Students teach law-related topics in local public high schools and participate in weekly simulated teaching seminars at UCLA Law. The course is based on a community legal education approach. In consultation with the host high school teacher, each student develops their own curriculum; all legal areas and issues are open for consideration. In the weekly seminars, students engage in practice teaching and role playing, workshop curricular ideas, and examine various aspects of teaching (e.g., lesson planning, teaching practices and methods, and classroom engagement). Seminar discussions will including examining similarities between teaching and practicing law, especially relating to communication between lawyers and non-lawyers, problem-solving and improvisational thinking.
Enrollment in the course is limited to 16 students. Third-year students receive enrollment priority on the first pass. The course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. In addition to teaching 10 weekly, one-hour periods at their respective teaching site, students submit bi-weekly journal entries and a short final, non-research paper. Prior teaching experience is not required.