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 23 through Monday, August 28.
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The schedule below is in progress. Be sure to check back frequently for additional details and modifications. For questions and concerns, please email law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu. Thank you!



NYU IDs and Laptops

Optional Reading


Transfer Orientation

 LLM/JSD Orientation

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Connecting to Wireless at NYU

Campus Map and Building Locations


2017 Tentative Schedule of Events 


Wednesday, August 23

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.-12:00 p.m.  (sections 1-3)
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (sections 4 & 5) 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

12:00-2:30 p.m. 

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

IT System Basics 

2:45-3:45 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall

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


Thursday, August 24

Continental Breakfast

 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Greenberg Lounge

Welcome to NYU Law


Trevor W. Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, Cassandra Williams, 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 the first day of your legal career.

Anatomy of a Case

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

Lawyering Session 1

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.


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.

Friday, August 25

Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Community Expectations

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Jason Belk, Dean of Students, and Michelle Kirkland, Assistant Dean for Academic Services & Registration and Psychologist Anthea Paterniti, will discuss the Law School’s expectations regarding academic integrity and professionalism as well as how to achieve balance as a law student.


Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Presentation

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

A presentation from the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging headed by center director Professor Kenji Yoshino.



12:15-1:15 p.m.

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


Lawyering Session 2

2:45-4:45 p.m. 

This session will continue your introduction to Lawyering, interpretation, and case analysis.

LACA and OUTLaw Welcome Reception

6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, August 26

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.

More information about these activities will be released in The Docket closer to the date

For other exciting activities, visit:

nycgovparks.org      nyu.edu/ticketcentral      notfortourists.com      

nycgo.com/free        timeoutny.com                  nymag.com

Sunday, August 27

Optional: Big Apple Brunch

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

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

Monday, August 28

Lawyering Session 3

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.

Section Lunch

12:00-2:00 p.m.

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

Moot Court: Oral Argument

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

Advocates will argue a real case in front a panel of three Federal Judges.



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

The Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs ’73

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit





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 23, or that you visit the Card Center when you arrive on campus. Visit https://photoid.nyu.edu/ 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 23 at 2:45 p.m. and again at 4:00 p.m., we will be holding (optional) IT workshops in Vanderbilt Hall Room 218 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. 



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
  4. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, by Kenji Yoshino


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 7, 2017.




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.