Orientation

WELCOME  

Greetings from the entire law school community! We look forward to your arrival for New Student Orientation on August 9th, 2017. Orientation for first-year students is mandatory and will be held on Wednesday, August 9th, Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August 12th for incoming day students and on Wednesday, August 9th, Thursday, August 10th, and Saturday, August 12th for incoming evening students. Orientation seeks to facilitate the smooth transition of new students to the law school community 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 and exposing you to the wide array of academic, leadership, cultural and social experiences that are available at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Please carefully review the information below to help you prepare for 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 and congratulations on your admission 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 positive 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 2020

Congratulations on your admission and decision to attend Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. As President of the Student Bar Association (SBA), the student governing authority in law school, I would like to encourage you to take full advantage of the many opportunities that will be afforded you during your law school experience.

You are about to embark on one of the most rigorous academic challenges that you have ever undertaken. The professors at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School are some of the best professors in the country and while they will challenge you to meet the high standards required of law students, they will also champion your success and direct you to helpful resources that will complement your in-class instruction. I am also confident that one of our many student organizations will be of interest to you and I suggest that you find the appropriate balance of academic engagement and extracurricular activities to get the most out of your time at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. I encourage you to commit yourself to the pursuit of success, get involved, stay engaged, and persevere through the challenges of the first-year law school experience.

You have chosen the right law school to prepare you for your future legal career and now it is your responsibility to put forth your best effort to meet the challenges that await you in law school.

Good Luck on your journey and welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Best Regards,

Randy Williams, Student Bar Association, President

“JOHN MARSHALL PROUD”


PARKING DURING ORIENTATION

During Orientation, all incoming students will have access to the Law School’s parking deck and parking will be free. The parking deck is located at the intersection of Spring Street and 18th Street. Access to the parking deck can be made off 18th Street.


ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

August 2017 Orientation 


PREPARING FOR ORIENTATION

Please make sure that you have read all of the assigned reading before Orientation. The Orientation schedule can be accessed by clicking this link. All other Orientation materials will be accessible online after July 25th. Please use the following instructions to access:  (1) log onto the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School website (www.johnmarshall.edu); (2) hover over the “Future Students” tab until a drop-down menu populates; (3) click on “Accepted Students” from the drop-down menu; and (4) click on “Orientation” on the left-hand side of the screen. Once on that page, you will see links to all of the information you need to read in preparation for Orientation.


PREPARING FOR THE ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS

The academic support faculty and the 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 what is expected of you to achieve academic and professional success.


PADFOLIOS

An Atlanta’s John Marshall padfolio will be provided to each student during the first day of Orientation. All students are expected to review the materials in this padfolio carefully and to bring the padfolio and the enclosed materials to all Orientation sessions for the duration of New Student Orientation.


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 new journey. To that end, on Saturday, August 12th, at 11:00 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 of the law school in Room 709. All family members and significant others who attend this session are also welcome to join you for lunch in the Blackburn Conference Center at 12:30 p.m. If your family member(s) or significant others plan to attend, please ask them to RSVP using this link:

If your family member(s) or significant others plan to attend, please RSVP on their behalf here.

BARBECUE AND STUDENT ORGANIZATION FAIR

On Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., we will host a Barbecue and Student Organization Fair. During this time, all of the active student organizations on campus will be present.  This is a great opportunity to meet with members of the campus community and to learn more about the many organizations that we have on campus.


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 and the Oath of Professionalism. Because you will be sworn to uphold the John Marshall Law School Code of Student Responsibility and the Oath, you must read the Code and the Oath before Orientation. To access the Code: (1) log onto the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School website (www.johnmarshall.edu); (2) select the “Current Students” tab; (3) then, select the “Academic Affairs” tab; (4) next, click on “Code of Student Responsibility; and (5) then click “Click Here.”  A link to the Code and the Oath have been provided below for your convenience. Please read both documents carefully.

The Chief Justice’s Commission will be providing material for you to read in preparation for this program. A copy of the same is forthcoming and will be provided here when it is ready. 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.

You are required to dress in business attire for the workshop on professionalism (a dark business suit). Remember, the moment you start law school you are entering a profession. As a new professional, everything you do will impact your reputation. You will be held to a very high standard because of the power and privileges you will have as a lawyer. All students will be held accountable for their behavior both inside and outside the classroom.

