Welcome 1Ls


Growing Forward to the Practice of Law:  Orientation for the Entering Class of 2013


August Session:  August 10, 2013

8:45 am:  Begin Downtown

We’ll begin at the law school’s building downtown, 800 N. Harvey Avenue.  Use the north entrance to the building, which is on Eighth Street.  All parking lots marked “AFR Only” are available for your use.  These parking areas are located to the north and west of the building.  The dress is weather-appropriate business casual.

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

9:00 am:  Introductions

Dean Laurie Jones, Associate Dean for Admissions and Professor
Judge Valerie Couch, Dean of the Law School and Professor

9:10 am:  The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Resulting Trials

Vicki Behenna, Class of 1984, Adjunct Professor and Assistant United States Attorney
Brian Hermanson, District Attorney of Kay County, OK
David Cid, Director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

10:00 am:  Group photo on the east steps (Robinson Avenue)

10:15 am:  Touring the Oklahoma City National Memorial

Walk one block south along Robinson Avenue, cross Sixth Street, and then walk one block west along Sixth Street to the entry plaza of the museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial (the bombing memorial); pause there for National Park rangers to introduce you to the memorial; and then tour the memorial at your own pace.  (We will not be visiting the museum.)

11:15 am:  Move to Lunch on Campus

Walk back to the law school’s building downtown and then drive to the Meinders School of Business on the Oklahoma City University campus for lunch at noon.  The Meinders School of Business is located at the southwest corner of N.W. 27th Street and N. McKinley Avenue.

12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Lunch with Faculty Mentors, Admissions Ambassadors, and Academic Fellows

Gardner Conference Room, Third Floor, Meinders School of Business

How to Succeed in the Study of Law

1:00 pm:  Drive or walk to the Sarkeys Law Center

1:15 pm:  Pick up your personalized packet of information


1:30 to 2:25 pm:  Maximizing Your Potential in Law School

Steven Foster and Chelsea Baldwin, interactive presentation
Homsey Courtroom

2:25 to 2:30 pm:  The Law Review

Taylor Robertson, Managing Editor

2:30 to 2:45 pm:  Break

2:45 to 3:30 pm:  The Law Library as the Lawyer’s Laboratory

Lee Peoples, Katie Brown, Jennifer Prilliman, Timothy Gatton, Jenny Watson, and law students

3:30 to 3:55 pm:  A Global Approach to Service in Law

Karli McMurray, Class of 2011

3:55 to 4:00 pm:  The Student Bar Association

Adelaide Christensen, President

4:00 pm:  Resources of All Kinds

Introductions, including the introduction of Brian Overling from University Financial Aid
A word about amending your application to law school (the disclosures)
Orientation evaluation and feedback
Questions and Answers

4:20 pm:  Send-off by Dean Couch

4:30 pm:  Adjourned!


Legal Analysis course:  begins Monday, August 12, 2013, 6:00 pm, with the Introduction to Professionalism (for summer-start students, this is the final session of Legal Analysis)

Homsey Courtroom, Courtroom Attire

All other courses for the entering class begin the week of Monday, August 19, 2013


Friday, August 23, 2013, 5:30 to 7:00 pm:  Dean’s Reception for the Entering Class
Petroleum Club

Saturday, October 5, 2013:  Orientation II:  Becoming a Lawyer:  Planning for Practice (Required)
Conference facility at the Oklahoma City Zoo

Friday afternoon, January 24, 2014:  Orientation III:  Becoming a Lawyer:  The Practice of Law (Required)
Federal Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom