University of Pittsburgh

2014 New Student Orientation

August 19, 2014August 22, 2014
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Pitt Law looks forward to welcoming the incoming class of 1Ls and will host a mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 through Friday, August 22, 2014.  Please plan to attend orientation which will be held at the law school. Questions or concerns? Please contact Dean Kevin Deasy or Assistant Dean Charmaine McCall.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lobby and Ground Floor
9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome to the Pitt Law Community
Charmaine McCall, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
William M. Carter, Jr., Dean
Laura Mullen, SBA President
10:30 – 11:00 Character and Fitness Discussion
Kevin Deasy, Dean of Students
11:00 – 12:00 Student Panel
Laura Mullen, Moderator
First Floor Lobby
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch provided by Pitt Law
Teplitz Memorial Courtroom
1:30 – 2:15 Professionalism Panel
Administration, Faculty, and Students
2:15 – 3:00 Pitt Law Clinical Opportunities, Professor Martha Mannix
Information Technology Presentation, Director of IT, Kim Getz and Student Computing Services Manager, Jeffrey Rhoades
JURIST Presentation, Professor Bernard Hibbitts
Various Classrooms in Barco Law School
3:00 – 4:00
Small Section Information Sessions and Tours
A1-G13  B1-113 C1-G18
A2-109 B2-107  C2-G12
A3-G20 B3-Courtroom C3-111
Transfer and Visiting students-G46

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teplitz Memorial Courtroom 
9:00 – 10:30 
Professional Development
  • Bruce Fox, President of the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association
  • Ronald Brand, Faculty Director, Center for International Legal Education
  • Ben Bratman, Associate Professor of Legal Writing
  • Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services
  • Bret Keisling, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
  • Erin Lucas Hamilton, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Jaclyn Belczyk, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Maria Engels, Young Lawyers Division
10:30 – 11:30 Office of Professional and Career Development
First Floor Lobby
11:30 – 12:30 Box lunch provided by Pitt Law
First Floor, Rooms 111 and 113
1:00 – 4:00 Preparing for Academic Excellence:  Anatomy of a Law School Exam Response and Structure of the Legal System

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Floor, Rooms 111 and 113
9:00 – 12:00 Preparing for Academic Excellence:  Case Briefing
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 – 4:00 Case Analysis and Law School Methodology
9:00 PM

Social Gathering
The Student Bar Association would like to invite all the incoming 1L’s and their significant others to Mario’s in Shadyside.  We will have the upstairs deck and patio reserved, where you can enjoy the fresh air, beverages, and the first of many great experiences in Pittsburgh.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, August 22, 2014

First Floor, Rooms 111 and 113
9:00 – 12:00 Preparing for Academic Excellence:  Study Skills and Exam Writing

First Floor, Room 118

11:00 – 12:00  Orientation for Friends and Family of Law Students
Allie Linsenmeyer, Director of Admissions
Current student attending Pitt Law
Parents, spouses, significant others, children and friends are invited to this lively discussion of the realities of living with a law student as well as take a tour of the law school.
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch on your own
First Floor, Lobby
12:00 – 2:00  Student Organization Fair

Please wear your Pitt Law t-shirts to the Community Service Project and bring your PITT ID!

2:00 – 5:00 Community Service Project, Director of Public Interest Initiatives, Rochelle McCain

The service site location selected to accommodate all of our students is the Woodlands Foundation, which is just off of Route 79 on the Wexford exit. The organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults with disability and chronic illness. There will be a variety of ways students will be volunteering on its large campus, but the site will ensure students receive a welcome to the camp, and understand how they may continue to be involved and support its programs. For more information regarding the organization, please visit:

Transportation to and from the site will be provided.


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