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

The UC Davis School of Law is offering a two-week Pre-Academic 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


  • 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


Monday, July 19th to Friday, July 30th


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-Academic Program participation options.


  • Tuition: U.S. $1,200*

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

How to Apply

Apply online