Student Affairs

2016 JD Orientation

Welcome to NYU School of Law! We are excited to have you join our community. We see your orientation as an introduction to your classmates, faculty, and other members of the law school family. In addition, you'll launch your legal studies with a substantive program that will pave the way for a great experience here. Orientation is required for all first-year JD students and will take place Wednesday, August 24 through Monday, August 29.
Please click the links below for more information. 


The schedule below is in progress. Be sure to check back frequently for additional details and modifications. For questions and concerns, please email Thank you!



NYU IDs and Laptops


Required Reading

Optional Reading


Transfer Orientation

LLM/JSD Orientation

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Connecting to Wireless at NYU

Campus Map and Building Locations



2016 Schedule of Events 


Wednesday, August 24

Move-in Day

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Hayden & D'Agostino Residence Halls

Welcome to NYU! Please join the Residence Services team as they help you get situated in your new home. 


11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge

The Admissions Office and the Office of Student Affairs will welcome you to the Law School and provide information about programming for the remainder of Orientation. 

Section Lunches

12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Get to know members of your section over a casual (optional) lunch.

IT System Basics 

2:30-3:30 p.m. or 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall 218

During these optional (identical) sessions, the Information and Technology Services (ITS) team will provide an overview of the Law School's technology systems. 

Welcome BBQ

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please join us as leaders from the Student Bar Association (SBA), the NYU Law Alumni Association (LAA), and the Law Alumni of Color Association (LACA) welcome you to NYU Law.


Thursday, August 25

Continental Breakfast

 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Greenberg Lounge

Join your classmates for pastries and coffee.

Welcome to NYU Law

9:00-10:00 a.m. in Tishman Auditorium 

Trevor W. Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, Ken Kleinrock, Associate Dean for Admissions, and Jason Belk, Dean of Students, will formally welcome you to the Law School and provide some helpful insights as you begin your first day of your legal career. 

Anatomy of a Case

10:00-10:45 a.m. in Tishman Auditorium

Professor Anne Milgram '96 will lead you through a discussion of Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969), breaking down mechanics of a court opinion. Please be sure to have read Chimel prior to your arrival. 

Click this link to download Professor Milgram's presentation:  PDF icon Milgram - Orientation 2016 - The Case Method.pdf

Lawyering Session 1
Moving Targets: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

In your first Lawyering class, your professor will introduce developing and interpreting a rule and briefing a case.  (See room assignments sheet for locations.)


1:15-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a casual lunch with your classmates. You may pick up lunch from either Wachtell Café or Golding Lounge.

Reading and Briefing Your First Case

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Having learned how to analyze a case, you will have this time to read and brief your first case. Briefs are due to your Lawyering professor by 4:30 p.m.

Wine and Cheese

5:00-7:00 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge

Enjoy wine and cheese with Dean Morrison, faculty, and administrators.


Friday, August 26

Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m. in Greenberg Lounge

Join your classmates for pastries and coffee. 

On Becoming a Law Student (and a Lawyer): Faculty Perspectives 

9:00-9:45 a.m. in Tishman Auditorium 

Professor Alina Das '05 will offer her perspective on the myriad opportunities available to law students and lawyers.

Community Expectations

10:00-11:00 a.m. in Tishman Auditorium 

Jason Belk, Dean of Students, and Michelle Kirkland, Assistant Dean for Academic Services & Registration, will discuss the Law School's expectations regarding academic integrity and professionalism. 

Leveraging Your Leadership Style: An Introduction to the MBTI

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium 

Jeannie Forrest, Vice Dean for Development & Leadership Initiatives, will lead a discussion of the MBTI, an assessment used to deepen your self-awareness that can offer additional ways of approaching the tasks and relationships you’ll encounter during your time at the Law School. By valuing diversity in approaches to decision-making, the MBTI can increase your capacity for inclusion and therefore make your own leadership more effective.

Lunch with Section Faculty

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please join your section faculty for lunch (see room assignments sheet for locations).  These lunches are an opportunity for you to learn more about your future professors' backgrounds, career experiences, and academic pursuits.  Faculty will also offer general advice about how to successfully navigate the classroom environment.

Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis

2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Continuing your introduction to Lawyering, interpretation, and case analysis. (See room assignments sheet for locations.)

LACA and OUTLaw Welcome Reception

6:00-8:00 p.m.

All students are invited to a welcome reception hosted by the NYU Law Alumni of Color Association (LACA) and OUTLaw alumni.

SBA Bar Night

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Come get to know your classmates and members of the SBA at the weekly SBA bar night.


Saturday, August 27

On Saturday, enjoy a full day of free time! New York is an incredible city (the best, we'd like to think) and we encourage you to go out and explore.

You may also take part in one or more optional activities hosted by NYU Law administrators and current Law students, listed below. Some of the activities have limited capacity and are thus only available through online sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis. CLICK THIS LINK TO SIGN UP FOR THE BELOW SATURDAY ACTIVITIES.

Limited-Space Saturday Activities

Washington Square Park Conservancy: "Dig in the Dirt"
Washington Square Park is a hub of activity and is always ready to welcome volunteers to clean, plant, mulch, and weed. The project will be determined based on the park's needs.

