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Getting Ready to Start

You may want to get a head start on your law studies this summer.  Below is information to get you started and help you prepare for the first year of law school. We look forward to seeing you at orientation in August.

Entering Students Timeline - click Timeline to see if you are on track

 

Entering Students Timeline - click Timeline to see if you are on track

You may want to get a head start on your law studies this summer.  While understandable, it will be difficult for you to engage yourself in actual course material.  Your summer is probably better focusing on the following:

  • Organize Your Life. Make sure your living situation is settled.  Get your budget and finances in order.  Enlist the aid of your support network.  Develop a routine.  Simply everything that can be made simple.
  • Enjoy Life. Spend time doing the things you love with the people you love.  You’ll have precious little time for either once law school begins, so overdose on it ahead of time.
  • Get Physically Prepared. Attend to your medical appointments.  Establish an exercise routine.  Get plenty of rest.  Life will become extremely busy and law school will quickly consume you.  Making sure you’re in good health and having an outlet for stress to give some time away from your studies will make a huge difference.
  • Gather the Information you will need for registering with and applying to the Bar.  (See below.)  You’ll be grateful that you did it before classes begin.
  • Set up your NSU Identity Your life as an NSU Law student will require to you use various digital systems for email, financial aid, and registration, among other things.  To set up your NSU Identity, https://www.nova.edu/resources/nsuidentity.html.  Should you encounter problems, please contact the NSU Help Desk Support at 954.262.4357 or help@nova.edu.  As much as we’d love to help you, Admissions does not have the access or expertise with these systems and their access.

Maybe you can’t help yourself and you won’t rest unless you do something related to law school.  Our offer of admission means that you have our confidence in your ability to do well in law study and you need no extra preparation.  If you are someone who must do a prep course before your next step, you are certainly welcome to do so.  The Admissions Committee does not believe that any entering student needs to.  If you are considering a prep course, Law Preview offers NSU Law students a $100 discount.  Further, NSU Law students are among a select few in the country eligible to receive a scholarship to attend that program. 

An alternative to a prep program would be to engage in selected reading through the summer.  We have assembled a list of books, including novels that will engage you in legal issues or provide advice on success in law school and the legal profession.  Read a few at your leisure this summer.

Join the Facebook group for the entering class and begin meeting your future classmates and colleagues.  You can use the group to:

  • Make new friends and reconnect with friends you didn’t know would be starting law school with you
  • Share ideas and information and ask questions (Dean Perez checks frequently to make sure your needs are being met)
  • Organize activities and social events
  • Find roommates, meet classmates who are realtors, get leads on good and affordable housing options.

When section placements are released in late July, you’ll likely form subgroups for each section to share information and create section pride.

Final, official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended are required to be on file before the start of the academic year.

  • You must have all transcripts submitted to LSAC for inclusion in your Credential Assembly Service report.
  • All transcripts must be complete, including updated transcripts reflecting grades for coursework completed since you submitted your application or prior transcripts to the Service.
  • Transcripts from each institution from which you earned a degree must indicate the awarding of that degree.
  • If your degree is being conferred upon completion of summer coursework, please contact the Office of Admissions well in advance for special instructions on completing this requirement.
Deadline for Receipt of ALL Transcripts: JULY 15, 2019
  • Section Placement
    • NSU Law will determine your schedule for the first year by placing you in a section of approximately 50 students and a Legal Research & Writing Section of approximately 25 students.  There are three sections for full-time students and one section for part-time students.   All full-time sections will have class between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday morning between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.  The part-time section will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm through 10:15 pm.
  • Notice of Section Placement.
    • The Office of Admissions will notify you of your section placement and schedule on July 22, 2019.  You will also receive instructions for completing registration for your assigned placement at that time. 
  • Registration.
    • Even though you cannot determine your schedule, nor can you be “closed out” of a scheduled course, we want you to complete the registration process yourself to become familiar with it so that you’re prepared for when you have choices and preferences.  The Registration Period will be July 25, 2019 from 12:00 pm (EDT) through August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm (EDT).  Please do not attempt to register before-hand, even if the registration system allows you to; your registration will be deleted.  Because you do not know your placement, you will make errors anyway.  Admissions will check and monitor registrations this time around to ensure that you have done it correctly and encounter no problems.

Attendance for the full Orientation program, as scheduled below, is mandatory. Exceptions, absences, and late starts or early departures will not be permitted so arrange your schedule or relocation. The Community Service program is optional.

Full Time Students
Tuesday, August 13: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14: 10:00 am – 5:45 pm
Thursday, August 15: 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, August 16: Optional Community Service

Part Time Students
Monday, August 12: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, August 13: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday, August 14: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 15: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 17: Optional Community Service

Orientation is a comprehensive and rigorous program consisting of:
Academic modules
Skills modules
Professionalism exercises and practice
Networking with faculty, lawyers, and judges
Team building
Student life

The day-by-day schedule for Orientation will be published in late July.

JUMP START, Monday, August 12, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

An optional and informal program to help you accomplish the “administrivia” associated with starting at NSU Law

  • Get your student ID card
  • Get you parking decals
  • Get help with setting and/or syncing your laptop
  • Get a tour of the law school (bring your loved ones)
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