Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 through Saturday, August 15, 2015. 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 and orientation week. If you have questions about Orientation or the information on this page, please contact Dean Harrison-Mercer, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in August!
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!
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
Click here (updated 7/23/15)
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 embark upon this journey. To that end, on Saturday, August 15th, at 10:45 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 family and/or 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 at the Blackburn Conference Center at 12:15 noon.
Convocation on Professionalism, Saturday, August 15th, 2015
As part of the Convocation on Professionalism, Judge Christopher Ward 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 7/23/15)
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, so be sure to take your vacations before Orientation week. Below, you will also find the link to the Academic Calendar for the 2015-2016 year. Classes begin on Monday, August 17th, 2015.
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:
Monday, August 10th: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 11th: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 12th: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 13th: Closed
Friday, August 14th: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 15th: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (only for part-time student IDs)
Sunday, August 16th: 1:00 pm – 9:00 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 the week of Orientation, during the hours listed above, on the fourth floor of the library. Your ID will be made available to you after your photo is taken.
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 21st, 2015. For more information about the Student Health Insurance plan that AJMLS offers, please click on the following link: www.studentinsurance.com
If you have any questions regarding Student Health Insurance, please contact Dean Harrison-Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email addresses provided below:
• James Manly at Jhmanly@johnmarshall.edu
Your Class Schedule
All first-year students have been pre-registered for their classes. You will receive your course schedule and booklist via email by the first week in August. 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 email@example.com.
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 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
● 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”
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. 132, 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.