Faculty Profiles

Claire Abrams

Claire Abrams

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UC Berkeley
M.A. UC Berkeley
Ph.D. UC Berkeley
J.D. UCLA School of Law

Claire Abrams teaches Legal Research, Writing and Analysis for LL.M.s at UCLA School of Law. As a Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law, she taught LL.M. Legal Writing and Advocacy. She taught government, public law and public policy in political science departments at the University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco and University of New Orleans. Working with international students, she also taught English as a Foreign Language.

Professor Abrams was a judicial extern for Judge Harry Pregerson, law clerk for the Federal Public Defender, summer associate for Miller and Nolan, LLP, and worked for the L.A. County Counsel. She had her own law office in Los Angeles and worked with the Los Angeles County Adoptions Panel, Los Angeles County Dependency Trial Panel and the California Appellate Project. Her pro bono activities included work for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence and Immigration Legal Assistance projects.

She also worked for the University of California President, analyzing federal and state legislation and writing University policy, and she designed sexual harassment prevention training for University management. Her work was officially recognized by awards of three University of California Management Fellowships and assignments with the University’s Sacramento and Washington, D.C. offices. She was subsequently appointed to direct the California Policy Center, connecting University of California faculty systemwide with government policy-makers.

She received her B.A. (with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa), M.A., and Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law where she was part of the Moot Court Honors Program.