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 the bevy of 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.  We believe that they are not worth your time or money.

If you would like to do some practical reading to help you prepare for law school, we recommend the following two books, which you can access electronically for free after you have obtained your official UCI NetID and set up your UCI Law email address:  (1) Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (3d Ed.) by Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo and (2) Expert Learning for Law Students (2d Ed.) by Michael Hunter Schwartz.

The first book, Law School Without Fear, is a great primer that explains—in down-to-earth, easy-to-understand language—the basic things 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 and analytical skills that students will learn during law school and especially during the first year, such as the basics of civil procedure, the concept of precedent and stare decisis, how to read and brief judicial opinions (or cases), the difference between holding and dicta, how to interpret cases and statutes, recognizing the plasticity of legal rules, the basic types of legal reasoning, and 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 that can help (1) refresh your memory of key concepts you’ve learned in your previous education and (2) expose you to new but important concepts about law and policy that you will encounter in more detail in law school.  Because the book is full of capsulized descriptions of relevant concepts that are often not immediately evident to beginning law students, you may also find Law School Without Fear 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 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 UCI Law email address. You should have already received 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. Be sure to use your UCI Law email address ( to register for an account.

4.  Verify your account—i.e., check your UCI Law email account for verification email from West Academic, and follow the prompts to verify your account. If you do not receive a verification email automatically, log back in to your West Academic account and double check that your account settings are properly associated with your UCI Law email address.

5.  Once you have successfully verified your West Academic account, search for “Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success,” and then click on the title of the book that appears in the search results.

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 with accessing UCI Law’s West Academic Study Aids Subscription, contact West Academic Technical Support at 877-888-1330 and select option #4, or email

The second book, Expert Learning for Law Students, 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 read and brief cases, learn in the law school classroom, understand and apply rules of law, and prepare for and take 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 will also want to reference it throughout your law school career to enhance your learning experience.

Expert Learning for Law Students 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 have already received instructions from UCI Law’s Information Technology Services Office.

2.  Go to

3.  Click on the “Sign In” button, and then enter your UCInetID and password and click “Login.”

4.  Search for “Expert Learning for Law Students.”

5.  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, We’d like all 1L students to read Virginia Eubank’s Automating Inequality:  How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. The book addresses how social justice issues may be affected by the intersection of Law, technology, and artificial intelligence.  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, Executive Director of Student Services.

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 2018-2019, you must submit a request online during the open waiver period, for the Fall 2018 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.

Tuition and Fees for the Fall 2018 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 on Tuesday, August 14 . Avoid late fees - Tuition and Fees are due on Wednesday, 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.