Orientation

Mandatory Orientation for Valparaiso Law 2013 Entering Students

Exclusively for 2013 entering students, Orientation activities will begin on Monday, August 12 and continue through Friday, August 16, 2013. Completion of the listed Pre-Entry Requirements (see below) prior to or on Monday, August 12, is mandatory as is attendance at the Orientation Program. We are glad to assist you as you complete the list; full directions can be found by following the link for each requirement. Keep in mind that to confirm your seat as a 1L at Valparaiso Law, on August 12 you need to attend Orientation Check-In located in the Law School Café. (Confirmation of your registration for fall semester is a separate activity.)

The Orientation Program Summary Agenda highlights your first week at Valparaiso Law, a week designed to enable you to hit the ground running on the first day of classes. Monday through Wednesday will focus on providing you with an introduction to the legal system, legal analysis, and how learning occurs in law school (while also taking care of housekeeping concerns). Thursday and Friday we’ll encourage you to consider what it means to be a lawyer, and a new professional embarking on a legal career, while also providing you with a road map to success in law school and beyond. During this week you’ll be taught by some of your professors, meet key law school staff members, and also hear from current students and successful alumni. All of them have the same goal in mind: your success as a student at Valparaiso Law and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you as a 1L student. Completion of the pre-entry requirements and engaged participation in the entire Orientation Program will ease your transition to Valparaiso Law and help you focus on your own path to success in law school.

Orientation Program Summary Agenda

(Professional Attire Required on Thursday; Business Casual Attire for the other days)

 

Monday, August 12: A Successful Start
8:00 – 11:30 Class of 2016 Student Check-in at the Law School Café – Continental Breakfast
Complete the Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch in the Café
12:45 – 1:15 Welcome – Dean Ivan Bodensteiner & Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
1:15 – 2:15 An Introduction to the U.S. Legal System - Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Associate Dean for Library Services
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:00 1L Law Curriculum, Socratic Method, & Taking Notes – Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
3:00 – 4:00 Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs – Case 1 – Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
4:00 – 5:00 Law IT Department – Jon Sanders, Director of Technology, Donna Patterson, Associate Director of Technology, & Bill Klein, Associate Director of Technology
5:00 – 6:00 Library Tour (5:00 Group 1)/Building Tour (5:00 Group 2)
Library Tour (5:30 Group 2)/Building Tour (5:30 Group 1)
6:00 – 7:00 Library Tour (6:00 Group 10)/Building Tour (6:00 Group 9)
Library Tour (6:30 Group 9)/Building Tour (6:30 Group 10)
Tuesday, August 13:  Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
8:30 – 9:15 Academic Enrollment – Debbie Gleason, Registrar
9:15 – 10:00 Your Finances – Ann Weitgenant, Associate director of Student Financial Planning
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Dean Ivan Bodensteiner
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Reading: Case 1 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – on your own
1:15 – 2:00 Reasoning: Case 1 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:00 Bluebook Introduction Exercise – Case Citations - Michael Bushbaum & Prof. Debra Denslaw
3:00 – 6:00 Library and Building Tours – To Be Assigned -
Wednesday August 14: Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
9:00 – 10:00 Reading: Cases 2 & 3 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reasoning: Cases 1-3 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 U.S. Legal System & Anatomy of a Lawsuit Quiz Bowl - Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen & Prof. Rebecca Huss
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Reasoning: Cases 4 & 5 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:00 Basic Vocabulary Quiz - Prof. Marcia Gienapp & Prof. Geneva Brown
3:00 – 4:00 Writing an Effective Paragraph - Julie Foster, Director of International and Pipeline Programs & Prof. Geoffrey Heeren
4:00 – 5:00 Welcome & Resources for LL.M & ESL Students (only) – Julie Foster, Director of International and Pipeline Programs – Stride Courtroom
4:00 – 6:00 Library and Building Tours – To Be Assigned
Thursday, August 15: Professional and Academic Success at Valparaiso Law
(NOTE: Professional Attire Required, Plan to attend all activities listed - 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction to Legal Analysis - Prof. Mark Adams
9:30 – 10:40 Legal Analysis (breakout groups) Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
10:40-10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:45 Legal Analysis Wrap-up – Faculty Panel - Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 1:30 Professional Conduct at the Law School – Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian, and Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
1:30 – 2:00 Law School’s Relationship to Practice – Attorney Michael Tolbert, J.D. ‘00
2:00 – 2:10 Break
2:10 – 3:10 What It Means to Be a Lawyer (breakout groups) Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
3:10 – 3:20 Break
3:20 – 3:50 Professionalism in the Classroom – Faculty Panel - Prof. Mark Adams, Prof. Bruce Berner, Prof. Derrick Carter, Prof. Robert Knowles & Prof. JoEllen Lind
3:50 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 6:00 Managing Your Professional Brand – Patricia Cook, Patricia Cook & Associates
6:30 – 8:00 Class of 2016 Networking Reception at the VUCA Lobby
Friday, August 16: Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to Career Planning - Christine Corral, Executive Director, Vicki Ryan, Sr. Director, Robyn Rucker, Associate Director,  Lisa Cannon, Director of Experiential Education, Vanessa Verner, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:45 Student Life and Professionalism - Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian & Law Student Panel
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Academic Success in Law School – Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:30 Final Thoughts on Orientation – Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
2:30 – 2:45 Meet Your Student Mentor in the Atrium
2:30 – 3:30 Coffee & Community in the Café


Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements

  1. Health Form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Student ID Card
  4. Law Library Activation of your Valparaiso University Student ID Card
  5. Vehicle Registration
  6. Book List
  7. Register your iClicker
  8. First Class Assignment
  9. Reading Assignments 
  10. What it Means to be a Lawyer

Traveling to Valparaiso University Law School

Valparaiso, Indiana, is located in Northwest Indiana, with its downtown about a mile north and west of the intersection of Indiana Highways 49 and 30. It is also located approximately: 60 miles from downtown Chicago; 7 miles south of the intersection of Highway 49 and Interstate 90; 9 miles south of the intersection of Highway 49 and Interstate 94; and, 12 miles east on Highway 30 from the intersection of Interstate 65. You are encouraged to move to Valparaiso at least several days before August 12; plan to take some time to explore and see more of the area before you begin law school. If you are flying or taking the train to Valparaiso, Midway and O’Hare airports and the central AmTrak hub are all located in Chicago. The airport in South Bend, Indiana, is about the same driving distance as Midway airport. Also, you can take the South Shore Railroad from downtown Chicago to Dune Park Station which is located about 10 miles from the School of Law. The Law School is located on the west end of Valparaiso University’s campus and adjacent to downtown Valparaiso.