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Welcome to Emory Law! All events for Welcome Week are listed below. Please email jdadmission@emory.edu if you have any questions.

Please note: 

  • Attendance: All sessions (both online and in-person) are required. Attendance will be taken for in-person sessions and tracked for online orientation sessions.
  • Return to Campus Requirements: Students must follow all university COVID-19 deadlines
  • Parking for In-Person Modules: Complimentary parking is available in the Lowergate South/Gambrell parking deck directly behind the law school. The night before in-person modules, you will receive an email with a QR code.This QR code will allow you to access the parking deck. For any sessions that begin after 4 p.m., parking is complimentary and a QR Code is not needed.
  • Online Sessions: The online orientation sessions will be held in Canvas. You can access those sessions by visiting canvas.emory.edu and clicking Emory Law Orientation.
  • Online Modules: There are a number of pre-orientation activities that you must complete. These modules are located in Canvas under pre-orientation activities. They must be completed by August 31.
  • SAP-G- Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP-G) is a mandatory virtual training that all students must complete. This training will not be available during orientation but you will receive emails about it during the semester. Please complete this mandatory training once you receive it.
  • Attire: Emory Law is a comfortable and welcoming community. Our students typically dress casually for class, and comfortable attire and shoes are appropriate for in-person attendance. However, please bring or wear professional attire for your scheduled headshots.
  • International students: If you have an F-1 visa, you are also required to attend events on Monday, August 9.

Tuesday, August 10 (in person based on group)

Sessions are divided by "House" assignment. We will share assignments the week of August 1.  

Houses: Decatur, Morningside, Old Fourth Ward, Virginia Highlands

10:00 a.m.Check-in and BreakfastSecond Floor Connector
11:00 a.m.Welcome to Emory Law
A greeting from your SBA President Teddy Randel, Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, and Senior Director for Admission and Financial Aid Jenna Otokawa
1E
11:30 a.m.Faculty Panel
Learn more about classroom expectations and etiquette.
1E
12:15 p.m.Student Bar Association and House Leader Introductions
Meet student leaders who will guide you throughout your law school journey. 
1E
12:30 p.m.Lunch with SBA and House LeadersFirst Floor Common Area
1:30 p.m.Academic Engagement and Student Success
Meet the team from the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success and learn about the many ways they can help you succeed in law school.
1E
2:00 p.m.

Study Smarter: How to Brief a Case
This series is designed to help you succeed academically. In this workshop, you'll learn how to effectively analyze and summarize legal decisions using the case brief method.

1E
3:00 p.m.

Financial Aid and Wrap Up
AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization and our partner. Learn more about MAX by AccessLex, a free personal finance program designed for law students.

1E
3:30 p.m.

Recess and Student Resource Fair
Meet departments from across Emory University.

Bacardi Plaza

Houses: Druid Hills, Inman Park, Kirkwood, Midtown, Sweet Auburn

8:00 a.m.Check-in and BreakfastSecond Floor Connector
9:30 a.m.Welcome to Emory Law
A greeting from your SBA President Teddy Randel, Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, and Senior Director for Admission and Financial Aid Jenna Otokawa
Tull Auditorium
10:00 a.m.Faculty Panel
Learn more about classroom expectations and etiquette.
Tull Auditorium
10:45 a.m.BreakHunter Atrium
11:15 a.m.Academic Engagement and Student Success
Meet the team from the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success and learn about the many ways they can help you succeed in law school.
Tull Auditorium
11:45 p.m.Student Bar Association and House Leader Introductions
Meet student leaders who will guide you throughout your law school journey. 
Tull Auditorium
12:00 p.m.Lunch with SBA and House LeadersHunter Atrium
1:00 p.m.Study Smarter: How to Brief a Case
This series is designed to help you succeed academically. In this workshop, you'll learn how to effectively analyze and summarize legal decisions using the case brief method.
Tull Auditorium
1:00 p.m.AccessLex and Wrap Up
AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization and our partner. Learn more about MAX by AccessLex, a free personal finance program designed for law students.
Tull Auditorium
2:30 p.m.Recess and Student Resource Fair
Meet departments from across Emory University.
Bacardi Plaza

Wednesday, August 11 (in-person based on group)

Sessions are divided into Group A and B, depending on your ILARC professor. We will share assignments the week of August 1. Please bring or wear professional attire for your headshots.

