First Year Law Student Examination Review


Again for the second year in a row, Associate Professor Madeline Tannehill with the assistance of Assistant Professor Christine Lugo-Rinaldi and Associate Dean and Professor Ed Trent will present a week-long series of classes to prepare first year students facing the State Bar’s mandated First Year Law Students’ Examination in June. The series of classes will be focused on areas commonly tested as shown from prior administrations of this examination that dates back to the 1930’s when it was first initiated throughout the state to measure competency of students in part-time law study programs. It is given twice yearly in the summer and fall.

While there are a number of commercial preparatory courses available to students, Irvine University College of Law has pioneered an in-house program of preparation that seamlessly dovetails the review for the examination with courses taken by first year Irvine students throughout their first year of study. This approach was adopted after a number of academic reviews by Professor Tannehill who visited her alma mater Western States University Law School where she received substantial information in her quest from Western State administrators and faculty. Together with Associate Dean Trent and Professor Lugo-Rinaldi, she put together a template for the preparation seminar that has in the last two years has shown to be a very effective way for students to meet the substantial challenges of taking the 7-hour examination that tests contracts, torts, and criminal law topics both through essay responses to hypothetical fact questions and 100 multiple choice questions calling for very specific answers.

Dean George J. Gliaudys stated, “We are very pleased to have such a well-developed preparation course available to our students at minimal cost to them.”

All Irvine students who take the seminar receive a certificate of completion that qualifies them to obtain a credit of up to $1,000.00 on their subsequent semester’s tuition should they pass the examination on their first attempt.

The seminar will be presented starting in May 2012 at the Irvine University College of Law. It is a seminar we encourage all students who are facing their first administration of the First Year Law Students’ Examination to participate in.

Dates and Times of the FYLSX Review:

Monday, May 7th from 6:30pm to 10:00pm [Torts with Professor Tannehill]
Tuesday, May 8th from 6:30pm to 10:00pm [Contracts with Associate Dean Trent]
Wednesday, May 9th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm [Simulated MBE with Professor Tannehill]
Thursday, May 10th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm [Criminal Law with Professor Lugo-Rinaldi]
Friday, May 11th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm [Essay session with Professor Tannehill]
Saturday, May 12th from 8am to 4:30pm [Simulated FYLSX with Professor Tannehill]

For more information regarding the FYLSX Review, please contact:

Rebeca Cervantes (562) 865-7111