College of Law

Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321


phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is held the week immediately preceding the first day of fall semester classes. Attendance is mandatory. All students must attend each day of the orientation program.

Dates: Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21, 2015

Orientation Schedule

Click on the date to show the day's schedule.

  • Monday, August 18 | Professionalism Orientation

    This day focuses on professional considerations and what it means to be a lawyer.

    Time Event
    7:00-8:30 Registration, Light Breakfast, Pictures (106), Building Tours
    8:30–9:30 Convocation
    9:30–10:00 Reception (beverages and brunch)
    10:00-10:15 Professionalism Introduction: Conduct in Law School
    10:15 Professionalism Part 1: Workshop with Distinguished Attorneys on Legal Practice and Civility in the Profession
    10:15–10:45 Opening Session
    10:45–11:00 Pick up
    Box Lunches in Foyer and Walk to TLC (Teaching and Learning Center)
    1:00–1:00 Small Group Discussions w/Trainers
    1:00–1:15 Return to College of Law
    1:15–1:50 Concluding Session
    1:50-2:00 Break
    2:00-3:00 Professionalism Part 2: Honor Code Review with Dean Adams
    3:00-3:30 Signing of the Honor Code
  • Tuesday, August 19 | A Foundation for Studying Law & a Successful Career

    Today focuses on the skills needed to succeed in law school and practice, including reading and briefing cases, knowing source of laws, and building relationships with your peers.

    Time Event
    8:00 Coffee and Tea
    8:30–9:00 Reading Exercise with Professor Beard
    9:00–10:25 Professionalism Part 3: Diversity and Inclusion in Law School & Beyond
    10:30–12:00 Reading and Briefing Cases (4 Groups)
    12:00–12:15 Walk to College of Law
    12:15–1:30 Box Lunches with Faculty Advisors
    1:30–2:00 Source of Laws with Dean Seamon
    2:00–3:00  Path to Law School Success and First Year Faculty Panel
    3:00–3:30 Financial Advising
    3:30–4:15 Idaho Residency – Mandatory for Non–Residents
  • Wednesday, August 20 | Wrapping Things Up
    Time Event
    8:30–10:00 Mock Class with Professors Beard, Goble, and Brandt
    10:00-11:40 Getting to Know the Class of 2017
    11:45-12:15 Trial Advocacy Participation Instructions
    12:20–1:00 Current Student Panel
  • Thursday, August 21 | Trial Advocacy Witness Preparation*

    Only for Friday Trial Witnesses
    NOT Jurors

    Time Event
    or as arranged

    Trial Advocacy Witness Preparation
    Various locations and times will be arranged with individual teams.

  • Friday, August 22 | Lawyering in Action — Trial Advocacy Jury Trials
    Time Event
    8:00–5:00 Trial Advocacy Participation
    Meet at assigned locations and times
  • Continuing Orientation Programs* | Save the Dates!

    Fall 2014

    Date Event
    Monday, August 25,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Achieving Academic Success
    Wednesday, August 27,
    3:30 p.m.
    Welcome Back Picnic & Intro to Student Orgs
    Wednesday, September 17,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Diversity & Inclusion in Law School: Title IX and Sexual Harassment (also a PEP program)
    Monday, October 6,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Planning Your Law School Career - The Basics
    Wednesday, October 15,
    2:30–4:00 p.m.
    Introduction to the Career Development Office and the Pro Bono Requirement
    Monday, November 3,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Academic Opportunities: Emphasis Areas, Concurrent Degrees, Clinics, Externships/Clinical Opportunities

    Spring 2015

    Time Event
    Wednesday, January 21,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Dealing with Good News and Bad: Success in the Second Semester
    Monday, February 9,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Academic Planning for 2L & 3L Year – Curricular Options on Two Campuses
    Monday, March 2,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Managing Law School Finances & Debt Load
    Wednesday, March 25,
    1:30–2:20 p.m.
    Getting the Most Professionally Out of Your Summer and Fall

Early Welcome Program

The Early Welcome Program, which takes place the week before Orientation, fosters active, collaborative learning and a skills-based approach to law studies All incoming students are invited to apply; space is limited.

Dates: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13, 2015