Congratulations on your decision to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law. We can't wait to welcome you!
Get yourself oriented -- starting now! Orientation doesn't just happen in the one week before classes begin -- it starts in July and runs through the end of September.
July - Get started now!
Excited about law school but nervous about what to expect? This summer, get a jump on learning the skills necessary for success before you start law school. Join Claudia Diamond, J.D. ’95, director of academic and writing resources in the UB School of Law, for a fast-paced, interactive workshop focusing on best practices in case briefing, exam taking and writing. You may choose to attend one or both evening sessions - please rsvp. (We encourage you to do both.)
Let's Start Now: Law School Skills for Success (July 19, 2016, 6-9pm)
On the first night (Tuesday, July 19), you’ll begin to learn the skills of case briefing, how to take a law school exam by actually taking one before you even begin law school, and the “common language” of lawyers that all law students must know.
R.S.V.P. by July 15. Session will be held 6-9 p.m. in the Bogomolny Room (fifth floor), UB Student Center 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 Dinner will be served both nights at 7 p.m. You may choose to attend one or both evening sessions - please rsvp. (We encourage you to do both.)
Let's Start Now: Law School Skills for Success (July 20, 2016, 6-9pm)
On the second night (Wednesday, July 20), you’ll review writing best practices, develop skills necessary for discovering common errors, and learn the universal rules of organizing your writing for maximum effectiveness.
R.S.V.P. by July 15. Session will be held 6-9 p.m. in the Bogomolny Room (fifth floor), UB Student Center 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 Dinner will be served both nights at 7 p.m.
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. (You'll need a copy of your class schedule to get your Bee Card). You must carry your Bee Card with you at all times.
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.
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.
Read the Honor Code
The Honor Code is the code of ethics that will shape your law school experience. At the on-campus orientation, you will be asked to take the Honor Code pledge which means you have read it and that you understand and will abide by it.
We invite you to get familiar with the school, expectations and each other before classes start on Aug. 22. We'll help you set off on your path to success the week before classes start at an on-campus orientation Aug. 16-19.
Haven/Title IX Tutorial
Have you completed Haven? In support of building a safe and inclusive environment, the University requires the completion of Haven, a tutorial discussing issues surrounding sexual assault and relationship violence.
You must complete this tutorial before you register for spring 2017. It feels like a long way off, but we cannot register you for your spring classes until you take the tutorial. The tutorial is comprised of two modules, taking about an hour to complete. Once you enter the program and register, you may enter and exit at any time, giving you the ability to take the tutorial all at once or over several sessions. You are only required to take the tutorial once during your time at UB.
The tutorial is accessible through MyUB.
Complete your "homework" before on-campus orientation.
You have "homework" to complete before you arrive for on-campus orientation - readings for the "mock" class you'll be in on Wednesday night. The readings are different depending on which contracts section you're in:
Nuts & Bolts: On Campus Orientation (Aug. 16-19 -- all new students)
On-Campus Orientation is your welcome to the legal profession. It is also your 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 year. Professional attire is requested on the first night (Aug. 16) and after that business casual is fine.
On-Campus Orientation for all incoming JD students (day and evening divisions) will be as follows:
|Date||Time||Topic (click for details)|
|Tuesday, Aug. 16||5:15pm-9:15pm||Welcome to the Profession|
|Wednesday, Aug. 17||5:15pm-9:15pm||Building your Toolkit|
|Thursday, Aug. 18||5:15pm-9:15pm||Resources & Connections RSVP for reception|
|Friday, Aug 19||9am-1pm, and 2pm-4pm||Giving Back (optional) Pro Bono Opportunities RSVP required|
Food! Light dinner will be served from 5-6pm Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. (Thursday's reception will have drinks and appetizers). Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary restrictions (vegan, kosher, etc) and we will do our best to accommodate. Contact Shavaun O'Brien with your specifics.
LLM LOTUS students will follow the same schedule as the JD division, but you will start at 4:00pm on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Buy Your Books and Complete Your First Class Assignments (after Aug. 1)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.
Jump In: First Day of Classes (Aug. 22)We are excited to welcome you to your first week of law school!
Block out your calendar now for important sessions each week that will continue your orientation to law school. We'll be addressing such topics as tips for success, outlining, mapping out an academic game plan, exam preparation and exam software training (before midterms).
Day students and LLM LOTUS students will meet most Wednesdays at noon.
Evening students will meet on Thursday nights, right after Contracts at 7:35-8:20pm.