Student Affairs


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 J.D. students and will take place Wednesday, August 21 - Monday, August 26.

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8/21 Registration in Golding Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall

Required Forms                Student Life Guide

Reading Assignment         Optional Reading

Optional Activities        Schedule  



Registration on Wednesday, Aug. 21

You are expected to register on Wednesday, August 21 anytime between noon and 5:30 p.m. in Golding Lounge located on the second floor of Vanderbilt Hall, at 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 prior 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, J.D. Orientation panels, lawyering sessions and events as it will help everyone get to know each other better.

NYU ID: We strongly urge you to obtain your NYUCard prior to arriving at registration. Your ID, the “NYUCard”, is required to access law school buildings and many other purposes.  Additionally, commuter students will need to have an “NYU Law SOLL” sticker affixed to their NYUCard at registration (students living in residence halls will have a sticker affixed to their NYUCard when they move in by the staff of their respective residence hall). Please visit the NYUCard Center located at 383 Lafayette Street with a valid photo ID to have your NYUCard issued.  Visit the NYUCard Center’s website for more information and hours

LAPTOPS: All students should have their laptops with them on Thursday, August 22.  Work done in your lawyering class as well as your case briefing requires that you have your laptop with you.


Optional Activities on Saturday, Aug. 24

On Saturday, August 24, enjoy a full-day of free time!  New York is an incredible city and we encourage you to go out and explore the many sites and activities available. You may also consider taking part in one of the following activities hosted by the Dean and NYU Law administrators.

Running with Trevor – 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Join Dean Trevor Morrison for a three mile run along Hudson River Park. Meet at the entrance to the park located at the intersection of West 12th and West Streets. CLICK HERE for a detailed map.

Yoga with Arthur – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meet Arthur Fama, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in Lipton Hall located in D’Agostino Hall.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your Yoga mat if you have one.  If you do not have a mat, we may be able to provide one from our limited supply.

Bridge to Practice; A Walk with Irene – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Meet Irene Dorzback, Associate Dean for Career Services in the courtyard of Vanderbilt Hall.  You will travel as a group to the DUMBO area of Brooklyn via the Subway (one-way fare will be provided) and then walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge into Downtown Manhattan.

Radical Walking Tour with Deirdre – 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Meet Deirdre von Dornum, Assistant Dean for Public Service in lobby of Furman Hall.  You will explore significant social justice sights in Greenwich Village.

Here are some great activities happening around the city this weekend:

Friday, August 23   Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Uptown Manhattan   7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24   Catch & Release Fishing in Central Park   10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24   Ping Pong in Bryant Park   11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

For other cool and exciting activities, visit:


Required Forms

We require information and your electronic signature on four online forms (your emergency contact form, pledge of academic honesty, memorandum of understanding, and your photo authorization form) by Monday, August 12. 

CLICK HERE for the required forms website and log on using your NYUHome account to complete the forms.


Student Life 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 NYU School of Law Offices and Services
  • Ways to Get Involved
  • Neighborhood Eats
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Policies on Bias, Harrassment, and Discrimination 

CLICK HERE for the Student Life Guide.

Reading Assignment

There is a small reading assignment for orientation which 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.

CLICK HERE for your reading assignment.



Optional Reading

As you prepare to begin your law school career, we wanted to bring to your attention a few books that you may find of interest. None of this is required reading but it may be helpful as you transition into law school or at some point 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


Wednesday, August 21

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

Move-In Day

12:00-5:30 p.m.

Registration, Golding Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Section Mixers

Thursday, August 22

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Welcome to NYU Law

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Anatomy of a Case

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

Lawyering Session 1: Moving Targets

1:15-1:45 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch

1:45-4:30 p.m.

Reading and Briefing Your First Case

Friday, August 23

9:00-9:30 a.m.

On Becoming a Law Student (and a Lawyer)

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Behind the Curtain: Demystifying Your Classroom Experience

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The Other Kind of Smart

12:15-12:20 p.m.

SBA President Welcome Remarks

12:20-2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis

Saturday, August 24

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Optional Activities (click here for more details)

Sunday, August 25

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

Big Apple Brunch

Monday, August 26                                                                                                  

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

Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00-3:45 p.m.

Moot Court

3:45-4:00 p.m.




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