The University of Miami School of Law's faculty and administration look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our law school. We are excited to have you join our community. Your orientation serves as an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the Miami Law family.
The Lawyer Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation is designed to introduce you to everything Miami Law has to offer, including our world-class educational programs, our law school culture, and our alumni and community connections.
All Orientation events are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, July 10th
Alumni Reception for Admitted Students
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Please note - registration begins at 5:30 p.m.), Hunton & Williams, 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500, Miami, FL 33131
Business attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Join Miami Law alumni for a reception in your honor to recognize and celebrate your entry into the Class of 2020. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet many of your new classmates, and our accomplished, influential, and supportive alumni. Hosted by Juan C. Enjamio, J.D. '86.
Monday, July 31st – Monday, August 7th
Information Technology Set-Up (Optional - Please choose one session)
Monday, July 31st, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1st, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Our information Technology team will show you how to connect to our "SecureCanes" wireless network, set up your email account, and install printer drivers so that you are prepared for the first day of classes. Bring your laptop! All IT sessions will take place in the Law School Room F108.
Legal Communication and Research Skills ("LComm") Session - How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions
(Mandatory - Students are required to register for only one session)
Monday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1st, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (This session has reached capacity and is no longer available)
Reading a judicial opinion for the first time often raises more questions than answers. What do the different sections mean? Why are various numbers scattered throughout the opinion? Which legal authorities informed the court’s decision? How can I find those authorities? Which courts will be bound by this opinion?
During this session, we will teach you to navigate judicial opinions efficiently and effectively, as well as introduce you to case briefs—documents in which you summarize and organize the most important information from a case. You will also be given passwords for research tools used to find legal authorities, such as Lexis, Westlaw, TWEN and more.
All LCOMM sessions will take place in the Law School Room F108. Laptops or tablets are recommended.
Monday, August 7th
New and Returning Students Meet-Up
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Yardhouse at Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL
Smart casual attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Mingle with new and returning Miami Law students before the semester begins! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Thursday, August 10th
HOPE Day of Service
Panel Discussion with Upper-level Students
Setting Up Campus Services on the Bass Bricks
Friday, August 11th
Mandatory check-in is on Friday, August 11, 2017
Check-in times are as follows:
Orientation Check-in Procedure
Lawyer Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming: 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Continental breakfast and check-in on the Bass Bricks
10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Opening Plenary – Gusman Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m - Introduction to the U.S. Legal System with Osamudia James, Vice Dean and Professor of Law
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. - Alumni and Miami Legal Community Networking Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Faculty Living Law Talks, Law School (various classrooms)
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., - Student Bar Association Social, The Rathskeller (“Rat”), Shalala Student Center. (Optional)
Sunday, August 13th
Dean’s Welcome Brunch
As we approach your arrival to Miami Law, please take note of these tasks, reminders, and key dates.