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Orientation

Welcome

Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. Orientation is an intensive three-day workshop and will include skills building workshops, social programming aimed at building camaraderie, and a variety of other activities geared toward helping you navigate your first semester.

Please carefully review the information below to help you prepare for your arrival for and orientation. If you have questions about Orientation or the information on this page, please contact Dean Harrison, the Associate Dean of Students, at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu or studentservices@johnmarshall.edu. We look forward to seeing you in August!


Associate Dean’s Welcome

Dear Students,

Welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School!  We hope that Orientation will accurately preview the first-year experience and help to prepare you for one of the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experiences of your legal career. If you aspire to make a difference and to be an agent of change, John Marshall is the right choice for you. I look forward to meeting you at Orientation and to you becoming part of the John Marshall legacy of producing high-quality lawyers with a desire to make a difference. Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Cordially,

Dean Harrison
Associate Dean of Students


Orientation Schedule

Please click on the hyperlink below to access the Orientation schedule.  Please note that some of the programs on the schedule are for part-time students only and that some are for full-time students only.  If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact Dean Harrison at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu.

2014 Orientation Schedule


Community Service Day

Community service is something we strongly value at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and we require all students to perform four hours of community service by the end of the first academic year. To assist you in getting the service hours that you need for the year, we will sponsor a wide variety of community service projects on Friday, August 15th.   All full-time students must participate in at least one Community Service Day project.  Part-time students are also encouraged to participate in at least one project. The hours you spend volunteering on Community Service Day will count towards the four-hour service requirement.

To see a list of the projects that will be offered on Community Service Day, click here. Once you have selected the project in which you would like to participate, please fill out the form that can be found at this link.   Projects will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Once you have been assigned to a project, you will receive notice from the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning.

If you have any questions about Community Service Day, please contact Danielle Douglas in the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning at dfdouglas@johnmarshall.edu. The deadline to signup for a service project is Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

Before or after you complete your community service hours, please stop by the Blackburn Conference Center to train with Lexis Nexis, Bloomberg, and Westlaw representatives. You will need to know how to use all three products to complete research assignments in your Legal Writing, Reading, and Analysis class. The representatives will be set up in the Blackburn Conference Center from 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., and each training will last about fifteen minutes.

The Registrar, the Bursar, the Director of IT, and the Director of Financial Aid will also be available in the Blackburn Conference Center on Friday, August 15th, to answer any questions you have about registration, student accounts, technology, or financial aid. Walk-ins are welcome.


Family and Friends Day

Adjusting to law school can be difficult without the support of your friends and family. In recognition of that, we want to make sure your friends and family members know what to expect and are well-prepared to assist you as you embark upon this journey.  To that end, on Saturday, August 16th, at 10:45 a.m., we will host a session for family members and friends on “How to Support Your Law Student.”  We encourage you to invite your family and friends to participate in this educational program.

All family members and friends who attend this session are welcome to join you at the barbecue that will be held at the Blackburn Conference Center at noon.  


Message from the Office of Academic Achievement

Welcome Future Counselors!

You are about to embark on one of the most challenging and rewarding of your life’s journeys. In order to be successful in law school you are going to have to think differently, read differently and write differently than you have done in the past. Your days will be longer and harder, as you build the skills and knowledge base that you need in order to become a member of the legal profession. The Office of Academic Achievement (OAA) provides several resources and tools designed to help you succeed in law school. Each of you will be enrolled in a Professional and Academic Success Seminar (PASS). In PASS you will have the opportunity to learn how to be a law student. We will show you how to read a legal case, how to use your course book supplements, how to take notes, and how to organize and write a law school exam. In addition to PASS, we provide individual counseling, and facilitated study groups. There is much work to do and we are here to guide you as you do all that you can do to master the law.

Listen well, accept constructive criticism, be open to learning in a new way, and use your resources. We look forward to your success.

