Orientation Fall 2020

The task of preparing you for a successful and rigorous academic challenge begins with Orientation for new first year students.

The first week of classes, August 17 - 21, combines the start of first year classes with relevant Orientation workshops and lectures designed to ease your transition to law school.

Orientation is the start of the academic year and part of the curricular requirements, i.e. attendance is mandatory.

Orientation information will be emailed to all new students by July 27. Information will include a link to a google doc that includes the following:

  • Preliminary Orientation Schedule: Day
  • Orientation Reading Assignments
  • Memorandum from Associate Dean
  • Honor Code and Acknowledgement Form
  • Campus Map
  • Academic Calendar - Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
  • Student Agreement of Financial Responsibility

Check In

Mandatory check-in times are listed below. Check-in will be in the Law School Rotunda, Kendrick Hall, lower level. New law students will be able to pick up their USF Student ID Card at check-in if you utilized ID Express to obtain your ID card (instructions on obtaining your Student ID are below).

Division Section Date
Day Division Section 1 TBA
Day Division Section 2 TBA

Registration for fall classes will be finalized during the first Orientation session.

First Week Assignments

First-year class meetings begin during Orientation week. Reading materials and assignments for Orientation week will be emailed prior to Orientation. Readings available:

  • by July 27

Fall Class Schedule

A preliminary class schedule and section assignment will be emailed to you by August 3, 2020, along with a book list.  This preliminary schedule will NOT include your Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (LRWA) section, which you will receive at Orientation check-in.

Full-time day students are randomly assigned to one of two day sections, of approximately 70-75 students each, and are enrolled in 4 courses in the fall semester (14 units) and 5 courses in the spring semester (14 units). Day classes are held Monday through Friday. The part-time day students are randomly assigned to one of two day sections of approximately 70-75 students each and will be enrolled in 3 courses in the fall semester and 4 course in the spring semester (10 units fall, 12 units spring). Classes are held Monday through Friday. 

Voluntary one hour ABES sessions (general academic support) are also scheduled for all first year students.  These sessions will be held on dates TBA during the academic year.

First class assignments for the week of August 24 will be posted on our website. Assignments may be available as early as the second week of August. 

USF Student ID/One Card

All new law students are required to obtain their USF student ID card (also known as the USF One Card) before Orientation. You are required to obtain your USF student ID card through the One Card Office via their Online ID Express process. Instructions are available at: https://www.usfca.edu/one-card

This process is available beginning July 15. You must complete Online ID Express no later than August 3. Upon completion of Online ID Express, your USF One Card will be made available to you at Orientation check-in.

IMPORTANT: USF One Cards will NOT be available in advance of your Orientation check-in on August 10. Please note: Photos submitted to the Law Admissions Office along with your Student Directory Form cannot be used for your USF One Card. You must submit a separate photo for your USF One Card via the Online ID Express process.

Your USF One Card will allow you access to all university facilities, including the Law Library and the Koret Sports and Fitness Center. It will also allow you to pay for services, such as dining, printing, and photocopying. Simply add Don Dollars to your card to experience the ease and security of our on-campus debit account. And use your Don Dollars at any USF dining location to save 10%. For more information about USF One Cards, please contact the One Card Office at the above web site or call 415.422.7663. The One Card Office is located on the Lone Mountain campus, Room 130.

Orientation Parking

Complimentary parking is available only on August 17 & 18 at the Kendrick Hall and the Koret Center parking lots. Kendrick Hall is marked as KN on the campus map and the entrance to the lot is on Shrader Street. The Koret Center is marked as KO on the map and the Koret Lot is just northwest of the Koret Center which is about 5 minutes away from the law school on the corner of Parker Avenue and Turk Street. You may purchase a parking pass for the remainder of Orientation at the Visitor’s Center Kiosk at the Memorial Gym Parking Lot located just east of the Memorial Gym (MM on the campus map) on Golden Gate Avenue.

campus map is available online.