Before You Arrive

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

First, and most important, make sure to find the time to relax 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 any commercial courses to prepare students for law school.  These are sometimes called “law school boot camps,” and some are offered live while others are online. 

Instead, if you’d like to do some practical reading to help you prepare for law school, we recommend the following two books, which you can access for free electronically after you’ve obtained your official UCInetID and set up your UCI Law email address:

(1) Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (3d Ed.) by Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo

This book is a great primer that explains—in down-to-earth, easy-to-understand language—the basic concepts of law and policy that a law student really needs to know:

  • The book summarizes, in simplified terms, many of the foundational concepts that law professors frequently assume students already know before coming to law school (e.g., the basics of how the U.S. legal system works).
  • The book also previews key legal and non-legal principles, as well as analytical skills, that students will learn during law school and especially during the first year, such as (1) the basics of civil procedure, (2) the concepts of precedent and stare decisis, (3) how to read and brief cases or judicial opinions, (4) the difference between holding and dicta, (5) how to interpret cases and statutes, (6) recognizing the plasticity of legal rules, (7) the basic types of legal reasoning, and (8) how policy rationales can influence the law.
  • The book also alerts students to some uncertainties and challenges they may face when studying the law and learning the process of legal analysis, while offering helpful suggestions for how to best cope and succeed in the law school environment.

We highly recommend Law School Without Fear if you’re looking for some light but practical reading on some of the key substantive concepts you’ll encounter in law school.  You may also find this book to be a helpful reference guide during your first year of law school whenever you need a quick refresher on a less familiar topic or need a way to see the bigger picture. 

Law School Without Fear is available to read online from the UCI Law Library, for free.  To borrow the book online:

  1. Set up your UCInetID and password.  You should already have instructions from UCI Law’s Information Technology Services Office.
  2. Go to
  3. Click “Create an Account” in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts to set up your account.  To register, use your UCI Law email address (
  4. Verify your account—check your UCI Law email account for a verification email from West Academic, and follow the prompts.  If you don’t receive a verification email, log back in to your West Academic account, and confirm that your account settings are associated with your UCI Law email address.
  5. Once you’ve successfully verified your West Academic account, search for “Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success,” and then click on the title of the book.
  6. Select the “Browse Book” tab, and then click the link for the page, section, or chapter you’d like to read.

If you need help using UCI Law’s West Academic Study Aids Subscription, contact West Academic Technical Support at 877-888-1330 and select option #4, or email

(2) Expert Learning for Law Students (3d Ed.) by Michael Hunter Schwartz and Paula J. Manning

This book focuses more on introducing students to the learning strategies and analytical skills necessary to succeed in law school and law practice.

  • The book explains how to use science-backed learning techniques to study and learn the law more effectively and efficiently.
  • The book also explains what expert law students do before, during, and after class—including (1) how to read and brief cases, (2) how to learn and take notes during class time, (3) how to “outline” and use practice exams to help you learn and prepare for graded exams, and (4) how to tackle essay and multiple-choice exams.
  • The book also provides strategies for memorization, tips for managing stress and the law-school workload, and guidance on individual personality types and learning styles.

We highly recommend Expert Learning for Law Students if you’re looking for a more in-depth discussion on how expert learners reflect on their learning processes and identify the necessary adjustments to those processes to improve their academic performance.  The book will give you a head start on how to prepare for your first semester, and you’ll also want to reference it throughout your law school career to enhance your learning experience.

Expert Learning for Law Students is also available to read online from the UCI Law Library, for free.  To borrow the book online:

  1. Set up your UCInetID and password.  You should already have instructions from UCI Law’s Information Technology Services Office.
  2. Go to
  3. Click on the “Sign In” button, then enter your UCInetID and password, and click “Login.”
  4. Search for “Expert Learning for Law Students.”
  5. You will see two results—select the new Third Edition.  Click “Borrow” to check out the book, and then click “Go to Checkouts.”
  6. Select the format you want.  Note: Unless you have previously used e-book formats with a variety of readers, we recommend the “Read (in your browser)” option.

