Incoming Students: Orientation (Tentative) - Capital University Law School

Incoming Students: Orientation (Tentative)

  • Welcome to Capital University Law School! We are glad you have chosen our school to help prepare you for the legal profession, and we look forward to meeting you soon. The following is the tentative 2021 pre-orientation, orientation, and post-orientation schedule for incoming Juris Doctor students. We have put considerable time and effort into offering you valuable sessions that will allow you to transition into learning the law. Thus, the expectation is that you will allocate the time to attend each of the sessions. We do make exceptions for unavoidable time conflicts, but we like to avoid them if at all possible. We want you to feel ready to hit the ground running on Day 1.

    You will be provided detailed instructions (including where to access Zoom links, videos, quizzes, and homework) in the Orientation Instructions on TWEN, our learning management system. You will learn how to access TWEN on New Student Day, August 5, 2021

    During New Student Day you will also receive your fall semester course schedule and section assignment (sections A & B are for full-time and part-time day students and section M is for part-time evening students). 

    New Student Orientation FAQs


    PRE-ORIENTATION WEEK SCHEDULE (SKILLS ONLY): August 8 – August 13

    NOTE: Pre-Orientation is online only. There are no in-person components.

    ASSIGNMENT 1.

    • By Sunday, August 8 by 11:59 p.m., watch the Case Reading video (17 minutes) and Case Briefing video (32 minutes) and take the associated quizzes Case Reading and Case Briefing Components
    • Zoom Session on Monday, August 9Facilitated Discussion / Q & A on Case Reading and Case Briefing
    • Sections A & M – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
    • Section B – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    ASSIGNMENT 2.

    • By Tuesday, August 10 by 11:59 p.m., watch the Intro to Legal Analysis (IRAC) video (27 minutes) and Intro to Law School Exams video (49 minutes) and take the associated quiz on IRAC and Exams
    • Zoom Session on Wednesday, August 11 - Facilitated Discussion / Q & A on the Intro to Legal Analysis (IRAC) and Intro to Law School Exams videos]
    • Sections A & M – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
    • Section B – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    ASSIGNMENT 3.

    • By Thursday, August 12 at 11:59 p.m., watch the Intro to Time Management video (15 minutes) and take the associated quiz on Time Management
    • Zoom Session on Friday, August 13 - Facilitated Discussion / Q & A on the Intro to Time Management video
    • All Sections – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

    ORIENTATION WEEK SCHEDULE: August 15 – August 20

    Sunday, August 15

    Writing Diagnostic – Writing is an integral part of law school, and this writing diagnostic will be used to help us identify strengths and areas of improvement to assist you in being the best writer you can be. All students will take a remote writing diagnostic. Specific timeframes to be announced.

    Core Grammar – Proper use of grammar and style to effective writing, and show both professionalism and attention to detail. The law school uses an online diagnostic tool called “Core Grammar for Lawyers” that is designed to test your baseline knowledge of grammar and style rules (“Pre-Test”). The website then provides lessons that will allow you to quickly master these skills prior to the second assessment (“Post-Test”). Students must complete the “Pre-Test” no later than 11:59 pm on 08/16/2021.

    Homework prior to Monday, August 16:  Estimated time 2 hours and 20 minutes

    NOTE: Beginning Monday, August 16, orientation is in person. Hence, you should plan to be present at the Law School (303 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215).

    Students will meet by section in the following rooms Monday to Wednesday (you will receive your section assignment on New Student Day):

    • Section A: Room 242
    • Section B: Room 245
    • Section M: Room 245

    Monday, August 16  

    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. skills session (day students)
    • 2:20 – 3:40 p.m. mock doctrinal session (day students)
    • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. skills session (evening students)
    • 7:20 – 8:40 p.m. mock doctrinal (evening students)

    Homework prior to Tuesday, August 17:  Estimated time 2 hours and 10 minutes

    Tuesday, August 17

    • 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. mock doctrinal session (day students)
    • 2:40 – 3:40 p.m. skills session (day students)
    • 6:00 – 7:20 p.m. mock doctrinal session (evening students)
    • 7:40 – 8:40 p.m. skills session (evening students)

    Homework prior to Wednesday, August 18:  Estimated time 1 hour

    Wednesday, August 18

    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. skills session (day students)
    • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. skills session (evening students)

    Homework prior to Thursday, August 19:  Estimated time 3 hours

    Thursday, August 19

    1-hour mock exam (NOTE: you do not need to be present in the Law School for this.)

    Convocation (NOTE: This is an in-person event at the main campus of Capital University.)
    Mees Hall, Capital University, 1 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio

    • 5:00 p.m.         Doors open
    • 5:30 p.m.         Friends and Family Conversation
    • 6:00 p.m.         Program

    Friday, August 20 (NOTE: This is an in-person event at the Law School.)

    Law School Classroom and Beyond – All new students will be introduced to the law school building through a tour while attending four 30-minute sessions covering

    • Law Library Services (Law Library)
    • Student Services (Annex)
    • SBA and Wellness (Commons)
    • Classroom Experience (245)

    Full-Time & Part-Time Day Students

    • Light Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
    • Intro & Tour – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

     Part-Time Evening Students

    • Boxed Dinner – 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
    • Intro & Tour – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

     Saturday, August 21 (NOTE: This is an in-person event at the Law School.)

    Law School Community Day – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Join the Law School community for the annual Fall Forum, an opportunity to meet representatives from student organizations, professional associations, library, and bar exam prep vendors, and law school departments. Enjoy lunch and casual networking.

    POST-ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

    NOTE: Post-Orientation is online only. There are no in-person components.

    Week of August 23 – First Week of Classes 

    Tuesday, August 24

    • Practice exam returned

    Wednesday, August 25

    • Zoom Session from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Facilitated Discussion / Orientation Recap and Questions


    Week of August 30 – Second Week of Classes 

    Wednesday, September 1

    • Synchronous Session – Substance Abuse & Mental Health in the Legal Profession
    • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


    Week of September 6 – Third Week of Classes 

    Wednesday, September 8

    • Synchronous Session – Character & Fitness and the Duty to Disclose
    • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.