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.
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Thank you for participating in JD Orientation 2015! Please click here to take our Orientation survey. Your feedback is invaluable as we endeavor to improve the student experience.
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 https://photoid.nyu.edu/ 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.
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. Some of the activities are limited in capacity, and are thus only available through online sign-up on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students will be emailed on Monday, August 10 with instructions on requesting participation in those particular events. The sign-up will be available for a limited time, and space is not guaranteed.
Below is a list of our larger-scale, exciting Saturday activities that do not require a reservation or have capacity restrictions.
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Yoga with Law OM in D'Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall
Join the NYU Law Open Meditation and Yoga Association (OM) for a relaxing introduction to stretching and breathing methods. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have a mat, we may be able to provide one from our limited supply.
- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Women of Color Collective (WoCC) Welcome Picnic in Washington Square Park
The Women of Color Collective (WoCC) is hosting a picnic to welcome incoming 1L students and welcome back returning 2L and 3L students. Please meet WoCC representatitves near the fountain in Washington Square Park for delicious food, sun, and exciting conversations.
- 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Tours loop approx. every 30 minutes) Law School/Greenwich Village Tour
Guided tours provided by current NYU Law students to introduce you to the amazing opportunities that being an NYU Law Student in one of New York's most exciting neighborhoods has to offer. Meet tour representatives in Vanderbilt Hall Courtyard at 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
- 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Caribbean Dance Fitness with Michelle in D'Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall
Meet Michelle Kirkland, Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Records & Registration, for a fun Caribbean style dance workout.
- 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Shopping like a Pro with Lourdes in Furman Hall, 214
Learn NYC shopping tips and how to save money from Lourdes Olvera-Marshall, Associate Director of Graduate Affairs.
For other cool and exciting activities, visit:
We require your electronic signature on four online forms (your emergency contact form, pledge of academic honesty, memorandum of understanding, and your photo authorization form). Log on to the required forms website using your NYU Home account to complete the online forms by Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment
As a new member of the Law School, you join a diverse community of leaders from a variety of interests and backgrounds. Beyond a world-class legal education, your NYU Law experience will expose you to new tools and dialogues focused around the dynamics of leadership. One of these tools is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), an assessment used to measure your unique self-awareness and personal inclination. Before arriving for 1L orientation, we ask that you complete the online MBTI assessment through the link below. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and consists of several multiple choice questions related to personal preference.
You will receive your MBTI report at Orientation, where Vice Dean Jeannie Forrest will provide an overview of the MBTI and what its results may tell you about approaching tasks and relationships, in and out of the classroom.
Please complete the online assessment before August 15, 2015.
While some of you may be familiar with the MBTI, we ask that you view it as an entrée into leadership at NYU Law. We use the Myers-Briggs as a tool at Orientation anticipating that it will open the door to self-awareness throughout your legal education and beyond.
Contact Hugh J. Remar at NYUlawleads@nyu.edu with any questions or concerns.
*You will be asked for contact information upon registering for the MBTI, including an email address and a phone number. Please use your NYU email address. We advise that you provide your cell phone number, as you will receive password verification via text message. Your information will not be shared, and you will not be contacted by outside parties.
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
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.
- Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews and Other Verbal Challenges, by Molly Bishop Shadel, Carolina Academic Press
- Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School, by Barry Friedman and John C.P. Goldberg, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
- 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
Click here for a PDF version of this schedule.
Download the new NYU Law Orientation Guidebook App to access the Orientation schedule on your mobile device! (Redeem code: nyulaw15.) The app gives you at-your-fingertips access to all Orientation events and locations, as well as important people to know and restaurants to visit.
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 10, 2015.
Incoming LLM/JSD students should visit the Graduate Affairs website for details regarding LLM Orientation activities.