Law School Orientation: Everything You Need to Know


So orientation is just as hectic as I thought it would be.
Instead of posting about what I’ve been up to (I might do that this weekend), I’m going to make a list of what every law student should know and be prepared for for orientation…

1. Dress nicely. You don’t have to wear a suit, but don’t go in shorts and tennis shoes. You’re meeting your professors, peers, and deans. These people will not only be with you for the next 3-4 years, but also be invaluable networking assets. Make a good impression by dressing nicely throughout your orientation.

2. Do the readings they assign over the summer. In the “pre-classes” during orientation, your professors have prepared and spent hours getting ready, so it’s not only a sign of respect, but it’ll gilet you brownie points if you come in prepared and ready to discuss.

3. Socialize. I admit, this is a hard one for me. I don’t have an easy time just randomly approaching a gaggle of girls and integrating myself. It’s uncomfortable and awkward. But do it. If you can, do it on the first day.

4. Go ahead and just bring the stuff you would bring to class. Notebook (I’ve seen everything from legal notepad to huge binders with loose leaf paper inside), pencils, pens, etc…

5. Bring gum. Or mints. But make sure you have something. You’re going to have to many people you’re talking to, the last thing you want is to have bad breath.

6. Water. Bring it. A big tumbler or a few water bottles. You’ll need it/want it and water fountains are hard to find in your law building.

7. Have a printed copy of your schedule. A lot of the “pre-classes” have you divided up from the beginning and you’re going to want to know who your professors are so you know where to go for orientation.

8. Have about $50 extra cash on you. Random little expenses will be mentioned (like a locker rental or other textbook that wasn’t mentioned) that you’re going to want or need, so make sure you have cash or checks on you to just get it done.

That’s about it, I think! If you do these things, you’ll be great. 🙂


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