Orientation Schedule


Please review our Orientation FAQ if you have any questions, or feel free to contact the Admissions Office.

9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Check-In — Commons
Information Packet, T-Shirt, and ID Distribution 
9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Taking Care of Business
Tours — Departing from Commons
Parking Permits — Commons
Lockers — Lower Level, Hallway Lobby
Meet and Greet with Law Lion Ambassadors
Coffee and pastries available.
10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Welcome to Dickinson Law — Auditorium
Bekah Saidman-Krauss, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, will introduce Dean Gary S. Gildin. Dean Gildin will welcome you to Penn State's Dickinson Law and discuss "What I wish I knew when I entered law school."
10:30 to 10:40 a.m. Welcome by Student Bar Association — Auditorium
Jada Ector, 3L, President, Student Bar Association
10:40 to 10:50 a.m. Honor Code and Statement on Professionalism — Auditorium
Sean Kraus, 3L, Honor Code Chair
10:50 to 11:50 a.m. Thriving in Law School — Auditorium
Mary Nikityn, Psy.D., leads a panel of 2L peers. 
Nikityn and her fellow 2L panelists will share perspectives on meeting challenges, connecting with values, and supporting one another in law school.
11:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Break (Walk to Lunch at Dickinson College)
12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Luncheon — HUB Social Hall, Dickinson College
Reputation and Professionalism
The Honorable Mary D. France, Class of 1982, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, retired
1:15 to 1:30 p.m. Break (Walk to Law School)
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Did You Disclose Everything? — Auditorium
Jessica Holst, Class of 1998, PA Board of Law Examiners
2:00 to 2:10 p.m. Public Safety and Security — Auditorium
Lieutenant Robert Lehman, University Police & Public Safety
2:10 to 3:10 p.m. Introduction to the CSO/Student Panel on Career Development — Auditorium
Laura Williams, Assistant Dean for Career Services, Alison Lintal, Director of Career Services and Internship Programs, and Lauren Hartley Martin, Recruitment Coordinator, Career Services, and Assistant Director, Miller Center for Public Interest Law & Advocacy
3:10 to 3:25 p.m. Break
3:25 to 4:25 p.m. Financial Planning for Law Students — Auditorium
Rebecca Schreiber-Reis, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Emir Morais of AccessLex
From developing a simple spending plan to outlining your 3-year financial plan, smart money strategies lay the foundation for every law students’ personal and professional success story. Learn to apply core concepts of personal finance to make confident decisions about money and better achieve your short and long-term goals. Law school is an investmentmake the most of yours!
9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast — Commons
Coffee and pastries available.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Academic Success: The Big 3: Skills for Law School Success 
This workshop will provide tips for managing a demanding course load and keeping up with your studies. Efective case briefing, note-taking, and getting the most out of class discussions will be emphasized.
Tiffany Jeffers, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Introduction to Legal Research — Auditorium
Gail Partin, Director and Law Librarian, Laura Ax-Fultz, Associate Law Librarian, and Pam Smith, Assistant Law Librarian, will introduce students to legal research skills, concepts, and procedures through a discussion of sources of law, including an overview of the U.S. legal system including the role of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches in the creation of law.
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ask a Law Student & Lunch — Commons
2Ls and 3Ls will give you the opportunity to ask questions about what to expect in law school in small group settings.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers — Auditorium
LCL will provide information about their peer-assistance program that is available to lawyers and law students who encounter mental health or substance abuse issues.
Laurie Besden, Class of 1999, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
2:00 to 2:20 p.m. Class Photo — Trickett Hall Steps
Courtney Verdelli, Director of Marketing and Communications
Please wear your Class of 2021 T-Shirt for the photo.
2:20 to 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Case for Adjusting Your Perspective – Identifying and Combatting Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law — Auditorium
Roberto Valdes, Class of 2017, Assistant City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wellness Workshop — Auditorium
Mary Nikityn, Psy.D., second-year Dickinson Law student, and Current Students
Law school can be tough, but these skills are not! In this educational workshop, Nikityn and current students will lead small groups in exploring ideas for surviving, thriving, and taking time to play in law school.
4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:15 to 7:45 p.m. View from the Other Side: Supporting Your Loved One — Room 116 (Optional)
Hear from significant others and family members about ways to support first year law students.
8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Movie on the Lawn — A Few Good Men, R
Join your fellow students, faculty, and staff for a movie on the law. Register now! Rain date is Saturday, August 25.
See LionPATH for Class Schedule  First Day of Class
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Happy 100th Birthday, Trickett Hall — Lawn
A celebration 100 years in the making! Celebrate the 100th birthday of Trickett Hall with the Dickinson Law community. Enjoy cupcakes, ice cream, and more!
 11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Faculty Panel — Auditorium
First year law professors will discuss expectations and answer questions.
 12:05 to 1:00 p.m. Faculty Advisor/Student Advisee Luncheon — Commons
Meet your faculty advisor and enjoy lunch on the lawn.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Student Organization and Information Fair and Multicultural Potluck — Commons
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. SBA Welcome Party — Alibi's
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Convocation — Auditorium
Professional attire required.
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Reception — Commons
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Speed Networking — Rooms 112, 114, 116
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Reception — Commons

Please be advised that certain activities and times may be subject to change.