McGeorge School of Law

Expert Learning for Law Students

Classroom setting at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Short Course for Prospective Law Students
Course Description

This course has been designed to give prospective law students early access to learning skills critical to success in law school. Students will learn how successful law students work smarter and not just harder, including how the successful law students read and brief court opinions. Students will receive individualized feedback on assignments.

What We Will Cover
  1. Class Session 1: Law School Expert Learning Skills, including growth mindset, time management, and stress management;
  2. Class Session 2: Reading Cases the Way Students Who Succeed in Law School Read Them;
  3. Class Session 3: Briefing Cases the Way Students Who Succeed in Law School Brief Them.
Course Date Options and Times

We will offer this short course twice:

  • Option One: Tuesday through Thursday, June 16-18, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (PDT)
  • Option Two: Tuesday through Thursday, July 21-23, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (PDT)

Michael Hunter Schwartz, Interim Provost and Professor of Law

Interim Provost Schwartz is a nationally recognized expert in law school teaching and learning. He is the author of seven books, seven law review papers, three book chapters, and eight shorter works addressing a wide variety of teaching, learning and curriculum design topics. Schwartz's books include What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013) and Expert Learning for Law Students (Carolina Academic Press 2008).

Paula Manning, Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Manning is a nationally acclaimed expert on creating programs to integrate legal skills training into law school curricula. For over a decade she has designed programs, developed curricula and provided instruction in academic support and bar preparation, and she is a recognized expert and frequent presenter on such topics, including at American Bar Association, AALS, Society of American Law Teachers, Legal Writing Institute and Institute for Law Teaching and Learning national conferences. Professor Manning has a passion for helping students to succeed in law school, on the bar exam and in the practice of law.


The cost of the short course is $75, and you can register and pay here.