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Orientation

Congratulations on your decision to attend law school at the University of Baltimore. You will be the first class to start in our new law school building and we can't wait to welcome you to our community!

Being a successful lawyer is all about preparation. And that starts with being a prepared law student. Your preparation starts now. We’ve designed an expansive orientation program that gives you a set of tools for your law school toolkit:

  • Administrative Tools – ID cards,passwords, lockers, technology. Make sure you have the tools to access the building and information you need.
  • Academic Tools – reading for class,briefing a case, time management, study skills. It is never too soon to sharpen your analytical skills and learn to think like a lawyer.
  • Professionalism Tools – resume workshops,introduction to legal ethics, email etiquette, honor code oath. Your reputation starts now!

See the Toolkit timeline below!

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Bainum, director of Academic Services. Please read the Welcome from Our Dean!

July

Get started now assembling your law school toolkit! Here's how:

  • Read Your Orientation Assignments!

    You will have two reading assignments to complete before you arrive on campus for Orientation. First, read and understand both the Honor Code and the Honor Code pledge which will be administered during orientation. You must read these before you arrive so you will be prepared to take the Honor Code Pledge.  

    Your second assignment is to read a case to prepare for the Toolkit I session (a mock class). Please read the case assigned to your division: Day students, Evening students, LLM LOTUS students. They are short so you're welcome to read them all!

  • Attend a Writing for Success Workshop

    The Office of Academic Support will be hosting several writing workshopson July 24 and July 25. You'll get a jump start on honing your writing and analytic skills. R.S.V.P. is required. In addition. please review these resources:

    1. Get the most out of your first year of law school

    Please read Charles R. Calleros's Law School Exams : Preparing and Writing to Win (Aspen, most recent edition). Read the entire book prior to Orientation, then re-read the applicable sections during Orientation and the fall semester as they become relevant. This book is available on Amazon .

    2. Refresh your basic knowledge about government

    It is important that you refresh your recollection regarding the basics of American government and the judicial system. Some sources for this include:

    • Re-read Calleros, Law School Exams, pp. 23-30 (in Chapter 4)
    • Take a Computer Assisted Legal Instruction lesson. CALI lessons are interactive experiences that you run on your computer. To run a CALI lesson you must register. The School of Law's authorization code is BALTUVstu14 (case sensitive). We are located in Maryland and we are a CALI member. You are not required to save or turn in your score.
      Click on this CALI lesson: Where Does Law Come From, by Diane Murley.
    • Explore these websites:

    Understanding Federal Courts  
    Overview of the U.S. Legal System

  • 3. Wrap up these administrative matters:

    • Undergraduate transcript: Remember that we must receive an official copy of your undergraduate transcript.
    • Transportation or parking: Sign up for a parking account, or figure out your public transit route before orientation.

Week of Aug. 5 - Administrative tools

Before you come to the first day of class, be sure you've done the following. Classes start on Monday, Aug. 19, and you'll be jumping right in on the substance of the class.

  • Get Your Bee Card

    Your University of Baltimore ID, the Bee Card, serves as your parking pass, library card, building access card, student ID, gym membership card and Campus Cash. It's easy to get, but you should plan to get it before you start classes. If you'll be driving to campus, sign up for a parking account with your Bee Card.

  • Figure Out Your Transportation to UB

    You'll be here a lot, so now is the time to figure out how you're going to get here every day. You have lots of options: you can certainly drive to UB and park, or there are a variety of public transportation options. Whatever you choose, make sure you get your Bee Card and make sure you have a reliable way to get here in time for classes and exams.

  • Buy Your Books and Complete Your First Class Assignments

    Our on-campus bookstore stocks all of your class materials. The bookstore, located in the Fitzgerald on West Oliver Street, has virtually everything you'll need as a student. You can also visit the bookstore online. To find out what books you'll need for your classes, go to the semester page and click the link for Syllabi and First Class Assignments. Do not purchase books until August since your schedule is subject to change until that time.

  • Access Your Official UB E-Mail Account

    Once you are registered for classes, you will receive a letter providing you with your University of Baltimore law school e-mail account. The University of Baltimore requires the use of the ubalt.edu account in all official communications. You may choose to redirect your ubalt.edu account to an outside, personal account, but you must check your ubalt.edu account regularly so that you don't miss any important information. If you have not received information about your account, e.g., your network ID and password), contact the Office of Technology Services at 410.837.6262.

