2020 JD First-Year Orientation Schedule

A downloadable electronic version of the Orientation Schedule is available on the USD Blackboard website.

All Orientation sessions will be held remotely. Zoom joining instructions for each session will be posted in the "JD Orientation 2020" folder on the USD Blackboard website unless otherwise noted. Check this page frequently for updates and additional schedule information. 

Wednesday, August 12 | Thursday, August 13


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Suggested Attire: Casual
9:30-10:15 a.m.

Welcome and USD Resources*
Receive an overview of the essential resources you will use as a law student at USD.

Zoom
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Introductory Doctrinal Session* (Professor Jordan Barry) 
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.)

Zoom
1-1:30 p.m. 1L 101: Welcome to Law School*
Learn what it means to join the School of Law community and how to navigate the heightened expectations of a professional school environment.
Zoom
1:45-2:30 p.m. Title IX Basics** JD Orientation 2020 Folder
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Implicit Attitudes Discussion
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.)

 Zoom

*This session will be recorded for those students unable to attend. Recorded sessions will be posted in the "JD Orientation 2020" folder on the USD Blackboard website. Please note that optional Orientation sessions and breakout rooms will not be recorded. 
**This session is a pre-recorded video which can be found in the "JD Orientation 2020" folder on the USD Blackboard website. We encourage students to watch the video during the time frame indicated above.


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Suggested Attire:
Morning and Afternoon Sessions - Casual 
Evening Session - Business
9:30-11 a.m.

Introduction to Legal Analysis* (Professor Kevin Sherrill)
What should you learn in class? What do you do with that information? Find out in this introduction to studying law and legal analysis. 

Zoom
11:15-11:35 a.m.

Virtual Campus Tour**
Join SBA President Robbie Ponce for a virtual tour of the USD campus.

JD Orientation 2020 Folder
12-1 p.m.

Student Bar Association (SBA) and Student Life Lunch*
Meet the Law Student Affairs team and SBA Executive Board. Learn about life at USD from continuing students. 

Zoom
1:15-2:15 p.m. Law Student Affairs Virtual Open House*
Join Law Student Affairs for a drop-in Q&A Session. View the Be Well at USD and Live Well @ USD Law orientation videos prior to attending this session. Come prepared with questions or submit your question ahead of time here
Zoom
2:30-3 p.m. Legal Research Center (LRC) Virtual Open House*
Join the LRC team for a drop-in Q&A session. View the LRC Resources orientation video prior to attending this session.
Zoom
5-6 p.m.

Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism*
Meet Provost Gail F. Baker, Interim Dean Margaret A. Dalton, and the USD School of Law Faculty. Your legal career starts today with the Oath of Professionalism, which will be administered by Justice Richard T. Fields.

(This session will be immediately followed by a faculty and student reception.)

Zoom
6-6:30 p.m. 

Faculty and Student Virtual Reception
Get to know your classmates and section professors before classes start next week.

 Zoom

*This session will be recorded for those students unable to attend. Recorded sessions will be posted in the "JD Orientation 2020" folder on the USD Blackboard website. Please note that optional Orientation sessions and breakout rooms will not be recorded. 
**This session is a pre-recorded video which can be found in the "JD Orientation 2020" folder on the USD Blackboard website. We encourage students to watch the video during the time frame indicated above.


We strongly recommend that part-time students attend Orientation sessions, but those with scheduling limitations can contact Law Student Affairs by email at lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu.