Student Affairs

2019 JD Orientation

Welcome to NYU School of Law! We are excited to have you join the NYU Law community.

Orientation is required for all first-year JD students and will take place on Wednesday, August 21 through Monday, August 26.

We see your orientation as an introduction to your classmates, faculty, and other members of the law school community. In addition, you'll launch your legal education with a substantive program that will serve as the basis for your training in the law.

If you should have any preliminary questions, please call 212-998-6658 or email the Office of Student Affairs at 

  • Required Reading: Please be sure to complete the required reading, Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969) prior to Orientation.
  • Dress Code – There is no dress code for Orientation. We recommend dressing comfortably.
  • Orientation Check-in – During your first year of law school – otherwise known as your 1L year – you will experience the curriculum with 90 of your fellow student peers in a section. You should have already received your section assignment. Orientation check-in will be staggered by section on Wednesday, August 21. Sections 1, 2, and 3 will check-in 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sections 4 and 5 will check-in 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. All sections will check-in on the first floor of the Library in Vanderbilt Hall. At check-in you will receive your Orientation Folder, nametag, tote bag, and preferred pronoun sticker. Representatives from Admissions and OSA will be available to answer any last-minute questions. After you check-in, please explore the campus, take a tour of the neighborhood, get your school ID, do some last minute shopping at the bookstore, or mingle with your classmates in the courtyard before your Section Lunch.

2019 Preliminary Schedule of Events

*NOTE: The schedule below is tentative, and will be updated over the course of the summer.

Wednesday, August 21

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
Move-In Day
Hayden and D'Agostino Residence Halls

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.      Sections 1-3
12:00-1:00 p.m.                 Sections 4-5
Library, Vanderbilt Hall

12:00-1:30 p.m.                 Sections 1-3
1:00-2:30 p.m.                   Sections 4-5

Section Lunch

2:45-3:45 p.m.                   Sections 1-3
4:00-5:00 p.m.                  Sections 4-5

IT System Basics: Tech Support from the ITS Team - Optional 
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204  

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Welcome to NYU Law

Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

6:30-8:30 p.m
A Taste of New York 
Vanderbilt Hall

Thursday, August 22

9:15-10:00 a.m.
Community Expectations and University Resources
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
How to Succeed in Law School
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Anatomy of a Case
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Grab and Go Lunch with Lawyering Section
Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd Floor, Golding Lounge Café
or Furman Hall, 1st Floor, Wachtell Café

1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Lawyering Session 1: Moving Targets
See Room Assignment Sheet for Locations

3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Reading and Briefing Your First Case

Friday, August 23

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lawyering Session 2: Case Analysis
See Room Assignments Sheet for Locations

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Grab and Go Lunch
Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd Floor, Golding Lounge Café
or Furman Hall, 1st Floor, Wachtell Café

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Presentation
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place 

3:00-4:30 p.m. 
Ice Cream Social 
Vanderbilt Hall Courtyard

6:00-8:00 p.m. 
LACA + LAA Diversity Welcome Reception
Lipton Hall and Faculty

8:00-10:00 p.m. 
SBA Bar Review, 134 West 3rd Street
3 Sheets Saloon


Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 

The Office of Student Affairs is planning 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. Although participation is optional, we encourage you to go out and explore your new home through community service and exploring iconic NYC. Details to follow.

Monday, August 26

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd Floor, Golding Lounge Café  
or Furman Hall, 1st Floor, Wachtell Café 

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Lawyering Session 3: Case Planning 
See Room Assignment Sheet for Locations 

1:30-2:30 p.m.     
Lunch on Your Own 

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network RBG Movie Screening Optional
Lipton Hall and Faculty 


Other Helpful Information

Lactation room  
Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd floor  

Gender neutral bathrooms
Vanderbilt Hall Basement, VH 3rd floor, VH 4th floor, VH 5th floor
Furman Hall 6th floor
Wilf Basement, Wilf 1st floor, Wilf 6th floor 

Water bottle filling stations/coolers
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 110; VH outside 216
Golding Lounge
Wachtell Cafe
D'Agostino Hall sub basement
Furman water fountains all have gooseneck faucets

Tech recycling 
Vanderbilt Hall outside 211
Vanderbilt Hall Suite 336
Furman Hall outside of LC-12
Furman Hall By Office 605
D’Agostino Hall Commons
Hayden Hall Lobby – by Computer Lab



LLM Orientation

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

JSD Orientation

For questions about the JSD and VDR orientation please contact Karin Loevy, JSD Program Manager.

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. 

The Transfer Student Orientation will take place on August 1, 2019.

Journal Orientations 

Annual Survey of American Law – Sunday, August 25
Environmental Law Journal – Tuesday, August 27
Journal of International Law & Politics – Friday, August 23 
Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law – Thursday, August 29
Journal of Law and Business – Thursday, August 22 
Journal of Law and Liberty – Sunday, August 25
Journal of Legislation and Public Policy – Sunday, August 25
Law Review – Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11 
Moot Court – Saturday, August 24
Review of Law & Social Change – Sunday, August 25

The leaders of each journal above will reach out to their respective members to give details about time and location of their specific orientation.


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!

NYU ID Cards, Laptops, and WiFi


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.-6:00 p.m. We recommend that you obtain your ID prior to Orientation on Wednesday, August 22, or that you visit the Card Center when you arrive on campus. Visit for more information.


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. We will be holding (optional) IT workshops in 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, so you will want to have your laptop with you then.

Connecting to Wireless at NYU

There are a variety of ways to connect to NYU-NET, from both on and off campus, at all NYU global locations. Explore the pages linked below for more information and instructions. Learn more about Network and Connectivity.

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.

Any student who needs a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability is required to register with the CSD for assistance. To schedule an appointment, please visit the office at 726 Broadway, 3rd floor or call at (212) 998-4980. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Paula Bailey, Associate Director of Academic Services at or (212) 998-6020.