August 14, 2015
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific held a comprehensive Orientation
program for first year law students that ended on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
Dean Francis J. Mootz III welcomed the students and introduced the faculty and several guests at the oath of professionalism ceremony on Aug. 12 that highlighted a week of Orientation activities such as mock classes and study advice. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Colatrella, and Student Bar Association President Anthony Crisostomo, '15, also addressed the new students. Judge Morrison England, '83, administered the oath of professionalism to new students. Faculty held a reception for the students and their families on the Quad after the welcome event.
The program included sessions introducing the legal profession and analyzing learning styles. Students learned how to brief a case and critical reading strategies, and a young alumni panel shared advice about how to be successful in law school.
The topic of maintaining a healthy lifestyle was explored through a "Balancing Life & Law" stress management session by Dr. Rob Durr, Northwestern Law, and "stress relief interludes" where students chose to relax for an hour with yoga, coloring meditation, basketball, gardening, walking, croquet or music. Fun activities included a Student Activities Fair & BBQ lunch (hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Bar Association) and an Ice Cream Social (hosted by LexisNexis).
McGeorge School of Law's 92nd Academic Year commences on Monday, Aug. 17 when classes begin.
The McGeorge community shared photo and video moments from Orientation Week on social media using the hashtags #McGeorgeOrientation and #EXPERIENCEMcGEORGE.