​2019 JD First-Year Orientation Schedule

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Monday, August 12 | Tuesday, August 13 | Wednesday, August 14 | Thursday, August 15


Monday, August 12, 2019

Suggested Attire: Business
Bring: No devices, materials, backpacks, etc. required
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

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 Sea
(behind the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice)
6-7 p.m. Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism
Meet Provost Gail F. Baker, Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo, Associate 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 Judge Ana España '82 (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 12 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.-5 p.m.

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


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Suggested Attire: Casual
Bring: Devices (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) you may want to sync to the USD WiFi and materials for notetaking, if desired.
8-9 a.m. Check-In and Morning Coffee
Receive your registration packet. Enjoy coffee and mingle with your new colleagues.
Front of Warren Hall | Warren Hall Foyer, Second Floor
Complete admission process
(If you have been contacted by Admissions Office.)
Warren Hall, Room 203
Registration
Complete the paperwork necessary to start classes.
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
9-10 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 Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
10 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 5.) 
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
12:15-1:15 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
1:30-3:30 p.m. Section Breakouts:
Be You at USD
Live Well @ USD Law
Title IX Training 
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
3:40-5 p.m. Campus Tours
Student volunteers will show you around campus. Tours start outside of your Section Breakout classroom. Look for the Orientation Volunteer with your Legal Writing & Research section sign.
Tours to start outside of your Section Breakout room.
5 p.m.  Students Adjourned  

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 14, 2019

Suggested Attire: Undergraduate College Gear
Bring: Laptop and/or materials for notetaking, if desired.
8-9 a.m. Morning Coffee (Optional) Warren Hall Foyer, Second Floor 
9-10:30 a.m. Introductory Doctrinal Session
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 5.) 
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
10:45-11:15 a.m. 1L 101: Welcome to Law School
Learn what it means to join the School of Law community, how to navigate the heightened expectations of a professional school environment, and what to expect in your 1L courses.
Hahn University Center, Forum C
11:15-11:45 a.m. Scholarship Program and Debt Management Strategies
How do USD Law students graduate with one of the lowest average debts in California? This presentation will cover basic strategies and available resources that will help you save thousands in student debt. Additionally, find out more about achievement and private scholarship opportunities available to 2L and 3L students.
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
1:30-2:30 p.m. Introduction to Legal Analysis I
What should you learn in class? What do you do with that information? Find out in this introduction to studying law and legal analysis.
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
2:30 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 15, 2019

Suggested Attire: Casual
Bring: Laptop and/or materials for notetaking, if desired.
8-9 a.m. Donuts with the Deans
Enjoy donuts and coffee with the law school deans.
Hahn University Center, La Gran Terraza Terrace
9-10 a.m.

Implicit Attitudes Discussion
Materials for this session are available on the USD Blackboard site. (Will be posted on August 5.)

Hahn University Center, Forums A and B
10:15-11:45 a.m. Introduction to Legal Analysis II
Once you know how to approach class, how else can you work toward success in law school? Learn more in this session about how to maximize your study skills. Materials for this session will be distributed on Wednesday during Introduction to Legal Analysis I.
Section A Warren Hall, Room 3A
Sections B and E Warren Hall, Room 131
Section C Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom
11:45 a.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.