Assistant Dean Kimberly D’Haene & Professor Erika Walker-Cash

Skills Building Workshop

To prepare for the “Skills Building Workshop” that will be conducted by the OAA staff during Orientation, please read the Food Lion, Broughton, and Miller cases. These cases will also be used the first week of your Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis class. Below you will find a link that includes copies of the cases, directions on how to brief a case, and a case brief template. Please read the documents on case briefing before attempting to do your briefs for these cases.  Please remember to bring your case briefs and copies of the cases with you to Orientation, because they will be discussed.

Assignment for Orientation and First LWRA Class


Convocation on Professionalism, Saturday, August 16th, 2014

As part of the Convocation on Professionalism, Judge Jay Roth will administer the Law School’s Honor Code Pledge.  As part of this ceremony, you will pledge your support for the Law School’s Codes of Honor and Responsibility.  Please review the Law School’s Code of Student Responsibility and Honor Code before you come to Orientation.

During this program, you will be asked to recertify that the information contained in your admission application is accurate. Please review your admission application before Orientation to make sure everything in it is accurate. Failure to update your application in timely fashion may result in disciplinary action. Please review the convocation materials to prepare for the Convocation on Professionalism.

 


Attire

During Orientation, you will attend a variety of events that will vary in their degrees of formality. Please dress in business casual attire on Thursday, August 14th. On Friday, August 15th, we will be completing community service projects, so please dress in casual attire.

On Saturday, August 16th, you should dress in business attire (dark suits and ties for men and dark suits for women).


Getting to Orientation

John Marshall Law School is located at 1422 West Peachtree Street NW, in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown district. Our central location makes the school easily accessible to students in the metropolitan Atlanta area and in northern and central Georgia.

Parking is free during Orientation. If you drive, you should park in our parking deck, which is located at the intersection of 18th Street and Spring Streets. Please click on the link below for directions to the Law School using surrounding Interstates and MARTA.

Directions 


Attendance
Attendance at Orientation is required for all incoming students. Below, you will find the link to the Academic Calendar for the 2014-2015 year. Classes begin on Monday, August 18th, 2014.

2014-2015 Academic Calendar


Library

The Michael J. Lynch Law Library at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is one of the fastest-growing libraries in the area. Our library provides students and faculty with access to all legal materials necessary to learning the methodology of legal research and to conducting the research essential to legal practice and scholarship.

The library will be open during the week of Orientation for students to prepare for classes and Orientation. The library is located on the fourth floor of the Law School. Please visit the library for additional information on resources available.

Library Orientation Hours (Fall 2014)

Monday, August 11: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 12: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 13: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Thursday, August 14: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Friday, August 15: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Saturday, August 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Sunday, August 17: 1:00pm-9:00pm


Student IDs

Student identification photos will be taken in the library the week of Orientation. Immediately after your photo is taken, your student ID card will be given to you. The library has set times for students to come in during the week of Orientation for student ID photos. We encourage you to have your photo taken early in the week of Orientation, because you will have a full schedule at the end of the week. The times during which photos for IDs will be taken are as follows:

Monday August 11: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 12: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 13: 9:00am- 6:30pm
Friday, August 15: 9:00am- 6:30pm- Full/Part-Time students
Saturday, August 16: 12:30pm-2:00pm- Part-Time students ONLY


A Word from Your Student Bar Association (SBA) President

Hello Classes of 2017 and 2018,

Welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and congratulations on taking those first steps into a new world. The pursuit of a profession requires that you pass through the gauntlet that keeps others at bay, but it also ends with the reward of being welcomed into the flock. At Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, you will have access to resources that will help you to navigate this gauntlet: the knowledge and experience of the faculty, the support of the staff, and the friendships you will develop with other students.

John Marshall’s faculty is one of our most valuable assets, and they care about your success. Professors will answer your questions in class, encourage you to meet with them after class, and provide you with opportunities to succeed. The faculty will also push you beyond your limits in an effort to prepare you for the rigors of being an attorney.

The staff at John Marshall is also here to support you throughout your law school career. Whether it is your first day and you are having difficulty with financial aid or it is your last day and you are looking for your cap and gown, the staff is here for you.

Finally, the students of John Marshall are our strongest asset. We embrace diversity and encourage individuality.

