Our orientation program is considered an ongoing process to familiarize you with all aspects of life at Berkeley Law, and attendance is required. There are two days of orientation at the start of the academic year; programs and sessions throughout the fall semester to acquaint you with the law school; a third official day of orientation later in the fall semester, designed to address issues that require some familiarity with law school life; and sessions during the spring semester to introduce you to the upper-class curriculum.
The first day begins with a light breakfast during which you will pick up your class schedule, a small-group (module) assignment, and other informational materials. The formal program then will commence in Booth Auditorium with brief welcoming remarks from the Dean of Admissions, the Dean of the Law School, the Dean of Students, and the President of the Boalt Hall Student Association.
The rest of the program will include academic and administrative information sessions, opportunities to meet faculty and fellow students over lunch, tours of the law complex, and time to complete administrative tasks like getting your Cal Photo ID card setting up your email account. There will be ample time during orientation to purchase books and supplies at the Boalt Hall Bookstore. You should not buy books until you know your first-year module assignment.
You will receive more information about orientation, including dates and times, in the summer.
The Office of Student Services and the Admissions Office co-host a picnic on the afternoon before orientation for all new law students and their families. This is a chance for you to meet your fellow classmates, a number of faculty and staff, and a few returning students. You’ll receive more information about this event in the summer.