Class of 2021

2018 Orientation

Welcome to UCI School of Law!  We are excited to have you join our community.  Orientation is an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the law school family.  It is also the beginning of your legal education, with a substantive program that will form the basis for a terrific experience here.  All four days of Orientation are mandatory for all first year J.D. students.


Tuesday, August 14 - Friday, August 17, 2018

Orientation Schedule

Orientation is the beginning of your legal education and all four days are mandatory. The Orientation schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized, but know that you will be starting around 8 each morning and going until the early evenings.  Please click here to see a draft of the Orientation schedule. These days are reserved solely for incoming law students. Students will receive a copy of the finalized schedule during Registration at 1:30pm on Tuesday, August 14.


1:30pm on Tuesday, August 14 in the Law School Courtyard (between buildings 3 and 4 on the campus map).  During this time you will receive your class schedule, as well as information and materials from the Office of Student Services.  You will also be given a name badge.  We ask that you please wear your name badge to classes, mixers, and Orientation panels to help classmates, faculty, and staff get to know each other better.  You will also receive a placard with your name that you can place in front of your seat during classes, to help your professors quickly learn who you are.

Dress Code

There is no dress code!  Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Mornings and evenings can be chilly, so bring a light jacket, sweater, or shawl as many activities will be outdoors.

Reading Assignments

Please check the Before You Arrive Checklist for details regarding summer reading assignments. 

Student Life Information

Our Student Life website has a wealth of information on UCI Law’s student-centered services, ways to get involved, local resources (grocery stores, dry cleaners, etc.), and University and Law School policies.

Save these Dates!

  • New Student Orientation Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, August 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dean Richardson is hosting a dinner for 1Ls, faculty, and senior administrators at the beautiful University Hills Community Center. This is an informal event.
  • Orientation (mandatory): Tuesday, August 14 - Friday, August 17. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for four fun (but intense!) days.

Check Back This Summer for these Event Dates:

  • Student Involvement Fair:  Join 2L and 3L representatives from our student organizations in the courtyard to learn how to get involved at UCI Law. 
  • 1L Career Development Orientation (mandatory)
  • 1L Career Development Office Resume and Cover Letter Workshop (mandatory)
  • Friends and Family Day:  This is a chance for your friends and family (no children, please) to experience what it’s like to be in law school, including a mock class.