Orientation Week 2015

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Chicago-Kent College of Law’s 1L Orientation Week 2015 is officially upon us, and that means that a new batch of inquisitive minds have re-entered the building and the library.  A full slate of activities and programs have been hosted in the law school throughout the week, aimed at helping incoming students acclimate to the challenges of law school.  Here is a snapshot of what Orientation Week 2015 has consisted of so far, along with helpful services and resources that the library can provide to Chicago-Kent students.

Immediately following registration, Students were welcomed by IIT President Alan Cramb, Chicago-Kent’s Dean Krent, and Assistant Dean Sowle.

One program that contained a number of insights on the law school experience at Chicago-Kent was Law School 101: The New Alumni Perspective.  This program brought together recent Chicago-Kent graduates to give the advice and wisdom gained from three years at Chicago-Kent to the new incoming class.

New Alumni Panel

New Alumni Panel

 

When asked about balancing student activites, work, and classes Megan Morton said her leadership roles with student organizations gave her valuable relationships that helped keep her well-rounded, but also provided practical skills like event plannning. Iman Boundaoui said she focused on just one organization, Moot Court Honor Society, because it supplemented the excellent writing program at Chicago-Kent and her experience writing appellate briefs led to several opportunities professionally.

When asked about balancing student activites, work, and classes Megan Morton said her leadership roles with student organizations gave her valuable relationships that helped keep her well-rounded, but also provided practical skills like event plannning. Iman Boundaoui said she focused on just one organization, Moot Court Honor Society, because it supplemented the excellent writing program at Chicago-Kent and her experience writing appellate briefs led to several opportunities professionally.

Common refrains during the alumni panel included the need to practice efficient note-taking, develop good study habits, and use of past exams to help students prepare for what they might see on their finals.  In furtherance of these topics, the library has previously published blog posts on note-taking and apps to assist with studying.  Additionally, librarians at the Chicago-Kent Law Library have created a number of useful study guides to assist students with research on a variety of legal and non-legal topics.

Past exams can be found in the library’s electronic exam database, which each student can access with their myIIT username and password.  

For many incoming students, orientation week provides their first look at the Chicago-Kent Law Library.  Research librarians lead library tours for all incoming day and evening division J.D. students, as well as domestic and international LL.M. students.

For any students who may have missed their tour of the library, feel free to familiarize yourselves with the library’s facilities with our online virtual tour.

There are also helpful QR codes located on the ends of shelves throughout the library.  Scanning these codes with your mobile device will open an audio recording explaining the resources located near that code.

On behalf of Chicago-Kent and the Law Library, we want to welcome incoming 1Ls, as well as welcome back all returning 2Ls and 3Ls.  We look forward to making sure your 2015-2016 academic year is a success!

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