Sampaguita21 wrote:When does Orientation typically start each year? I want to travel this summer but most of my friends won't be able to go with me until late July/early August. I don't want to cut it too close so I'd like to be back in the city at least a week or so before Orientation starts.
Also, can you guys just give us 0Ls a rough idea of what to expect in the first few weeks of Orientation/Classes? Is it super intense in terms of work, or should we be going out and trying to meet everyone in our class, etc.?
Orientation is in the middle of August (I think ours was the 15th). There are a couple days of orientation in which you listen to some useful (although a lot of useless) speeches from various people in the admin, then there are a few weeks of Legal Methods, a class that is just an intro to law school. It is pass/fail and EVERYONE PASSES (seriously, even if you do not technically pass, which is difficult to do, the professor will basically just tell you to do better on your real finals and then pass you). Honestly, though, DO NOT worry about Legal Methods. Real classes start in September (ours were the day after Labor Day; the 1Ls this year had a week after Labor Day of Legal Methods I think this year). That’s when you will actually need to kick things into gear, although the semester starts off slower and accelerates.
During Legal Methods time, the student groups host a bunch of events, and I encourage you to go to as many as possible. This part of law school is very low stress, so go out and go see the city as much as possible. The student groups do not require you to commit or anything-they basically are just blowing some of their budgets on food and booze.