Group A

8:00 a.m.Check-in and BreakfastSecond Floor Connector
9:00 a.m.MacMillan Library Resources
An introduction to the staff, space, and resources of Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
1E
9:30 a.m.Headshots (Houses 1-4)
Please wear professional dress for your photo. 
MacMillan Library
10:30 a.m.ILARC (Houses 1-4)
Experience your first legal writing course and meet your professor.
1B, 1C, 1D, 1E
12:00 p.m.Student Panel
Hear from your peers about navigating law school and life in Atlanta.
1E
1:00 p.m.LunchFirst Floor Common Area
2:00 p.m.Pro Bono, Public Interest, and Clerkships
An overview of the services, programs, and opportunities available in the Center for Public Service. Includes information about pro bono volunteer opportunities, as well as career advising for public interest, government, fellowships, and judicial clerkships.
1E
2:30 p.m.Starting Your Legal Career
A snapshot of the Center for Professional Development and Career Services and its focus on launching your legal career. 
1E
3:00 p.m.Campus Tours Begin
4:00 p.m.Affinity Group Fireside Chats (optional)
Participating groups include: Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Legal Association for Women Students, OUTLaw, and the South Asian Law Students Association.
Various

Group B

8:30 a.m.Check-in and BreakfastSecond Floor Connector
9:30 a.m.Starting Your Legal Career 
A snapshot of the Center for Professional Development and Career Services and its focus on launching your legal career. 
Tull Auditorium
10:00 a.m.MacMillan Library Resources 
An introduction to the staff, space, and resources of Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
Tull Auditorium
10:30 a.m.Headshots (Houses 5-7)
Please wear professional dress for your photo. 
MacMillan Library
10:30 a.m.ILARC (Houses 8-10)
Experience your first legal writing course and meet your professor.
Tull Auditorium, 5B, 1F
11:00 a.m.ILARC (Houses 5-7)
Experience your first legal writing course and meet your professor.
5C, 5E
12:00 p.m.Headshots (Houses 8-10)
Please wear professional dress for your photo. 
MacMillan Library
12:30 p.m.LunchHunter Atrium
2:00 p.m.Student Panel 
Hear from your peers about navigating law school and life in Atlanta.
Tull Auditorium
2:30 p.m.Pro Bono, Public Interest, and Clerkships
An overview of the services, programs, and opportunities available in the Center for Public Service. Includes information about pro bono volunteer opportunities, as well as career advising for public interest, government, fellowships, and judicial clerkships.
Tull Auditorium
3:00 p.m.Campus Tours Begin
4:00 p.m.Affinity Group Fireside Chats and Campus Tours (optional)
Participating groups include: Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Legal Association for Women Students, OUTLaw, and the South Asian Law Students Association.
Various


Thursday, August 12 (day: virtual; evening: on campus)

All sessions between 12:00 and 3:30 p.m. will be available online through Canvas. All evening sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. will be on campus.

11:45 a.m.Professionalism Welcome, Plenary, and Swearing-in
Conducted under the auspices of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, our Professionalism Program orients students to the higher values to which the legal profession holds itself.
Zoom
1:00 p.m.Welcome from Alumni Engagement
1:30 p.m.Small Group Discussions
Meet with facilitators to discuss hypothetical situations, focusing on law school situations as well as internship and practice settings.
Zoom
3:30 p.m.Professionalism Closing
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.Dinner
Food trucks will be available. 
Law School Lawn/Reese Plaza
8:00 p.m.EPIC Book Sale
Buy your books for the semester at a discounted rate.
1D
9:00 p.m.Movie on the Lawn: My Cousin Vinny
Bring your blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a movie.
Lawn


Friday, August 13 (day: virtual; afternoon: on campus)

All sessions will be available online through Canvas.

9:00 a.m.Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Opening Session
A discussion of the importance of diversity in the legal field.
Zoom
9:45 a.m.Professionalism: Cultural Competence (Houses 1-5)
Understand the concept of diversity and engaging in dialogue with peers.
Zoom
9:45 a.m.Peer to Peer: Open Ask House Coordinators and Teaching Fellow (Houses 6-10)Zoom
11:45 a.m.Professionalism: Cultural Competence (Houses 6-10)
Understand the concept of diversity and engaging in dialogue with peers.
Zoom
11:45 a.m.Peer to Peer: Open Ask House Coordinators and Teaching Fellow (Houses 1-5)Zoom
4:30 p.m.SBA Social: Game Night
Close out a successful orientation and begin your law school career with a game night with your peers.
Student Commons
 

Required Pre-recorded Sessions & Pre-orientation Activities

All sessions will be available online through Canvas.

Introduction to IT & Canvas
Title IX at Emory: Sexual Misconduct Policy & Response
Your Responsibilities as a Student