The University of Connecticut School of Law welcomes new LLM & Exchange 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.
J.D. Students please reference this schedule.
Please dress in business attire for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Optional campus tours every 30 minutes
Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Students
Timothy Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law
The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis, Pullman & Comley, LLC Chair, Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
The Honorable Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Connecticut Supreme Court
Darcy Kirk, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Library and Technology and Distinguished Professor of Law
LSAA, HCBA, Affinity Bar Associations, CBA Leadership
Student Service : 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 J. Meskill Law Library)
Incoming students 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.
This session serves as the first class for those students enrolled in the U.S. Law and Legal Institutions course. This course focuses on the fundamental doctrinal, methodological and structural characteristics of the United States legal system. Topics including the American legal education, the judicial system, and the legal profession will be discussed.
Professor Mark Janis
(Required for all LLM and exchange students enrolled in this class)
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.
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.
This session will teach LLM & Exchange Students the class expectations and academic regulations of legal education institutions in the U.S.
Students will meet their assigned faculty advisors.
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.
In this simulation, students will experience the difference between international and U.S. legal classrooms.
What courses do I need to take a Bar Exam? (Optional)
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.
Students will learn about legal citation and plagiarism rules when conducting academic research in the U.S.
Professor Jessica Rubin
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.