May 10, 2011 | | Leave a comment Top law schools are rigorous and demanding. They require total commitment, focus and application from students, so graduates will be able to meet the tough demands of the legal field. And it is critical that first-year law students have a strong foundation upon which to forge a successful career in law. In an effort to prepare students for their first year in law school, the University ofÂ California, Irvine Extension has launched a new online course called Prepare to Excel As A 1L. The course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to what will be covered in their first year of law school. Prepare to Excel As A 1L In this course, students will learn how to effectively read appellate court opinions, write case briefs, and synthesize the law. They will learn how to apply the concepts of issue spotting and learn the IRAC methodology for legal analysis, which are critical for success on law school exams. After completing the course, students will be able to explain the institutional sources of American law, describe how the judicial system is organized, and analyze and brief court opinions. Additionally, students will be introduced to constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property and criminal law procedures. Registration is in progress, and the course will begin on Monday, June 20. “In today’s competitive academic environment, first-year law students with an in-depth knowledge of what to expect will have a leg up and advantage from the competition,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., Assistant Director for Business, Management, and Legal programs at UC Irvine Extension. “This course will introduce students to major concepts covered during their first year of law school and will provide the necessary skills needed to not only succeed the first year, but to successfully navigate law school.” Free Webinar on the Course A free webinar titled Excel as a 1L: The Law School Experience will explain how new law students can put their best foot forward and will also address the benefits of the course. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PDT. Course instructor Robert Wright earned his juris doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Law in 2003 and his LL.M. in intellectual property, commerce and technology from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2005. He worked as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals and has published scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics, including trademark registration, movie piracy and cyber-bullying. To enroll in Prepare to Excel As A 1L or learn more about the course, click here. About the University of California, Irvine Established in 1965, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. The university is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UCI is the largest employer in Orange County and generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.2 billion. About UC Irvine Extension UC Irvine Extension is the the continuing education arm of UCI and is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies via online curriculum, as well as through on-campus classes.