Before You Arrive

Please read through the sections below for tips on what you should do before Orientation begins!

Summer Assignments

First, and most important, make sure to find the time to relax a bit this summer. The best advice we can give you is to come to law school well rested.

Second, we do not recommend that you spend any money on the bevy of commercial courses to prepare students for law school.  These are sometimes called “law school boot camps” and some are offered live and others online.   We firmly believe that they are not worth your time or money.

Third, we highly recommend that you read two easily obtained and, more importantly, inexpensive books, Reading Like a Lawyer, by Ruth McKinney, and Gideon's Trumpet, by Anthony Lewis.

Reading Like a Lawyer, is considered one of the best books available to help new students get oriented to the study of law and how it differs in some fundamental ways from your prior academic endeavors. Numerous UCI law students who have read the book after they arrived here have told us they wished that they had read the book before they started law school. We have arranged for you to obtain the book at a discount through the publisher, Carolina Academic Press. You can obtain it either in regular soft-bound book form or in an e-book version, which will enable you to read the book on a laptop, tablet or even on your mobile phone.

UCI Law will provide a limited number of complimentary loaner hard copies of Reading Like a Lawyer to students who do not have the resources to purchase the title, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Robert Medeiros at rmedeiros@law.uci.edu if you are interested in this option.

The second book is Gideon's Trumpet, a highly acclaimed narrative history of the landmark, 1963 Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the right to counsel for indigent defendants in criminal cases in the U.S.  Lewis, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, covered the case for the New York Times and subsequently broadened his reporting when researching the book. This book is directly relevant to an exercise you will be doing during Orientation in mid-August. The book is easily available through Amazon or a number of other online services and some bookstores still carry the book.

Disability Services

Students who experience all types of disabilities are eligible for support services.  UCI’s Disability Services Center at UCI (DSC) provides a variety of services and accommodations. If you will be requesting accommodations while at UCI Law, please begin the process over the summer so that we can provide you with the proper accommodations from the very beginning of the school year. 

To request services or accommodations for the upcoming academic year, you must register with the Disability Services Center.  To begin this process, please fill out the online intake form. You must also provide documentation verifying your disability. Detailed information about necessary documentation can be found on DSC’s web site.  

After you submit the intake form, a DSC staff member will contact you within 5 business days to make an appointment with Denise Smith, the Law School Disability Counselor. If you have any questions, please contact Denise at denisels@uci.edu or 949-824-1335.  Lori will hold office hours at the law school during the academic year on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

If you have any questions about this process please contact Denise or Jennah Jones, Director of Student Life. 

Health Insurance Waiver DEADLINE

All eligible graduate and undergraduate students at UC Irvine are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Heatlh Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) and charged a health insurance fee as part of registration at UC Irvine. If you are currently covered by major medial health insurance that is comparable to UC SHIP, you may request to waive out of the plan.

To waive out of the UC Irvine sponsored health insurance plan for 2014-2015, you must submit a request online during the open waiver period, for the Fall 2014 semester. If approved, the waiver is in effect for the current term and the remainder of the academic year. A new waiver request must be submitted at the beginning of each academic year. Full details and information about waiving UC SHIP is on the UC SHIP web page.

Financial Aid

Zot Account - Log in at Zot Account to tell us where to send your funds. Once you log in and get to "Welcome to ZOT Account Online," select "Direct Deposit (DEFT)" and provide the requested information. Financial Aid funds will be deposited on Wednesday, August 13. Avoid late fees - Tuition and Fees are due on Friday, August 15.

Informal Head Shot

Faculty and staff try hard to get to know everyone by name as quickly as possible. We would greatly appreciate it if you emailed an informal headshot (we’re not looking for something professional!) to Student Services Coordinator Debbie Mondares at dmondares@law.uci.edu. We will match the pictures to the class rosters at the beginning of the year (in other words, you should send in a picture that you are comfortable with faculty seeing). This is entirely voluntary. We will use your official ID picture for the password-protected Law Student Directory.

RSVP for New Student Orientation Picnic
New students, family, partners, and kids are welcome to join faculty, staff and Community Fellows for the New Student Orientation Picnic on Tuesday, August 12.  The picnic is free, but we need a head count for ordering food.  Please RSVP here
Sign up for an SBA Mentor
Please check back later this summer for more details on how to sign up for an SBA mentor.
UCI Parking Permit

Parking permits are available at the Parking Office (building 7 on the campus map), located above the UCI Police Department, across the street from the Law School . If you purchase your parking pass early, you can avoid paying the $10 daily parking fee during Orientation week. Please bring a form of picture identification with you (we recommend your UCI Student ID) to purchase your parking pass. Parking pass rates vary depending on your specific needs. You can learn more about parking rates and passes on the Parking website.