I believe in each of you, because I know the students who have walked these halls prior to you. We all come from different backgrounds, but at the heart of each of us is the desire to become an attorney. The strength of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is in students like you who are willing to fight for their dreams. I welcome you to our family. Welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School!

Believing in you,

Christopher J. Martin
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Student Bar Association, President 2014 – 2015
Juris Doctor Candidate, 2015


Peer Mentoring Program

To help first-year students navigate the first-year experience, AJMLS pairs all first-year students with peer mentors, upper-class students who were hand-picked, based on their academic success, interpersonal skills, and/or strong leadership skills. The overall objective of the AJMLS Peer Mentoring Program is to improve the quality of life for the new student by providing academic, social and personal support.

Michelle Reilly, the Student Director of the Peer Mentoring Program, will send more information about the Peer Mentoring Program in the near future. Please respond to all of her requests for information and complete and submit the profile sheet that she sends you, so you will not miss out on the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. You will meet your peer mentor at Orientation. If you have questions about the Peer Mentoring Program, please contact Michelle Reilly at mmreilly@johnmarshall.edu.


Other Important Information

Student Health Insurance

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offers a low-cost health insurance plan to all students. All students are required to have and maintain medical health coverage while enrolled at AJMLS. All students will automatically be enrolled in a health plan with AIG. The mandatory health insurance plan is a Sickness/Injury Policy. This means that the policy only covers medical services you receive for disease or sickness, or for a bodily injury that is sustained due to an accident. The policy is also a Non-Renewable One –Year Term Insurance Policy. This means that you renew your policy at the beginning of each academic year. This policy includes a wellness benefit that covers the cost of routine medical, dental, and vision screens. There is an annual cap on the wellness benefit for those routine, preventative health care services.

Students who currently have insurance through another carrier can elect to waive out of John Marshall’s plan.  If you are interested in waiving out of the plan, please complete and submit the waiver form, which can be found at www.studentinsurance.com. Upon entering the site, input the name of your institution on the search line (“John Marshall”). Once on John Marshall’s page, click “waive”, and then complete the one-page waiver form. If you have completed the waiver form correctly, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that you have completed the form and that it has been received.  The form will ask you, among other things, to provide proof of other insurance coverage.

After you submit your completed waiver and proof of coverage, your waiver will be verified.   If your request to waive out is approved, the insurance charge will be removed from your tuition account.  If the request to waive out is declined, the basis for the decision will be explained to you in an email, and you will be able to provide updated information about your coverage and reapply.  You must complete the waiver no later than August 22nd, 2014. For more information about the Student Health Insurance Plan that AJMLS offers, click here.

If you have any questions regarding Student Health Insurance, please contact Dean Harris at mharris@johnmarshall.edu or Dean Harrison at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu.


Academic Peer Advisors

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offers an academic peer advising program. The Academic Peer Advisors (APA’s) are current students who can help you with course scheduling and planning, identifying course prerequisites, understanding the degree requirements and faculty expectations, selecting options for study, and understanding academic policies and departmental procedures.

To meet with an APA, please stop by the Office of Student Services.  You can also email your questions and/or concerns to one the APA’s using the email addresses provided below:


Accessing Your Class Schedule via CampusAnyware

CampusAnyware is an administrative system platform that allows students to view academic and financial records, register for classes, view class schedules, sign up to receive security alerts by text and more.  All first-year students have been pre-registered for classes.  Your class schedule for the fall semester is now available on CampusAnyware and can be accessed using the instructions below:

  1. Go to the following link:  www.campusanyware.us/studentservices/7890 or click on “myAJMLS” on the homepage of the JMLS Website.
  2. Click on “Schedule.”   Read the registration policy and then click “OK.”  You will then see a window instructing you to login.
  3. You can use either your student number (9 digits) or your social security number (no hyphens) as your user ID.
  4. Your initial PIN is your birth date in MMDDYYYY format. For example, if your birth date is May 17, 1986, then your initial PIN will be 05171986.
  5. Choose the correct term and click the “LOGIN” button.
  6. Upon your initial login, you will be required to change your PIN.  Your new PIN must be between 4 and 9 digits and can be alphanumeric (letters and numbers).
  7. Upon your initial login, you will be asked to verify your demographic information.  This information is what we currently have in the database for you and can be updated at any time. The information that we keep on file includes your address, phone number, cell phone number and emergency contact information.  To continue, you must select one of the two buttons at the bottom of the page that asks for your demographic information.
  8. Please be sure to logout when you are done.

