USC Summer Programs USC Summer Programs


Credit:     3.0 units of USC credit
Pre-Requisites:  None
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Interested in learning the skills it takes to be a successful lawyer? Have you ever wondered how lawyers think, and why they think, differently from other people? Learn the skills necessary for success in legal thinking, including legal reasoning and how to relate this knowledge to everyday problems.

Attend federal and state appellate court proceedings and see these skills applied (and mis-applied) in real life. At the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of legal documents that demonstrate your experience with legal analysis and writing.


  • Analyze real legal cases
  • Attend U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and CA 2nd District Court of Appeal proceedings
  • Prepare and deliver closing oral arguments
  • Create a portfolio of legal documents that shows what you have learned
  • Hear from guest speakers who are experts in the field
  • Learn how to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in law school
  • Meet with law school admissions officers
  • Talk with USC Alumni currently attending law school

Topics of Study:

  • Case Analysis
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Legal Writing
  • Law in literature and media
  • Oral Advocacy
  • Court systems and the development of law
  • Law School Admissions

Note: The daily schedule for this course varies on the days students visit the court; there will be an earlier departure time from campus and the lunch schedule may be adjusted.

Required Clothing: On court visit days, students must follow a respectful, professional dress code (slacks, button-down shirt, dress/skirt, blouse) and wear closed toe shoes. The following are not permitted: jeans, tank tops, extreme low-rise pants, low cut tops, bare back or bare midriff, flip-flops. Students will not be permitted to attend the court visits if they do not follow the dress code.