University of New Hampshire

School of Law

JD New Student Orientation

Updated 7/25/14

New JD Student Orientation Program
Tuesday, August 19 - Thursday, August 21, 2014

New JD student orientation registration begins on Tuesday at 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Jury Box Café at the Concord, NH campus.  Please join us for a continental breakfast, meet your fellow classmates, faculty, staff, and your student mentor.  

We’ll be taking your professional photo for your ID card, and for future use, so please wear business attire on the first morning of orientation.  You can change into casual clothes on Tuesday afternoon, so bring them along.

JD Orientation has two parts:

Welcome to the Legal Profession

Tuesday morning

  • Professional photograph
  • Swearing-In Ceremony and the Oath of Professionalism administered by NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy
  • Character and fitness and admission to the bar
  • Tolerance, equality and respect in the profession
  • Your professional development and the curriculum
  • Lunch with your faculty advisor

Preparing for Your Law School Experience

Tuesday afternoon
Wednesday, and Thursday

  • How to brief a case
  • Meet your first year faculty
  • Legal Writing and Research Program – Meet your legal writing and research professors
  • Academic skills and strategies for success

The complete JD Orientation Schedule will be available August 1st.

Assignments for Orientation

This list will be updated the week of June 30. Please check back then.

  • Briefing a Case Assignment – State of NH v. Winstead.  Read the case.  We will brief it together during this orientation session.
  • Legal Writing Questionnaire - [RTF format] [PDF format]   Bring the completed questionnaire to orientation.
  • Legal Analysis and Writing I Essay Assignment - [PDF format]  Bring this completed essay to orientation.
  • All first year students will be taking the Legal Profession Course.  Please complete this survey [RTF format] and bring it to your first class on August 28th.

Assignments for your first classes

This section will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Civil Procedure: All first year law students will be taking Civil Procedure with Professor Greabe.
Civil Procedure first assignment – From the casebook, Civil Procedure, Eighth Edition, by Stephen C. Yeazell, read pages 1-12 and look up in the Casebook Supplement any rules or statutes that are cited in that reading.  This book will be conveniently available from the UNH Law Online Bookstore


Suggested Summer Reading List (nothing is required - but if you’re interested)

One of our faculty members will be our group facilitator of an optional group discussion on Thursday, August 21 during Orientation.  The discussion will be on Gilbert King, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, Harper Collins (2013).

Additional information


Canning, Fran

Fran Canning
Assistant Dean for Students

If you need disability accommodations or have any special needs, concerns or questions, please contact Assistant Dean for Students Fran Canning at or call (603) 513-5171.

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