Lawyering Skills Curriculum

First Year Program

Lawyering Skills I

This course, which will be part of both semesters, will focus on teaching skills that all lawyers use, such as fact investigation, interviewing, legal writing and analysis, extensive legal research, negotiation and oral advocacy.

Lawyering Skills II

In the spring semester of this two-semester course, all students will have gained experience in a legal clinic setting, where they will conduct intake interviews of actual clients for organizations. Legal research will continue to be emphasized.

Upper Level Skills Courses

UCI Law offers a wide variety of upper-level courses designed to prepare students to practice law at the highest levels of the legal profession. Courses include*: 

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Business Drafting
  • Applied Lawyering and Law Practice Management
  • Advanced Trial Skills and Advocacy
  • Complex Negotiation
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy: Prosecution and Defense Perspectives
  • Depositions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Fact Investigation
  • Global Justice Summit
  • Global Justice Summit II
  • Identifying Winning Trial Strategies through Social Science
  • Research
  • Jessup Moot Court
  • Legal Analysis of Evidence
  • Legal Analysis and Writing for Practice
  • Negotiation
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Supreme Court Practice and Strategic Litigation
  • The Art of Appellate Decision-Making
  • The Art of Taking and Defending Effective Depositions
  • Transition to Practice
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Evidence Workshop
  • Written Legal Analysis

*Not all courses are offered each semester.

For current offerings and up-to-date course descriptions, refer to the Course Catalog