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


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 lunch. 

IT System Basics 

2:30-3:30 p.m. or 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall 210

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

Welcome BBQ

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please join the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as they 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. 

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

In your first Lawyering class, your professor will walk you through how to brief a case. 


1:15-2:00 p.m. in Wachtell Café (1st floor of Furman Hall) or Golding Lounge Café (2nd floor of Vanderbilt Hall)

Enjoy a casual lunch with your classmates. 

Reading and Briefing Your First Case

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Having learned how to brief a case, you will have this time to read and brief your first case. Briefs are due to your Lawyering professor by 4:00 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 provide 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. 

Speaking Up and Speaking Out in the Classroom

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

Vice Dean Jeannie Forrest will lead a discussion of the MBTI and how it can help you during your time at the Law School. 

Lunch with Section 

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Please join your section faculty for a lunch discussion about how to successfully navigate the classroom environment.

Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis

2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Having learned how to brief a case, you will now turn to the critical step of case analysis.

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.


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 the many sites and activities available. You may also consider taking part in one or more optional activities hosted by NYU Law administrators and current Law students. Some of the activities have limited capacity and are thus only available through online sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis. All students will be emailed in mid-August with instructions about requesting participation in those particular events.

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, and administrators while enjoying an NYC tradition, Sunday Brunch! The Big Apple Brunch is a fun opportunity to mix and mingle.


Monday, August 29

Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning

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

In preparation for the afternoon's oral argument, your professor will lead you in formulating the arguments each side might take in the case. 

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 Alison Nathan                                                                                                                     Southern District of New York

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 





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. 



Coming soon: the NYU Law Orientation Guidebook App! This will enable you to to access the Orientation schedule on your mobile device.   The app will give you at-your-fingertips access to all Orientation events and locations, as well as important people to know and restaurants to visit.  We will post the app access code here when it is ready.


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


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.