J.D. Orientation


Congratulations and Welcome to Harvard Law School!

We are excited that you will be joining us this next academic year. There are several important requirements that you must complete to receive clearance to attend HLS. Please refer to the Checklist for Incoming 1L J.D. Students for upcoming deadlines and action you need to take before you arrive on campus.

Checklist for Incoming 1L J.D. Students

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the student services departments that will help you thrive during your time at HLS. Although several departments will reach out to you directly via email over the next several months, below you will find an overview of each department, resources, and things to take care of before you arrive for Orientation.

Getting Ready for Orientation

Getting Ready for Orientation

Orientation dates for this year’s incoming class are Monday, August 26 – Friday, August 30, 2019. 1L and all Upper Level student classes begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. You should plan ample time to move and get settled. Orientation is mandatory, and your weekday schedule will be robust during this time. DOS will post a general orientation schedule in early August and you will receive your section assignment in early to mid-August.

Orientation is planned and executed through the HLS Dean of Students Office. For more information on J.D. Orientation, please contact DOS at 617.495.1880 or dos@law.harvard.edu.