University of New Hampshire

School of Law

JD New Student Orientation


Web updated 8/20/13

Tuesday, August 20 - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Registration begins on Tuesday at 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Jury Box Café (on campus). Please join us for a continental breakfast. Meet your fellow classmates, faculty, staff and your student mentor.

Listed below is all the information you'll need to prepare for orientation.

The new student Orientation program includes:

  • Take the Oath of Professionalism administered by NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy.
  • Meet your faculty advisor, student mentor.
  • Learn the fundamentals on how to brief a case.
  • Attend the many social events we have planned for you.

New student JD Orientation Schedule (updated 8/20/13)


Be prepared for orientation.  Here are your assignments:

  • Torts First Assignment, Professor Sparrow - PDF (updated 8/20/13)
  • Briefing a Case Assignment - PDF (updated 8/5/13)
    Bring the completed case brief to orientation.
  • Legal Writing Questionnaire - RTF and PDF format
    Bring the completed questionnaire to your first legal writing class.
  • Essay Assignment - RTF and PDF format
    Bring this completed essay to your first legal writing class.

If you have any questions about these assignments, please contact Professor Vorenberg at

Suggested summer reading list

There is NO required reading but we have a few recommendations:

  • Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy
  • Reading Like a Lawyer by Ruth Ann McKinney
  • Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges by Antonin Scalia

If you prefer a more extensive reading list, check this out.

Additional information

  • Computer Requirements and our Computer Services Department
  • If you need housing, go to our housing pages.
  • All UNH Law students must have health insurance. To learn more about the insurance plan we offer, please visit our health insurance pages.
  • If you have questions, concerns or need additional information, please contact our International Student Advisor Christine Rousseau, or Assistant Dean Fran Canning.
  • Classes begin on August 26, 2013. Please see the Academic Calendar for other important dates.
  • If you need anything else: disability accommodations or have any other special need, concern or question, please contact Assistant Dean for Students Fran Canning at

Directions to UNH Law

You can get here by train, plane or automobile, as long as you get here in time for orientation!

Contact us

Canning, Fran

Fran Canning
Assistant Dean for Students
(603) 513-5171


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