LEAD Week Communication

Nuts and Bolts

Dear Class of 2017,

Greetings from the Office of Student Affairs (“OSA”), and congratulations on your decision to attend Duke Law School!  We look forward to your arrival on Tuesday, August 19, at 8:00 a.m. for orientation, or “LEAD Week 2014,” and to getting to know you during the course of your education. We have an exciting line-up planned for LEAD Week based on the Duke Law Blueprint. All activities during LEAD Week are mandatory unless otherwise noted, but we promise you will not be disappointed! The LEAD Week Website will be your primary source for everything you need to know about orientation.  It will include the LEAD Week schedule and pre-LEAD Week assignments, as well as information about parking, DukeCards, disability accommodation requests, and a campus map.

Below, we would like to highlight some logistical information and deadlines you might find helpful:

LEAD Week Schedule and Assignments:  The LEAD Week schedule is posted on the orientation web site.  As the schedule reflects, orientation programming will begin on Tuesday, August 19, and continue throughout the week.  Dean Levi asks that all students read “Robinson Everett: The Citizen-Lawyer Lives On” and “The County Seat Lawyer” (attached to this email and also available on the website), prior to his lecture on Tuesday, August 19. In addition, be on the lookout for an e-mail later today with an assignment on how to read and brief a case.

Professionalism Luncheon: We are able to accommodate those who would like a vegetarian entrée for the Professionalism Luncheon at the Washington Duke Inn on Tuesday, August 19. If you would like to request a vegetarian entrée, please complete this form. When you arrive at the Washington Duke, please pick up a “vegetarian” card from our staff to set at your place setting.

LEAD Groups: You will be placed in a LEAD group and assigned an upper-class LEAD Fellow during orientation. You will participate in activities with this group throughout LEAD Week, and your LEAD Fellow will continue to act as an advisor and plan social programming for your group throughout your first year. You can read more about the 2014-2015 LEAD Fellows here.

Computers:  We ask that you complete the online Academic Technologies computing orientation prior to your arrival. Beginning on August 4; the orientation is available online here. We strongly recommend that you own a laptop computer that satisfies Duke Law School’s technical specifications here.  For more information about our specifications and pre-LEAD Week online laptop configuration, please see the memo from Assistant Dean for Academic Technologies Wayne Miller, available on the LEAD Week web site.

DukeCard:  The DukeCard is your primary form of campus identification and will provide access to university facilities and function as a debit card for on-campus purchases and off-campus food delivery. Please complete the DukeCard application, (which can be found here) before Friday, August 8; cards will be delivered to the Law School and available on Tuesday, August 19 when you arrive.  Please be advised the photograph you upload for your DukeCard will be used for Duke Law School’s online student directory. For more information about the DukeCard, please see their website.

Health Insurance:  All Duke Students are required to have medical insurance, either through the Duke-sponsored plan or a comparable U.S. medical insurance plan. For more information, please visit the Duke Student Affairs Health Insurance website. There you will find coverage information and the waiver requirements.

Tuition Refund Plan:  Duke Law School offers an elective tuition refund plan through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc.  If you enroll in the plan, you will be covered for tuition losses due to illness or injury (documented by a physician) that result in your withdrawal from law school.  Without tuition insurance, if you were forced to withdraw from law school due to illness or injury after the sixth week of the semester, you would receive zero refund of the tuition you paid for that term, even if you plan to re-enroll at a later date.  (Students who withdraw prior to the sixth week may be eligible for partial refunds of tuition.)  In cases of withdrawal due to an accident, illness or mental health conditions as defined in the coverage, this plan assures up to a 75% refund throughout the term.  The cost for the insurance is $354 per year.  Since the cost of tuition is substantial – and because it is impossible to predict an unexpected illness or injury – we strongly encourage you to consider protecting your investment by purchasing this insurance.  Please note you must purchase the insurance for the fall semester before August 25, 2014.  For detailed information on coverage and enrollment instructions, please visit the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan Web site.

Attire for Orientation: The weather in North Carolina is generally warm in August. Attire for LEAD week is generally casual, with the exception of Tuesday’s daytime programming and an evening reception with the Faculty on Thursday, August 21, 2014, for which the attire is business casual. We also encourage you to bring closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty for Dedicated to Durham, our annual service event, on the afternoon of Friday, August 22.

Fall Courses:  This fall, you will be assigned to one of several “small sections” and will take three of the six required first-year courses, plus Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (“LARW”).  You will have two LARW classes during LEAD Week.  Your remaining classes will begin on Monday, August 25.  You can find your schedule on ACES in early August. In addition, booklists will be available in early August.

Parking:  Parking passes should be purchased online before your arrival. Information about all the parking options for law students can be found here. Please note the window for 1L’s to purchase a parking permit is noon on Tuesday, July 22 to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 28. Permits purchased by that date will be mailed directly to you; thereafter, you may pick them up on campus. As an incoming 1L, your parking lot selection is the Green or Blue Zone. During LEAD Week, you may park in the Chemistry Lot. As the campus map indicates, this is near the Law School, just behind Gross Chemistry off Towerview Road.

Be prepared for an action-packed LEAD Week! The Office of Student Affairs looks forward to introducing you to the Duke Law School community and we wish you a safe journey to Durham.

