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Support Programs

Helping Engaged Students Succeed

GUCL provides students with abundant academic support throughout the four-year, part time JD program.

New Student Success Orientation

GUCL requires attendance at New Student Success Orientation which meets twice a week for two weeks before enrollment.

The sessions are dynamic, experiential, and highly interactive. They provide a clear view of the educational philosophy of the law program. By the end of orientation, new students see a marked improvement in their skills and learn how to:

  • Understand the legal method
  • Read and brief cases to optimize learning
  • Organize materials to improve in-class engagement
  • Learn through the process of outlining

Legal Method & Examsmanship I, II, III (LM&E)

During the first year of evening JD program studies at GUCL, the LM&E series of courses provide weekly academic support and the skill development necessary to succeed in law school and the practice of law. Topics include:

  • Recognizing legal authorities
  • How to read cases and statutes
  • How to prepare for class
  • Outlining for substantive law courses
  • How to prepare for and write exams
  • Basic through advanced legal problem-solving skills
  • Electronic legal research
  • Drafting of legal documents

BARBRI Law Student Success Resources

GUCL has partnered with BARBRI, a specialist in educational advancement and professional skills development to help ensure our students' success in law school and on the Bar Exam.

Because of this partnership, law students at GUCL have the opportunity - at no cost - to access BARBRI's "Mastery Packages" during the first, second and third years of law school as their very own support system. Briefly, these packages include:

  • Study aids
  • Detailed Course Outlines
  • On-Demand Video Lectures
  • Multiple Choice, Essay Practice Questions
  • Exam Taking Strategies

GUCL students can also take a free Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Review Course through BARBRI. The MPRE, typically taken during the second or third year of law school, is a complete study of professional ethics and is a requirement for admittance to practice law in Southern California.

Bar Exam Preparation & BARBRI

A critical aspect of the fourth year is Bar preparation. Through nine months of instruction and practice (including Advanced Document Drafting), students prepare fully for the Bar Exam performance test. In addition, select Bar subjects are reviewed in the final quarter prior to graduation.

Seniors can also sign up for BARBRI Bar Review Course at a deep discount. Considered the "go-to" Bar Review course by the majority of CBA law school and ABA accredited law school students, BARBRI's proven, systematic preparation program with cutting-edge technology has become synonymous with Bar prep success in Southern California and across all 50 states. See more at: