Fall 2019 Orientation

Attendance at the orientation program for new JD and LLM students is mandatory.  The orientation program will include sessions with faculty, administrators, and current students, all designed to introduce new students to various aspects of life as a law student. The programming will include an introduction to the law based on Storming the Court: How a Band of Law Students Fought the President--and Won by Brandt Goldstein. In addition, you will also participate in other orientation sessions including:

  • How to Read a Case
  • Writing in a Legal Context
  • Library Information Sessions and Tours
  • Managing Stress in Law School
  • Preparing for Class
  • Student Bar Association Social
  • Student Organization Fair
  • SBA Softball Tournament

What follows below is a brief summary of the orientation week programming and class schedule.   When you arrive at the law school for orientation, you will receive a detailed orientation week schedule.

Master of Laws Students

Orientation programming for new LLM students will take place as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 14, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (LLMs only) (Lunch Provided)
  • LLM students will also attend the general orientation on:
    • Monday, August 19, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
    • Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
    • Wednesday, August 21, 12:15 pm to 2:30 pm (Lunch Provided)

As you will see below, there are also some class sessions scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 21, Thursday, August 22, and Friday, August 23.   Assistant Dean Crystal Edwards will notify LLMs who are required to attend these class sessions.

Juris Doctor Students

Orientation programming for first-year Day Division JD students will take place as follows:

  • Monday, August 19, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Wednesday, August 21, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Thursday, August 22, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lunch On Your Own)
  • Friday, August 23, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lunch On Your Own)

Orientation programming for first-year Evening Division JD students will take place as follows:

  • Monday, August 19, 5:30 pm to 9:25 pm (Dinner Provided)
  • Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Wednesday, August 21, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Dinner Provided)
  • Thursday, August 22, 6:30 pm to 9:35 pm (Dinner On Your Own)

1L Required Classes During Orientation Week

First-year JD and Evening students are required to attend the following classes during orientation week.  Please note: Your orientation week class schedule is different from the fall class schedule that you received from the Office of Registration and Enrollment. You will only follow the orientation week class schedule on August 21, 22, and 23.  Your fall class schedule will begin on Monday, August 26.

Wednesday, August 21:

Legal Analysis & Writing (Day Division)10:00 am to 12 Noon 
Room 108 (Professor Bowen)
Room 107 (Professor Carstens)
Room 202 (Professor Guida)
Room 302 (Professor Hemmer)
Room 402 (Professor Keene)
Room 460 (Professor Jennison)
Room 205 (Professor Mortellaro)

Thursday, August 22: 

Torts (Day Division) 10:00 am to 12 Noon
Room 108 (Professor Hoffmann)
Room 205 (Professor Boldt) (after orientation week you will meet regularly in Room 107)
Room 460 (Professor Gifford) 

Contracts (Day Division) – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 108 (Professor Ertman)
Room 205 (Professor Van Alstine)
Room 460 (Professor Steinzor)

Legal Analysis & Writing (Evening Division)7:35 pm – 9:35 pm 
Room 205 (Professor DeSimone)

Friday, August 23:

Civil Procedure (Day Division) 10:00 am to 12 Noon
Room 108 (Professor Eisenberg)
Room 205 (Professor Chibundu)
Room 460 (Professor Kovarsky) 

Criminal Law (Day Division) – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 108 (Professor Pustilnik)
Room 205 (Professor Gray)
Room 460 (Professor Sidhu)

Reading assignments for orientation will be posted on the 2019 Fall Orientation Blackboard page on Wednesday, August 7.  Reading assignments will vary depending on your orientation group (different groups are assigned different cases to read for the How to Read a Case session, for example.) We will indicate on Blackboard when the designated reading is assigned to everyone and when it is only assigned to certain orientation groups. 

Your professors may have also begun to post syllabi for fall classes on Blackboard pages that have been set up for your specific fall classes.  Please continue to check Blackboard for fall class information in the days leading up to orientation.