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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 Standard Time (PST). 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 review all handouts linked below prior to the start of each applicable session. However, please do not complete any of the case briefs, templates, or grids prior to the sessions.

Tuesday, January 5

9:00-9:15: Dean's Welcome and Oath of Professionalism; Sean M. Scott, President and Dean
9:15-10:00: CWSL Academic Policies
10:00-11:00: Importance of Diversity in Law
11:00-11:15: Break   
11:15-12:15: How to Succeed in Law School: Before Class (Case Materials, Case Brief)  
12:15-1:15: Virtual Lunch with 1L Professors
1:15-2:45: How to Succeed in Law School: During Class
2:45-3:00: Break
3:00-4:00: How to Succeed in Law School: After Class  
4:00-5:00: Informal Panel and Social Hour with Student Success Mentors (Optional)   

Wednesday, January 6

8:15-8:30: Mindfulness Mornings (Optional)
9:00-10:00: Communicating Like a Lawyer (Part I) (Hypo, Template)
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Communicating Like a Lawyer (Part II)
12:00-1:00: Virtual Lunch with Student Organizations
1:00-2:00: 1L Engagement: Your Introduction to Resilience and Success
2:00-2:30: Break
2:30-3:30: Success Inside and Outside the Classroom: Well-Being, Your Professional Identity, and Preparing for Your Career
3:30-4:00: Break 
4:00-5:00: San Diego Trivia with Student Organizations (Optional)

Thursday, January 7

9:00-10:00: Stay Safe: What You Need to Know at CWSL
10:00-10:30: Break
10:30-12:00: Thinking Like a Lawyer (Class Materials)
12:00-1:00: Small Group Discussions with Faculty Points of Contact (Click on Your Professor's Link to Join)
  Professor Aceves 
  Professor Barton 
  Professor Black 
  Professor Fink 
  Professor Simon 
  Professor Vavasour 
1:00-2:00: Technology and Distance Learning Tools Training 
2:00-2:30: Break 
2:30-4:00: Faculty "Hot Topics" Presentations

End of Program