LLM & Exchange Orientation 2017

LLM & Exchange Orientation 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, August 24, 2017 (All day)
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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.

Monday, August 21
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Welcome to Graduate and International Programs
Chase 110
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Things to Know in Hartford
Chase 110
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Picnic Grove
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meet Returning LLM Students
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

Please dress in business attire for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hosmer Quad

Optional campus tours every 30 minutes

5:30 pm - 5:50 pm
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
Hosmer Quad

LSAA, HCBA, Affinity Bar Associations, CBA Leadership

Wednesday, August 23
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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)

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

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. 

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
U.S. Law and Legal Institutions (First Class)
Library 202

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)

Thursday, August 24
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
LLM & Exchange Students: Academic Expectations
Knight 215

This session will teach LLM & Exchange Students the class expectations and academic regulations of legal education institutions in the U.S. 

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.

2:30 pm
All LLM & Exchange Students: US Legal Class Simulation
Knight 115

In this simulation, students will experience the difference between international and U.S. legal classrooms.

3:15 pm
LLM Students Seminar
Knight 115

What courses do I need to take a Bar Exam? (Optional)

Friday, August 25
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.


10:30 am
Ethics and Legal Writing
Starr 108

Students will learn about legal citation and plagiarism rules when conducting academic research in the U.S.

Professor Jessica Rubin

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SBA Social Event

Please RSVP to this event

Thursday, August 31
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New Student Garden Party

Join the Dean at his home for a welcome event for all incoming students. RSVP is required by August 15th for this event. 

Rain date: Thursday, September 7, 5:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 6
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

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.