Class of 2020 and Transfer Student Orientation Information

Class of 2020 and Transfer Student Orientation Information

Orientation information for the Class of 2021 will be posted in the summer and admitted students will be notified by email.

Tentative Orientation Schedule

*Attendance is required 

Monday-Thursday, August 14-17

LL.M. Orientation*
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

UVA Law Community Fellows Program
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:

  1. A general introduction to the American legal system and the procedural steps in litigation leading up to the opinions you will be reading;
  2. A general introduction to the required first-year, first semester classes;
  3. Tips and techniques for preparing for class, analyzing and briefing cases, speaking in class and handling a cold call;
  4. Tips for planning and managing time;
  5. Opportunities to meet with UVA Law faculty; and
  6. 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 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

8:30-9:30 a.m.

*Sign-in, Withers-Brown Hall Rooms 126, 128 and 152 
Continental Breakfast, Withers-Brown Student Lounge

9:30-10:30 a.m.

*Welcome SessionCaplin 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. 

Section Room Section Room
A WB105 G SL258
B WB126 H SL262
C WB128 I SL294
D WB152 J SL298
E WB101 LL.M.s and Exchange Students SL278
F WB104    

SL - Slaughter Hall 
WB - Withers-Brown Hall

1:15-4:30 p.m.

*Sessions on Professionalism, Law and University Policies, and Law School Finances
Caplin Auditorium

4:45-5:15 p.m.

*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

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Picnic for First-Year, Transfer, Exchange and LL.M. Students
Spies Garden (Rain site: Caplin Pavilion)


Tuesday, August 22

8:30-9:30 a.m.

BreakfastCaplin Auditorium

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

*Sessions on Student Life 
Caplin Auditorium

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

*Lunch With Student Organizations
Locations to be announced. Pick up lunches in Caplin Pavilion.

2-3 p.m.

Optional Tour of North Grounds Rec Center
Lobby of North Grounds Rec Center

Optional Tour of Main Grounds (RSVP Required)

2-5 p.m.

Law IT Help
Withers-Brown Lounges


Wednesday, August 23

*1L Classes Begin


UVA ID Cards

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 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 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.