Summer Orientation 2014

2014 Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 29

  • Registration & Welcome
    9 a.m. · 3rd Floor Loggia
    Sign in to get your orientation group assignment and meet with fellow classmates over a light breakfast. Breakfast will be served in the Fourth Floor Loggia.
  • Introduction to the Office of Student Affairs
    9:45 a.m. - Room 4047
    Meet the staff in Student Affairs, and learn how they can help you navigate your law school experience.
  • Lead Effectively: Self-assessment
    10:15 a.m. · Room 4047
    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Jason Belk will guide you on this lively and interactive exploration of your leadership style.
  • Embody Integrity: The Honor Code
    11:30 a.m. · Room 4047
    As a practicing lawyer, your conduct is regulated by a state bar and its code of professional conduct. The Law School Honor Code will be your first introduction to these expectations and will guide your conduct for the next three years. Dean Belk will help you explore this topic.
  • Build Relationships: "Welcome to North Carolina" Lunch
    12:15 p.m. · Star Commons
    Enjoy a North Carolina barbecue lunch from Q-Shack as you get to know your fellow summer starters in the Star Commons.
  • Academic Technologies Workshop
    1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. · Room 4047
  • Welcome Reception
    6 p.m. · Piazza Italia  905 West Main Street, Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC
    The Office of Student Affairs invites new students and guests to celebrate the summer session over hors d'oeuvres and beverages at this opening reception with members of the Duke Law community.

Friday, May 30

  • Continental breakfast
    8:30 a.m. · 4th Floor Loggia
    Enjoy a light breakfast as you get to know your classmates.
  • Serve the Community
    9 a.m. · Room 4047
    Professor Jim Coleman, John Bradway Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice & Professional Responsibility and Co-Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic will discuss the valuable work of these initiatives.
  • Engage Intellectually: Dual Degree Information
    10 a.m. · Room 4047
    Join Assistant Dean for Academic Advising Anne Sherman to discuss your dual-degree requirements.
  • Engage Intellectually: How to Read & Brief a Case
    11:00 a.m. · Room 4047

    Being prepared for a law school class may be very different from the kind of daily academic preparation you are accustomed to.  This session, lead by Professor Doriane Coleman and Director of Legal Writing and Senior Lecturing Fellow Jeremy Mullem, is designed to make your faculty's expectations clear, and to provide instruction on how to meet those expectations so that you can be most successful from the beginning.

  • Lunch
    12:30 p.m.
    Grab a bag lunch and enjoy continuing to get to know your classmates.

  • Parking Permit Application
    1:30-3:30 p.m. - 3rd Floor Loggia
    Drop off your parking permit application at the third floor reception desk, included in your packet.

  • Contracts Textbook Pick-up
    1:30-3:30 p.m.- Room 3029
    Purchase  your Contracts e-textbook and sign the licensing agreement from Julie Moushon, Prof. Weistart's Academic Assistant. Please bring cash or check for $65. Checks can be made out to Duke Law School.

  • Durham Bulls Game
    6:30 p.m., Durham Bulls Stadium, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham NC
    Engage with your new community by cheering on the home team! Dinner buffet provided.

Monday, June 2

  • Contracts
    9:50-11:15 a.m. · Room 4042
    Professor John Weistart will lead you in your very first class of law school. Be prepared to learn what constitutes an offer, acceptance, and consideration, among other things.
  • Summer Speaker Series
    12 p.m. · Room 4042
    All students are invited to lunch with the director of JD/LLM program, Professor Jonathan Wiener, and members of the Law School community.
    Lunch provided.
  • Civil Procedure
    1:45-3:10 p.m. · Room 4042
    Professor Stephen Sachs will introduce you to the basic problems of civil procedure, including the fundamental stages and concerns of litigation.

Tuesday, June 3

  • Contracts
    9:50-11:15 a.m. · Room 4042
  • Serve the Community: Lunch and Learn with the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono
    12 p.m. · Room 4042
    Enjoy lunch with Kim Bart, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs. Dean Bart will describe opportunities for you to get involved with the Duke Law Pro Bono Project, the Externship Program, and Duke in DC. She also will briefly introduce some additional programs, including summer job-seeking in government or public interest, summer funding, post-grad fellowships and public interest loan forgiveness.
    Lunch provided.
  • Civil Procedure
    1:45-3:10 p.m., Room 4042

Wednesday, June 4

  • Practice Professionalism: Coffee with the Career Center
    9:15 a.m. · Blue Lounge
    Drop by for light refreshments, meet with the Career and Professional Development Center's staff, and learn about the resources that are available to you as you begin to build your career in law.
  • Contracts
    9:50-11:15 a.m. · Room 4042
  • Build Relationships: Office of Alumni & Development Meet and Greet
    1 p.m. • 3rd Floor Mezzanine
    Meet the Office of Alumni & Development, enjoy a sweet treat, and learn about the ways Alumni & Development can connect you to your new Duke Law network.
  • Civil Procedure
    1:45-3:10 - Room 4042

Monday, June 9

  • Contracts
    9:50-11:15 a.m. - Room 4042
  • Build Relationships: Office of Student Affairs Meet and Greet
    1 p.m. - Room 2007
    Enjoy light refreshments with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and learn about the ways in which OSA can help you achieve balance as law students.