New Student Orientation

(Information last updated 12/10/2020.)


All entering Marquette University Law School students are required to participate in the New Student Orientation program. In 2020, orientation was a combination of virtual and in-person programming; discussions are ongoing about the orientation format for the incoming class of 2021. 

An in-person orientation is currently scheduled for August 19 and 20 at Eckstein Hall, and the first full day of classes is the following Monday, August 23. 

As it becomes available, more information will be forthcoming from Assistant Dean of Students Anna Fodor.


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.