Senior Lecturer in law


Professor Lois W. Schwartz entered the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1986 at the age of forty, and every day thanks her lucky stars that she accepted the challenge. Her legal career began in private practice and quickly led to teaching. Her professional life has taken unconventional twists and turns, including a hiatus from academia in 2001 to complete a judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a stint with the Public Defender’s Office, and a position with the Contra Costa County Staff Attorneys’ Office. It is her goal in teaching to integrate academic understanding and practical skills.



  1. School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley


  2. University of Chicago, Graduate Library School


  3. University of Chicago, Department of English Literature


  4. University of Chicago


Selected Scholarship

  1. Grey Matters 2012

    Hastings Women's Law Journal

  2. Physicians Seeking Indemnification from Managed Care Organizations: Transforming Equities and Remedies 1996

    Kennedy Law Review

  3. Public Interest Prospects on the West Coast 1992

    NAPIL [National Association for Public Interest Law] Connection

  4. The Diversified Job Search: Public and Private Sector Counseling in the Nineties 1991

    NALP [National Association for Law Placement] Annual Report

  5. Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stonea Newcomers' Guide to Perilous Terrain in Law School 1990

    Vermont Law Review

  6. Admitted But Not Accepted Outsiders Take an Inside Look at Law School 1989

    Berkeley Women's Law Journal


  1. Introduction to Law
  2. Wills & Trusts
  3. Remedies: Doctrine & Practice
  4. Remedies: Law & Process
  5. Critical Studies I: Writing
  6. Critical Studies IIB: Writing
  7. Civil Procedure II: Law & Process
  8. Applied Wills & Trusts