What do a track star, a technical director on Broadway, a Purple Heart recipient and a USA Rugby certified referee have in common?
Answer: They have all shed their former identities for a new one — first-year law student at The Catholic University of America.
They are among the approximately 280 new students, incoming full- and part-time 1Ls who make up the Columbus School of Law classes of 2013 and 2014. The new crop of students were welcomed to the law school on Monday, Aug. 16 for the start of five days of orientation.
Arriving at staggered times throughout the day, the new law students displayed commendable patience as they waited in lines, filled out forms and sought answers to everything from health insurance questions, to how to configure their personal laptops for law school exams.
Check-in stops included receiving personalized course schedules and a book list, having their law school Student Directory photograph taken, and receiving the official stamp of their new life as a law student, a Cardinal student identification card.
CUA law’s newest members seemed to take to their new surroundings quickly enough, and the rest of the week is filled with even more information to absorb. The first-year classes will be treated to a presentation by Professor Marin Scordato, “Managing the Project of Law School,” which will be followed by a series of Lawyering Skills classes taught by Professors Everhart, Harmon, Lewis and Woods.
During orientation week, new students will also be exposed to the law school’s honor code, receive a primer on note-taking skills and, on the final day, volunteer for their first community service projects.
The first days will also be sprinkled with plenty of social opportunities to help class members strike up friendships and gel as a cohesive unit. Over informal coffees and other activities sponsored by the Student Bar Association, the newcomers will have a chance to catch their breath and complete their adjustment to the next three or four years.
Orientation week will be capped off with official welcome remarks to the first-year class on Friday evening from Dean Veryl V. Miles, University Provost Dr. James Brennan, and Catholic University President John Garvey.
A reception in the building’s atrium for students, friends and family will follow.