Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation

Do I have to attend orientation?

Yes. Orientation is mandatory. We will cover several important topics including case briefing, professionalism, and character and fitness to practice law. The movie on the lawn event is optional, but registration is required.


What if I can't attend for personal reasons?

Students who are unable to attend orientation due to compulsory military service or an unexpected emergency must contact Yolanda Ingram, Assistant Dean of Student Services. Students who do not attend orientation will receive a note in their student record indicating that they have not fulfilled their professional obligations and that, at this time, Dickinson Law has concerns about the student's character and fitness to practice law. This letter will be provided to bar examiners in every state in which you apply to sit for the bar exam and for bar admission.


Will I have homework due on the first day of class? If so, when and how will I be able to access my assignments?

Yes. First assignments have been collected from our 1L faculty and are now available online.


Is there anything I need to know about parking my car on campus?

Free on street parking is readily available, however we advise you to stay alert to days of the week when parking is restricted for street cleaning. On such days, parking is typically restricted from the hours of 8 a.m. until noon. There is limited student parking in the lot owned by Dickinson College behind Lewis Katz Hall. Students who would prefer to park in the shared parking lot may register their vehicles and pay for a parking permit for the coming semester or academic year online. (Please keep in mind that the parking permit allows you the privilege of parking in the lot, but availability of parking spaces is not guaranteed.)

The parking fees are as follows:

  • $55 per semester
  • $90 per academic year

After confirmation of your payment, your parking permit will be delivered to your physical student mailbox on the lower level near the IIT office and ATM machine. If you have any issues processing your online payment, you may pay for the parking permit during Orientation. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.


What do I need to bring with me to orientation?

You should bring your current ID. If you are interested in obtaining a parking permit, you can register and make your payment at Orientation. We’ve got the rest covered. 


What is the dress code for Orientation?

The dress code for orientation is business casual. During orientation, you will be meeting with faculty, judges, attorneys, upper-level students, law school administrators, and alumni. We encourage you to dress appropriately, as these people will be important professional contacts for you going forward. Appropriate business casual attire can include blazers or jackets, short- or long-sleeved shirts, collared shirts, blouses, and dress shoes. Feel free to wear whatever version of business attire makes you feel most comfortable. 

For the Friday evening movie on the lawn, we encourage you to dress comfortably by wearing your favorite T-shirt representing your alma mater, military branch, or company!


Can my significant other/parent/friend attend Orientation with me?

Orientation activities are specifically designed to prepare you for law school and to get to know your classmates; accordingly, guests may not attend Orientation/Welcome Week events unless the activity indicates that guests are specifically invited. For instance, you are encouraged to bring guests to the Friday movie on the lawn—just be sure to indicate that you’re bringing a guest (or guests) when you RSVP!