New Student Orientation



Orientation Welcome Information Packet and Preliminary Orientation Schedules
All entering Marquette University Law School students are required to participate in the Orientation program.  The Law School emailed an Orientation packet to entering, first-year students in late June with links to a variety of documents and important information.  Please click the links below to review the materials sent.

Orientation Schedule for Full-Time and Part-Time First-Year Students

  • Thursday, August 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (attendance required)
  • Friday, August 19 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. (attendance required)

Academic Information Packet
In early August, the Law School emailed academic information to all entering, first-year law students.  That information included the academic calendar, fall course and exam schedule, and details on how to obtain required textbooks and first-day assignments, as well as confirmation that entering students will have read the Law School's 2016-2017 Academic Regulations.  Links to the same information are below:

Two of the links below are located on “secure” pages of the Law School website; you must already be logged in to the website before clicking on those links.  Beginning August 3, entering students can log in to the website with the same username and password that is used to access CheckMarq and eMarq accounts.  The sign in box is located in the upper right-hand corner of this page. 

Orientation Reading Assignments
The orientation reading assignments to be completed by all entering, first-year students before Thursday, August 18, are linked below.  Links to these readings will be sent to the Marquette email accounts of all entering, first-year students after August 3.

Into the Classroom: Session I: Uston v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc.

Into the Classroom: Session II: State v. Hughes; Student Guide for State v. Hughes

Orientation Schedule for Transfer and Visiting Students (final schedule is pending)

  • Friday, August 19 from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. (attendance required)

Optional Social Event and Student Organization and Services Fair for All Entering Students

  • Wednesday, August 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • The event is optional, but students are encouraged to attend and may bring a friend or family member.
  • Please RSVP for this event.

The Dean's Reception 

All new students should reserve the evening of Friday, August 19 for the Dean's reception. The Law School has recently emailed an invitation to all entering students, please RSVP. 

Further details will be posted over the summer months. All questions regarding new student orientation should be directed to Associate Dean Amy Rogan-Mehta.  Please note that all times are tentative and will be finalized later in the summer.

Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 22.


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 need to register for their fall semester classes. Course schedules are typically posted in CheckMarq in July but are subject to change until they are finalized in early August. The Law School Registrar will inform all students when schedules have been finalized.

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 take two first-year (1L) courses in each of their first fall and spring semesters during the day with their full-time peers. In subsequent semesters, students may add more credits if so desired.

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 choose two of the following three courses for their first fall semester: Criminal Law, Torts, or Contracts. Generally, three schedule options are available each semester for entering part-time students:

  • 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 can be discussed 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.