Dear Incoming Student:
You made a good choice in deciding on law as a career and in choosing to pursue your legal studies at the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law. You are welcome here, and I hope that you will thrive.
As Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, I welcome the opportunity to work with you on a range of activities during your three-year tenure at the College of Law. The College of Law strives to provide a nurturing environment for a diverse body of students. If you are a student with a disability that will require accommodations, please notify me and provide the documentation, and the College of Law will provide reasonable accommodations.
MANDATORY FIRST YEAR ORIENTATION During Orientation, you will meet with your small section professors, teaching assistants, law school administrators, faculty, staff, and your new colleagues. As well, we will provide you with information and experiences that will be beneficial to you throughout law school. This includes: observation of court proceedings; introduction to legal analysis and the case method; an introduction to the computer lab; and tours of the law school, law library, and parts of the larger University campus. You will also be provided with an opportunity to elect to participate in a structured mentor program which pairs each interested first-year student with local practicing attorneys and judges who have volunteered to serve as counselors/guides.
FIRST-YEAR ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY, so you must attend all sessions.
Each year we compile a First Year Student Directory, which includes your photograph, name, undergraduate institution, and major. During Orientation, a photographer will take a head and shoulders picture of you, but please do not feel that you have to “dress up.” Remember to dress comfortably for the Arizona heat!
Also during Orientation, the Law Women’s Association will host a Welcome Supper that is open to all incoming students.
Later in the semester, the Student Bar Association, together with various other student organizations, will host a picnic at Reid Park. All law students, their families, and the faculty are invited.
Continuing Orientation sessions are scheduled each year. These are generally held on Friday afternoons from 12:15 - 2:00, during the fall semester. These will be announced as they are scheduled.
Very truly yours,
Willie Jordan-Curtis, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and
Associate Clinical Professor of Law