On August 16th, the CUA Law community welcomed new full-time and part-time students to the Law School. The students arrived for the start of a three-day orientation that was designed to make the transition to the life of a law student as smooth as possible.
The administration, faculty, and staff embraced the incoming first-year class, working hard to make sure that every student felt welcomed, comfortable, and oriented to their new surroundings.
Upon their arrival, the students checked in and were greeted with remarks from Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Registrar Stuart Schept. "It is my distinct honor to welcome you to the Law School community. You have started the process of becoming a lawyer and we are very excited you have chosen to begin this journey here at CUA Law," Schept said.
Schept introduced CUA Law Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law Daniel F. Attridge who welcomed students to the Law School.
"Both individually and collectively you are a remarkable group of law students. Today not only marks the beginning of your law school career but also the beginning of your legal career," Dean Attridge said. "You are embarking upon a great life journey with important new responsibilities and wonderful new opportunities."
Following a welcome luncheon for full-time students and an evening dinner for part-time students, the CUA Law Cardinal Crew imparted helpful advice regarding the academic and extracurricular programs.
The students also heard from Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Martin Scordato on how to succeed in law from a faculty perspective. "We endeavor to prepare you to understand the law, to practice the law, to pass the bar, and to enter the legal profession. Your success is now our success," Associate Dean Scordato said.
Students were then introduced to support services from various offices throughout the university, including Campus Ministry, Department of Public Safety, Disability Support Services and the Counseling Center. They waited patiently in lines to get through the required paperwork, such as obtaining IDs and health insurance, having their official photo taken, and setting up their online accounts.