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
    LAW 3800-M / (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
    MPAA 226-D / (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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    Queena Mewers

    Assistant Director of Academic Skills
    MPAA 226-B / (949) 824-7546

    Queena Mewers oversees the first-year Academic Skills Program at UCI Law.  Before joining UCI Law, Ms. Mewers was Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP’s Orange County office, where she practiced as a litigator for 10 years, primarily in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and general business litigation. For the past few years, Ms. Mewers has also taught first-year Legal Writing and Advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from UC Berkeley. While in law school, she served as an ASP Tutor and interned at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  Ms. Mewers currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Pipeline (Law Student Mentorship) Committee and the Scholarship Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA).

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    Czarina Ellingson

    Program Assistant
    (949) 824-8536