme sports industry. She has also practiced law for a small firm in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate, international distribution, and general business litigation.

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    Christina Chong

    Assistant Director of Academic Skills
    cchong@law.uci.edu
    LAW 3800-K / (949) 824-7546

    Christina Chong graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she worked as an Academic Support Program Teaching Assistant and as the Director of Public Programing and Research Specialist for Berkeley's Center for Latino Policy Research. She externed for California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and worked for employment and intellectual property law firms. Prior to law school, she worked as a graphic designer and as operations/marketing manager for Merlin Entertainments, an international hospitality company. She has a passion for animal rights and organizing youth programs in minority communities.