3.0 units of USC credit
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Special Dress Code
Professional attire for court visits (see note below)
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 the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals proceedings
- Learn how to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in law school
- Talk with USC Law alumni and/or admissions officers
Topic of Study
- Case analysis
- Legal reasoning
- Legal writing
- 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.
Special Dress Code
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.
We went to the court of appeals which was the best field trip that we went on. It was the most memorable because I really got to see what we have been learning in class really translates in the real world.