Orientation

WELCOME  

Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 and Saturday, January 7, 2017. 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 Dean Harrison-Mercer, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, at sharrison-mercer@johnmarshall.edu.


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 Law School 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-Mercer, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs


SBA PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

Greetings Class of 2019,

On behalf of the Student Bar Association (“SBA”), welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (“AJMLS”)! We are glad that you will be joining the AJMLS family this Spring. AJMLS has many incredible qualities. Some of them include the diversity, intellectual curiosity and passion of the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni. At AJMLS you will find countless opportunities to learn about more than just the law. You will grow as a person, build lifelong relationships, develop professionally, and develop leadership and other skills that will be helpful to you in your legal career. The SBA and our many student-run organizations are central components in helping you find these opportunities. You can join as many of the twenty-plus student organizations as you desire. These organizations focus on a plethora of practice areas and can help you develop your networking, professionalism, and leadership skills.

I encourage you to challenge yourself, get involved, stay engaged, and persevere through the challenges of the first-year experience. We are here to make your experience better and support you through this journey. Congratulations on embarking on this incredible journey into the legal profession, and I hope you have an excellent experience at AJMLS!

Very kind regards,

Stacey Burke, Student Bar Association, President


ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

January 2017 Orientation 


PREPARING FOR THE ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS

Please make sure that you have read all of the assigned reading before Orientation.  The reading materials can be accessed by clicking this link.

The faculty and volunteer lawyers assisting with the workshops are relying on you to have read all of the assigned material, some of which includes published cases.  Do not be alarmed if reading the cases and other material is confusing to you at first; that is normal.  Reread material that you do not understand and look up foreign terms. During some of your sessions, the faculty and volunteer lawyers will build upon the information that you have been asked to read or the assignments you have been asked to complete.  The underlying goal is to develop your understanding of what law school and the profession require and of what is expected of you to achieve academic and professional success.


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 7th at 10:30 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 the 1422 Building in Room 708. All family members and significant others who attend this session are welcome to join you for lunch in Room 301 at 12:00 p.m.


CONVOCATION ON PROFESSIONALISM

During the Orientation program, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism will host a workshop on professionalism for all incoming students. As part of this workshop, you will take an oath, which will be administered by a judge, to abide by the provisions of the John Marshall Law School Code of Student Responsibility. Because you will swear to uphold the John Marshall Law School Code of Student Responsibility, you must read the Code before Orientation. To access the Code: (1) log onto the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School website; (2) hover over the “Current Students” tab; (3) then, select the “Academic Affairs” tab; (4) next, click on “Code of Student Responsibility” on the left side of your screen; and (5) finally click “Click Here.” Additionally you can access the materials by clicking here.

You are required to dress in business attire for the workshop on professionalism (a dark business suit). The Chief Justice’s Office has provided material for you to read in preparation for this program.  You can access this information by clicking on the following link. Though you are expected to read this information before the workshop, please do not bring a copy of this information with you to Orientation.  For your convenience, we will make this information available to you at the workshop.


ATTIRE

During Orientation, you will attend a variety of events that will vary in their degrees of formality. Business casual attire is perfectly acceptable at the Orientation session that is taking place on Thursday, January 5th. However, please dress in business attire (dark suits and ties for men and dark suits for women) on Saturday, January 7th.


GETTING TO ORIENTATION

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is located at 1422 West Peachtree Street NW in the heart of Midtown Atlanta and 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.

Directions to the Law School


ATTENDANCE

Attendance at Orientation is required for all incoming students. Below, you will find the link to the Academic Calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year. Classes begin on Monday, January 9, 2017. All first-year students will be pre-registered for their classes.

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 learn the methodology of legal research and to conduct the research essential to legal practice and scholarship. The library will be open the week of Orientation  and it 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.

Access to the Computer Lab

To prepare for Orientation, you will need computer access. 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:

Wednesday, January 4th:       1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 5th:           1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, January 6th:                1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you do not have access to a computer or believe that 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 as soon as possible.


STUDENT IDS

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.


AJMLS EMAIL ACCOUNT

You should now have access to your AJMLS email account. Please be sure to check your AJMLS email account daily for information relating to Orientation, parking, financial aid, billing, reading assignments for your classes, the peer mentoring program, the online bookstore, registration, the counseling program, and student organization membership. Throughout your law school career, information that you need to receive in a timely manner will be communicated to you through your AJMLS email account. If your email account is full or you do not check your account regularly, you will miss important information and deadlines.

