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.
 
 
 


Please click the links below for more information. For questions and concerns, please email law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu. Thank you!


 

Schedule of Events

NYU IDs and Laptops

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Housing

Transfer Orientation

LLM Orientation


Connecting to Wireless at NYU

JSD Orientation


Campus Map and Building Locations

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

 



2017 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. 

Registration

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (sections 1-3)*
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (sections 4-5)*

*Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, 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 Lunch

12:00-1:45 p.m. (sections 1-3)*
1:00-2:45 p.m. (sections 4-5)*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

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

IT System Basics: Tech Support from the ITS Team

2:45-3:45 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, Room 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. in the Vanderbilt Hall Courtyard

Please join the Student Bar Association (SBA), incoming LLM class, and current students as they welcome you to NYU Law.

Thursday, August 24

Continental Breakfast

 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Greenberg Lounge

Join your classmates for pastries and coffee.

Welcome to NYU Law

9:00-10:00am in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Tishman Auditorium

Dean Trevor Morrison; Cassandra Williams, Assistant 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 Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Tishman Auditorium

Professor Shanda Sibley ’07 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.

* Please find Professor Sibley’s presentation on how to understand the components of a case here as well as How to Read a Judicial Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students here.

 

Lawyering Session 1: Moving Targets

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

In your first Lawyering class, your professor will introduce developing and interpreting a rule and briefing a case.

Grab & Go Lunch

1:15-2:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall and Furman Hall*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

Enjoy a casual lunch with your classmates. You may pick up lunch from either Golding Lounge Café, Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd Floor, or Wachtell Café, Furman Hall, 2nd Floor.

Reading and Briefing Your First Case

2:00-4:30 p.m. in Residence Halls, Library, Vanderbilt Hall, and Furman Hall Lounges and Classrooms

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 Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Greenberg Lounge

Enjoy win and cheese with Dean Trevor Morrison, faculty, and administrators.

Friday, August 25

Continental Breakfast

 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Greenberg Lounge

Join your classmates for pastries and coffee.

Community Expectations

9:00-9:45 a.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Tishman Auditorium

Jason Belk, Dean of Students; 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 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Tishman Auditorium

Professor Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, will lead you through a discussion of covering—a strategy in which individuals downplay their identities to blend into the mainstream, often at great cost to their sense of self. Aided by survey data, scholarly research, and engaging live case studies performed by a team of actors, Professor Yoshino will explore diversity and inclusion issues at NYU Law and offer solutions to help you bring your full selves to the study and practice of the law.

* Please find the final takeaways slides from Professor Yoshino's presentation here and a white paper Professor Yoshino co-authored on the topic, Uncovering Talent: A New Model For Inclusion And Diversity, here.

Grab & Go Lunch

12:15-2:15 p.m.

Enjoy a casual lunch with your classmates. You may pick up your lunch in Vanderbilt Hall from either Kushner Lounge, 1st Floor, or Golding Lounge Café, 2nd Floor.

Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis

2:30-4:30 p.m.*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

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

LACA + OUTLaw Welcome Reception

6:00-8:00 p.m. in Furman Hall, 2nd Floor, Sexton Lounge

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

SBA Bar Review

8:00-10:00 p.m. at 3 Sheets Saloon

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

Saturday, August 26

The Office of Student Affairs has planned a variety of community building activities that are designed to help you become better acquainted with your class peers, Greenwich Village, and New York City, and to introduce you to advanced students and Law School administrators. With the exception of the Women of Color Collective Luncheon, Law School administrators will facilitate the Saturday activities. Although participation is optional, we encourage you to go out and explore your new home through community service, exploring iconic NYC, and the Law School’s Women of Color outreach activities.

Register HERE by Thursday, August 24 to participate! Please note: space is limited for some of the activities described below. For activities that have reached capacity, you will have ability to add your name to a waitlist.

Community Service in Greenwich Village

  • Hope for Our Neighbors in Need (Soup Kitchen) – Help prepare and serve a lifesaving meal for New Yorkers in need. The first shift will prepare hot meals for service and the second shift will serve the clients and clean at the conclusion of lunch.
  • St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen – Help prepare and serve a lifesaving meal for New Yorkers in need. The first shift will prepare hot meals for service and the second shift will serve the clients and clean at the conclusion of lunch.
  • Washington Square Park Spruce Up and Tour – Help paint, mulch, and weed in iconic Washington Square Park. A horticultural and historic tour will follow.

Exploring Iconic NYC

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour – Begin to explore the vibrant New York City art scene with a general overview of the museum’s world-class exhibits and collections.
  • Radical Walking Tour of the Village – Gain an insight into one of New York’s most vibrant and historically radical neighborhoods.
  • Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge – Look over the majestic skyline of Manhattan, and experience a walk along a National Historic Landmark.
  • Walking Tour of the High Line – Experience the grandeur of a repurposed, elevated railway that has become the model for innovative urban park renewal. 

Law Student Outreach Activity

  • Women Of Color Collective (WoCC) Annual Picnic Luncheon – Meet WoCC members and learn about the organization’s goals and programming over a casual lunch in Washington Square Park.

Other events that require no sign up

  • Housing Orientation – Join the Residence Life & Facilities Staff for a discussion about living at NYU. Residents will have an opportunity to pose questions to the staff over light refreshments.
  • Free Shuttle to Bed Bath & Beyond from NYU Law – Bed Bath & Beyond and NYU Law have partnered to provide a free shuttle bus service (click here for shuttle schedule) for all interested NYU Law Students on a continuous loop between the Bed Bath & Beyond store located in the Chelsea neighborhood and Hayden and D'Agostino Halls.  NYU Law students will receive a 10% discount (click here for coupon).

Sunday, August 27

Optional: Big Apple Brunch

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Hall Courtyard

Meet incoming JD and LLM students and administrators while enjoying an NYC tradition: Sunday brunch! The Big Apple Brunch is a fun opportunity to mix and mingle with your new classmates. Food will be served until 12:30 p.m. Seating is available in the courtyard and on the 1st and 2nd floors of Vanderbilt Hall.

Monday, August 28

Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

In preparation for the afternoon’s oral argument, you will begin identifying material facts and arguments for advocacy.

Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Presentation

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Greenberg Lounge and Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210

Professor Tony Thompson, the founding faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, will discuss the influence of race and inequality on legal doctrine, law school education, and life after law school.

Section Lunch

12:15-1:45 p.m.*
*Please see room assignments sheet for locations.

In this session, upper-class students will facilitate a conversation about section norms as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Please pick up your lunch in Vanderbilt Hall from either Kushner Lounge, 1st Floor, or Golding Lounge Café, 2nd Floor.

Moot Court

2:00-3:30 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 1st Floor, Tishman Auditorium

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

Presiding:

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

The Honorable Raymond J. 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

Advocates:

Allegra Glashausser '08
Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of New York

Courtney Oliva
Executive Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal 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 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. 

 


Required Reading

Please be sure to complete the required reading, Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969), prior to Orientation as this case will be discussed at one of your first orientation sessions. Please do not 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: The Inside Track to Law School Success (Second edition), by Barry Friedman and John C.P. Goldberg, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    • Please find the Preface here and Chapter 6, "Getting the Most out of Class," here
  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 Orientation

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

 


JSD Orientation

The JSD and VDR Orientation and welcome meeting will take place on August 29th 2017 between 10:30am-1:00pm in the first floor conference room at 22 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10011. “For questions about the JSD and VDR orientation please contact Karin Loevy, JSD Program Manager.

 



Housing

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.