 

Summer Briefing Assignment

Dear Class of 2017,

As promised, your first law school assignment (Briefing Cases) is ready for you to access on Sakai. If you are unfamiliar with Sakai, please see the attached instructions. The Briefing Cases assignment is intended to teach you how to read a judicial opinion (a case) and to create a “brief,” both of which are essential skills for law students.  Professors Doriane Coleman and Don Beskind prepared a memo that explains why and how law students brief cases, and selected a Supreme Court case for you to read, which serves as the basis for your briefing assignment.  We ask that you set aside three hours this week to read the memo and case, and complete the briefing assignment on the LEAD Week 2014 Sakai site.  Professor Coleman will review your responses and will share feedback about the assignment on Sakai. 

While not mandatory, we encourage you to take this assignment seriously and give it your best effort.  This is a great opportunity to start learning and practicing important skills that law students need to succeed in the classroom.

If you have any questions about the assignment or accessing Sakai, please let us know.  We also have posted the assignment on the LEAD Week website for your convenience.

 

Briefing Assignment Feedback

Dear Class of 2017,

We hope this message finds you well and that your summer is coming along smoothly. For those of you who completed the voluntary briefing exercise (nearly 75 percent of the class), you can view Professor Coleman’s feedback in Sakai. She has offered individual comments which can be viewed in the Tests & Quizzes tab. In addition to your individual feedback, Professor Coleman provided a memo with general guidance on the assignment which you can view in the Resources tab in Sakai.

For those who could not complete the exercise and would like to, it is still open.  Professor Coleman  will not be able to provide feedback on your individual brief due to her busy schedule, but you will have access to her memo that provides general feedback on the briefs once you complete the assignment. We encourage you to take advantage of this assignment prior to arriving for LEAD Week if you are able.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Welcome from the Duke Bar Association

Dear Class of 2017,

Congratulations again on your acceptance to Duke University School of Law!  We are so excited to welcome you to campus and to our law school community.  My name is Jana Kovich, and I am a 3L at Duke and the President of the Duke Bar Association.  The Duke Bar Association (DBA) functions much like a student government, and each member of the Duke Law student body is also a member of DBA.  You'll hear from us often throughout your time at Duke-- we send out weekly digests that will alert you to events at the law school, coordinate the fall softball league, grant fellowships to students who wish to attend conferences around the world, fund student organization events, and throw all the big law school socials (most notably our weekly Bar Review and spring Barrister's Ball) among many other things.  

One of our first initiatives each school year is matching incoming 1Ls with a 2L or 3L mentor. Mentors and mentees will meet each other at the DBA Cookout on Wednesday, August 20 (during LEAD Week). We hope that you will choose to participate in this program.  We use a number of criteria to match mentors and mentees, including alma mater, hometown, target job market and personal interests.  Having an upper-level student as mentor will help you navigate all the new elements of law school, from outlining for finals to participating in a student organization to finding the best restaurants in Durham.  On a personal level, I strongly encourage you to sign up for a mentor.  Having a great mentor during my 1L year made a huge difference in my law school experience-- she helped me feel more comfortable on campus, and prepared me for the 2L interview process.  Sign up today by using the link below!

If you have any questions about DBA or the mentor program, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  My e-mail address is jana.kovich@duke.edu.  I look forward to meeting you during LEAD Week!

1L Mentee Sign Up: 

https://qtrial2014.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0oKmJRzV7TrswqV

See you on campus!

Jana Kovich
President
Duke Bar Association
jana.kovich@duke.edu

 

 

LEAD Week Reminders

Dear Class of 2017, 

Greetings from the Office of Student Affairs! We are eagerly awaiting your arrival for LEAD Week on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program kicking off at 9:00 am. For a full list of events, please see the LEAD Week website

As a reminder, below is some information from previous e-mails. We look forward to greeting you all on Tuesday morning when you arrive.

Parking:  During LEAD Week, you may park in the Chemistry Lot. As the campus map indicates, this is near the Law School, just behind Gross Chemistry off Towerview Road.

Course Schedule: Your course schedule should be available in ACES by the middle of next week. Once your schedule is posted you will be able to see the required books for each of your courses.

LEAD Week Assignments:  Below are the assignments you should complete in advance of LEAD Week. Each of these assignments is attached to this message and can also be found on the LEAD Week 2014 Sakai site in the folder marked LEAD Week 2014 Assignments under the Resources tab.

  • For Tuesday, August 19
    • The Citizen-Lawyer
    • Ideal Lives On The County-Seat Lawyer
    • Where Do You Draw the Line
  • For Wednesday, August 20
  • Desnick v American Broadcasting Companies

Important LEAD Week Forms to Remember (please complete by Tuesday, August 12):

  •  If you would like to receive a DBA upper-class mentor, please complete this form.
  • If you have dietary concerns, please complete this form.

DukeCard:  The DukeCard is your primary form of campus identification and will provide access to university facilities and function as a debit card for on-campus purchases and off-campus food delivery. Please complete the DukeCard application, (which can be found here) before Friday, August 8; cards will be delivered to the Law School and available for pick-up starting Monday, August 18, at 9 am in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (suite 2023). You will need a government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to retrieve your DukeCard.

Attire for Orientation: The weather in North Carolina is generally warm in August. Attire for LEAD week is generally casual, with the exception of Tuesday’s daytime programming and an evening reception with the Faculty on Thursday, August 21, 2014, for which the attire is business casual. We also encourage you to bring closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty for Dedicated to Durham, our annual service event, on the afternoon of Friday, August 22.

For other important information related to health insurance, parking permits and tuition insurance, please see the Communications from OSA section of the LEAD Week 2014 website.

We look forward to your arrival. In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.