Orientation

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Welcome to Gonzaga Law School!

Gonzaga University School of Law is dedicated to providing our future Law grads with a welcoming, informative, and fun Orientation Week.

This information will be periodically updated. If you have questions about Orientation or transitioning to Gonzaga University School of Law, feel free to contact Bryn Boorman with any questions or dietary restrictions information.

Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9:00a– 5:00pm: A continental breakfast (starting at 8:30am) and luncheon with local alums and members of the judiciary will be provided. Business casual dress is advised. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 10:00am – 5:00pm: Lunch will be provided. Business casual dress advised.

Friday, August 21, 2020, 9:00a– 1:30pm: Breakfast grab-and-go items will be provided. Join the Student Bar Association, the Smitty Teaching Fellows, and your classmates for morning service projects, followed by a BBQ lunch back at campus. Casual dress and walking shoes are advised. 

Friday, August 21, 2020, 6:30p– 9:00pm: It's Fireworks Night at the Ballpark! Join your new classmates, student body leadership, faculty, and staff at the Spokane Indians game. Full details here.

Pre-Registration Requirements

These items need to be completed before you will be registered for your fall courses:

Submit these required forms to the Registrar’s Office by July 10.

Submission instructions are on the bottom of the forms.

Orientation Assignments & First Day Assignments

Legal study is an interactive process. Much of law school involves learning a process for thinking, and this requires preparation before class and probing discussion in class.

Your first official Law School class will occur during Orientation and there are materials to prepare in advance. Read and complete the assignments in your Orientation Materials Packet before Orientation begins (a link will be here when the materials are ready).

Many professors assign reading for the first day of class. These assignments will be posted on the first-day assignments page the month before classes start. As soon as you receive your course assignments and know who your professors will be, check for first-day assignments. If assignments are not listed for some of your courses, check back later, as new postings will be made as soon as they are available.

Academic Information

Student schedules will be assigned by the Registrar by July 17th if all required paperwork and your ID photograph have been received. You will be notified at your personal email (not your law school email) once your schedule has been posted, at which point you may access it on ZagWeb. To learn how to use ZagWeb, watch the training video series, then log in to ZagWeb to retrieve your schedule.

You will need to have your schedule, including your course and section numbers and professors’ names, to find your textbook assignments. Read the instructions for buying Textbooks from the ZagShop or visit the ZagShop in person at the Boone Avenue Retail Center (BARC) on main campus. Books may be available from outside vendors.

Academic Calendar

For information on obtaining academic accommodations, visit the Gonzaga University Disability Access office. If you require an accommodation, please read the Accommodation Notice.

Financial Aid

If you are borrowing loans, please complete and entrance interview and Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentaid.gov. You will find all the requirements necessary to receive financial aid listed as Outstanding Disbursement Requirements in the financial aid section of ZagWeb.

Student Accounts will send an electronic Statement of Account to your ZagMail address by the end of July. If you do not have enough financial aid to cover your charges, payment or payment arrangements need to be made by August 28th.

If you will be receiving a refund, it is mandatory that you register for eRefund / Direct Deposit through Gonzaga University Student Accounts.

More information is available on the Financial Aid homepage. You can also contact Student Financial Services at sfs@gonzaga.edu, via phone at 509.313.6582, or by appointment at www.gonzaga.edu/appointments.

Undergraduate Transcript

If you applied to law school before you received your undergraduate degree, wait until your final degree is posted and then send an official copy of your final undergraduate transcript to the Gonzaga Law Registrar’s Office and to LSAC by August 20th.

ZAGCARD

All Gonzaga students need a University identification card to access various University facilities, including the libraries and the athletic center. It is mandatory that you electronically submit a photograph and a copy of a government ID for your ZAGCARD by July 31 via the Submit Your Photo page. For information on all the benefits your Zagcard allows you (hello, dry cleaning discounts!), visit the Gonzaga Campus Card Services homepage. 

You will receive your ZAGCARD at Orientation.

Computing & Technology

Full information about computer configuration, network configuration, and security is available here.

Incoming students have been contacted at their personal email address with the information for setting up their Gonzaga Law e-mail accounts. If you have problems resetting your password, accessing your e-mail, or downloading Office, please call the Gonzaga University Help Desk at (509) 313-5550.

Health & Wellness

Gonzaga Law students, as members of the Gonzaga student community, have access to Health and Counseling services on campus. 

Gonzaga University Health & Counseling Services (H&CS) requires all students to complete the New Student Health Clearance process in the H&CS secure online portal before starting classes. The health clearance includes a mandatory immunization requirement and the completion of various online health forms. New students will receive an email to their GU email account with instructions to complete this process. The Required New Student Health Clearance is due July 17, 2020. 

