Unless otherwise specified, all events during orientation week will be in-person.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

8:30  AM

Check-In & Light Breakfast

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am

Required Check-In

Please refer to the orientation email for scheduled check in times.

Pick up your orientation packet which will include your name tag to be used for both days of Orientation.

Continental Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast and social time with your new classmates.

Law School Photograph

All law students must have their photograph taken. We recommend that you wear business casual clothing for your photograph, which will be part of your permanent Law School record.

Optional Activities: Financial Aid, Q&A, Library Tours, Building tours

  • Visit the Admissions Office in Suite 4314 with any financial aid questions.
  • Ask current students any questions you might have about law school, living in Madison, etc.
  • Visit the Library for a tour. See your Canvas page to sign-up.
  • Attend a building tour led by 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • SBA Office Hours. See your Canvas page for details.
10:45 AM

Welcome & Introduction

Time: 10:45 - 11:15 am


  • Rebecca Scheller, Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Dan Tokaji, Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law
  • Clayton Goetz, Student Bar Association, President
  • Toni Houston, Black Law Students Association, President
11:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg, Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals

Time: 11:15 - 11:45 pm

12 PM

Lunch with Student Leaders

Lunch: 12 - 1 pm


Meet your Student Leaders and classmates. Begin asking questions about law school. 

  • Student Leaders are the 2L and 3L students who will guide your group through Orientation. 
  • "LRW" means the Legal Research and Writing course.
1:15 PM

Simultaneous Programming

Time: 1:15 - 4 pm

The following three afternoon sessions provide important guidance and information about tools to help you succeed in Law School and in the legal profession. Location and order will depend on your LRW section and the speakers will move from room to room. See your Canvas page for more details.

Introduction to Law School Resources

  • Lauren Devine, Interim Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
  • Amy Arntsen, Registrar
  • Lori Hickman, Director of Scholarship Administration and Recruitment
  • John Schneider, Counselor
  • Megan Zurbriggen, Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development

Student Panel

  • Moderator: Andrew Tyler, 3L
  • Abdulrahman Alroumi, 3L
  • Jodi Chung, 3L
  • Iman Davenport, 3L
  • Wilfredo Najarro, 3L
  • Annika Olson, 3L
  • Paige Sprink, 3L

Professional Identity: How Do You Want to Lawyer? 

  • Emily Kite, Associate Dean for Career & Professional Development
  • Rebecca Scheller, Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Michael States, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
4 PM


Time: 4 - 5 pm

We welcome you to share a meal with your classmates in the Atrium.

Day One Evaluation Survey

Please complete the Day 1 (Wednesday) Orientation Survey. Go to your Canvas page for the link. We appreciate your feedback!

Thursday, September 1, 2022


Optional Activities

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Coffee & Tea

Drop-in Financial Aid Counseling

  • Lori Hickman, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Angela Nash, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Please see Canvas page for more information

Criminal Law Text (Copy Shop)

  • Purchase your Criminal Law Text from the Copy Shop

SBA Office Hours

10 AM

Simultaneous Programming

Time: 10 - 2:30 pm

Location: depends on your LRW section

The order, timing, and location for the following events will depend on your LRW section. See your Canvas page for more details.

Mock Classes

UW Law professors will lead a mock class to introduce students to the case method of teaching. Discussion will be based on reading assigned in advance. You should be prepared to discuss the assigned case and to answer the professor’s questions. The assigned case for each section will be posted on your Canvas page.

Lunch with LRW Professor

Get to know your LRW Section and Professor.

Mandatory Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Session

A new American Bar Association law school accreditation standard requires law schools to provide education on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism at the start of the program of legal education and at least once again prior to graduation.  During this session, we provide an interactive program on social and personal identity, cross-cultural competency, and social justice. 

2:30 PM

Student Organization Fair, Required Law School Photograph, & Library Tours

Time: 2:30 - 4 pm

Location: See Canvas

Student Organization Fair

Learn about the many student organizations at the UW Law School and visit the tables of the organizations you might be interested in joining. You will also have an opportunity to talk with representatives from the UW Law Pro Bono Program and the Wisconsin Bar Association.

Required Law School Photograph

Have your Law School photo taken if you have not already done so.

Library Tours

Please sign up for a time on your Canvas page.

Optional Post-Orientation Event

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm

Join the Mindfulness in Law Society and the Law School Wellness Coalition for a Post-Orientation Gathering! Check Canvas for more details.

Day Two Evaluation Survey

Please complete the Day 2 (Thursday) Orientation Survey. Go to your Canvas page for the link. We appreciate your feedback!

Friday, September 2, 2022

9 AM

AEP Study Smart III

Time: 9 - 10am, 12 - 1 pm

Location: In-person - see your Canvas page for location

1:30 PM

Financial Aid Drop-In Hours

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Virtual (sign-up via Canvas)

2 PM

AEP Skills Workshop (repeat from LEO Orientation)

Time: 2 - 3 pm

Location: In-person - see your Canvas page for location

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

Canvas Course

The full Orientation schedule and all links for virtual events or workshop sign-ups will be available through Canvas.

You will need to activate your NetID to access Canvas. Link to the 2022 Orientation Canvas course is still forthcoming.

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