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Loyola Law Orientation

August 15–17, 2023

We can't wait to see you!

The faculty and staff of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law are so excited to welcome the incoming class to our community. 

To prepare our incoming 1Ls for law school, a mandatory orientation will be held over three days. It will begin on Tuesday, August 15th at 1:30 pm, and run through August 17. A tentative schedule of events is below. At orientation, students will be introduced to their peers as well as the faculty, staff, and curriculum available at Loyola Law. A roadmap for the first year of law school will be presented. Attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend will result in withdrawal. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at

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Lawyering I General Information

All incoming 1Ls will be enrolled in Lawyering I. The Office of Records will assign you a Lawyering I professor at the beginning of August 2023. All Lawyering I professors use the same textbooks:

  • A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (3d ed. 2018) (978-1-5310-0876-5)
  • Louisiana Legal Research (4th ed. 2021) (978-1-5310-2088-0)
  • Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style (15th Ed. 2020) (1-878674-59-5)
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020) (978-0-578-66615-0)

Orientation Locations

All 1L Orientation sessions will be on our Broadway Campus in the following buildings:

Parking at the College of Law

Parking Map

Permit Parking (West Garage)

Student parking is available at the West Garage on Loyola's Main Campus. The Main Campus is approximately five blocks east of the Law School. College of Law students must purchase one- and two-semester parking permits to park on the Main Campus. Students must obtain a virtual parking pass through Loyola's Single Sign On platform. 

Street Parking

Most students and visitors take advantage of street parking adjacent to Loyola College of Law. Currently, there is considerable road construction around the law school. Be sure to arrive early. 

The City of New Orleans has temporarily suspended the requirement to have a residential parking permit (RPP) to park for time periods more than two hours in the limited area described on this page. In that limited area, only the two hour rule is suspended. In the map to the right, red denotes current RPP suspension area (permitted to park for more than two hours). Blue on St. Charles Avenue denotes suspension of RPP on the southern side (riverside) only. Blue on Broadway Street denotes suspension of RPP on the northern side (lake side) only.

Common Parking Violations

If you will be parking by the College of Law, please read this list of common parking violations

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Attire for Orientation

The dress attire for orientation is business casual. Check out the articles linked below for guidance. 

Guide to Business Attire

How to Dress Professionally

Tentative Schedule of Events

Get a breakdown of what to expect each day during Loyola Law orientation. Click the dropdown for each day to see the schedule and additional documents. All sessions will take place at the College of Law. Check back frequently for updates.

Check-In, Photos, Snoballs, and Snacks (1:30PM - 3:50PM)

Check-in begins at 1:30PM in the Law Library for all students. Tours of the law school campus will be provided by current students. Snoballs and snacks will be provided. 

During this time period, the following day students are scheduled to take headshot photos in Greenville Hall:

  • 1:30PM-2:10PM: A-B last names
  • 2:10PM-2:30PM: C-D last names
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM: E-H last names
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM: I-L last names

Photos are required. The remaining students will take photos Thursday, August 17.

Welcome Session (4:00PM - 5:15PM)

A welcome session with the Dean, faculty, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, and President of the Louisiana Bar Association. 

Welcome Reception & Meet Your Classmates (5:30PM)
Join us for music, food, and fun!

Orientation Classes (2:30PM - 3:20PM)

Overview of 1L courses, time management, the Honor Code, primary sources of law, and government branches.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Orientation (3:30PM - 4:30PM)

Break (4:30PM - 4:40PM)

Snacks and water will be available in the third and fourth floor foyers. 

Introduction to Administrative Resources (4:40PM - 5:10PM)

New students will be introduced to administrative resources available at Loyola University New Orleans.

Lawyering I Small Section Classes (5:20PM - 6:30PM)

Complete the following assignments before attending this session:

  • ​​Read A Lawyer Writes material belowpp. 33-34, 45-59 
  • Watch recording: Case Reading and Briefing
  • Read the State v. Freih case as revised below; review annotated State v. Freih opinion and State v. Freih Sample Brief
  • Watch recording: Review of State v. Freih Annotated Opinion and Sample Brief
  • Read State v. Heaton
  • Create your own brief for State v. Heaton. Bring the case and your brief to class, and be prepared to discuss it.

Lawyering I Related Materials

Photos, Snacks, and Conversation (1:30PM - 3:45PM)

During this time period, the following day students are scheduled to take headshot photos in Greenville Hall:

  • 1:30PM - 2:00PM: M-N last names
  • 2:00PM - 2:30PM: O-S last names
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM: T-Z last names

Evening JD students are scheduled to take headshot photos in Greenville Hall:

  • 3:00PM - 3:30PM: Evening Students

Photos are required.

Lawyering I Small Section Classes (4:00PM - 4:50PM)

Complete the following assignments to prepare for this session:

  • Review State v. Heaton Sample Brief and compare it to your own brief. 
    Note: The Heaton Sample Brief will not be posted on the Orientation website until after Wednesday's session.
  • Read the State v. Dewhitt case as revised below.
  • Create your own brief for State v. Dewhitt. Bring the case and your brief to class, and be prepared to discuss it.

Lawyering I Related Materials

Orientation Class: Introduction to Civil and Common Law (5:00PM - 5:50PM)

All Students Law School Reception (6:00PM)

Music, food, and fun with students from all classes. 

Have questions about orientation?

If you have a question not answered on this page, please reach out to us at