Professionals have responsibility for monitoring themselves. Thus, the maintenance of professionalism is a shared responsibility of students, staff, and faculty. Each individual must accept responsibility for his or her own behavior, but must also acknowledge responsibility for supporting and encouraging others to behave professionally.

The development of your professional profile starts on the first day of Orientation.


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 Wednesday, August 9th through Friday, August 11th and in business attire (dark suits and ties for men and dark suits for women) on Saturday, August 12th.


GETTING TO ORIENTATION

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is located at 1422 West Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown Atlanta and at the junction of two major interstate highways. Because of our location, the Law 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 or MARTA. Most Orientation events will be held in our Blackburn Conference Center, which is located at 1405 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA. 30309.  Once you park, please walk to the first level to exit our parking deck.  You will see the Blackburn Conference Center directly across the street once you exit the deck.

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 2017-2018 academic year. Classes begin on Monday, August 14, 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 during the week of Orientation and can be used to prepare for classes and Orientation. The library is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Law School. For additional information about 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. 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 7th:       1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 8th:       1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 10th:   1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 11th:        1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

*Please note that these times are subject to change.

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 I.D. will be made available to you after your photo is taken. If your schedule permits, we encourage you to have your photo taken on Monday, August 7th or Tuesday, August 8th between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.


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, and student organization membership. Throughout your law school career, important information 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 the Law School encourages all students to maintain health insurance coverage. The Affordable Health Care Act allows students to go to the health insurance marketplace and shop for an insurance plan that suits their individual needs. Information about the Affordable Health Care Act can be found here. The Affordable 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 (APAs) 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 APAs using the following email address: apaquestions@johnmarshall.edu.


YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE

All first-year students have been pre-registered for their classes. When it is available, you may view your course schedule via the student portal and may login here. Once you log in, follow the instructions found below in the Campus Anyware section. Book lists will be posted as they become available here. You should use the book list to determine which books you need to purchase for your classes. If you have any questions regarding class schedules, please contact the Registrar, Cheryl Ferebee, at cferebee@johnmarshall.edu.  ­­­­­­­If you have questions about the reading materials or the book list, please contact your professor directly.


FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AND FIRST CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

Classes will begin on Monday, August 14, 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 Atlanta’s John Marshall website (www.johnmarshall.edu) and click on “Current Students”; next, click on “Academic Affairs”; then click on “Course and Exam Schedules, Book Lists”;   and finally click on “Fall 2017 Semester” OR (2) Visit drive.google.com and click “Shared with Me.” You should then see the 2017 Fall Semester Folder towards the top.

The most important thing you need to know about accessing the Atlanta’s John Marshall Google Drive is that you need to be signed into your Atlanta’s 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.

Renting Books

If you are interested in renting your textbooks, 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 Fall semester. The discount code is JMATL2017This promotion will be available through December 31, 2017 and gives students a 10% discount and free shipping on books that are purchased through the West Academic store. 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 the bookstore. For more information on payment methods, digital books, the delivery process and more, visit our online bookstore by clicking here.

The SBA also has a book exchange. If you are interested in acquiring more information about the books that are suitable through this exchange, please contact the SBA President, Randy Williams, at  rwilliams@johnmarshall.edu.


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”

Required Reading

  • Dennis J. Tonsing, “1000 Days to the Bar But the Practice of Law Begins Now”

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 Office of Admissions, 1422 West Peachtree Street N.W., 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 Judith Barger as soon as possible at jbarger@johnmarshall.edu. Information about our accommodations policy can be found at this link.


PARKING

Full-time, Day Students:

The day parking permit prices for Fall 2017 will be available in August 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all full-time day students in our parking deck and first-year day students are not permitted to park in the Law School’s parking lot; 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. Please feel free to search for other lots near us. A list of some of the lots within walking distance of the law school is provided below.

