Trial Law at UC San Diego

Get an in-depth look into the legal profession and parts of the judicial system

Located on the campus of UC San Diego

Program Highlights

Explore all roles of a challenging case acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, witnesses, jurors, or judge
Develop your legal skills by researching evidence, crafting arguments, and preparing and examining witnesses
Experience a unique view of the legal profession that is personal and insightful from seasoned lawyers or legal scholars
Gain insight into the wide range of career options in the legal field
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Tuition:

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Dates:

Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021

Late July: July 25-August 6, 2021

Location:

University of California at San Diego
San Diego, CA

Testimonials

  • I learned a lot about law. Through this course, I have gained a lot of knowledge that has helped me understand the world better.

    Alexander P.

Course Overview

This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts.

Excursions may include a visit to the courthouse. The Superior Court in San Diego County is part of the California trial court system, which is the largest of its kind in the world with 58 trial courts throughout the state (one in each county). San Diego is the second largest court system in the state.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning


Master courtroom processes as you defend a challenging case from start to finish. Research the evidence, craft and deliver your opening statement, prepare and cross-examine witnesses, craft your arguments, and have a strong closing statement to impress and win over the judge and jury.

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Career Exploration


We will discuss the wide variety of professions within the field of law, such as lawyer, paralegal, mediator, litigator, judge and more. You'll get a deeper sense of your unique motivations and aptitudes and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

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