JD Students

Welcome, Incoming JD Students!

Please carefully review the information below to help you prepare for your arrival and Orientation Week. If you have any questions, you may contact Student Services.

August 21st 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Law School Learning: Case Briefing and Beyond

What is a case brief? How do you start one? This session, conducted by APEx Director Jocelyn Francoeur, will walk through case briefing techniques (and we will brief a case together). It will also address important theoretical underpinnings for the first year of law school – including how to prepare for classes in the short term while keeping an eye on your long game (exams!).

Be prepared to discuss Paul v Holbrook.

August 22nd 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mock Class & Debrief, please read the case for your section

August 23rd 10:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Communication & Legal, please be prepared to complete the following readings 

August 23rd 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Diverse Student Orientation(Optional)

If you are interested in attending Diverse Student Orientation, please RSVP here!

Before You Arrive

Pre-Matriculation Guide for Incoming JD Students (pdf)
Pre-Matriculation Guide for Incoming JD/MBA Students (pdf)

Please be sure to review and comply with the immunization requirements as soon as possible. Failure to comply with all health requirements will complicate registering for classes.

Completed forms should be mailed to:
Northwestern University Health Service
Attn: Health Information Management Service
633 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208-4000

Orientation Survey (Mandatory)

Please complete the survey here.


Northwestern Law must receive official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions a student attended by the first day of classes. Official college transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the issuing institution, and must include the following information:

  1. The college seal
  2. The degree and date the degree was awarded
  3. The grade point average
  4. An appropriate school official's signature (usually the Registrar)

Please note: If you applied through LSAC and submitted a final transcript as described above, with your application we are able to accept this as your final transcript

All transcripts should be mailed to:
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
375 E. Chicago Ave., RB 130
Chicago, IL 60611

Laptop Requirements

  • All incoming students are required to have a computer that meets or exceeds the University's recommended guidelines.
  • For further information and links to Dell and Apple educational purchase website, go to Laptop Requirements.
  • Laptops that are not manufactured by Dell or Apple, and/or do not meet the minimum specifications will receive limited support from IT.

Orientation Week

Public Service Events