Parking CompanyPhone NumberDistance from AJMLSRate (subject to change)
Elite Parking
1766 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-12340.7 miles$119/mo. +$3 Card
Elite Parking
1332 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-12340.5 miles$119/mo. +$3 Card
Central Parking
188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 898-27630.7 miles$105/mo.
Pershing Plaza/Jones Day
1420 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
N/ALocated directly across from Law School on West Peachtree Street$10/day (lot is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.);
no monthly parking
Midtown Plaza
1360 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 898-27630.8 miles$4 per 30 minutes, or $16/day, or
$115/ mo.
Central Parking
1372 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 898-27630.8 miles$7 per 10 hours

**request monthly parking
One Atlantic Center
1201 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 870-29350.9 miles $5/hour with $15 maximum or
$110-$150/mo.
Bank of America Plaza
600 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 892-56321.5 miles$3 per hour or $14 per day

$143.22-$190.55 per month


Part-time, Evening Students:

The evening parking permit prices for Fall 2017 will be available in August 2017. Applications can be obtained online by following the directions below:

  1. Go to www.johnmarshall.edu;
  2. Move your mouse to “Current Students”; 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 404-872-3593, ext. 2608, or email Phyllis Crusoe, the Bursar, at pcrusoe@johnmarshall.edu.

Additional Parking Information:

  • 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.

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. Representatives from Westlaw will be present during Orientation to answer any questions you have about accessing assignments via TWEN.


CAMPUSANYWARE

Campus Anyware 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 available on Campus Anyware 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 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 Campus Anyware, 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 selected 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.

Elizabeth Barney, the Student Director of the Peer Mentoring Program for full-time students, and Alexa Callaway, the Student Director of the Peer Mentoring Program for part-time students, will send more information about the Peer Mentoring Program in the near future. Please respond to all of their 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.


STUDENT ACCOUNTS

The Bursar is responsible for safeguarding the financial operations of the law school. In addition to the general cashiering operations, this office processes and receives payments on the student’s account, is responsible for the disbursement of financial aid to the student’s account, and distributes the remainder of financial aid to the student. This Office is also responsible for the control, collection and maintenance of records concerning monies due to the law school.

The Bursar, Phyllis Crusoe, will be available every day the week of Orientation from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Bursar’s Office is located on the second floor in the Student Services Suite. Below are frequently asked questions for the Bursar.

Q:        When are the payment deadlines on my student account?

A:          Tuition is due by the first day of class and no later than the last day of drop/add. Any student who has an outstanding balance owing from a previous semester will not be permitted to register for the current semester. Exceptions to this payment policy are made for students who have been approved for:

  • Participation in the Tuition Installment Payment Program (TIPP) and;
  • Students who have been approved for a federal student loan and are awaiting its receipt; and
  • VA students expecting certified VA benefits.

NOTE:  Any amounts not covered by financial aid are due at the end of the drop/add period.

The Law School will not release a financial hold or a student’s official transcript for any purpose unless the student is current in his or her financial obligations to the school.

Q:        How is my Financial Aid disbursed to me?

A:        In general, financial aid, whether it is loans or scholarships, is first applied to your unpaid student account balance. Refunds are made by direct deposit into your bank account. It is a requirement of the school that each student have either a checking or savings account into which refunds can be deposited.  Please complete the Direct Deposit Authorization form located under “downloadable forms” on the Bursar’s home page if you are expecting a refund. Students may view their financial aid award and student account through the “myAJMLS” link on the website.

Q:        When will my refund be processed?

A:        Your refund will be processed 5-7 business days from the time a credit appears on your student account. Students may view their financial aid awards and student accounts through the “myAJMLS” link on the website. Please track your account via your student portal.

Q:        What if I withdraw or take a leave of absence?

A:        If you receive your financial aid refund and subsequently decide not to attend Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School or Savannah Law School, the funds must be returned to the Law School immediately. Financial Aid received through the Law School cannot be used at another institution. If you fail to attend classes and you receive your financial aid refund, the funds must be returned to the Office of the Bursar, 1422 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Q:        Can I return my loan funds if I decide I do not want or need them anymore?

A:        Yes. You can return these funds within 14 days of the disbursement date without penalty; however, we recommend that you complete the Student Loan Request at the beginning of each academic year (Fall Semester) indicating that you do not wish to receive any funds over the costs of tuition and fees. This form is located on the Bursar’s webpage under downloadable forms.  Monies disbursed that a student would like to return should be returned to the school within the 14-day timeframe so that the repayment can be processed by both Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and the Direct Loan Servicer in a timely manner.