Student Orientation Information — August 2018

Student Orientation Information — August 2018

Tentative Orientation Schedule

*Attendance is required 

Monday-Thursday, August 13-16

LL.M. Orientation*
Mandatory for LL.M. students. The full orientation schedule will be sent to LL.M. students in advance of August 13. LL.M. students are invited to all sessions and events occurring on August 17, 19, 20 and 21, but are not required to attend any of them. Please note that there are opportunities to meet with the LL.M. Peer Advisors on August 20.

Monday-Wednesday, August 13-15

UVA Law Community Fellows Program
Applications are due for this program for first-year J.D. students on June 29. 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 and lunch are provided. The schedule will include evening activities and meals on two nights.

Friday, August 17

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (optional activity open to all J.D. and LL.M. students)

Introduction to the Law School 
Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. An invitation will be sent to the entering class in July, and you must RSVP to attend. 

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; and
  4. Opportunities to meet and socialize with UVA Law faculty and students.

Sunday, August 19

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (optional activity)

10th Annual Virginia Law New Students Public Service Day

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) invites all new members of the 1L and LL.M. classes to participate and volunteer with local organizations.

Students are asked to arrive at the Law School at 8:30 a.m. to sign in and grab a quick breakfast in the Withers-Brown Student Lounge near the Library before leaving at 9 a.m. After completing their various service trips, students will return to the law school between 1 and 2 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 Noah Lingwall at Please let Noah know if you are able to drive so that people can carpool. Please direct any questions to Noah.

4-6 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 20

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

10:30-11:45 a.m.

*Sessions on Law School and University Policies, Caplin Auditorium

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

*Lunch With Peer Advisors
Pick up lunches in Caplin Pavilion:
LL.M.s, Exchanges – 11:45 a.m.
Sections A, B, C, D, E – 11:55 a.m.
Sections F, G, H, I, J – 12:05 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

1-2:30 p.m.

* Professionalism in the Modern Legal Work Place
Sections A-E in Caplin Auditorium
Sections F-J in WB152

2:45-4:45 p.m.

*Meetings With Peer Advisors
*Meetings With Section Professors

(in rooms where each Section met with its Peer Advisors for lunch)

5-7:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, August 21

8:30-10 a.m.

BreakfastCaplin Auditorium

9-11:30 a.m.

*Maintaining Balance For Long-Term Success, Various locations and start times

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

*Staying Safe at UVA Law and in Charlottesville, Caplin Auditorium

12-12:30 p.m.

*Law School Finances, Caplin Auditorium

12:30-2 p.m.

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

2-3 p.m.

Welcome to Your Legal Career: An Introduction to the Career Services Office, Caplin Auditorium

2-5 p.m.

Law IT Help
Withers-Brown Lounge

Wednesday, August 22

*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; 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.