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Mandatory Orientation for Valparaiso Law 2017 Entering Students

Exclusively for 2017 entering students, Orientation activities will begin on Wednesday, August 9 and continue through Friday, August 11, 2017. Completion of the listed Pre-Entry Requirements (see below) prior to or on Wednesday, August 9 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 9 you need to attend Orientation Check-In located in the Law School Atrium (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. 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

(Valpo Logo-Wear Day on Friday; Business Casual Attire for all Other Days)

Wednesday, August 9: 
10:00 – 11:30 Class of 2020 Student Check-in at the Law School (Atrium)
Complete the Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements
11:30 – 12:40 Lunch in the Café  – Provided
12:45 – 1:15 Welcome
Dean Andrea Lyon
David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Derrick Howard, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning
1:15 – 2:00 Introduction to Career Planning, Alumni Relations, & Symplicity
Gail Peshel, Executive Director of Career Planning
Vicki Ryan, Senior Director of Career Planning
Robyn Rucker, Associate Director of Career Planning
Vanessa Verner, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
2:00 – 2:45 Your Finances
Ann Weitgenant, Associate Director of Financial Planning
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:40 Law IT Department
William Klein, Associate Director of Technology
3:40 – 4:30 Academic Enrollment
Melissa Mundt, Registrar
Thursday, August 10:  
9:00 – 9:45 Academic Success in Law School
Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
9:45 – 10:30 1L Law Curriculum, Socratic Method, & Taking Notes
Professor Robert Knowles
10:30 – 11:30 Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs—Case 1
Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
11:30 – 12:30 LunchOn your own
12:30 – 1:45 Health & Mental Health, Professionalism, Diversity & Inclusion
Professor Geneva Brown, Diversity & Inclusion
Kell​e​y Eshenauer, Health Center
Stewart Cooper,  Director of Counseling Center & OADE
Paula Dranger,  Title IX & SAAFE
1:45 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Anatomy of a Lawsuit 
Professor Curt Cichowski
 4:15 – 5:00 Professional Conduct at the Law School
Dean David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Friday,  August 11: 
9:00 – 9:45 Reading and Reasoning:  Case 1 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Pelzer) Professor Bernard Trujillo
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Robert Blomquist
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:30 Reading and Reasoning:  Case 1-3 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Pelzer) Professor Bernard Trujillo
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Robert Blomquist
10:30 – 11:30 Introduction to Legal Citation
Professor Michael Bushbaum
Professor Debra Denslaw
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch – On your own
12:30 – 1:15 Introduction to Legal Analysis
Professor Katherine Wehling
1:30 – 2:15 Legal Analysis (breakout groups)
A. Group 1 (Room Pelzer) Professor Curt Cichowski
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Michael Straubel
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Professor David Welter
2:15 – 2:45 Law School’s Relationship to Practice
Attorney Michael Tolbert, J.D.  ’00
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 What It Means to Be a Lawyer (breakout groups)
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Professor Curt Cichowski
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Derrick Carter
C. Group 3 (Room Pelzer) Dean Andrea Lyon
4:00 – 4:45 What to Expect in Your 1L Classes
Professor Curt Cichowski
Professor Derrick Carter
Professor Jeremy Telman
Professor Katharine Wehling
 4:45 – 5:00 Final Thoughts on Orientation
Dean David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
 5:00 – 5:30  Valpo Wear Day – Informal Class Picture & Ice Cream Social in the Cafe
Meet your Advisor


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 

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 11; 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.