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Fall 2015 LLM Orientation

As the end of summer nears and the anticipation of starting our LLM Program turns to actual law school classes, classroom discussion, and meeting new friends, we begin our task of preparing you for a successful and rigorous academic challenge.

Orientation Week begins on Monday, August 17, 2015, and ends on Friday, August 21, 2015. It combines classes with relevant workshops and lectures designed to ease your transition to our LLM Program – and for many of you, your first exposure to academics in the United States.

Orientation Week is part of the LLM instructional program. Attendance and participation is mandatory for all new LLM students. During this time, LLM students trained in non-US law schools will begin the American Legal System I class, which meets daily during Orientation Week. They will also participate in a torts class with first-year JD students. All students will also become acquainted with the law school, the Dorraine Zief Law Library, the Computer Center, and other university facilities and services. Students will also begin to receive instruction in basic research skills, meet individually with their faculty program director to finalize their course of study, complete their class registration, and explore San Francisco. Formal classes for all law students begin on Monday, August 24, 2015.

More detailed orientation information and materials will be available the beginning of August 2015.


Registration for classes will be finalized during the first two days of LLM orientation: Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

First Week Assignments

First class meetings begin on Monday during Orientation week. Reading assignments for the following classes will be posted at a later date:

  • American Legal System I
  • Introduction to Tort Law and Legal Ethics

Class Schedule and Assignments for the Week of August 24, 2015

First class assignments for the week of August 24th will be posted on our website here. Assignments may be available as early as the second week of August.

USF Honor Code

All new USF students must review the Honor Code and submit the signed Honor Code Acknowledgment Form by Friday, August 21 of Orientation Week. Submission of the signed form is required for all new law students, including new LLM students.

USF Student ID Card

You must obtain your USF Student ID Card during Orientation Week. There will be a tour of the campus for each new LLM student during Orientation Week at which time one of the stops will be at the One Card Office where you will obtain your USF ID Card.

IMPORTANT: USF One Cards will not be available in advance of Orientation Week.

Your ID card will allow you access to all university facilities, including the Dorraine Zief Law Library and the Koret Sports and Fitness Center. It will also allow you to pay for services, such as dining, printing, and photocopying. Simply add Don Dollars to your card to experience the ease and security of our on-campus debit account. Use your Don Dollars at any USF dining location to save 10 percent. For more information about USF Once Cards, please visit the One Card Office website by clicking here or call (415) 422-7663. The One Card Office is located on the Lone Mountain Campus, Room 130.

Orientation Parking

Parking is complimentary for only the first and second days of Orientation Week on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18, and only at the Koret Center parking lot. Daily parking passes for the remainder of Orientation Week can be purchased at the golden Gate Avenue parking kiosk for $15.00/day. A campus map is available here.