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Class of 2010 Learns the Ropes

The University of Minnesota Law School welcomes this fall’s incoming class of 260 students—from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 foreign countries—as well as the 24 incoming transfer and visiting students. A comprehensive introduction to the Law School, the Law Library, student organizations and services, and many other facets of life at the Law School gets underway Wednesday, August 29, 2007, to prepare students for the start of regular classes on September 4.

On Wednesday morning, 1L students will check in, meet their section mates, and get their bearings, and transfer and visiting students will attend a welcome and orientation program.

In the afternoon, co-deans Guy Charles and Fred Morrison, Associate Dean Joan Howland, and Law Council President Matt Ramage-White will welcome students, and James T. Hale (class of 1965) will present the Bearmon Orientation Keynote address, “Preparing for Act Two: Becoming an Ethical Lawyer.” Hale is former executive vice president for Target and was the corporation’s general counsel for 24 years. He also clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Chief Justice Earl Warren, practiced law at Faegre & Benson, and was head of mergers and acquisitions at General Mills. Last spring, Hale received a Minnesota Law Review Distinguished Alumni award.

After Wednesday’s sessions, students will gather for a class photograph and then a get-acquainted barbeque with faculty and staff on Stein Plaza and Terrace.

On Thursday, August 30, Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes as well as representatives from the Career and Professional Development Center, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and the Registrar’s Office will offer students helpful tips and tools. Next, students will attend an Activities and Resource Fair, an introduction to case briefing, and various information sessions. An orientation session is also available for students’ parents and partners. An evening social will be hosted by the Law Council.

The morning of Friday, August 31, features a variety of discussions and presentations. Students may choose among such topics as financial aid, joint and dual degrees, public interest and service opportunities, and support for students with children.

Three additional continuing-orientation sessions will be held later in the fall, after the initial rush of activities is over. They will address professionalism in the law, maintaining life balance during law school, and resources for career and professional development. Students will be notified by email when these “Beyond Basics” sessions are scheduled.

The Law School welcomes the Class of 2010 to the many opportunities available at the University, in the community, and throughout Minnesota.

James T. Hale
James T. Hale (class of 1965) will present the Bearmon Orientation Keynote address.