Student Affairs

2015 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 19 through Monday, August 24.

Click below for more information.

Registration                            Required Forms

Student Life Guide                 Academic Policies Guide

Reading Assignment              Optional Reading

Optional Activities                  Schedule

Transfer Orientation               LLM Orientation

Connecting to Wireless at NYU

Campus Map and Building Locations          



Registration on Wednesday, Aug. 19

You are expected to register on Wednesday, August 19, anytime between 12:00 and 4:30 p.m. in Golding Lounge located on the second floor of Vanderbilt Hall, (40 Washington Square South). During this time you will receive materials and information from the Office of Student Affairs as well as have your photo taken. We estimate that the registration process should take approximately 30 minutes, provided you have completed your required forms. At registration, you will have your photo taken for several uses. Your permission is needed so it is important that you complete the online authorization form in advance and we recommend that you do this as soon as possible. Also, please be mindful that this photo will be used for the online picture book and, with your authorization, shared with employers. Please dress accordingly. You may wear casual clothing however we recommend you do not wear a cap or a tank top shirt for your photo. You will also be given a name badge at registration. We ask that you please wear your name badge to all the section mixers, JD Orientation panels, lawyering sessions, and events as it will help everyone get to know each other.

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 drivers 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 19, or that you visit the Card Center when you arrive on campus.

In order to speed up the process for new members of our community, the University has recently instituted a convenient system for incoming students wishing to secure an NYU Card for the first time. The new system allows you to log-in using your NYU NetID and submit a photo online for approval and then pick up your ID when it is ready. Visit for more information. The basic requirements for the photo are as follows:

  • Your photo must be taken against a white background.
  • You must be facing straight towards the camera.
  • The top of your head and both sides of your face must be completely visible in the photo.
  • You cannot be wearing a hat or dark sunglasses.
  • No group photos.
  • After cropping, your final photo must be at least 480 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. 
For more information on obtaining your NYU ID card, call (212) 443-2273 or e-mail

LAPTOPS: You will find your laptop will be 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 19 at 2:00 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m., we will be holding (optional) IT workshops in Vanderbilt Hall Room 210 (adjacent to the 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.  Please also remember to have your laptop with you for the closing activities on Monday afternoon.


Optional Activities on Saturday, Aug. 22

On Saturday, August 22, 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 the many sites and activities available. You may also consider taking part in one (or more) of the following activities hosted by the Dean, NYU Law administrators, and current Law students.

More information to come.


For other cool and exciting activities, visit:

Required Forms*

These forms will be available in July. More information to come.


The Student Life Guide and the Academic Policies Guide

The Student Life Guide is a compilation of information designed to serve as an easy resource to our students. In it, we have provided a number of services and resources that you will be able to utilize during your time here; including:

  • Descriptions of University and NYU School of Law Administrative Offices and Services
  • Ways to Get Involved
  • Neighborhood Eats
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Academic Policies Guide  describes the policies and procedures that will ordinarily govern academic and student life at New York University School of Law, including:

  • Class Attendance and Residence Requirements
  • Grading System and Examinations
  • Student Files and Records
  • Freedom in the Classroom and Freedom of the Press
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • University and Federal Policies and Procedures
  • University Policies on Bias, Harassment, and Discrimination

Reading Assignment

Click here to access the required reading assignment.  This will be discussed at one of your very first orientation sessions. Please don’t feel compelled to do anything with this case except read it a couple of times.


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: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School, 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

Schedule (Tentative)

Click here for a PDF version of this schedule.

Wednesday, August 19

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Move-In Day

12:00-4:30 p.m.

Registration (VH, Golding Lounge) 

2:00-3:00 p.m.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

IT System Basics - choose one session (VH, Room 210)

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Section Mixers (Various Locations)

Thursday, August 20
8:00-8:45 a.m. Coffee (VH, Courtyard)
8:30-9:00 a.m. Latecomer Registration (Vanderbilt Hall Lobby)

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Welcome to NYU Law (VH, Tishman Auditorium)

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Anatomy of a Case (VH, Tishman Auditorium)

11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Lawyering Session 1: Moving Targets (Various Locations)

1:15-2:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Reading and Briefing Your First Case

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese, Grand Hall (238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor)

Friday, August 21

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Coffee (VH, Courtyard)

10:00-10:30 a.m.

On Becoming a Law Student (and a Lawyer)
(VH, Tishman Auditorium)

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Speaking Up and Speaking Out in the Classroom/Myers Briggs Type Indicators (VH, Tishman Auditorium)

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Section Faculty (Various Locations)

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis (Various Locations)

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Black, Latino, Asian-Pacific American Law Association (BLAPA): Orientation Welcome Reception (Sexton Student Forum, 2nd Floor of Furman Hall)



Saturday, August 22

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Optional Activities (click here for more details)

Sunday, August 23

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

Big Apple Brunch (VH, Courtyard and Lounges)

Monday, August 24                                                                                                  

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

Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning (Various Locations)

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Schools of Thoughts: Three Perspectives on a Case 

(VH, Tishman Auditorium)

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Moot Court (VH, Tishman Auditorium)

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Closing (VH, Tishman Auditorium)

Classes begin on Wednesday, August 26.


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 a tentative schedule. 

The Transfer Student Orientation will take place on Monday, August 10, 2015.


LLM Orientation

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