The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law’s Pre-Law Boot Camp is designed for entering first-year law students who want to get a jump start on the skills needed to be successful in law school. Throughout the Pre-Law Boot Camp, the attendees will learn about legal writing, including how to engage in a proper legal analysis. Attendees will also be exposed to first-year courses and a series of hands-on learning activities.
Beginning in June, weekly 1-hour webinars will be available addressing various components of law school success. In July, a week-long boot camp will be held from July 17-21, 2023.
Questions? Contact Timothy Peterkin, Visiting Director of Academic Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part I: Sunday Sessions
1-hour live Zoom sessions will be held once a week on Sundays from June 4, 2023 - July 16, 2023. During these sessions, Professor Timothy Peterkin will lead discussions on the following topics:
- June 4 – How government works: Federal vs. state and the three branches of government
- June 11 – What is “good” law? Case precedent, stare decisis, and effective note-taking strategies
- June 18 – Case law and addressing the components of a case
- June 25 – Issue spotting activities and law school exam strategies
- July 9 – Case briefing and outlining for law school
- July 16 – Mock class
These Sunday sessions will be recorded and available on the following respective Mondays for those who could not attend the live Zoom sessions.
Part II: Boot Camp
The Pre-Law Boot Camp will be held from July 17-21, 2023. The boot camp is a week-long session designed to give incoming law students a competitive advantage. Attendees will attend Zoom sessions hosted by law professors across the country as they give a sneak peek into Contracts and Real Property Law. These sessions will introduce the attendees to critical academic skills needed to be successful in law school.
These sessions will be held live on Zoom from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PST each day. There are readings that are assigned for each day. Professors will be teaching mock classes during boot camp week and attendees who are most prepared will get the greatest benefit. The daily schedule will include an academic skills session, contracts and property classes, and hands-on activities. At the end of the week, students will be given an assessment to help gauge their learning and retention.
Attendees are encouraged to attend Part I and II, but they can be attended independently.