JD Orientation 2017

Event:
JD Orientation 2017
Date:
Monday, August 21, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, August 24, 2017 (All day)
Presented By:
Description:

The University of Connecticut School of Law welcomes new JD law students for class orientation. Orientation events will take place August 21-24, and 31 2017. The information presented in these events will assist students transitioning to law school, and serve as an introduction to the study and practice of law. Current students, faculty and staff will provide information about the Law School's acdemic programs, campus community and available services. 

LLM and Exchange Students please reference this schedule

Schedule:
Monday, August 21

Optional

7:05 pm
Yard Goats vs. Altoona
 - 
Dunkin Donuts Park

Meet fellow incoming UConn Law Students, and student members from the UConn Law’s Diversity Committee and Public Interest Law Group at a Yard Goats game in Dunkin’ Donuts Park. RSVP for this event is required. 

Tuesday, August 22 - JD Day and Evening Division

Required for JD Day and Evening Division - Please dress in business attire for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Optional campus tours every 30 minutes

5:30 pm - 5:50 pm
Welcome
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Students 

Timothy Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm
Welcome from the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
 - 
Hosmer Quad

The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis, Pullman & Comley, LLC Chair, Connecticut Bar Examining Committee

6:00 pm - 6:20 pm
Keynote Address
 - 
Hosmer Quad

 The Honorable Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Connecticut Supreme Court

6:20 pm - 6:30 pm
Academic Dean Address
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Darcy Kirk, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Library and Technology and Distinguished Professor of Law

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Reception
 - 
Hosmer Quad

LSAA, HCBA, Affinity Bar Associations, CBA Leadership

Wednesday, August 23 - JD Day Division

Required for JD Day Division 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sessions
 - 
Thomas J. Meskill Law Library

Student Services : Students will learn about resources from administrative offices at UConn Law, including: financial aid, bursar, registrar, career services, UConn Police, information technology, and student services (Starr Reading Room)

Library Tours : Students will be given tours of UConn Law’s extensive Thomas Meskill Law Library and learn about student resources and where to find them (Thomas Meskill Law Library)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Student Panel Lunch
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Incoming 1Ls will receive insight about academic, extracurricular, and social life from UConn Law students. New students are encouraged to participate in the panel and ask questions. 

Wednesday, August 23 - JD Evening Division

Required for JD Evening Division 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Student Panel Dinner
 - 
Starr Reading Room
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sessions
 - 
Thomas Meskill Law Library

Student Services : Students will learn about resources from administrative offices at UConn Law, including: financial aid, bursar, registrar, career services, UConn Police and student services. (Library 202)

Library Tours and Information Technology : Students will be given tours of UConn Law’s extensive Thomas Meskill Law Library and learn about information technology and library resources. (Thomas J. Meskill Law Library).

Thursday, August 24 - JD Day Division

Required for JD Day Division 

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Breakfast with the Diversity Committee
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Incoming students will have the opportunity to meet with the UConn School of Law Diversity Committee members.

About: The UConn School of Law Diversity Committee, a standing Committee under the UConn School of Law Student Bar Association (SBA) umbrella, promotes, ensures and protects our law school's community. Students attending the UConn School of Law strive to create a community that is inclusive of all viewpoints, races, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientation.

The Committee proactively contributes to developing a diverse and inclusive community by working with administrators and faculty to ensure student diversity training, and faculty diversity training, as a part of their regular professional development. The Committee sponsors events throughout the school year which bring together community members, initiating thought provoking debate and discussion about our law school community. 

10:30 am
Lexis Training
 - 
Starr Reading Room

Students will learn how to access and utilize Lexis, a provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics. In this session, a Lexis representative will describe their resources for students and their partnership with UConn Law.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Legal Practice - Research and Writing

Legal Practice - Research and Writing provides an introduction to Lawyering Process, a course required for all JD students. Students are trained in professional skills essential to the practice of law: legal analysis, print and electronic legal research and predictive and persuasive legal writing.

Students will be divided into the following sections:

Section 1: Professor Bader, Chase 110
Section 2: Professor Levin, Starr 108
Section 3: Professor Rubin, Knight 115
Section 4: Professor Beattie, Library 202
Section 5: TBA, Chase 210
Section 6: Professor Bader, Chase 110

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Advisor Lunch
 - 
Hosmer Quad

Students will meet their assigned faculty advisors.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Book Discussion

Students are required to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson before Orientation in order to participate in book discussions led by various UConn Law faculty and staff. This book is available on course reserve to loan for 24 hour increments at UConn Law's Thomas J. Meskill Law Library. Please visit the Library circulation desk.

About: Just Mercy follows the story of its author, Bryan Stevenson, as a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative. The Equal Justice Initiative is a legal practice dedicated to defending those most in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of Stevenson's earliest cases, Walter McMillian, was a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he did commit. This case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship; it transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Thursday, August 24 - JD Evening Division

Required for JD Evening Division 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Advisor Dinner
 - 
Starr Reading Room

Students will meet their assigned faculty advisors.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Legal Practice: Research and Writing
 - 
Knight 115

The Legal Practice sections provide an introduction to Lawyering Process, a course required for all JD students. Students are trained in professional skills essential to the practice of law: legal analysis, print and electronic legal research and predictive and persuasive legal writing.

8:00 pm - 8:20 pm
Lexis Training
 - 
Knight 115

Students will learn how to access and utilize Lexis, a provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics. In this session, a Lexis representative will describe their resources for students and their partnership with UConn Law.

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Book Discussion
 - 
Knight 115

Students are required to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson before Orientation in order to participate in book discussions led by various UConn Law faculty and staff. This book is available on course reserve to loan for 24 hour increments at UConn Law's Thomas J. Meskill Law Library. Please visit the Library circulation desk.

About: Just Mercy follows the story of its author, Bryan Stevenson, as a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative. The Equal Justice Initiative is a legal practice dedicated to defending those most in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of Stevenson's earliest cases, Walter McMillian, was a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he did commit. This case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship; it transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Friday, August 25

Optional 

9:30 am
International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS)
 - 
Starr 108

An officer from International Student and Scholar Services will lead this mandatory session for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. The session sets forth the specific visa requirements for F-1 and J-1 visas holders, including JDs, LLMs, Exchange Students, and Visiting Scholars.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SBA Social Event
 - 
Wood-n-Tap

Please RSVP to this event

Thursday, August 31

Optional

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New Student Garden Party
 - 
Hartford, CT

Join the Dean at his home for a welcome event for all incoming students.  RSVP is required by August 25th for this event. 
Rain date: Thursday, September 7, 5:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 6

Optional

5:00 pm
Student Organization Fair and BBQ
 - 
Hosmer Quad

The Office of Student Services and Student Bar Association (SBA) invites all students to the annual Student Organization Fair.

The Fair will allow students to talk with student leaders and learn about the wide variety of organizations and opportunities here on campus. Several campus offices will also have tables at the event.

RSVP is required for this event

Location:
Contact:
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.