Orientation

Welcome  


ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16 schedule: Fall 2019 Orientation Schedule (updated 8/8/2019)
Saturday, August 17 schedule: Fall 2019 Saturday Orientation Schedule (updated 8/7/2019)

Orientation will be held August 12-17 for day and evening students and attendance is mandatory. This program 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 of 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, the Convocation on Professionalism, or the information on this page, please contact Dean Harrison-Mercer, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, at sharrison-mercer@johnmarshall.edu.


GETTING TO ORIENTATION and PARKING

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. 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, Georgia 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

During Orientation, all incoming students will have access to the Law School’s parking deck and parking will be free. The parking deck entrance is accessible from 18th Street. If you are traveling North on West Peachtree Street, you will turn left onto 18th Street and turn right into the deck. If you are traveling South on Spring Street, you will turn left onto 18th Street and left into the deck. Please be advised that West Peachtree Street is a one-way street traveling North and Spring Street is a one-way street traveling South.


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 positive change, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is the right choice for you. I look forward to meeting you at Orientation and to your 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


SBA’S WELCOME

Dear Fellow Students,

-E Pluribus Unum

Our student community is reflective of a rich tapestry of varied cultures, experiences, and backgrounds. This diverse and inclusive community is responsible for a great John Marshall. As with our diverse student body, the individual members of the SBA executive board are unique. Yet and still each member is devoted to the collective “we.” And as we begin the school year, we would like to highlight the individual members of the SBA executive board and our goals and vision for the upcoming school year.

A first-generation college student, SBA President Teana Overton has overcome adversity throughout her life. Not one to shy away from an obstacle in life or law school, Teana has become a visionary and gained foresight into succeeding against all odds. Her experiences have propelled her to become a good student and strong leader. Teana’s positive energy and willingness to make John Marshall a better place for all drive her commitment both in and out of the classroom.

As a wife, mother, and student, SBA Vice-President Bethany Johnston entered law school with support, love, and many people looking up to and relying on her. Although her experiences at John Marshall have been challenging, she loves being a part of the John Marshall community. She hopes to foster relationships and promote the value of a strong support system for all students.

SBA Treasurer Mario Pereira prides himself on being a Latino immigrant and Marine Corps veteran who recognizes the value and significance of hard work and solidarity. Mario, too, has found a great support system of students, faculty and staff at John Marshall. With his military background and experiences as an immigrant, Mario hopes to model service, integrity, discipline, and inclusion.

Promiss Yarber, SBA Secretary, comes from a family that values education. The daughter of two Ph.D. holders, Promiss is invested in her legal education and is committed to helping others. Promiss values the many resources on campus and wants students to know that utilizing the resources available is a sure formula for success.

SBA Parliamentarian Whitnie Carter is a non-traditional student. A part-time evening student, Whitnie balances work and school. With a positive energy and determination to succeed, Whitnie is an example of law school providing the mechanism to become your best personal and professional self.

Individually and collectively, we look forward to serving you during the 2019-2020 academic year. We are committed to promoting academic success for all, improving the student experience, and furthering student engagement. We are John Marshall Proud!

One School. One Family. One Team. One Goal.

Kind Regards,

The 2019-2020 SBA Executive Board


PREPARING FOR THE ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS

Please make sure that you have read all of the assigned reading before Orientation.

Click here for the course materials (updated 8/5/2019)

The 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

A padfolio will be provided to each student during the first day of Orientation. All students are expected to bring this padfolio with them every day for the duration of Orientation. Each padfolio will include the following documents:

  1. Orientation Schedule
  2. Directions to the Law School
  3. Recertification Form
  4. Breakout Session Group Assignments for Convocation on Professionalism
  5. Evaluation Form
  6. Professionalism Oath
  7. Fall 2019 Professionalism Schedule
  8. Professionalism Agreement
  9. The AJMLS Counseling Program Information Sheet
  10. Peer Mentoring Program Pairings
  11. Lexis Registration Card
  12. Bloomberg Registration Card
  13. Westlaw Registration Card
  14. Cali Time Trial (Series Three) Card(s)
  15. Executive Board Information for Student Organizations
  16. Responding to Disruptive Behavior or Threatening Behavior Brochure (Threat Assessment)
  17. Understanding Sexual Misconduct Brochure
  18. Alcohol & Substance Abuse Questionnaire
  19. Things to Do in Midtown

FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY

Adjusting to law school can be difficult without the support of your friends and family. In recognition of the correlation between support and success, 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 17th, at 2:00 p.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 other(s) to participate in this educational program. This program will be held in the 1422 Building in Room 709.


BARBECUE AND STUDENT ORGANIZATION FAIR

On Saturday, August 17th, at 12:30 p.m., we will host a barbecue and Student Organization Fair. During this time, all active student organizations will be present. This is a great opportunity to meet with members of the campus community and 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 Law School’s Code of Student Responsibility. Because you will be sworn to uphold the Law School’s Code of Student Responsibility, you must read the Code before Orientation. Click here to read the Student Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility.

You are required to dress in business attire for the workshop on professionalism (a dark business suit). Please click on this link for examples of attire that is appropriate for this occasion. The Chief Justice’s Commission has provided material for you to read in preparation for this program at this 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. Please dress in business casual attire on Monday, August 12, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019. Please dress in business attire (dark suits and ties for men and dark suits for women) on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Examples of professional attire can be found here.


ATTENDANCE and ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Attendance at Orientation is required for all incoming students. Below, you will find the link to the Academic Calendar for the 2019-2020 academic year. Classes begin on Monday, August 19, 2019. 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 before Orientation and can be used to prepare for classes and Orientation. The library is located on the fourth floor of the Law School. For additional information about resources available in the library, please visit the Michael J. Lynch Law Library page.