If you want help using UCI Law’s LexisNexis Digital Library, contact Digital Library Customer Service at (877) 516-8256 or email Andrea Roberts at   

Third and finally, in preparation for Orientation, we’d like all 1L students to read Alexandra Natapoff’s Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal.  Prof. Natapoff draws on extensive original research to expose income and race-based inequality in the criminal justice system.  This highly readable work was selected as one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly.  Faculty, staff, and alumni will serve as facilitators during your small group book discussions during Orientation.  The book is widely available electronically, in bookstores, and in libraries.  You can also listen to it on audio books.


Welcome to the UC Irvine School of Law. As part of the UC Irvine School of Law community, you are issued a standard LAWNET email account, which will be based on your UCInetID (e.g. if your UCInetID is "anteater" your Lawnet email address would be "".)

Activating your UCInetID account

In order to use this email address, you must first activate your campus UCInetID account. If you haven’t already done so, please visit and click on the link for Faculty, Staff and Students. It will prompt you for your personal information such as your birthdate, last four digits of your Social Security number and your 8-digit university account number.

Accessing your LawNet Google Email Account

Your email,, will be used for official School of Law and UCI campus correspondence. To access your LawNet Google email account, go to the following link:

Your username will be: anteater

Your initial password is your first initial of your first name in UPPER case, your first initial of your last name in lower case, and your 8-digit student ID number that was provided to you by the UCI Law Admissions department.  For example, if your name is Peter Anteater with student ID number 1234567890, your initial password would be Pa1234567890. If you need assistance with this, please email us back at

Online Help and Guides

Lawnet Google has an online help guide that can give you a brief overview on Lawnet Google applications, including Google+ and Google Drive.  Please visit the LAWNET Help Documentation for more information.

If you want to forward your mail to another account, click on the following link: How to forward email

If you want to use another mail client to retrieve your mail, click on the following link: How to retrieve email from another client

Important messages will be sent to your Lawnet Google email address, starting in July. Be sure to check for such messages at least once a week, wherever you choose to have them delivered.  Check your spam box in case emails end up there.

For inquiries please feel free to mail

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 the Law School Disability Counselor. If you have any questions, please contact the DSC at or 949-824-7494.

If you have any questions about this process please contact the DSC or Dr. Jennah Jones.

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 2019-2020, you must submit a request online during the open waiver period, for the Fall 2019 semester. The deadline is 7/26/2019. 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.

Tuition and Fees for the Fall 2019 semester will be assessed by the first week of July.  Log in at Zot Account after July 15 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 starting Wednesday, August 14 . Avoid late fees - Tuition and Fees are due on Thursday, August 15 at 4pm.

Complete the UC TB Test/Vaccination Mandate.  Students who fail to comply by October 19 will have an academic hold placed on their record and will not be able to register for classes for the following (Spring) semester.

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.

Your UCI Photo ID Card is required for Registration and for taking exams.  Photos can be uploaded to the campus Photo ID system between Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, August 1.  Your ID card will be handed to you at Registration on Tuesday, August 13.

Federal law requires Title IX training for all incoming students.  Each of the two parts of the mandatory online course takes approximately one hour to complete.  It is one of the many ways that UCI ensures that every member of the University community has the tools to identify, prevent, report, and seek assistance regarding sexual harassment and sex offenses.

You will soon receive an email from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity with your individualized link to the training.  The email will come from the following address:

 From: <>

Please be sure to check your spam folder in case the email ends up there.

Students who fail to complete Part I of the training by September 20 will have an academic hold placed on their record and will not be able to register for classes the following (Spring) semester.  Given how busy you will be during the semester, we urge you to complete the training over the summer.

UCI allows a student to submit a preferred name that will appear in place of the student's legal name in certain University-related records. Electing to use a preferred name will not change your legal name.  Preferred names appear in the campus directory, class rosters, and on the UCI Photo ID Card.  Your legal name will be used on transcripts, diplomas, and any legal document produced by the University.

After you activate your UCInetID, you may set your preferred name via StudentAccess. Requests for a preferred name may be submitted only by the student.  If you want to submit a preferred name, we suggest you do so before uploading your photo for your ID card.