Student Orientation Information for the Class of 2026

Student Orientation Information for the Class of 2026

Mandatory orientation for the J.D. Class of 2026 will be held on August 17, 18 and 21.

Summer Zoom Programming: 

June 7, Noon

Getting Started at UVA

June 14, Noon

Managing Stress for Success

June 28, Noon

Who Does What Where? 

Online - Available in July

  • Reading, Note-taking and Briefing
  • Speaking Up in Law School 
  • Studying, Outlining, and Taking Exams 

July 12, Noon

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

July 26, Noon

Introduction to Law School Systems

August 2, Noon

Setting Goals and Managing Your Time

Monday, August 14-Wednesday, August 16 (half day)

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 will be available in early June. 

Orientation Schedule: 

Thursday, August 17 (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)

9:30-10:45 a.m., Caplin Auditorium


10:45-11 a.m.


11-11:45 a.m., Caplin Auditorium

Welcome to the Profession: Civility Matters

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Various Classrooms

Lunch With Sections and Orientation Facilitators 

1:30-2 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

Professional Expectations in Law School 

2-3 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

Fundamentals of the First Amendment and Law School Policies on Free Speech

3-3:15 p.m. 


3:15-3:45 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

The Flow of the First Year - What to Expect When

3:45-4:30 p.m., Various Classrooms

Tour of the Law School/Library

4:45-6 p.m., Various Locations

Picnic Dinner by Section

Friday, August 18 (Required Unless Otherwise Noted)

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


8:45-9:45 a.m., Caplin Auditorium Lobby

Continental Breakfast (Optional)

10:00-11:30 a.m., Sections A-E in WB154, Sections F-J in Caplin Auditorium

Creating an Inclusive Community

  • Jacqueline Cranford, Esq. '93
  • Denise Robinson, Esq. 

11:30-1:30 p.m., Various Classrooms

Lunch & Debrief by Section with Orientation Facilitators

1:30-1:45 a.m.


1:45-2:45 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

Skills and Strategies for Managing Conflict

2:45-4 p.m., Various Classrooms

Facilitated Discussions by Section

4-5 p.m., Spies Garden

Ice Cream Social


Monday, August 21 (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)

9:30-10:15 a.m., Caplin Auditorium

Preparing for Class: Reading and Briefing 

10:15-11 a.m., Caplin Auditorium

Mock Contracts Class (and Why Cold Calls are Important)

11-11:15 a.m.


11:15-12:15 p.m., Caplin Auditorium

Habits for Success

  • Justin Earley, Esq.

12:15-2 p.m., Various Classrooms

Welcome Lunch with Peer Advisors by Section

2-2:30 p.m., Various Classrooms

Meet Your LRW Professor

2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:45 p.m., Various Classrooms

Meet your Doctrinal Professors 

5-7 p.m., Caplin Pavilion & Spies Garden

Law School Kick-off BBQ


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, 2023. We will distribute ID cards after August 8 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.  


Parking is available for students in the D3 lot and the Blue lot near the Park. (See the parking map.) You can either use the ParkMobile App for daily parking, or buy a parking pass from the University’s Parking and Transportation Department (compare options).

You can use the Online Parking Portal to manage your parking account. For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at or (434) 924-7231.

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