Should you need assistance with CampusAnyware, please email IT Support at itsupport@johnmarshall.edu.  If you have any questions regarding your schedule, please contact the Registrar, Cheryl Ferebee, at cferebee@johnmarshall.edu.


Reading Assignments

Your law school professors will post reading assignments for the first day or week of classes in early August. Those assignments will be available online. Once the professor submits a reading assignment, it will be posted. If you do not see an assignment the first time you access the link, please check back regularly until it has been posted. If you have questions about an assignment, please contact the professor directly. Please make sure that you read your assignments before the first week of class and are prepared for all of your classes. You will likely be called on by one or more of your professors the first week.


Before You Arrive

Recommended Readings

  • James A. Gardner, “Legal Argument:  The Structure and Language of Effective Advocacy” (Michie)
  • Helene and Marshall Shapo, “Law School without Fear:  Strategies for Success” (Foundation)
  • Black’s Law Dictonary (West—student softcover edition)—students need to be taught early on to learn the legal vocabulary, proactively.
  • “Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams”
  • Jay M. Feinman, “Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law”
  • Robert H. Miller, “Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students”
  • Andrew J. McClurg, “1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School”

Transcripts

If you have not already done so, please request an official transcript for all undergraduate, graduate, or professional study undertaken to be sent to:

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Office of Admissions
1422 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309


Students with Disabilities

John Marshall Law School has a diverse population of students, including many students with disabilities. These disabilities range from learning disabilities to mobility impairments. If you need accommodations for Orientation or for your classes, please contact Dean Harrison as soon as possible at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu.
Information about our accommodations policy can be found on the Accommodations Policy page of our website.


Parking

Full-time, Day Students:

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate full-time day students in our parking deck; however, there are parking lots within walking distance of the school that are available to our students.  If you plan to drive to school, we recommend finding a parking lot/deck where you can park for the entire academic year. A few companies with lots around us are: Elite Parking and Lanier Parking. Contact information for each of these lots is provided below. Please feel free to search for other lots near us if you are not interested in using one of the lots below.

Elite Parking:  Contact: Dana M. Hester

Lanier Parking:

Part-time, Evening Students:

Parking permits for the 2014-2015 academic year are $232.00 per semester. Applications can be obtained online by following the directions below:

  1. Go to www.johnmarshall.edu;
  2. Move your mouse to “AJMLS Students”. Click “Bursar”;
  3. On the left side of the screen, highlighted in the blue square, click “Downloadable Forms”; and
  4. Click the Parking Application for the appropriate semester.

If you have any questions regarding parking, please contact Student Accounts at 404-872-3593, ext. 132, or email Phyllis Crusoe, the Bursar, at pcrusoe@johnmarshall.edu.


Westlaw and TWEN

Some of your professors will post their first assignments on TWEN, an online extension of the law school classroom. To access TWEN, you will need a Westlaw password and username. Your Westlaw username and password will be given to you on the first day of Orientation.


Bookstore

The Law School does not have a physical bookstore. However, in an effort to meet the needs of its students, AJMLS has partnered with Follett Virtual Bookstore to launch an online bookstore. Students are able to purchase either traditional bound books or digital books from the bookstore.

Information concerning books will be sent via email. For more information on payment methods, digital books, the delivery process and more, visit our online bookstore link.  If you have questions about purchasing books, please contact Sylvia Fernandez at sfernandez@johnmarshall.edu, or at (404) 872-3593, ext. 285.  You may view a complete list of the fall 2014 books by clicking JMLS Fall 2014 Booklist.


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