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Below you will find links and information for a wide variety of resources we have both on and off campus. The Student Affairs team is here to help and can almost always direct you to a useful resource.

Financial Aid

Important Steps to Complete:

  1. My-Aid Application Status – View and Accept Financial Aid Awards
  2. Log in at the Department of Education website, StudentLoans.gov, and
    1. Complete the online Unsubsidized/Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Notes (MPN)
    2. Complete the online Entrance Counseling
  3. Zot Account - 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 Wednesday, August 14.
  4. Avoid late fees - Tuition and Fees are due on Thursday, August 15 at 4pm.
  5. Get to know the Financial Aid team.

Housing

Law students who accept an offer of admission and submit a positive Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) for the upcoming Fall semester can apply for a guaranteed on-campus housing offer in one of our six on-campus communities: Palo Verde, Verano Place, Campus Village, Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, or Puerta del Sol. Learn more about these communities.

The online guaranteed housing application opens March 1 and payment must be submitted by May 1. Click here for more detailed information about applications, deadlines and eligibility.

Students will be notified of their housing community assignment via email in May. Any student who wishes to decline the housing community offer must respond to the email by the stated deadline, and indicate the reason for declining the offer and/or request to be placed on the waitlist for another community.

Financial Aid award offers will be revised based on community assignments. Students will be notified via email.

Residency

Graduate or professional students who are initially classified as non-residents may petition to change their residency status. Please click here for details on how to petition for California resident classification.

Academic Skills

Typing Skills

Almost all law students take their final exams and the bar exam by typing their answers using a laptop.  Thus, the ability to type accurately and quickly is a highly useful skill for law students.  The best way to improve your typing accuracy and speed is to learn “touch typing”—i.e., typing by using all of your fingers and without looking down at the keyboard.

Below are a couple of free resources online to help you learn or improve your touch-typing skills.  The key is to practice early and often—before you need to rely on your typing skills to complete a writing assignment or an exam.  When starting out, be sure to focus on accuracy over speed, as having to stop, go back, and correct typos can really slow down your typing speed overall.

           1.  https://www.typingtest.com/

  • Take an initial 60-second “typing test” to determine your typing accuracy and speed.
  • Then, do “typing practice” to work through “lessons” focused on touch typing, speed building, and learning the number row and symbols.
  • The site also links to https://www.typinggames.zone for free typing games.

     2. https://www.typing.com/student/tests
  • For your initial typing test, you can choose either a 1-, 3-, or 5-minute test to determine your typing accuracy and speed.
  • Then, practice with “lessons” at the beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced levels—it’s your choice.  You can also select “typing practice” on the “lessons” page to help build and reinforce specific skills (e.g., “paragraph practice” or “keyboard quadrants”), as well as focus on your “problem keys.”
  • You can also play “games” to make practice more fun.

Critical-Reading Skills

Not only must law students and lawyers be able to read and comprehend large amounts of complex material in a short amount of time, but they also must use and apply the information they read to solve new problems.  Thus, critical-reading skills are essential for success in law school and in legal practice.

During Orientation and throughout your 1L year, you will have the opportunity to attend Academic Skills Program (ASP) workshops and learn more from your assigned 3L Dean’s Fellows about how to critically read cases and statutes.  But if you’d like to get a head start on developing your critical-reading skills now, we recommend that you read Critical Reading for Success in Law School and Beyond by Jane Bloom Grisé.  This book teaches you the key reading strategies and techniques that expert legal readers use before, during, and after reading to ensure comprehension.

This book is available to read online from the UCI Law Library, for free, after you’ve obtained your official UCInetID and set up your UCI Law email address.  To borrow the book online:

Set up your UCI Law email address.  You should already have instructions from UCI Law’s Information Technology Services Office.

  1. Go to http://subscription.westacademic.com.
  2. 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 (@lawnet.uci.edu).
  3. 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.
  4. Once you’ve successfully verified your West Academic account, search for “Critical Reading for Success in Law School and Beyond,” and then click on the title of the book.
  5. Select the “Browse Book” tab, and then click the link for the page, section, or chapter you’d like to read.
  6. 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 support@westacademic.com.

Separately, if you’re interested in measuring your reading speed and comprehension, try this free exercise from the Wall Street Journal, which also provides some quick tips for increasing your reading speed.  Keep in mind, though, that “speed reading” is not always the best way to ensure proper comprehension, and you’ll likely need to practice more “careful” or “close reading” of complex materials like the cases, statutes, and law review articles you’ll encounter as a law student and a lawyer.

Study Skills

Many law students find that the traditional study methods they’ve used throughout their K-12 and undergraduate education do not work so well for law school.  For example, you may think that re-reading a textbook is the best way to learn—but research shows that it’s not.  Far from it, in fact!

If you’d like to know more about the science of learning and what are the most effective study techniques and learning strategies, we recommend that you read Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel.  The authors wrote this book “because people generally are going about learning in the wrong ways,” and “[e]mpirical research into how we learn and remember shows that much of what we take for gospel about how to learn turns out to be largely wasted effort.”

During Orientation and throughout your 1L year, you will have the opportunity to attend Academic Skills Program (ASP) workshops and learn more from your assigned 3L Dean’s Fellows about effective study techniques and learning strategies.  But you can get a head start now by reading Make It Stick to learn more about the science behind these techniques and strategies.

Make It Stick is available to read online from the UCI Libraries, for free, after you’ve set up your UCInetID.  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 the UCI Libraries online record for this book: Library Search: Make It Stick: the Science of Successful Learning, Harvard University Press.
  3. Under “View Online,” click “EBL online monographs purchased. Restricted to UCI.
  4. Log in with your UCInetID and password.
  5. Click “Read online.”

If you need help using Ebook Central to read this book, check the UCI Libraries overview at https://guides.lib.uci.edu/eBooks/ebooks_EBL.

Your local public or academic library might also have a copy.  One place to check is worldcat.org/oclc/1028627250.

Student Life

  • Community Fellows are upper-level mentors for first-year students who promote community building. 
  • SBA Mentor Program: The Student Bar Association organizes a student mentor/mentee program, pairing each 1L with an upperclassman.
  • Student Organizations are a vital part of our campus community. We encourage you to get involved in one of our current groups or even start a new one. We will host a Student Involvement Fair during the first weeks of school where you can meet Student Bar Association (SBA) leaders and members of UCI Law organizations.
  • Family and Friends Day is a great way for your parents, significant others, and friends to experience law school for a day.  Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Save the Date!

Additional Resources