RISE is designed to serve incoming JD students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in law school and the legal profession, including but not limited to underrepresented racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, and first generation college backgrounds. RISE is intended to help students form community with other entering students before classes begin; obtain the essential academic and professional skills that law school and the legal profession demand; and build relationships with peer mentors, teaching fellows, faculty, staff, and alumni across the Georgetown Law community.

The 2018-2019 RISE Fellows Cohort standing on the McDonough Hall steps. Students are all smiling and wearing various casual clothes.

RISE includes two central components: First, a rigorous week-long pre-orientation program, with opportunities to participate in simulated classes, homework and exams; enhance your leadership and professional success skills; and meet faculty, senior staff, and upper-class students in an informal setting before classes begin. And, second, opportunities throughout the first year to hone your critical thinking and legal writing skills and explore the profession under the guidance of senior staff and alumni mentors. To learn more about the program,  View Frequently Asked Questions about RISE.

This year, the RISE pre-orientation week runs from the evening of Sunday, August 18 through Friday, August 23, 2019 (the week before Orientation).