Dear Incoming Students:
As Dean Rougeau mentioned in his update to our community last week, we will be hosting virtual orientation sessions from August 26 - 28. We understand that sitting through full days of online programming could be exhausting. To support your transition to the BC Law community, we will be mixing in a number of live and pre-recorded virtual events, online learning modules and “get to know each other” pre-orientation sessions this month and next. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to launch you toward success at BC Law.
Here are some highlights of the upcoming pre-orientation programs and some University offerings for graduate students:
Week of July 6: Zero L Program Kickoff
This is a self-paced online course that provides a broad introduction to law school and the skills you will need to succeed, including how to read cases and understand the legal system. The Zero-L program can be completed on your own time in about 6-8 hours. You’ll receive an email next week with detailed information about how to access the program.
Week of July 13: Evening Chat with Rising 2Ls
Join members of our rising second-year class for an informal discussion about law school and the BC Law community. Evening Chat will debunk some of the myths about law school by providing student perspectives on how things work, first-year classes, managing the reading load, and how to balance academics with extra-curricular interests. Stay tuned for more information.
Week of July 20: The Nest Community Cohort Launch
Join your fellow new students in small community cohorts and get to know each other this summer! Current BC Law students will host three-to-four informal meet-up sessions for each cohort before classes begin. You’ll receive an email with more information and the schedule for your first meeting; we are aiming for 3:00 pm sessions on either 7/22 or 7/23, depending on the hosts’ availability. Each cohort will then schedule follow-up meeting times that are best for the group. As incoming Legal Eagles, think of this as The Nest!
Week of July 27: Meet Academic & Student Services
Our Academic & Student Services team is eager to meet you and talk about the resources we offer law students and the opportunities to get involved in campus life. They will also plan to answer your general questions about the fall semester and walk you through some housekeeping items to get started. This webinar will be held on July 30 at 3:00 pm, ET.
Weeks of August 3 - 17: Lawyering Fundamentals Limited Enrollment Course
Our Academic Success Director is hosting this online course to help you practice key skills and get substantive feedback on writing and legal analysis before the semester begins. The course will run two-to-three hours a day over a 14-day period at your own pace.. More information will be sent out later this month.
Week of August 10: Get to Know Our Alumni and Career Services
The Career Services Office will kick off its 1L Boot Camp Program with you this summer, hosting an online event with alumni the week of August 10 to get you started on your journey into the legal profession. Date and details to come.
Mid-late August: University’s Office of Graduate Student Life
As a graduate student of the University, you are invited to participate in the general graduate student online orientation offerings and the official University virtual welcome session on August 27. You will also need to complete the training modules on Title IX and Diversity Education. Watch your email for more details from the University’s Office of Graduate Student Life.
Ongoing: University’s Office of International Students & Scholars
The Boston College Office of International Students & Scholars has already been working with law school international students directly and will continue to provide them with the assistance, support, and programs they need. For LLM students, our Director of Graduate & International Programs, Susan Simone Kang will continue to work closely with you as well in your transition to BC Law.
August 26 - 28: Law School Virtual Orientation Sessions
The pre-orientation sessions held earlier during the summer (outlined above) will allow us to keep these sessions from two to four hours each day. Law school-led sessions will be recorded and made available. We will check with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners to see if they will allow us to record their session. More details to come.
Week of August 31: First Week of 1L Classes
Dean Rougeau will continue to provide more information and FAQs in the coming weeks about your classes and the fall semester. We know you will have questions and need support in your first week as well. Please continue to reach out to Academic & Student Services at email@example.com with questions and for assistance.
Please remember to fill out the survey from our Law Student Association New Student Committee. We know that having a peer mentor is key to a successful transition, so we highly encourage all incoming students to participate.
For those of you celebrating, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid