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The daily schedule for orientation is listed below. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory unless noted otherwise below. All session times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). For a more detailed description of all sessions, please click here.

Zoom information: to receive the link to the orientation Zoom room, please register in advance with your full name and CWSL email address through the following link: If you have any questions regarding your student account or have difficulty joining the Zoom room, please email

Assignment: please watch the Summer Skills Program (SSP) videos for classes 1, 2, and 4 prior to orientation. Please also review all handouts linked below prior to the start of each applicable session.

Monday, August 24

9:00-9:15: Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism; Sean M. Scott, President and Dean
9:15-10:00: CWSL Academic Policies
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Thinking Like a Lawyer (Handout)
12:00-1:00: Virtual Lunch: Legal Skills Sections (Optional)
1:00-2:00: Identity and Diversity at CWSL
2:00-3:00: Break
3:00-4:00: Social Hour with the Student Bar Association (Optional)

Tuesday, August 25

8:15-8:30: Mindfulness Mornings (Optional)
9:00-10:00: How to Succeed in Law School: Before Class (Case Materials) (Case Brief-Don't Fill Out Before Class Session)
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: How to Succeed in Law School: During Class
12:00-1:00: Virtual Lunch: Meet Your Classmates and Open Q&A (Optional) (See Session Description for More Information)
1:00-2:00: How to Succeed in Law School: After Class
2:00-3:00: Break
3:00-4:00: Social Hour with the California Innocence Project (Optional)

Wednesday, August 26

9:00-10:00: Communicating Like a Lawyer (Part I) (Class Materials: Hypo, Template)
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Communicating Like a Lawyer (Part II)
12:00-1:00: Virtual Lunch: Meet Your Classmates and Open Q&A (Optional) (See Session Description for More Information)
1:00-2:00: 1L Engagement: Your Introduction to Resilience and Success
2:00-3:00: Break
3:00-4:00: Virtual Trivia with Student and Diversity Services (Optional)

Thursday, August 27

8:15-8:30 Mindfulness Mornings (Optional)
9:00-10:00: Success Inside and Outside the Classroom: Well-Being, Your Professional Identity, and Preparing for Your Career
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Perspectives on Justice, Equality, and the Law
12:00-1:00: Open Virtual Lunch (Optional)
1:00-2:30: Law, Legal Education, and Community

Friday, August 28

9:00-10:00: Stay Safe: What You Need to Know at CWSL
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Small Group Discussions with Faculty Points of Contact (Click on Your Professor's Link Below to Join)
Professor Aceves
Professor Barton
Professor Black
Professor Bohrer
Professor Cato
Professor Day
Professor Fink
Professor Hardee
Professor Klein
Professor Padilla
Professor Simon
Professor Smythe
Professor Vavasour

End of Program