Welcome to the Spring 2018 1L Class

Welcome to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School! Please read this carefully, as it contains information that is essential to starting your law school career on the right foot.

Convocation on Professionalism

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Law School will host a workshop on professionalism for all incoming students. Attendance at this workshop is mandatory, but the programs should help to prepare you for the first-year experience – one of the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. As part of this workshop, you will take an oath, administered by a Georgia judge, to abide by the provisions of the John Marshall Code of Student Responsibility. Because you will be sworn to uphold the John Marshall Code of Student Responsibility, you must read the Code before Orientation.

To access the Code:

  • Begin by logging onto the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School website;
  • Select the “Current Students” tab;
  • Then, select the “Academic Affairs” tab from the drop-down list;
  • Next, click on “Code of Student Responsibility which is located within the list on the left side of the screen; and
  • Finally, click “Click Here”

You will also take an Oath of Professionalism. This Oath should guide your aspirations and conduct. By taking it, you are pledging to accept fully the duties and responsibilities that accompany your entry into the legal profession. You are required to dress in business attire for the workshop on professionalism (a dark business suit) and the Chief Justice’s Office has provided material for you to read in preparation for this program.

Please note that we are offering these workshops in lieu of Orientation and that we will not have an orientation program before classes begin; however, Dean Harrison-Mercer will meet with you each individually on the first day of classes to discuss our policies and the many resources the law school makes available to students.

AJMLS Email Account

You should each now have access to your AJMLS email account. Please be sure to check your AJMLS email account daily for information relating to the Convocation on Professionalism, financial aid, billing, health insurance, reading assignments for the first day of classes, the peer mentoring program, purchasing books for classes, registration, 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 need a Westlaw password and username before classes commence. 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 participate in TWEN, you need to have your Westlaw password and username handy. Your Westlaw password is attached to this email.

First Day of Classes and First Class Assignments

Classes will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018, and you will soon receive information from Cheryl Ferebee, the Registrar, about registering for classes. This information will be sent to your AJMLS email account. Because your first-year courses are required courses and are chosen for you, the registration process is simple and will consist primarily of you reviewing and signing off on your schedule.

Please access your booklist here. First class assignments for each of your courses will be posted on the Law School’s website in early January. Once this information has been posted, you will be notified via your AJMLS email account and told how to access your first assignments.

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. Elizabeth Barney and Alexa Callaway, the Student Directors of the Peer Mentoring Program, 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 out on the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. You will meet your peer mentor at Orientation.