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Welcome! We are very pleased that you have chosen to attend UMass Law for your legal education, and we look forward to seeing you for law school orientation.  

Law school is exciting, challenging, and, at times, stressful. Each student will face his or her own hurdles. We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary for success. This begins with Orientation.

You can find Orientation assignments, expectations before the start of classes, and resources in our student portal.

2021 Orientation: August 24–27

Details for 2021 Orientation will be added as new information becomes available.

Tuesday, August 24

All students

  • 9am-6pm

Wednesday, August 25

All students

  • 10am-5pm

Thursday, August 26

Full-time and part-time day students

  • 9am-1:30pm: Student essentials, Main Campus. UMass Pass, parking, books, law school financial aid, and IT
  • 1:15pm-2pm: Public Interest Law Fellows (PILF) required meeting for all full-time and part-time day students
  • 2:15pm-6pm: All full-time and part-time day students required

Part-time evening/weekend students

  • 3pm-4:30pm: Student essentials, Main Campus. UMass Pass, parking, books, law school financial aid, and IT
  • 5pm-8:15pm: All part-time evening/weekend students required

Friday, August 27

All students, voluntary participation

  • 8:30am-12pm: Service Day - community service project
  • 12pm-2pm: Library/Student Services open house

About Orientation

Orientation is an integral part of your first year of law school. It is designed to introduce you to the fundamental skills you need as you begin your legal education. Orientation is comprised of four components:

  • Academic: an introduction to basic law school skills and academic expectations, including how to read and brief cases and what to expect in class
  • Administrative: an introduction to many of the administrative services, including the Law Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, and Information Technology
  • Ethics & professionalism: an introduction to the importance of professionalism in law school and law practice
  • Social: both formal and informal opportunities to meet with faculty, staff, classmates, and upper-level students


The information on this page will be updated as orientation plans are finalized. If you have questions, contact: Nancy Moniz, Assistant Director of the Law Enrollment Center: 508.985.1114 or

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