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Orientation

Welcome  

Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Saturday, January 1o, 2015. Orientation is an intensive all-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 and orientation week. 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 another member of the Office of Student Services at studentservices@johnmarshall.edu. We look forward to seeing you in January!

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

An Orientation Schedule has been made available for all students. Please note that your attendance is required for all of the programs on the schedule. If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact Dean Harrison at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu.

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 on this new journey. To that end, on Saturday, January 10th, at 1:40 p.m., we will host a session for family members on “How to Support Your Law Student.”  We encourage you to invite your immediate family and significant others to participate in this educational program.

All family members and significant others who attend this session are welcome to join you at the barbecue that will be held in the Student Lounge of the 1422 Building at 12:20 p.m.

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 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

Convocation on Professionalism, Saturday, January 10, 2015

We will hold a Convocation on Professionalism as part of the orientation program.  During this part of program, a Judge 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.

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.

Attire

On Saturday, January 10th, you should 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, 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 Street . Please look over the directions to the law school using surrounding Interstates and the MARTA.

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, January 12th, 2015.

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 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.

The Library’s Orientation Hours (Spring 2015)

Monday, January 5: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 6: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7: 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 8: 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 9: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 10: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 11: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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 specific 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 January 5: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 6: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday, January 9: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 10: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

A Word from Your Student Bar Association (SBA) President

Hello Class of 2017,

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 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 Doctorate Candidate, 2015

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 January 16th, 2015. For more information about the Student Health Insurance plan that AJMLS offers, click here www.studentinsurance.com

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:

Dakini C. Fields: dcfields@johnmarshall.edu
Antoinette S. Clarington: asclarington@johnmarshall.edu

Class Schedule

You will receive your course schedule and booklist via email by the first week in January. After you receive that information, you should use it to purchase your textbooks. If you have any questions regarding class schedules, please contact the Registrar, Cheryl Ferebee, at cferebee@johnmarshall.edu.

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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 Spring 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.
  1. Click on “Schedule”.   Read the registration policy and then click “OK”.  You will then see a window instructing you to login.
  1. You can use either your student number (9 digits) or your social security number (no hyphens) as your user ID.
  1. 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.
  1. Choose the correct term and click the “LOGIN” button.
  1. 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).
  1. 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 atitsupport@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 January. Those assignments will be available online at http://www.johnmarshall.edu/ajmls-students/academic-affairs/course-schedule/. 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

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
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.  If you plan to drive to the Law School, we recommend finding a lot/deck where you can park for the spring and summer sessions. 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: dhester@eliteparking.com

o   Website: www.eliteparking.com

  • Lanier Parking:

o   Phone: 404-881-6076

o   Email: info@lanierparking.com

o   Website: www.lanierparking.com

  • Park Simple:

o   Phone: (404) 671-3193

o   Email: scabrey@park-simple.com

o   Website: www.park-simple.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 during 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 this bookstore at www.johnmarshall.bkstr.com.

More information concerning books and purchasing using this online tool 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 feel free to also contact Sylvia Fernandez at sfernandez@johnmarshall.edu, or at (404) 872-3593, ext. 285. You can view a complete list of the books that will be needed for your Spring courses by clicking JMLS January 2015 Booklist.

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