Summer Program

Each summer, from mid-May through mid-July, UCI Law in NYC offers students a unique introduction to legal practice and life in New York City.  The summer program is open to all current and incoming UCI Law JD and LLM students and is organized and moderated by Professor Joshua Blank, a member of the UCI Law faculty.


NYC Roundtables

Throughout the summer program, participating students meet with members of the New York legal and business communities, including judges, public interest lawyers, major law firm partners, business leaders, public defenders, prosecutors and human rights lawyers. Roundtable speakers in Summer 2020 will include:

  • James Cole, Jr., Founder and CEO, The Jasco Group, LLC, and Former Delegated Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at U.S. Department of Education
  • The Hon. Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • David Kahan, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 
  • Amos Toh, Senior Researcher, Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights Watch
  • Pamela Wasserstein, CEO of New York Media / President of Vox Media
  • And more…

NYC Activities

Every other week during the summer, students are invited to join in activities throughout the city that involve major legal issues or themes. Summer 2020 activities will include:

  • New York Stock Exchange & Federal Reserve Bank
  • The Tenement Museum 
  • The High Line
  • The New-York Historical Society
  • Broadway Night! Featuring: To Kill a Mockingbird


Throughout the summer, participating students are encouraged to take advantage of networking and mentorship opportunities:

  • UCI Law in NYC Happy Hours, gatherings of UCI Law alumni and members of the faculty, including Dean Song Richardson
  • Anteaters in Law, meetings with lawyers who attended UCI as undergraduates
  • NYC Mentors, the opportunity for current students to be paired with established practitioners in NYC

Registration and Details

  • Participants: Current and incoming UCI Law JD and LLM students. UCI Law alumni are welcome to participate in the NYC Activities, described above.
  • Dates: Mid-May to mid-July. Schedule to be distributed in April.
  • Registration:  To register for the summer program, please e-mail by May 1, 2020