Student Orientation Information — August 2019

Student Orientation Information — August 2019

Information for the Class of 2023 will be posted in June 2020.

Orientation Schedule

*Attendance is required for J.D. students

Monday-Wednesday, August 12-14

UVA Law Community Fellows Program
Applications are due for this program for first-year J.D. students on June 28. 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.

Wednesday-Friday, August 14-16

LL.M. Orientation
Mandatory for LL.M. students. 
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.

Friday, August 16

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

This program will include sessions on the American Legal System, and Introduction to the 1L Curriculum, Law School Logistics, and the Legal Classroom Experience. We will have a social event at the end of the day to give new students and faculty an opportunity to get to know each other.

Sunday, August 18

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

11th 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 Hayley Hahn at by August 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please let Hayley know if you are able to drive so that people can carpool. Please direct any questions to Hayley.

4-6 p.m. (optional activity)

Picnic at the Park with Peer Advisors (spouses, significant others and children are welcome)
The Park (located below the D3 Student Parking Lot)

Monday, August 19

8:30-9:30 a.m.

*Sign-in, Withers-Brown Hall Rooms 126, 128 and 152 
Continental Breakfast, Caplin Auditorium

9:30-10:30 a.m.

*Welcome SessionCaplin Auditorium

10:30-11 a.m.

*Honor Committee and Judiciary Committee Orientation, Caplin Auditorium

11:15-11:45 a.m.

*Law School Policies and Procedures, Caplin Auditorium

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

*Lunch With Peer Advisors





Section A


Section G


Section B


Section H


Section C


Section I


Section D


Section J


Section E


LL.M. and Exchange


Section F





1-2:30 p.m.

Navigating Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession
Sections A - F in Caplin Auditorium - Denise Robinson, Fletcher Consulting 

Sections G -J in WB 152 - Jacqueline Cranford '93, Fletcher Consulting

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 20

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
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 21

*1L Classes Begin

Friday, August 23

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

Weekly Wind-down
Karsh Lobby (outside Admissions)

UVA ID Cards

Each student must secure a photo ID from the University. Students may submit a passport-style photo on line by August 4, 2019 if they would like to pick up their photo ID at the Law School starting the week of August 12, 2019.  Instructions for photo submission are found here

Students who do not submit a photo by August 4, 2019 will have to go to the University ID Office at 525 McCormick Road to be photographed.  The ID Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 regardless of your pick up location.

Your ID photo will also be used in the Law School’s photo directory and seating charts.  You will need your ID in order to enter the Law School building on the weekends and in the evenings.