We strongly recommend all students have health insurance, but there is not a health insurance requirement at Gonzaga. Students in need of insurance are encouraged to explore the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The Exchange provides an online marketplace for students to compare low-cost medical insurance options. For more information and solutions, please visit the Gonzaga Student Insurance webpage

For more information about Health & Counseling Services on campus or the required New Student Health Clearance process (due July 17, 2020), please visit http://www.gonzaga.edu/healthandcounseling

University Ministry is also available to support the faith development of all students at Gonzaga University, including Law students.

As a student, you are entitled to buy a membership to the Rudolf Fitness Center. Fall and Spring Semester memberships are $150 per Fall and Spring term ($30 for Summer term). Law students are not automatically charged a fee as part of required tuition and fees. A membership may be purchased by going to Student Accounts in the basement of Crosby Center and paying the full fee with check or cash. If your spouse would also like to purchase a gym membership for the same price per term, the Rudolph Fitness Center front desk can provide more information. 

Academic & Professional Standards

The Student Handbook contains the Law School’s Academic Rules, the Code of Student Conduct, and other important information and policies. Be sure you have read it prior to the start of Orientation.

You will also be bound by the Gonzaga University Student Code of Conduct contained within.

Reminder: You must disclose everything, civil or criminal, no matter how minor, no matter if it was expunged, sealed, etc. If you did not disclose something, immediately fill out the Request to Amend Law School Application and return as instructed on the form.

In the event you apply for bar admission to practice in any state or country, your life will be under examination by the bar examiners. Failure to disclose something to us that must be disclosed to the bar examiners in any jurisdiction is evidence of dishonesty, and could prevent you from being admitted to practice. For example, the Washington State Bar application asks:

“Have you ever been cited, arrested, charged or convicted for a violation of any law including minor traffic violations?”

The application then provides:

“On matters other than traffic violations, you must set forth on an additional sheet the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including the date and place; a description of your conduct; the nature of the citation, arrest, charge or conviction; the enforcement agency involved; any courts involved; file number and the disposition, including dismissal, acquittal, sentences, fines or probation, etc. It is your responsibility to provide full details, explanation and relevant documentation (copy of information, complaint or indictment, judgment and sentence, order of deferral or dismissal, etc.) to the best of your ability to do so.”

The application also provides:

“The responsibility of full disclosure rests entirely upon the applicant. Failure to fully disclose as requested in this application may be considered a reflection on the applicant’s moral character and may itself result in denial of admission. It is the applicant’s duty to advise the Admissions Department of any changes in or additions to the information provided on this application. There cannot be too much disclosure.”

To be admitted to any bar, you will be required to sign a blanket waiver of confidentiality and are subject to independent verification of the items you report on the bar application. Any discrepancies between what the bar examiners find out about you and what you report to them may prevent you from being admitted based upon lack of good moral character.

Employment during Law School

The first year of law school is a challenging experience that requires a significant commitment of time and energy. It is highly recommended that you do not work at outside employment during your first year of law school.

You should plan to spend three hours of study time for each credit hour you are registered for. This does not count the extra time it will take to prepare for examinations or write papers. If you are registered for 15 credit hours per week, you should plan to spend at least 45 hours studying.

On average, you should spend 60 hours a week on law school (15 hours in class, and 45 hours outside of class). Initially, the time commitment may be even higher.

The student handbook provides: Rule 3-2(D)

D. Recommended Limitation on employment.

Gonzaga strongly recommends that students not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than ten (10) credit hours

Transportation, Maps, & Campus Parking

A vehicle parking permit is required for all campus lots. Parking permits will be available for purchase by August 19th. Permits must be displayed by September 10th to avoid ticketing. To purchase a parking permit, visit the Safety and Security Office or go online to www.gonzaga.edu/permits. Permits must be picked up in person at the Security Office (502 E. Sharp Ave - Huetter Mansion).

Gonzaga University is a ZipCar station, and students can receive $35 in driving credit for the $25 registration cost. Get more information from ZipCar.

Gonzaga University has a number of bike racks available around campus, including one by the Law School front doors. Campus security sells hardened U-locks at a discounted price, and offers Bicycle Registration services.

Gonzaga University School of Law is directly serviced by routes #26, #28, and #29 of Spokane Transit, which offers trip planning through Google Maps Transit. The Law School is also about 1 walking mile from The Plaza (701 W Riverside Ave), which is the central bus station for almost all of the routes through Spokane.

The Gonzaga Campus covers approximately 30 city blocks and has over 100 buildings. Download or explore the online Gonzaga Campus Map. All Gonzaga buildings are also listed on Google Maps – Gonzaga University Campus.

Student Organizations & Events

The Student Bar Association is the student government of Gonzaga Law and operates as an adjunct of the American Bar Association.

The SBA supports a variety of student groups and organizations. With over two dozen official student organizations on campus, Gonzaga Law offers students an opportunity to get involved with just about any topic or issue that they are passionate about.

A club fair will be held in September 2020.

Lockers

Gonzaga Law provides on campus student lockers on the 1st floor of the law school. Visit the SBA CASHnet store to rent a locker.