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 22nd 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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. - 4:00 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.

August 23rd 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Mock Class & Debrief, Please read the case for your section

August 23rd 11:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. "Prof Talk''
On Tuesday, August 23rd, for a session titled ''Prof Talk, you will meet with two professors to hear about their research or cases. To select your two topics of interest (one in each time slot), go here to see the full descriptions of each talk and to insert your preferences for each session: Prof Talk Descriptions and Selections (Session space is limited so sign up now.)

Before You Arrive

JD Pre-Matriculation Guide (pdf)
JD-MBA Pre-Matriculation Guide (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)

The following survey must be completed by Friday, August 12th


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 (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

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