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 before Orientation:

Monday, August 5th:       12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6th:       12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7th:  12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 8th:    12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 9th:         12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10th:   12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 11th:     1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

*These times are subject to change.

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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 be well-prepared, 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 the week of Orientation on the following dates:

Day Time Students: 

Monday, August 12: (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, August 13: (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

*Wednesday, August 14: (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

Evening Students:
Monday, August 12: (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, August 13: (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 14:  (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Thursday, August 15: (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, August 17 (1:00 – 1:45 p.m.) during lunch/student organization fair

Your ID will be made available to you after your photo is taken.

*Date and time are subject to change.


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 Care Act can be found at this link: https://www.healthcare.gov. 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.


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 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. 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(s) directly.


FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AND FIRST CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

Classes will begin on Monday, August 19, 2019. 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 Google Drive

You can access all necessary course information and materials on Google Drive, including your course schedule, book list, syllabi, first assignments, and exam schedules. There are two ways to access Google Drive. The first is to follow these instructions: From the homepage, hover over “Current Students”, click on “Academic Affairs”, click on “Course and Exam Schedules, Book Lists”, click on “Fall 2019 semester”, and then click on “Access the 2019 Fall Semester Folder Here”. The second way to access Google Drive is visit drive.google.com and click “Shared with Me.” You should then see the Fall 2019 Semester folder towards the top of the page.

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 Fall 2019 semester. The discount code is  JMATLANTA . This promotion gives students a 15% discount through December 31, 2019 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 information page by clicking on this link.


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 the following address: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Office of Admissions, 1422 West Peachtree Street, 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 FOR CLASSES

Full-time, Day Students:

The day parking permit prices for Fall 2019 will be available in August 2019. 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.

Parking CompanyPhone NumberRate (subj. to change)
Elite Parking (Center Stage)
1766 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309
404-892-1234Daily Rates are hourly. Please see information at parking lot. The semester fee is $645. There is a waiting list for the semester parking option.
Pershing Plaza/Jones Day
1420 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309
N/A$10/day
Midtown Plaza
1360 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309
404-898-2763 $16/day
One Atlantic Center
1201 W. Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309
404-870-2935$18/day
Bank of America Plaza
600 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308
404-892-5632$24/day

Part-time, Evening Students:

The evening parking permit prices for Fall 2019 will be available in August 2019. Applications can be downloaded from the Forms page under Bursar. 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 Adams, the Bursar, at padams@johnmarshall.edu.

Additional Parking Information:

  • Parking in the parking deck during the day for Fall 2019 (August 12, 2019 – December 31, 2019) will be open to all 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.

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 2019 semester is now available on Campus Anyware and can be accessed using the instructions below:

  1. Go to the following link: (Campus Anyware) 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. If 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.

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 the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. You will hear from your mentor the week of Orientation.


STUDENT ACCOUNTS

The Bursar, Phyllis Adams, will be available to all students on Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The Bursar’s Office is located on the second floor in the Student Affairs suite. Below are frequently asked questions for the Bursar.

Q: Where is the Bursar’s Office?
The Bursar’s Office is on the second floor of the 1422 building inside the Student Services Suite and is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Q: What is a student account?
Your student account is a centralized billing and payment system that includes charges such as tuition and fees, parking fees, textbook charges, charges for locker rentals, and other campus charges. Students may access their student accounts through the myAJMLS portal.

Q: When is tuition due?
Tuition is due on the first day of class each semester. Any student who has an outstanding balance owing from previous semesters will not be permitted to register for the current semester. Exceptions to this payment policy are made for the following students:

  • Students who participate in the Tuition Installment Payment Program (TIPP)
  • Students who have been approved for a federal student loan and are awaiting receipt of the loan.

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 much are tuition and fees?
Please refer to the “Tuition” link under the “Bursar” tab on the Law School’s website.

Q: How is my Financial Aid disbursed to me?
In general, financial aid, whether a loan or scholarship, is first applied to your unpaid student account balance. Refunds are made by direct deposit into your bank account.  Per law school policy, each student must have either a checking or savings account into which refunds may be deposited.  If you applied for financial aid, please complete the Direct Deposit Authorization Form.  To access this form, click on the “Bursar” tab and then click on “Downloadable Forms.” Students may view their financial aid awards and student accounts through the myAJMLS portal.

Q: When will my refund be processed?
Your refund will be processed five to ten business days from the time a credit appears on your student account. Students may view their financial aid awards and student accounts in the myAJMLS portal.

Q: How do I make changes to the banking information that you currently have on file?
Please refer to the Direct Deposit Authorization Form on the “Downloadable Forms” page. Complete the form and be sure to check “Account Change.”  Submit the completed form to the Bursar.

Q: Can I use Financial Aid for expenses other than tuition and fees?
Yes. Financial aid is to be used for education-related expenses, including living expenses. Please refer to the “Terms and Conditions” page located under the “Financial Aid” tab.

Q: Can I return my loan funds if I decide I do not want or need them anymore?
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 in excess of the costs of tuition and fees. This form is located under “Downloadable Forms.” Students who would like to return part or all of the disbursed funds, should return funds to the school within the 14-day time frame so that the repayment can be processed by both Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and the Direct Loan Servicer in a timely manner.

Q: Are scholarships taxable?
Scholarships are taxable to the extent they exceed the calendar year cost of tuition and fees, books, and supplies. For more information regarding this subject, please review IRS tax filing instructions and/or consult a tax professional.  Tax filing instructions can be accessed using the following link:  https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.


BOOKLIST AND ORIENTATION READING MATERIALS

The book list and reading materials for Orientation are forthcoming, please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs with questions.


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