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How to Make the Most of Your Law School Orientation

Published August 8, 2019

You’ve secured recommendation letters, wrote the perfect personal statement, submitted your application, and anxiously awaited a decision. Now, the moment has finally arrived. You’re about to start law school! As you embark on this journey, how do you make the best start? Before you dive into 1L classes, you will be introduced to your new school and classmates through an orientation program, and how you navigate these first few days could make all the difference in your law school experience. Want to start on the right foot? Here are a few things to consider to make the most of your law school orientation.

1. Dress the Part

Oftentimes, law schools require students to wear professional attire for at least part of their orientation week. For example, UB School of Law's Orientation requires professional dress for two days. Carefully read the itinerary to see if you’re held to a specific dress code for part or all of your orientation events. If you’re unsure about what is acceptable, reach out ahead of time to an orientation or student affairs coordinator - better safe than sorry. You can only make a first impression once!

Something to consider. While you’re looking your best, why not get a new headshot? UB School of Law incorporates professional photos into Day 2 of Orientation.

2. Network, Network, Network

Three years may seem like a short stint when compared to the length of your future law career, but the connections you make in law school can truly last a lifetime. Even if you end up working in different legal communities, you may cross paths with your colleagues long after long school. So, if you see an optional social event on the agenda, consider the opportunities you’ll miss before opting out.

Don’t know the first thing about networking? Don’t fret - UB School of Law holds a Networking 101 session on Day 3 of Orientation, followed by its annual Law Alumni Association Welcome Reception.

3. Attend the Optional Events!

Just because attendance isn’t required doesn’t mean participation is not worthwhile. Here at UB, optional orientation events provide students opportunities to get off campus and get to know the local community, all while getting to know colleagues, alumni network, and faculty and staff support system. These connections can pay off big time down the road, so don't underestimate the value of attending optional events.

Some optional events are sponsored, such as the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) breakfast on Day 4. BPILP is celebrating its 25th year here at UB, and the breakfast is a great opportunity to learn more about how BPILP supports students interested in public interest work.

Below is a full list of optional, but highly-encouraged events taking place during UB School of Law's Orientation:

  • Law Library Social with drinks, food and games (Day 1)
  • Law Alumni Association Welcome Reception (Day 3) - a great opportunity for networking with drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Departmental Information Tabling with an iPad mini giveaway (Day 4)
  • Student Bar Association Welcome Event at Buffalo’s waterfront (Day 5)

Learn about University at Buffalo School of Law's open house events and visit opportunities.

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Guest blogger Mara Greiner is the Interim Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for the School of Law. 


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