UCI Law's Lawyering Skills Program, currently ranked 11th in the country among Legal Writing Programs, offers students an innovative and comprehensive introduction to the range of critical skills necessary for students to thrive in the communities in which they practice. Here are some of the key attributes of our program: 
  • A team of faculty members with full status who are dedicated teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Collectively, we have nearly 150 years of teaching experience. We also have a range of practical experience to offer our students, counting among our ranks prior solo practitioners, judicial clerks, award-winning legal journalists, large law firm partners, and those currently performing significant pro bono work for the local community.
  • A comprehensive six-credit course covering a range of skills, including legal writing, research, analysis, oral advocacy, fact investigation, problem solving, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, and contract drafting.
  • A live client interviewing experience for every 1L through established partnerships with pro bono and government organizations.
  • Small class sizes allowing for focused individualized attention for every student.
  • A range of upper-division skills courses to complement the introduction in the 1L year.
  • Regular communication with our clinical program (ranked eighth in the country) to provide students a seamless transition between the 1L Lawyering Skills Class and the mandatory clinic experience at UCI Law. 

– Rachel Croskery-Roberts, UCI Law Associate Dean for Lawyering Skills and Professor of Lawyering Skills