Orientation information for the Class of 2021 will be posted in the summer and admitted students will be notified by email.
- Information for 1Ls on Small Sections, Course Schedules, the Curriculum, Class Attendance and More
- Academic Services Information for Transfer Students
- UVA ID Cards
- Health Information
- Computing and Email
- Parking Information
- Letter from the Peer Advisors
- Getting to the Law School
- Law School General Services and Policies
Living in Charlottesville
*Attendance is required
Monday-Thursday, August 14-17
Mandatory for LL.M. students. The full orientation schedule will be sent to LL.M. students in advance of August 14.
Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17
Applications are due for this program for first-year J.D. students on June 30. The Community Fellows will participate in programming and community-building exercises during the pre-orientation period, and will work together throughout the year on planning an event for the entire Law School community. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, and activities will be scheduled each evening.
Friday, August 18
8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (optional activity open to all J.D. and LL.M. students)
Introduction to the Law School
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. An invitation will be sent to the entering class, and you must RSVP to attend (details TBD).
Join us for an optional introduction to Law School. We will cover the following topics:
- A general introduction to the American legal system and the procedural steps in litigation leading up to the opinions you will be reading;
- A general introduction to the required first-year, first semester classes;
- Tips and techniques for preparing for class, analyzing and briefing cases, speaking in class and handling a cold call;
- Tips for planning and managing time;
- Opportunities to meet with UVA Law faculty; and
- A faculty-student panel on Making the Most of Law School, moderated by Dean Risa L. Goluboff.
Sunday, August 20
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (optional activity)
Ninth Annual Virginia Law New Students Public Service Day
The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) invites all new members of the 1L class to participate and volunteer with local organizations.
Students are asked to arrive at the Law School at 8:30 a.m. to sign in, grab a quick breakfast, and pick up their free T-shirts. After completing their various service trips, students will return to the law school around 1 p.m. All incoming students, as well as interested spouses and significant others, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know Charlottesville and their fellow students.
All interested students can sign up by emailing Joanna Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, T-shirt size, and whether you will be able to drive (in order to arrange carpools). Please direct any questions to Joanna.
3:30-5:30 p.m. (optional activity)
Picnic at the Park (spouses, significant others and children are welcome)
The Park (located below the D3 Student Parking Lot)
Monday, August 21
*Sign-in, Withers-Brown Hall Rooms 126, 128 and 152
Continental Breakfast, Withers-Brown Student Lounge
*Welcome Session, Caplin Auditorium
10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Section Meetings and Lunch With Peer Advisors
Pick up lunches in Caplin Pavilion:
LL.M.s, Exchanges – 12 p.m.
Sections A, B, C, D, E – 12:10 p.m.
Sections F, G, H, I, J – 12:20 p.m.
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SL - Slaughter Hall
WB - Withers-Brown Hall
*Sessions on Professionalism, Law and University Policies, and Law School Finances
*Meetings With Section Professors
(in rooms where each Section met with its Peer Advisors)
LL.M.s and Transfers — Overview of Fall Journal Tryouts and Moot Court
Welcome Picnic for First-Year, Transfer, Exchange and LL.M. Students
Spies Garden (Rain site: Caplin Pavilion)
Tuesday, August 22
Breakfast, Caplin Auditorium
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
*Sessions on Student Life
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Lunch With Student Organizations
Locations to be announced. Pick up lunches in Caplin Pavilion.
Optional Tour of North Grounds Rec Center
Lobby of North Grounds Rec Center
Optional Tour of Main Grounds (RSVP Required)
Law IT Help
Wednesday, August 23
*1L Classes Begin
Each student must secure a photo ID from the University. This photo ID may be obtained at the ID card office in the Observatory Hill Dining Hall on Central Grounds beginning August 1. Please check www.virginia.edu/idoffice for their August office hours. Students who arrive early in Charlottesville may wish to take care of this prior to orientation. You must present an original valid, government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) in order to pick up your ID card.
You may be able to submit a photo online to be used for your UVA ID card if you do it by June 15, 2017. Please check www.virginia.edu/idoffice/photosubmission.html to determine if you can do so. You will still need to pick up your UVA ID after August 1, but the pick-up process will go much faster if you have already submitted a photo online.
Your ID photo will also be used in the Law School’s photo directory and seating charts.