Week of Aug. 12 - On Campus Orientation 

On-Campus Orientation is the opportunity to meet your classmates, meet the dean, take care of administrative matters and gain some concrete skills that will serve you well in your first semester. You'll also be introduced to the legal profession in a day dedicated to professionalism, and you'll have an opportunity to engage in pro-bono service. Your spouse, partner or family member will have a chance to learn what to expect when living with a law student! (Be sure to R.S.V.P. for that Thursday night event). Please check in at the registration tables in the lobby each day or night of orientation.

Food will be served during on-campus orientation. If you have special dietary restrictions, we can try to accommodate them if you let us know in advance. Please contact Jaquetta Oram to discuss your needs.

          • DAY LAW STUDENTS - Full and Part Time

            The On Campus Orientation schedule for all full- and part-time day students is:

            Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attire for this day is business casual.

            Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Professional attire is required on Wednesday.

            Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (optional) All students and one guest are invited to a panel discussion, "Understanding the Law Student in Your Life - a panel for family and friends of the 1L." The panel will be followed by a reception. R.S.V.P. is required for this event. If bringing a guest, indicate this by typing "and guest" next to your name when you R.S.V.P.

          • The On-Campus Orientation schedule for all evening students is:

            Monday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Attire for Monday is business casual.

            Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Attire for Tuesday is business casual.

            Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Professional attire is required on Wednesday.

            Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. (optional) All students and one guest are invited to a Panel discussion "Understanding the Law Student in Your Life - a panel for family and friends of the 1L."  The panel will be followed by a reception. R.S.V.P. is required for this event.

          • The On-Campus Orientation schedule for all LLM LOTUS students is:

            Monday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Attire for Monday is business casual.

            Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Note earlier start time! Dinner will be provided. Attire for Tuesday is business casual.

            Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Professional attire is required on Wednesday.

            Thursday, Aug. 15, from 4:30 -5:30 p.m. Legal Writing Class.

            (optional session) from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  All students and one guest are invited to a Panel discussion "Understanding the Law Student in Your Life - a panel for family and friends of the 1L."  The panel will be followed by a reception. R.S.V.P. is required for this event.

          • Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.  You will have lunch with a few of last year's transfer students as well.  This day is required.

            Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m . This is "professionalism day." It is optional for transfer students, but if you do attend, professional attired is required on Wednesday.

            Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (optional) All students and one guest are invited to a Panel discussion "Understanding the Law Student in Your Life - a panel for family and friends of the 1L."  The panel will be followed by a reception. R.S.V.P. is required for this event. If bringing a guest, indicate this by typing "and guest" next to your name when you RSVP.

          • PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

            You are invited to participate in the pro bono experience, even as a law student! You must RSVP for these sessions. If you cannot make it now, or wish to find out more information later in the semester, you will certainly be able to do so.

            Homeless Person’s Representation Project
            Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m.–noon in room 402 
            The training covers information about Maryland laws regarding criminal record expungement, working with homeless clients, and how to do a client intake with our program.

            HPRP's mission is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The HPRP staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers and on the street. Their direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.

            Please RSVP to Emily Rogers, Asst. Director, LCDO by e-mail (erogers@ubalt.edu) or by phone (410-837-5334). 

            This training will also be offered on Friday, Aug 16 (10 a.m.-noon). RSVP to Ms. Rogers for this date.

            Center for Families, Children and the Courts
            Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon-1 p.m. in the CFCC (5th floor, Suite F) 
            Interested in making a difference in the lives of Baltimore City public school children while collaborating with District and Circuit Court judges and masters? The School of Law's Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) Truancy Court Program (TCP) invites you to this volunteer information/training session. CFCC will provide pizza.  

            The TCP is a team-based, holistic, early-intervention program that works with truant students in Baltimore, where more than 40 percent of high school students are chronically truant and one-third of students fail to graduate on time. Attend the information session to learn more about CFCC and ways you can get involved with the TCP. Time commitment ranges from an hour or two each semester to an hour each week for ten weeks; options include assisting with TCP events, tutoring, and mentoring, among others.   

            Please RSVP to Andrea Bento, TCP Manager, by e-mail (afbento@ubalt.edu) or by phone (410-837-5614). 

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