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Mandatory Orientation for Valparaiso Law 2016 Entering Students

Exclusively for 2016 entering students, Orientation activities will begin on Monday, August 8 and continue through Friday, August 12, 2016. Completion of the listed Pre-Entry Requirements (see below) prior to or on Monday, August 8 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 8 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. Monday and Tuesday will focus on providing you with an introduction to the legal system and how learning occurs in law school (while also taking care of housekeeping concerns). Wednesday through Friday will focus on legal analysis and 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 roadmap 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 Friday; Business Casual Attire for the Other Days)

Monday, August 8: 
8:00 – 11:30 Class of 2019 Student Check-in at the Law School Atrium – Continental Breakfast
Complete the Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch in the Café 
12:45 – 1:15 Welcome
Dean Andrea Lyon
David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian
Zahra Nwabara, Senior Director of Admissions
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
Julia Bochnowski, 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 Library Tour and Building Tour
(Be prepared to divide yourselves into smaller groups for the actual tours)
Tuesday, August 9:  
9:00 – 9:45 Academic Enrollment
Melissa Mundt, Registrar
9:45 – 10:45 Academic Success in Law School
Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 An Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Associate Dean for Library Services
11:45 – 12:15 Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch – (on your own)
1:30 – 2:15 1L Law Curriculum, Socratic Method, & Taking Notes
Professor Natalie Banta
2:15 – 3:15 Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs—Case 1
Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Student Life and Professionalism
Joseph Baruffi, Director of Student Relations & Law Student Panel
Wednesday August 10: 
9:00 – 10:00 Anatomy of Civil Litigation
Professor David Herzig
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reading:  Case 1 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Professor Bernard Trujillo
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Robert Blomquist
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Professor Del Wright
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Reasoning:  Case 1 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Professor Bernard Trujillo
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Robert Blomquist
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Professor Del Wright
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 U.S. Legal System & Anatomy of a Lawsuit Quiz Bowl
Professor Rebecca Huss
Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen
2:00 – 3:00 Introduction to Legal Citation
Professor Michael Bushbaum
Professor Debra Denslaw
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Writing an Effective Paragraph
Professor Geoffrey Heeren
4:15 – 5:00  Meet Your Faculty Advisor – Café and Atrium 
Thursday, August 11: 
9:00 – 10:00 Reading:  Cases 2 & 3 & Case Briefs
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reasoning:  Cases 1-3 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Professor Bernard Trujillo
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Robert Blomquist
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Professor Del Wright
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Basic Vocabulary Quiz Bowl
Derrick Howard, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning
Professor Geneva Brown
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch – (on your own)
1:30 – 2:15 Introduction to Legal Analysis
David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
2:15 – 3:30 Legal Analysis (breakout groups)
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Professor Curt Cichowski
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Professor Michael Straubel
C. Group 3 (Room Pelzer) Professor David Welter
3:30 – 4:30
Room 149, Judges Chambers – OIP – New Student Orientation (International Students)
Friday, August 12:
(NOTE: Professional Attire Required, Plan to Attend All Activities Listed – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm)
9:00 – 10:00 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
10:00 – 10:30 Law School’s Relationship to Practice
Attorney Michael Tolbert, J.D. ‘00
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Professionalism in the Classroom – Faculty Panel
Professor Faisal Kutty
Professor Mary Szto
Professor Stephen Wilks
Professor Robert Knowles
Professor Jeremy Telman
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 1:45 Professional Conduct at the Law School
Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 4:00 Managing Your Professional Brand
Patricia Cook, Patricia Cook & Associates
4:00 – 4:20 Final Thoughts on Orientation
David Cleveland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
 4:30 – 6:00 Class of 2019 Networking Reception in the Atrium
Class of 2019 Profile — Kelly Anthony, Director of Recruitment and Retention


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.