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 21, 2015, 6-9pm)
On the first night (Tuesday, July 21), 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 17 to Laura Panozzo. 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 22, 2015, 6-9pm)
On the second night (Wednesday, July 22), 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 17 to Laura Panozzo. 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)
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. 17. We'll help you set off on your path to success the week before classes start at an on-campus orientation Aug. 11-13.
Nuts & Bolts: On Campus Orientation (Aug. 11-13 -- evening students, 12-13 day 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. Requested attire: Business casual.
Day students will be on campus 9am-5pm on Wednesday, Aug 12, and will return for the student panel and networking dinner on Aug. 13. Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary restrictions. Contact Rose McMunn in the Dean's suite.
Evening students will be on campus 5:30-9:30 on Tuesday, Aug 11, Wedneday, Aug 12 and Thursday Aug 13 (which includes the student panel and networking dinner, listed below). Be sure to arrive at 5:30pm. Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary restrictions. Contact Rose McMunn in the Dean's suite.LLM LOTUS students will follow the same schedule as the evening JD division, but you will start at 4:00pm on Tuesday, Aug 11. Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary restrictions. Contact Rose McMunn in the Dean's suite.
"Telling it like it is" - Student Panel and Networking Dinner (Aug. 13)
Come hear words of wisdom from the students who have just completed the adventure you're about to start. How to juggle the workload, stay healthy, start a study group, keep your sanity....all of these topics and more will be discussed. After that, you'll have dinner with upper level students. This is a great opportunity to get candid and helpful advice from the folks who've been where you are, and lived to tell about it! What do you need to know about being a "1L?" These students will share experiences and tips on a personal level. And they'll be a friendly face in the elevator when you're juggling the first weeks of class.
You'll re-register at the law school before the panel and will get your table assignment. Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary restrictions. Contact Rose McMunn in the Dean's suite.
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.
Giving Back: Pro Bono Training Opportunities (Aug. 14)
You are invited to participate in the pro bono experience, even as a law student! There are several options:
1. Homeless Person’s Representation Project - (10am - noon) 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, ass istant director in the LCDO by e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone (410-837-5334).
2. Center for Families, Children and the Courts - (noon - 2pm) 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 city, 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. Meeting will take place in AL 544.
Please RSVP to Spencer Hall by e-mai l ( email@example.com ).
3. University of Baltimore Community Demonstration Garden- (8:30-10am) Assist the University of Baltimore’s Sense of Place: Community Demonstration Garden by donating an hour and a half of your time to weeding, planting & mulching. You’ll be right here on campus and you will have a hands-on experience in the garden. You’ll also have a chance to tap into the project for the long term by learning about the educational collaborations that are taking place on campus. Meet at 8:30am in the lobby of the Law School. Please bring gardening gloves if you have them.RSVP to Shavaun O’Brien by email at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Jump In: First Day of Classes (Aug. 17)We are excited to welcome you to your first week of law school!
Day students and LLM LOTUS students will meet most Wednesdays at noon.
Evening students will meet on Thursday nights at 6:15 right before Contracts.
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).