Welcome to Savannah Law School! We are excited to start the school year and we know you’re counting the days. This letter provides information you’ll need to begin your first year.
Your New Student Orientation will be held Thursday August 14th through Saturday August 16th. The Orientation Schedule for Day Students and the Orientation Schedule for Evening Students have been provided for your convenience. Orientation is designed to assist you with your transition into law school. During this process you will meet with your faculty advisor and get to know your classmates, staff, and administrators. You will learn some of the basic skills necessary to prepare for and excel in your classes, and become better acquainted with the reality that is law school. Orientation is the beginning of your professional career in the legal community. Professionalism will be highlighted throughout the three days we spend together.
Saturday August 16th is designated as “Professionalism Day.” All attendees are required to dress in business attire, preferably in dark suits. We will participate in a workshop sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. As part of that workshop you will take an oath to abide by the provisions of the Savannah Law School Code of Student Responsibility. You will need to read the Code before orientation. The Code exists to foster and protect the core mission of Savannah Law School, to establish procedures to deal with violations of the law school’s standards, and to foster the scholarly, civic, and professional development of students in a learning environment that is safe and secure.
The Chief Justice’s office has provided materials for you to read in preparation for its program. The faculty and volunteer attorneys assisting with the workshop are relying on you to have read all of the material. Do not be alarmed if reading the cases and other material is confusing at first—that is normal. Reread cases that you do not understand and look up foreign terms. In some of the sessions the faculty and volunteer attorneys will build upon the information you have been assigned to read. The underlying goal is to develop your understanding of what law school and the profession require and what is expected of you to achieve academic and professional success.
Saturday is the day that the full-time and part-time students are able to participate in orientation together so be sure to meet classmates who are not in your section.
At noon on Saturday we will have a session for your spouses and significant others where they can discuss and ask questions about “Living with a 1L.” The panelists will include spouses and significant others of current 2Ls. Please encourage your significant others to come to this session, which is sure to be informative.
There is no student parking in the front lot of the building until after 5:00 p.m. There are a few parking spaces in the back lot but please remember that the school is an active construction site. You may not double park in the back lot. You should be able to find street parking near the school. The front lot is monitored for improper parking.
First Assignments and Class Schedule
The first day of classes is Monday, August 18th. All first year courses are required and the Registrar has already registered you for them. You can find the course schedule and book list for your classes on the website, as well as your first assignments. Make sure you have completed all of your first assignments before you attend your first day of class. Your professors will expect that you are prepared on the first day.
On the first day of Orientation you will participate in sessions entitled “Foundation to Academic Success” and you will need to read and bring the following assignments with you: Day students should read Professor Roark’s Property I assignment Johnson v McIntosh in Freyermuth; Evening students should read Professor Ogolla’s Torts I assignment pages 1 – 28 in the Epstein and Sharkey casebook.
This will be an incredible year for us all. Faculty and staff efforts will be directed at providing you with an intellectually challenging yet collegial and supportive environment from which you will launch your professional career. By design, we will build a close-knit community where relationships transcend the law school experience. We want this to be your optimum learning experience.
We look forward to taking these first steps with you as we set about producing “highly competent and professional lawyers, who possess a strong social conscience, continually demonstrate high ethical standards, and are committed to the improvement of the legal system and society.”
If you have questions regarding orientation, please contact Dean McGee at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you in August!