New Student Orientation

(Information last updated 07/08/2020.)


All entering Marquette University Law School students are required to participate in the New Student Orientation program.

All incoming students have received an email from Assistant Dean of Students Anna Fodor with information about orientation and instructions for how to access the online Marquette Law School Orientation Portal. Everything you need to know about how to prepare for law school and orientation will be provided to you via the orientation portal throughout the summer.

On Monday, August 3, a virtual-orientation program will become available to incoming first-year students through the orientation portal. Virtual orientation is a mandatory, but self-paced online program to provide you with some of the important information that you will need to begin your legal education. Virtual orientation will be available to you through Monday, August 17. An in-person orientation will then take place on August 20 and 21 at Eckstein Hall, and the first full day of classes is the following Monday, August 24. For more information, incoming students should log in to the orientation portal


The first-year curriculum at Marquette Law School, as at most ABA-accredited law schools, is completely prescribed. Registration for first-year students is an entirely automated process that will be handled for all entering students by the Law School Registrar. Entering first-year students do not register themselves for their fall semester classes. 

In July, you will receive an orientation-portal update that will provide you with information about how to access your TENTATIVE fall schedule. In early August, you will receive a portal update notifying you that your course schedule is final. At that time, you also will receive information about ordering textbooks. Please wait for confirmation that your schedule is final before ordering your textbooks, as different sections typically require different books. 

Full-time Schedule

Full-time students should anticipate a class schedule of Monday through Friday. Fall semester first year courses are Torts, Criminal Law, Contracts, and Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I. A typical course schedule will include two classes per day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break during the mid-day.

Part-time Schedule

Entering part-time students may take two or three first-year (1L) courses in each of their first fall and spring semesters during the day with their full-time peers. They must take Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 1 and at least one, but no more than two, of the following three courses in their first  semester: Criminal Law (3 credits), Torts (4 credits), or Contracts (4 credits).

In the second semester, part-time students must take Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 2 and at least one, but no more than two, of the following three courses: Constitutional Law (4 credits), Property (4 credits), or Civil Procedure (4 credits).

Please note that Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1 & 2 MUST be taken in consecutive semesters.

Students should anticipate conferring with Associate Dean Bonnie Thomson over the summer regarding available course and schedules options after all tuition deposit(s) are received and prior to registration.

Depending upon the rotation of course offerings, entering part-time students who take two classes will generally have at least three schedule options available each semester:

  • 3 days per week, two classes per day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break during the mid-day
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 1 class per day, mornings only
  • 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 1 class per day, afternoons only

Other schedule options may be available, depending on the class schedule offered in a given semester and whether an individual is taking two or three courses. Again, students should anticipate discussion with Dean Thomson.

Transfer and Visitor Registration

Transfer and visiting students should anticipate meeting with Associate Dean Bonnie Thomson prior to registration to discuss course selection and to register for classes.