The First-year Orientation Program for Traditional J.D. Students
As you commence on what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding educational experiences you will ever have - the beginning of your legal career - Southwestern has created a program to guide you through the beginning of that journey.
The First-year Orientation Program for Traditional J.D. Students is just one of numerous resources available to help you become acclimated and achieve success throughout your law school career.
Traditional Admitted J.D. Students may find detailed information regarding Orientation on MySouthwestern (log-in required). Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions regarding accessing the portal.
SCALE® and J.D. Transfer Student Orientation
SCALE and J.D. Transfer students have a specific Orientation Program designed to fit their needs. These Orientation programs are not on the same day as the First-Year Orientation Program, but they are held prior to the start of school.
For more information about SCALE and J.D. Transfer Orientation programs, please contact the appropriate office:
LL.M. Student Orientation
LL.M. students have a specific Orientation Program designed to fit their needs, and it is held prior to the start of school. In addition, all foreign educated LL.M. students are strongly encouraged to participate in the ALLIES program (see details below), which begins two weeks before regularly scheduled Fall Semester classes.
ALLIES - American Legal Learning for Internationally Educated Students
The transition to studying law in America can be quite challenging. The obstacles are not limited to language barriers. The classroom dynamic and the evaluation process for grading is often different at American law schools than at law schools in other countries. This program is designed to assist students with making the transition to studying the American legal system while maximizing their opportunities for success. Students will learn the process for class preparation, outlining, and final exams in a supportive small group environment.