Introduction to Law School

Introduction to Law School is an intensive, one-week course of study that will help you begin law school with a better understanding of the legal system and the analytical skills needed to understand and analyze legal problems.

The program will run this summer from Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11 and is offered to incoming 1L Willamette students. There is no cost for attendance or materials. It is recommended that you bring a laptop every day of the program, as assignments will be posted online throughout the course. Please RSVP here.

The current schedule posted below is tentative and subject to change. In line with our value of sustainability, we will not print hard copies of the Orientation schedule. Instead it will be available online and on Google Calendar. 

9 a.m.

Check In and Light Breakfast

Lady Justice Lobby

9:15 to 10 a.m.

Welcome and Overview
JR Tarabocchia, Director of Admissions
Melodye Mac Alpine, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Law 201

10 to 11 a.m.

How to Approach Case Law
Mary Rumsey, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian

Law 121

11 a.m. to Noon

Responsible Social Media Use
Simon Whang
Parna Mehrbani

Law 218

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Goudy Commons

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Class
David Friedman, Professor of Law

Law 218

6:35 p.m.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball Game

Volcanoes Stadium

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Review of Law Library
Mary Rumsey, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian

Law 201

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Break

11 a.m. to Noon

Resources for Being Successful in Law School   
Jason Voorhees and Tim Applebaum, Current Students

Law 121

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

On Your Own

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Class
David Friedman, Professor of Law

Law 218

3 to 5 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt 

Willamette University Campus and State Capitol

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Things I Wish I Knew About Law School
Yufeng Luo, Paul Charas, Thomas Ybarra,
and Priscilla Shaikh, Current Students

Law 121

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Break

11 a.m. to Noon

What is the Socratic Method?                                                        
Norman Williams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Karen Sandrik, Associate Professor of Law

Law 201

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

On Your Own

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Class                                                                                           
David Friedman, Professor of Law

Law 218

7 p.m.

Watch A Civil Action with Pizza, Popcorn & Soda

Ford Hall

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Debrief of A Civil Action
Prof. Yvonne Tamayo                                 

Law 121

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Break

11 a.m. to Noon

Student Life Panel
Matika Levy, Melissa Vollono, Megan Hinzdel, Carlotta Alverson, and Trevor Byrd, Current Students

Law 201

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

On Your Own

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Law School Success
Curtis Bridgeman, Dean and Professor of Law

Law 218

4 p.m.

Kickball

Sparks Soccer Field

9 to 10:30 a.m.

How to Approach the Issue Spotter Exam

Law 201

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Break

11 a.m. to Noon

Mock Final Exam

Law 218

Noon to 3 p.m.

Lunch and Mini Golf 

Best Little Roadhouse