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 22nd 1:30 p.m. Preparing for the First Day of Class
For Monday, August 22nd, you will attend two important sessions. One is titled ''Introduction to the Court System''. This session, taught by Professor Elizabeth Inglehart and Brian Silbernagel, will be interactive. Be prepared to discuss Introduction to American Legal System. Please be prepared to complete these questions, regarding the court system during the session.
In the other session, Assistant Dean and Professor Susie Spies-Roth provides guidance on ''How to Prepare for First Day of Class''
*Please note, Transfer, MSL, LLM Human Rights and LLM/Tax Program students are not required to read this article.
August 22nd 2:45 p.m. Law, Ethics and Decision-Making (LEAD)
Please read and prepare to discuss, A Killer's 26-year-old Secret May Set Inmate Free, same reading for all sections.
Please read and prepare to discuss, 26-Year Secret Kept Innocent Man in Prison, same reading for all sections.
Before You Arrive
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)
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:
- The college seal
- The degree and date the degree was awarded
- The grade point average
- 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 (note: this excludes 2016 graduates, unless you send an updated transcript to LSDAS)
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
- 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 Schedule (pdf) - This schedule is tentative and subject to minor revisions. A final schedule will be available during Orientation.
- Useful Information: Northwestern Law A to Z (pdf)
Public Service Events
- Student Effort to Rejuvenate Volunteering (SERV), a student group organization focused on improving community service involvement, has planned a few volunteer projects at various locations August 27th.
- Potential Day of Service sites (Actual sites may vary): Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Global Girls, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Kelly Hall YMCA, Legal Prep Charter School, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, The Anti-Cruelty Society, Inspiration Cafe, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, The Center on Wrongful Convictions.
- Day of Services site for August 28th: Chicago Park District