2021 JD First-Year Orientation Schedule

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Tuesday, August 17 | Wednesday, August 18 | Thursday, August 19


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Suggested Attire: Business
Bring: Face covering (required indoors for everyone); No devices, materials, backpacks, etc. required
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Identity-Based Section Breakouts (Optional)
If you are looking to connect with others who may have a shared experience, join one of our Breakout Sessions! Each group will provide an opportunity for an informal conversation with members of the USD Law community, including current students, alumni, faculty, and/or staff.

BIPOC

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Room 217A)

First-Generation College and/or Law Student

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Room 218)

LGBTQ+

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Room 223)
Pregnant and Parenting Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Room 220)
Veterans/Active Duty Military Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Room 219)
4:45-5:40 p.m.

Check-In
Receive your name tag and meet your new colleagues over light hors d'oeuvres.

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rotunda and Garden of the Sea (behind the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice)

Professional Individual Photos
Start your legal career with a professional photo. This photo will be provided to you for free and can be used as your profile picture on your LinkedIn account.

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Room A
5:40-6 p.m.

First-Year Group Photo
Gather for a photo of the entire incoming class.
(Note: This photo will be available for purchase for all first-year students. If you do not want to appear in the photo, please go directly to the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre.)

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Garden of the Sky
(in front of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice)
6-7 p.m. Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism
Meet Provost Gail F. Baker, Dean Robert A. Schapiro, Vice Dean Margaret A. Dalton, Senior Administration, and the USD School of Law Faculty. Your legal career starts today with the Oath of Professionalism, which will be administered by Judge Olga Álvarez '02 (JD).
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre
7-8 p.m. Student and Faculty Dessert Reception
Get to know your classmates and professors while enjoying dessert and refreshments.
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Garden of the Sea 
(behind the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice)
8 p.m. Students Adjourned  

Please note: The August 17 orientation events will be held at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the west side of campus. Visit the USD Parking website for information about available parking and rules and regulations.

USD Torero Store will remain open today from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Campus Card Services will remain open today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Suggested Attire: Casual
Bring: Face covering (required indoors for everyone), Devices (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) you may want to sync to the USD WiFi, and materials for notetaking, if desired.
9-9:30 a.m. Check-In Front of Warren Hall
Complete admission process
(If you have been contacted by Admissions Office.)
Warren Hall, Room 203
9:30-10:15 a.m. Welcome, Tech Connect and USD Resources
Receive an overview of the essential resources you will use as a law student at USD. Sync your devices (laptop, phone, tablet) to the USD WiFi and set up your legal research accounts.
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Pardee Legal Research Center, Room 132
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 1L Essentials: Intro to the Legal System and Case Law
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.) 
Sections A1 and A2 Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections A3 and C9 Warren Hall, Room 3B
Sections B4 and B5 Warren Hall, Room 2B
Sections B6 and E10 Warren Hall, Room 2A
Sections C7 and C8 Warren Hall, Room 131
12:15-1:30 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.
Hahn University Center, Forums A, B, and C
1:45-3:15 p.m. Introductory Doctrinal Session
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.) 
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Pardee Legal Research Center, Room 132
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
3:15 p.m.  Students Adjourned  

USD Torero Store will remain open today from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Card Services will remain open today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Suggested Attire: Undergraduate College Gear
Bring: Face covering (required indoors for everyone), Laptop and/or materials for notetaking, if desired.
9-10:30 a.m. Strategies for Success in Law School
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.) 
What should you learn in class? What do you do with that information? Find out in this introduction to strategies for success in law school. 
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Pardee Legal Research Center, Room 132
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
10:45-11:45 a.m. Implicit Attitudes Discussion
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 10.)
Group discussion on implicit attitudes and how this intersects with personal and professional identity in law school.
Hahn University Center, Forum C
12-1:15 p.m. USD Law Community Lunch
Get to know the USD Law Community over lunch.
Warren Hall, Back Patio
1:30-3 p.m. Campus and Legal Research Center Tours
Student volunteers will show you around campus and the Legal Research Center. Tours start next to the Warren Hall Parking Lot. Look for the Orientation Volunteer with your Legal Writing & Research section sign.
Tours to start outside next to the Warren Hall parking lot.
3 p.m. Students Adjourned  

USD Torero Store will remain open today from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Card Services will remain open today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


We strongly recommend that part-time students attend orientation events, but those with scheduling limitations can contact Law Student Affairs by email at lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu or by phone at (619) 260-4651.