Assistant Dean Welcome

Dear First Year Student:

Welcome to USD Law!

I am pleased you will be joining us in the fall and expect that you are looking forward to the beginning of your legal career.

USD Law is known for its collegiality and warmth (both the people and the weather!), which I hope you feel from your first day at orientation. As the Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs, my goal is to enhance your law school experience, help you devise a plan to meet your academic and professional goals, and provide you with the information you need to be an active, engaged, and successful student. The faculty, staff, alumni, and your student colleagues at USD Law are also here to help you navigate law school and thrive in the practice of law.

To start your law school journey on the right track, here are three quick tips as you enter your first year:

Get to Know Your Professors:

The faculty members at USD are accomplished legal scholars and teachers who can provide valuable insight into how you can be successful. Be sure to meet with each of your professors at least once during each semester. Utilize their office hours to clarify points of the law or follow up on a class discussion.

Get to Know Your Classmates:

Your classmates – and future colleagues – are a wonderful resource for continuing class discussions, contemplating different sides of an argument, or providing motivation and support. While you should avoid stretching yourself too thin during your first year, becoming involved in USD Law student organizations is a great way to connect with upper-division students and other members of the USD community.

Get to Know Your Resources for Academic Success:

In addition to your professors and your student colleagues, take advantage of all of the academic success resources USD Law has to offer! Attend all programs and sessions during orientation in August. Get to know our Office of Academic Success and Bar Programs, use the Academic Success Resource Center, and look for workshops throughout the semester to assist you with study strategies and techniques. In addition, all first year doctrinal courses have upper-division law students serving as Academic Success Fellows; these students are helpful, knowledgeable, and available to offer one-on-one feedback about each course.

I encourage you to visit the Office for Law Student Affairs to learn more about the resources you can take advantage of throughout law school. I look forward to meeting you in August.

Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs