Summer Pre-Law Program

Pre-Law Program: Academic Skills and Legal System Overview for Studying U.S. Law

The UC Davis School of Law is offering a two-week Pre-Law Program for prospective and incoming LL.M. and international J.D. students as well as legal practitioners who are interested in learning how to succeed in a US legal education environment. The program provides some introductory material on the fundamentals of the US legal system and will teach you how to succeed in your LL.M. or J.D. program. In addition, the program provides panels with former students and professors who give tips and insights to support you in your academic success.

Program Topics

All participants are introduced to:

  • The case law method
  • Class structure and expectations
  • Socratic method
  • Case briefing
  • Studying methods such as note taking and outlining
  • Test taking skills: essay and multiple choice


  • Beth Greenwood, J.D., Associate Dean of International Programs, LL.M. Director and Lecturer in Law
  • Johann Morri, LL.B., LL.M., Associate Director of International Programs and Lecturer in Law


    July 31-August 11, 2023



    Program is two weeks of Monday-Friday sessions 5-7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

    Online platforms

    Online via Zoom and the UC Davis learning management system.

    Note to incoming UC Davis LL.M. Students: Our office will contact you with additional information about arrival date and Pre-Law Program participation options.


    • Tuition: U.S. $ 2,115*
    • Application fee: $ 150* (if you apply to multiple programs, the application fee is only due once)

    *Tuitions and fees are subject to change

    How to Apply

    Download a brochure

    Apply online