The Georgetown University Law Center 2021 Juris Doctor Orientation Program is presented by the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) and Office of Student Life (OSL).

The August 2021 J.D. Orientation program will introduce you to Georgetown Law, your classmates, the faculty, and the legal profession. Orientation Week includes registration and several other mandatory sessions – including your first class in one of your Fall 2021 classes – as well as many optional social events and faculty presentations.

We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our community in August!

Orientation Schedule

Full-time first year J.D. students should plan to participate in approximately six hours of mandatory programming that will take place over the course of Tuesday, August 24th through Friday, August 27th. Each of the five full-time sections will have a different schedule over those days.

Part-time first year J.D. students should plan to participate in several hours of mandatory programming on either the evening of Tuesday, August 24th or Wednesday, August 25th.

Along with the mandatory programs, most students participate in several optional social events and faculty presentations on Tuesday, August 24th, and the days and evenings of Wednesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 26th.

Due to evolving public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final orientation schedule for each entering section with additional details for each session will not be finalized and available until early August, but the August 24-27 dates will not change. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available throughout the summer, so please check back periodically.

Orientation Week Faculty Spotlight and Virtual Tour Description

During Orientation in August, you will have the opportunity to get to know faculty members through a series of talks. The Faculty Talks will be virtual and open to all first-year students on a drop-in basis; you need not sign up ahead of time.

Summer Faculty Spotlight Series

As part of our pre-Orientation activities for incoming students, the Office of the Dean of Students will be offering opportunities for you in coming weeks to connect with our outstanding faculty around current legal topics.

Service Projects - Spring 2021

As part of continued Orientation, we will arrange several public service projects for each section in the Spring. The projects will involve activities such as working at a local food bank, visiting The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), and volunteering at the National Arboretum.

In addition to helping communities in need, these projects are a great opportunity to connect with some of your classmates.

Faculty Tours - Spring 2021

In the spring, you will have the opportunity to get to know some of our distinguished faculty, who will offer a series of Faculty Tours of sites of legal and cultural interest around Washington, D.C.