Hope for our Neighbors in Need
9:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00-3:00pm
Each Saturday, HNN hosts a community meal from 12:00-1:30pm. Morning volunteers will prepare meals, and afternoon volunteers will serve and clean up following service.

Greenwich House: Gymnasium Spruce-Up
Since 1902, Greenwich House has helped individuals and families lead more fulfilling lives through a vast array of social and health services. Volunteers will be painting the multi-purpose gym on the 5th floor of Greenwich House's main building at 27 Barrow Street.

High Line Park Tour with Barbara Landress
Explore the High Line with Barbara Landress, Director of Graduate Affairs. Metrocards will be provided.

Bridge to Practice, a Walk with Irene
Join Irene Dorzback, Associate Dean for Career Services, for a guided walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Metrocards will be provided.

Central Park Guided Walk
Join Davide Hagen (Writer, Dean's Office) for a guided walk through the beautiful Central Park.

IKEA Buses
2:00-4:30pm and 2:30-5:00pm
Visit Brooklyn's IKEA location for all your furnishing needs.

Unrestricted Saturday Activities

David Barton Astor Place - Free Pass
All day (8:00am-9:00pm)
Enjoy a free day pass from David Barton Gym on Astor Place, one of NYC's renowned, upscale fitness centers.

Women of Color Collective (WoCC) Welcome Picnic in Washington Square Park
The Women of Color Collective (WoCC) student group is hosting a picnic to welcome incoming 1L students and returning 2L and 3L students who identify as women of color. Please meet WoCC representatives in the Van Hall courtyard at 12:00pm.

For other exciting activities, visit:        

Sunday, August 28

Big Apple Brunch

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Meet incoming JD and LLM students while enjoying a NYC tradition, Sunday Brunch!


Monday, August 29

Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

In preparation for the afternoon’s oral argument, you will begin identifying material facts and arguments for advocacy.  (See room assignments sheet for locations.)

Lunch in Greenwich Village

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Be sure to visit some of our great neighborhood eateries!

Moot Court: Oral Argument

2:00-3:30 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium

Advocates will argue a real case in front of a panel of judges.


The Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs ’73
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The Honorable Raymond Lohier ’91
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The Honorable Alison J. Nathan
US District Court for the Southern District of New York


David E. Patton, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of New York

Trevor W. Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law






NYU ID Cards and Laptops

NYU ID: All incoming students will need to secure an NYU ID card in order to gain access to our buildings and University facilities. You can obtain your card at the NYU Card Center, 7 Washington Place (on the corner of Mercer Street) with proof of identification such as a state driver's license or a passport. The Card Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. We recommend that you obtain your ID prior to Orientation on Wednesday, August 24, or that you visit the Card Center when you arrive on campus. Visit for more information.

LAPTOPS: You will find your laptop useful throughout Orientation, but we want to point out a few critical times when you will want to have your computer with you.  On Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30 p.m. and again at 3:45 p.m., we will be holding (optional) IT workshops in Vanderbilt Hall Room 210 (adjacent to Golding Lounge) during which you will learn about connecting to our wireless system, printing using the Law School's network printers, and a variety of other technology-related matters. The substantive programming, including your Lawyering classes, begins on Thursday, so you will want to have your laptop with you then. 



For at-your-fingertips access to all Orientation events and locations, download the Guidebook app to your smartphone!  Your access code is nyulaw16.  This will enable you to to access the Orientation schedule on your mobile device.  



Required Reading

The required reading for the 2016 NYU Law Orientation is Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969).  Please be sure to have read Chimel prior to your arrival.


Optional Reading

As you prepare to begin your law school career, we want to bring to your attention a few books you may find of interest. None are required reading, but they may be helpful as you transition into law school during your first year.

  1. Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews and Other Verbal Challenges, by Molly Bishop Shadel, Carolina Academic Press
  2. Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, by Barry Friedman and John C.P. Goldberg, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  3. Mindfulness for Law Students:Using the Power of Mindful Awareness to Achieve Balance and Success in Law School, by Scott L. Rogers, Mindful Living Press


Transfer Orientation

Orientation for incoming transfer students is designed to facilitate your smooth transition into our community. You will meet the various administrators who are available to assist you throughout your time here. Also, you will learn more about the Writing Competition from journal members.  Click here for the schedule. 

The Transfer Student Orientation will take place on Monday, August 8, 2016.




LLM/JSD Orientation

Incoming LLM/JSD students should visit the Graduate Affairs website for details regarding LLM Orientation activities.





The Department of Residence Services strives to provide an environment which supports your studies at the Law School through well-maintained facilities, community-enhancing activities, policies, and procedures that are comprehensive, easily understood, and equitable. They work to create an atmosphere where learning is fostered, diversity is embraced, and mutual respect for all members of the community is cultivated. Take a moment to learn about what NYU School of Law Housing has to offer!




Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

New York University is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for students with disabilities. It is the University's policy that no qualified student with a disability be excluded from participating in any University program or activity, denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity.

The Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) determines qualified disability status and assists students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services. CSD operates according to an Independent Living Philosophy and strives in its policies and practices to empower each student to become as independent as possible. Their services are designed to encourage independence, backed by a strong system of supports.