Incoming Student Orientation

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Lobby and Ground Floor

  • 9-10 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. Welcome to the Pitt Law Community
    • Charmaine McCall, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
    • Haider Ala Hamoudi, Vice Dean
    • Amy Wildermuth, Dean
    • Taylor Mosley, SBA President
  • 10:15 -11:15 a.m.
    • Student Panel – What is Law School Really Like?
  • 11:15 -12:00 p.m.
    • Wellness at Pitt

First Floor-Lobby

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.
    • Lunch with Faculty provided by Pitt Law

Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. AccessLex Presentation
    • Derek Brainard, Director of Financial Education
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m. 
    • Dean of Students, Kevin Deasy
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Team Building, Scavenger Hunt
    • Allie Linsenmeyer, Director of Admissions
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. Meditation (Optional)
    • Professor of Law, Teresa Brostoff
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. FINAL Laptop Pick-Up (First Floor Lobby)

*Reminder to dress in professional clothes on Wednesday


Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Title IX Training
    • Pam Connelly, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Adjunct Professor of Law
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. Student Code of Conduct
    • Haider Hamoudi, Vice Dean
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Character and Fitness
    • Kevin Deasy, Dean of Students
    • Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services
  • 10:45-11:00 a.m. BREAK
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel of Pitt Law Alumni
    • Lori McMaster, Executive Director, Professional Development Office

First Floor-Lobby

  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Pitt Law Alumni provided by Pitt Law

Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 1:30 -3:15 p.m. Academic Excellence
    • Introduction to Court System, Professor Rhonda Wasserman
    • Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services 
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. Introduction to Themis, Kevin Leary (JD Students ONLY) 

ALCOA Room (Second Floor)

  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Professional Pictures

*Reminder to dress in professional clothes on Thursday


Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. Inclusive Excellence Introduction
    • Haider Ala Hamoudi, Vice Dean
    • Vincent Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusive Excellence
    • James Mentzer, Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusive Excellence
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Law School Experience: What to Expect, and What's Expected From Each of Us
    • Professors William Carter and David Harris

Oakland Area

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own

First Floor Lobby

  • 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • Optional Tours-leaving from First Floor Lobby Area
    • IT Help-First Floor Lobby
    • Admissions and Financial Aid/Pitt Law Q&A 
    • Character & Fitness Q&A

First Floor, Room 107

  • 1:30- 1:45 p.m. Adaptive Mindset Survey
    • Professor Ann Sinsheimer
    • Visiting Professor of Legal Writing Leigh Coogan
  • 1:45-3:30 p.m. Academic Excellence (JDs) 
    • Professor Jasmine Gonzales-Rose
    • Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services

First Floor, Room 109

  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Academic Excellence 
    • Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services
    • Haider Ala Hamoudi, Vice Dean

Teplitz Memorial Courtroom

  • 3:30 -4:00 p.m. Closing Swearing-In Ceremony with the Honorable Mark Hornak

We encourage you to bring your friends and family to the swearing-in ceremony and hope that they will mingle with our community during the reception.

Ground Floor, Student Lounge

  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception with Sundae Bar
  • 9:00 p.m. The Student Bar Association would like to invite all the incoming 1L’s, LLMs, and MSLs and their significant others to Mario’s in Shadyside. From the SBA: "We will have the upstairs deck and patio reserved, where you can enjoy the fresh air, beverages, and the first of many great experiences in Pittsburgh. We look forward to seeing you there!"


First Floor Lobby

  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Student Organization Fair
  • 11:00– Lunch Please eat in room 109 and hear from Professor Martha Mannix regarding working with the residents at Kane Community Living Centers as well as Professor and Director of JURIST, Bernard Hibbits

First Floor, Back Lobby

Please wear your Pitt Law shirts to the Community Service Project and bring your PITT ID! Transportation will be provided.

  • 11:30-11:55 a.m. Check In
  • Noon Depart from Pitt Law
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m. Community Service Project
    • Rochelle McCain, Director, Externships, Public Interest & Government Relations
    • Kane Community Living Centers-Glen Hazel, Casino Day with PITT Law Orientation Group
      • 955 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

The mission of the Kane Community Living Centers is to provide quality nursing and rehabilitation services through shared values to enhance the lives of our residents, families and community.

The Kane Community Living Centers at Glen Hazel is a Skilled Nursing Facility owned and operated by Allegheny County. The Special Events Committee of Kane- Glen Hazel, in conjuncture with the University of Pittsburgh Law School, have planned a “Casino Day Event” for the residents who reside in the facility. The goal is to provide an afternoon of entertainment that is both enjoyable and stimulating for the residents of Kane Community Living Centers- Glen Hazel.

The volunteers will have opportunities to: Provide one on one attention to the residents, work as a Casino Dealer (various games available), work as a cocktail host serving food and beverages, and hand out prizes.