Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 and is mandatory for first-year students. It 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, the Orientation program, and the first week of classes. If you have questions about Orientation or the information on this page, please contact Lisa Robinson, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, at email@example.com, or Dean Harrison-Mercer, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Associate Dean’s Welcome
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!
Dean Harrison-Mercer, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
SBA President’s Welcome
Greetings Class of 2018,
It is an honor and a privilege for me to congratulate each of you for pursuing your aspirations and demonstrating the courage necessary to take this significant first step in your journey to attain a legal education. On behalf of the Student Bar Association (SBA) at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, I welcome you to our close-knit community. Have no doubt that you made the right decision.
Attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has been one of the most inspiring and gratifying experiences of my life. I have been able to form meaningful relationships with students, professors, administrators and alumni that will endure for years to come. I will not tell you that this journey has been easy, because it has not. But, every sacrifice has been worth it, and every challenge has been fulfilling. I am confident that you are all prepared for this challenge, and that all of you possess the requisite fortitude to overcome any obstacle in pursuit of your goal. I encourage you to contact me if you have any concerns regarding the law school. Be on the lookout for important dates and activities. Make the most of all the opportunities that are presented to you while in law school.
Again, I would like to welcome you and I wish all of you the very best of luck.
Travis O. Foreman, 2016 Student Bar Association, President 2015 – 2016
January 2016 Orientation (updated 1/5/16)
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 embark upon this new journey. To that end, on Saturday, January 9th, at 11:30 a.m., we will host a session for immediate family members and significant others on “How to Support Your Law Student.” We encourage you to invite your immediate family and/or significant others to participate in this educational program. This program will be held in room 710. All family members and significant others who attend this session are welcome to join you for lunch in the Student Lounge at 1:00 p.m.
Convocation on Professionalism
As part of the Convocation on Professionalism, Judge Bridgette Campbell 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. The materials needed for this program are located in the link below; please review the materials prior to Orientation. Additionally, please review the Law School’s Code of Student Responsibility and Honor Code before you come to Orientation. You will also be asked during this program 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 being taken against you.
Convocation Materials (updated 1/5/16)
During Orientation, you will attend a variety of events that will vary in their degrees of formality. Please dress in business attire (dark suits and ties for men and dark suits for women).
Getting to Orientation
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is located at 1422 West Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown Atlanta at the junction of two major interstate highways. Because of our location, the school is easily accessible to students in metropolitan Atlanta 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 Street. Please click on the link below for directions to the Law School using surrounding interstates and MARTA.
Attendance at Orientation is required for all incoming students. Below, you will find the link to the Academic Calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year. Classes begin on Monday, January 11, 2016.
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 learn the methodology of legal research and to conduct 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. For additional information on resources available in the library, please visit the Michael J. Lynch Law Library webpage.
Library Hours, Access to the Computer Lab
To prepare for Orientation, you will need computer access. To assist you in that regard, the Law School’s Computer Labs, located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Library, will be open during the following hours the week of Orientation:
Thursday, January 7th: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, January 8th: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
If you currently do not have access to a computer or believe you might have difficulty accessing the Orientation material online, please take advantage of the computer lab’s hours. Please keep in mind that it will take you several days to read the Orientation material critically and prepare for Orientation. So that you will not be unprepared, please begin reading the material and working on your assignments immediately.
Each student must have a student identification card. Photos for these cards will be taken in the library at the end of the Orientation program. Your ID will be made available to you after your photo is taken.
Student Health Insurance
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School does not require proof of insurance but encourages our students to maintain a health insurance policy. The Affordable Health Care Act allows each of you to go to the health insurance marketplace and shop for an insurance plan that suits your individual needs. Issues related to students in school can be found here. The Affordable Care Act allows you to remain on your parents’ health plan until the age of 26.
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 Affairs and Pro Bono Programs. You can also email your questions and/or concerns to one the APA’s using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Class Schedule
All first-year students have been pre-registered for their classes. You may view your course schedule via the student portal and may login here and follow the instructions found below in the CampusAnywhere section. Book lists will be posted as they become available here, you should use it to purchase your textbooks. If you have any questions regarding class schedules, please contact the Registrar, Cheryl Ferebee, at email@example.com.
Your law school professors will post reading assignments for the first day or week of classes in early January. Those assignments will be available online at here. 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 classes 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
● 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 have two copies of your official transcript confirming receipt of your bachelor’s degree from your undergraduate institution sent to: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Office of Admissions 1422 West Peachtree Street 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 Browning Jeffries as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about our accommodations policy can be found at this link.
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. If you plan to drive to the Law School, we recommend finding a lot/deck where you can park for the entire academic year. A few companies with lots around us are:
Elite Parking, Park Simple, 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 o Phone: 404.892.1234 ext.2434 o Email: email@example.com o Website: www.eliteparking.com
● Park Simple: o Phone: (404) 671-3193 o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org o Website: park-simple.com
Part-time, Evening Students:
Parking permits for the 2015-2016 academic year are $237.00 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. 2608, or email Phyllis Crusoe, the Bursar, at email@example.com.
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.
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. 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. Please be sure to logout when you are done. Should you have any questions about or need assistance with CampusAnyware, please email IT Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 this bookstore at www.johnmarshall.bkstr.com. For more information on payment methods, digital books, the delivery process and more, visit our online bookstore link.