Student Orientation Information for the Class of 2024

Student Orientation Information for the Class of 2024

Mandatory orientation for the J.D. Class of 2024 will be held on August 16 and 17, 2021.


Summer Zoom Programming

June 9, Noon

Getting Started at UVA

June 16, Noon

Who Does What, Where: An Introduction to the Different Kinds of Legal Practice and the Different Venues

June 23, Noon

Introduction to Law School Systems

June 30, Noon

Managing Stress for Success

July 7, Noon

Law School Finances 101: Strategies for Bills, Books, Budgets, and Financial Aid

July 14, Noon

Reading, Note-taking and Briefing

July 21, Noon

Speaking Up in Law School 

July 28, Noon

Studying, Outlining, and Taking Exams 

August 4, Noon

Setting Goals and Managing Time/Schedule

Tuesday, August 10-Thursday August 12

Community Fellows Program

The UVA Law Community Fellows Program fosters the values of collegiality, cooperation and belonging each year by selecting first-year students to serve as ambassadors to their peers throughout their time in Law School and later in the professional world. Participating students gain insight and develop skills that benefit them personally, from leadership to negotiation.

The application is due June 25.

Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 15 (Optional)

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

PILA Day of Service

4-6 p.m.

Get-Together With Peer Advisors


Monday, August 16 (Required Unless Otherwise Noted)

8:30-9:30 a.m., WB126, WB128, WB152


8:30-9:30 a.m., Caplin Auditorium Lobby

Continental Breakfast (Optional)

9:30-10:30 a.m., Caplin Auditorium


Dean Risa Goluboff
Assistant Dean for Admissions Natalie Blazer ’08
Student Bar Association President Niko Orfanedes ’22
Orientation Address by Grace Fu ’09, General Counsel, KAYAK and OpenTable

10:30-11 a.m., Caplin Auditorium

Honor Committee and Judiciary Committee Orientation 

Meghan Wingert ’22 and Adam Younger ’23

11-11:15 a.m.


11:15-11:45 a.m., Caplin Auditorium

Law School Policies and Procedures 

Vice Dean Michael Gilbert 
Assistant Dean Jason Dugas ’01
Assistant Dean Sarah Davies ’91

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Various Locations 

Lunch With Peer Advisors 

1-2:30 p.m.

J.D. Sections A-D: Implicit Bias Workshop, Caplin Auditorium 
J.D. Sections E-H: Implicit Bias Workshop, WB152

2:30-2:45 p.m. 

Break (Cookies and Coffee)

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Meetings With Peer Advisors

  • Section A, WB105
  • Section B, WB126
  • Section C, WB128
  • Section D, WB152
  • Section E, WB101
  • Section F, WB104
  • Section G, SL258
  • Section H, SL262
  • LL.M., SL278

4:15-4:45 p.m.

Meetings With Small-Section Professors

  • Section A, WB105
  • Section B, WB126
  • Section C, WB128
  • Section D, WB152
  • Section E, WB101
  • Section F, WB104
  • Section G, SL258
  • Section H, SL262

4:45-5 p.m. 


5-7 p.m., Pick Up Food in Caplin Pavilion

Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, August 17 (Required Unless Otherwise Noted)

8:30-10 a.m., Caplin Auditorium Lobby

Continental Breakfast (Optional)

8:30 a.m.-Noon, Various Locations

The Balancing Act – Activities 

Noon-12:30 p.m., Caplin Auditorium


12:30-2 p.m., Various Locations

Lunch With Student Organizations

2-3 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

Welcome to Your Legal Career (Optional)

Senior Assistant Dean Kevin M. Donovan
Director of Public Service Leah Gould
Lauren Parker ’08, Director, Office of Private Practice
Senior Director of Clerkships Ruth Payne ’02

UVA ID Cards

Each student must secure a photo ID card from the University. Students may submit a passport-style photo online by July 21, 2021. We will distribute ID cards after August 9 at the Law School. 

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.

Your ID photo will be used in the Law School’s photo directory and seating charts. You will need your ID to enter the Law School building when it is locked, use University Transit, and check out exams in your second semester.