Law Student Orientation
The Introduction to Law Program (Orientation) will be held the week of August 18. The exact dates will be set in the summer of 2014. It is recommended that incoming students plan to be in Boston for at least the second half of August.
Attendance is mandatory since you will learn how to brief a case, meet with your legal research assistants, meet with faculty members, receive valuable information on study skills, and receive your first assignments. Check back throughout the summer for more information.
All incoming students will receive an email with division assignments and individual class schedules in early August.
First-year day students are randomly assigned to Section D-01 or D-02, and the evening division students are assigned to Section E-01.
Please note: Requests for specific section assignments will NOT be granted.
A Quick Preview
During orientation week, incoming students will receive the following:
- Class schedule with Legal Research and Writing assignments
- Mailbox number and a New England Law | Boston email account
- Student handbook
- Student ID number
- Photo ID schedule
- Bar requirements
- Dean’s welcome
- Career Services welcome
- Student Bar Association welcome
- The Law School Experience from the Faculty’s Perspective
- The First-Year Experience from the Student’s Perspective: Studying and Life
- Lecture on introduction to law
- Lecture on briefing a case
- Introduction to computing by the chief information officer
- Meeting with library reference staff and library tour
- Photo IDs taken (back to top)
A case brief is a written summary of a case. Briefing cases requires you to read a case carefully and then summarize its important parts in your own words. As you prepare for class each day, you should brief the cases assigned for that particular class. Additionally, case briefs are useful for reviewing course materials and for preparing an outline of the course.
The orientation for law school program includes a lecture on briefing cases. The packet will contain information on how to brief a case, two appellate cases to be discussed during the lecture, and an assignment sheet. Be prepared with the assigment when you attend Orientation.
The assignment packet will be posted here in mid-summer.
Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
This required program marks the start of classes for incoming students, and is designed to give incoming students an introduction to the study of law. The goal of our program is to orient students to the first few weeks of legal study, as well as to the law school’s rules and physical plant. Classes will introduce students to law and its sources, prepare students for briefing the cases assigned in their classes, and introduce students to legal research and the library, including computer assisted legal research (CALR) materials and practices.
There is no set law orientation dress code. Generally, students dress in casual clothes. Students should note that the building can be cool due to air conditioning in August so students are advised to bring a light sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket.
Students should bring a notebook or some other material for taking notes. Students may bring laptop computers, if they desire, but there is no requirement or need to do so. Students will not need their textbooks during the program.
Earlier in the summer, each student should have received information for the class on briefing cases as well as a summer reading list. The summer reading list will not be tested during orientation; it was provided to you as a list of helpful resources to help you prepare for law school. Additionally, the briefs you write for the briefing cases class will not be graded. These briefs are your first opportunity to practice a crucial skill in an ungraded context. We recommend you take this opportunity seriously, but we will not be collecting the briefs during the class.
Checks for living expenses are generally available during the first week of classes. Refund checks are handled by the Student Accounts (Controller's) Office, located at 46 Church St., 2nd floor, and are typically run Wednesdays and Fridays, after your funds have posted. Refunds are split during the year, according to the loan disbursements - one in the fall and one in the spring.
More information regarding financial aid is available in the Financial Aid FAQ.
Students will receive their New England Law e-mail address in the packet they receive at registration, which takes place at the beginning of the introduction to law program. Please note you must use this address for all communalizations with New England Law administrative departments. You also must use this address when you register on Lexis and Westlaw. Again, this e-mail address is the official one used by the administration for all communication with students.
You can view the list on the Law School's Bookstore page.
Students may purchase textbooks, New England Law merchandise, and other legal materials at the Tufts Health Science and New England Law | Boston Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble College Bookstores. The bookstore is located at 116 Harrison Avenue at the corner of Kneeland Street (Stuart Street becomes Kneeland when you cross Washington Street). It's a short walk from the Stuart Street building.
Information about the student health insurance program may be found here. If you have further questions about this program, please contact Melissa Godet in the Business Office. Ms. Godet may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discounted parking is available at the Revere Hotel Parking Garage, located at 200 Stuart Street, which is across from the law school, as well as the Motor Mart garage, located on Stuart Street, diagonally across Stuart and Charles streets from the school.
Parking tickets must have the school parking validation stamp in order to qualify for discounts. The validation stamp is located at the security desk in the lobby of the Stuart Street building.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is responsible for locker assignments. The SBA will provide this information during their portion of the introduction to law program.
Most professors will expect students to be prepared at their first class. First class assignments are posted on the law library's course reserves webpage. This information will be updated as first class assignments are submitted by professors. Assignments also posted at the law school on the faculty bulletin boards on the third and fourth floors of the Stuart Street building.
During the introduction to law program, each student will receive his or her passwords for both Westlaw and Lexis. Once students are registered on these sites, they will be able to add classes on TWEN or Lexis Webboard. Please remember that you must use your New England Law e-mail address when you register for these courses.
Students will receive their LR&W I class assignments in their registration packet during the Introduction to Law Program. Most of these classes take place from 5-6:50 p.m. on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening; however, a few of the sections are offered at other times.
You can get the most recent edition of the Student Handbook here. This handbook contains the rules and regulations governing students at New England Law.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) makes arrangements for discounted T passes. Information about this program will be available at the introduction to law program in August.
How do I find out about opportunities to participate in activities of New England Law’s Academic Centers?
Information about New England Law’s academic centers can be found at www.nesl.edu/experiential/centers.cfm. There are opportunities for first year students to participate in the activites of these centers; please see the webiste for information about these activities, or contact center directors for more information.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) will sponsor a student organizations fair during law week, which will take place early in September. In additon, students may find information on many of New England Law’s student organizations at www.nesl.edu/students/organizations.cfm.