Summer Legal Institute

Each summer UC Law SF offers classes in a variety of subject areas. All in-person courses are taught at UC Law in San Francisco, adjacent to federal, state, and local courthouses, San Francisco City Hall, and many of the city’s leading law firms.

The credit-bearing courses are open to any J.D. student currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school and to UC Law SF JD, LL.M., MSL, and CSL students. When selecting online classes, UC Law SF JD students should bear in mind Academic Regulation 1204, which imposes distance education caps per semester (in this case, applicable to the entire summer) and in total toward the JD.

July 2024 Bar Exam Certification

The 2024 Summer Legal Institute (“SLI”) classes are not likely to have grading completed in sufficient time for students enrolled in summer classes who are short a few units to be certified for the July 2024 administration of the bar exam. If you need to take a summer class in order to have enough credits to graduate, you should plan on preparing and sitting for the February 2025 bar exam. The one exception is Negotiation, which is taught and graded on an accelerated schedule.

VA Students: Pay careful attention to the start and end date for the semester (as well as online courses) as this might affect your VA benefits for the summer.


NOTE: The summer schedule and information is subject to change.

Summer Session: May 14 – August 2

(No Classes May 27th, June 19th & July 4th)
Last day to add/drop classes for Summer Session is May 13, 11:59PM PST.

ClassProfessorUnitsTimesDaysMidterm/Final ExamNotes
83531ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCHH. Hardcastle & H. Herndon3N/AN/ANoOnline Asynchronous
83532ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCHH. Hardcastle & T. Pelczynski3N/AN/ANoOnline Asynchronous
Final: Yes – In Person
Online Asynchronous
27531CIVIL PROCEDURE 2R. Williams35:45 PM – 8:00 PMTTHMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes – In Person
Online Synchronous
29031CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 2B. Candler45:45 PM – 8:40 PMTTHMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes – In Person
32831CRIMINAL PROCEDUREZ. Ben-Dan45:45 PM – 8:40 PMMWMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes – In Person
Online Synchronous
First class meeting is May 15
87131ESSENTIAL LAWYERING SKILLST. Timmons19:00 AM – 4:30 PMTWNoIn-Person
Scheduled from May 14 – July 25
Class meets on May 14 and 15 during scheduled time. Remainder of meetings TBA
36831EVIDENCEJ. Myers49:00 AM – 11:55 AMTTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes – In Person
49031LEGAL ETHICS: PRACTICE OF LAWL. Schwartz35:45 PM – 8:00 PMMWMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes – In Person
Online Synchronous
First class meeting is May 15
83831NEGOTIATIONJ. Ford31:00 PM – 5:40 PMMTWTHFNoIn-Person
Intensive class meets May 14 – May 24

Additional courses: Independent Study and Independent Study Journal Note.

Exam Schedules & Information

The summer midterm and final exam information and exam schedules are posted on the Registrar’s office’s Midterm and Final Exam Sharknet page (requires UC Law SF single-sign-on access).  All students complete their midterm and final exams using ExamSoft’s Examplify exam software. All bar courses offered during the Summer semester will have in-person, closed book exams. This includes Business Associations, Civil Procedure 2, Constitutional Law 2, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Legal Ethics: Practice of the Law.  Please direct any exam questions to the Registrar’s Office at


The tuition for all credit-bearing 2024 summer courses is $1,760.00 per credit, so a three-unit course will cost $5,280.00. The tuition is the same for all students, regardless of California residency status or nationality. U.S. citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and other eligible non-citizens attending other ABA-accredited law schools can use federal financial aid funds for summer courses provided they are taking a minimum of three credits. UC Law SF students can find more information on applying for loans here. Students of other ABA-accredited law schools should contact the Financial Aid Office at their school as summer loans are administered through the home school.

Important: Please note that you must attend at least half-time (3 units in summer) to receive a federal student loan.

***Payment is due on the first day of classes, May 14, 2024, by 3pm. 

Contact Information

For additional information about the UC Law SF credit-bearing courses, send an email to or call 415-565-4613 during normal business hours.

Registration & Application

Registration for summer classes will open at 9:00 AM (PST) on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.  Current UC Law students can register online via Self-Service through the Add/Drop period.

Non-UC Law SF students
who wish to:

  • Apply for credit-bearing courses:
    Please submit the following to the Registrar’s Office (

    1. complete the Part-Time Visitor Application;
    2. submit a current official law school transcript*
    3. submit a letter of good academic standing and good ethical standing*
    4. requirement for in-person courses: completion of the flu vaccine survey
      *These materials should be submitted directly from your school.
  • Enroll as an official auditor (earning credit but a grade of “AU” for auditing):
    1. Please refer to these instructions to formally apply as an official auditor.


Please note that if you wish to cancel your enrollment without incurring any charges, you must drop your class(es) by 11:59 PM on the day BEFORE the summer session begins, which is May  13, 2024. Following those dates, charges/refunds are pro-rated and full refunds are not available.

Adding classes must be done no later than 11:59 PM the night BEFORE the first day of the session.

*Tuition and fees are estimated and subject to change by the State Legislature, the Governor’s office or the College’s Board of Directors. They are subject to change without notice.*