Welcome 1Ls


Growing Forward to the Practice of Law:  Orientation for the Entering Class of 2014


August 9, 2014

8:45 am:  Arrival
Arrive at the Sarkeys Law Center, pick up your personalized packet of information in the atrium, and be seated in the Homsey Courtroom

9:00 to 9:15 am:  Welcome
The Honorable David Holt, alumnus and Oklahoma state senator, introduced by Dean Laurie Jones

How to Succeed in the Study of Law

9:15 to 10:15 am:  Maximizing Your Potential in Law School
Steven Foster and Chelsea Baldwin, interactive presentation
Homsey Courtroom

10:15 to 10:30 am:  Break

10:30 to 11:15 am:  The Law Library as the Lawyer’s Laboratory
Lee Peoples, Jennifer Prilliman, Timothy Gatton, Sabrina Davis, Jenny Watson, and law students

Capture the Moment and Feed the Inner Lawyer

11:30 am:  Group photo on the steps of the McDaniel University Center
Walk to the McDaniel University Center for the photo shoot

11:45 am:  Lunch with Faculty Advisors, Admissions Ambassadors, and Academic Fellows
Shdeed Great Hall, McDaniel University Center

12:45 pm:  Return to the Sarkeys Law Center

Why Study Law?  The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Roles of Lawyers

1:00 to 2:00 pm:  The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Resulting Trials
Vicki Behenna, alumna, member of Crowe & Dunlevy, and adjunct professor (formerly Assistant United States Attorney)
The Brian Hermanson, District Attorney of Kay County

2:00 to 2:30 pm:  Building Your Law Career
Pete Serrata and Telana McCullough

2:30 to 2:35 pm:  A Representative from University Financial Aid
The Honorable Valerie K. Couch, Dean of the School of Law, introduces Brian Overling, for a cameo appearance

2:35 to 2:45 pm:  The Student Bar Association and Student Organizations

2:45 to 2:55 pm:  Good Grief!  What Just Happened?
A pause to evaluate orientation and give feedback

2:55 pm:  Send-off by Dean Couch and the Honorable Robert Bacharach, Judge of the Federal Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

3:00 pm:  Adjourned!


The academic year continues:

Monday, August 11, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Legal Analysis course begins with the Introduction to Professionalism  (For summer-start students, this is the final session of Legal Analysis.)
Homsey Courtroom, Courtroom Attire

Tuesday through Friday, August 12 through 15: Legal Analysis continues and concludes.  Day sections meet from 1:00 to 4:00 pm; the sunset section meets from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm: Student Organizations Fair, Shdeed Great Hall in the McDaniel University Center.

The week of Monday, August 18: All courses other than Legal Analysis begin this week for the entering class.


Save this date:

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 to 6:30 pm:  Orientation, continued:  Becoming a Lawyer, Part Two (Required) and Reception

Homsey Courtroom, Sarkeys Law Center; families are invited to the reception, which begins at 5:30 pm.


Becoming A Lawyer, Part 1 – Orientation Agenda (PDF)