You will also receive a Westlaw password and username at Orientation. This password and username will give you access to TWEN, an online extension of the law school classroom. Some of your professors will require you to use TWEN to access your course materials, participate in class discussions, receive and submit online assignments, complete quizzes, exchange e-mail messages with your instructors and classmates, and more. To access TWEN, you need to have your Westlaw password and username handy.

You will receive instructions on accessing class assignments via TWEN during Orientation.


STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School does not require proof of insurance or offer a student health plan, but we encourage our students to maintain health insurance coverage. 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. Information about the Affordable Health Care Act can be found using this link. The Affordable Health Care Act allows you to remain on your parents’ health plan until the age of 26. The Law School offers an allowance for health insurance coverage.


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 for graduates 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: studentservices@johnmarshall.edu.


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 login here. Once you log in, follow the instructions found below in the CampusAnywhere section. Book lists are available here and here. You should use the book list to purchase your textbooks. If you have any questions regarding class schedules, please contact the Registrar, Cheryl Ferebee, at cferebee@johnmarshall.edu. ­­­­­­­


FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AND FIRST CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

Classes will begin on Monday, January 9, 2017. Your first-year courses are required courses and you will be pre-registered for them. Once you have been pre-registered, you will receive additional instructions via email on how to access your student portal.

Accessing Course Information and Materials on the Google Drive

You can access all necessary course information and materials on the Google Drive, including your course schedule, book list, syllabi, first assignments, and exam schedules. There are two ways to access the Google Drive:  (1) Go to the John Marshall website (www.johnmarshall.edu), click on “Current Students”; next, click on “Academic Affairs”; then click on “Course and Exam Schedules, Book Lists;”  click on “Spring 2017 semester;” and then click on “Access the 2017 Spring Semester Folder Here”  OR (2) Visit drive.google.com and click “Shared with Me.” You should then see the 2017 Spring Semester Folder towards the top.

The most important thing you need to know about accessing the John Marshall Google Drive is that you need to be signed into your John Marshall email account. If you are signed into a personal Gmail account and attempt to access the Drive, you will receive a message indicating that you have been denied access (or you will see personal documents from your personal Gmail account). To switch accounts, click on your picture/initial in the top right corner of the page.

Accessing the John Marshall Online Bookstore

Renting Books

If you are interested in renting your books, our online bookstore offers that option. You are welcome to select this option. However, please keep in mind that if you are in a class that is being taught over the course of two semesters (i.e., Civil Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, or Torts), it is highly likely that you will need the same books for the second part of the course the following semester. If you need the same textbook for both semesters, it is usually cheaper to buy the book instead of renting it.

Purchasing Books through West Academic for a Discount

West Academic (the publisher for many of your law school textbooks) has provided the law school with a shipping/discount code for the Spring semester. The discount code is S17WAWEB. This promotion will be available through May 15, 2017 and gives students a 10% discount and free shipping on books that are purchased through the West Academic store (store.westacademic.com). Unfortunately, students who use their financial aid credit to purchase books will not be able to take advantage of this discount because the financial aid option is only available through eFollett, our online bookstore.

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. For more information on payment methods, digital books, the delivery process and more, visit our online bookstore by clicking on the following link: www.johnmarshall.bkstr.com.

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 Dictionary (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 send two copies of your official transcript confirming receipt of your bachelor’s degree from your undergraduate institution to: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Attn: Office of Admissions, 1422 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Atlanta’s 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 bjeffries@johnmarshall.edu. Information about our accommodations policy can be found here.


PARKING

Full-time, Day Students:

Parking permits for Spring 2017 are $375 per semester for day parking. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all 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. Elite parking is within walking distance of the Law School. Contact information for this lot is provided below. Please feel free to search for other lots near us if you are not interested in using Elite Parking.

Part-time, Evening Students:

Parking permits for Spring 2017 are $237 for evening parking.  Applications can be obtained online by following the directions below:

  1. Go to www.johnmarshall.edu;
  2. Hover your mouse over the “Current Students” tab; Click “Bursar”;
  3. 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 (678) 916-2608, or email Phyllis Crusoe, the Bursar, at pcrusoe@johnmarshall.edu.

Additional Parking Information:

  • Parking in the parking deck during the day for the Spring 2017 semester (January 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017) will be open to all 2L and 3L FULL-TIME DAY students.
  • Parking is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Students with day parking passes have 24-hour access to the parking deck.
  • Students with evening parking passes have access to the parking deck from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
  • Parking in the parking deck during the evening (after 4:00PM) is open to all students

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

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 here.

  1. Go to the following link or click on “myAJMLS” on the homepage of the AJMLS 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 itsupport@johnmarshall.edu.

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.

Sadia Ali, 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, so you will not miss the opportunity to be matched with a mentor.  You will hear from your mentor the week of Orientation.


 

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