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Welcome to Gonzaga Law School! We look forward to seeing you on campus on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 for the beginning of Orientation.
Download the full Fall 2014 Orientation Schedule (PDF). Please be at the Law School at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday for packet pickup and continental breakfast.
Note: These orientation materials will be updated as further details become available.
Read, complete and return to the Law School Registrar’s Office:
Employment Limitation Disclosure
Student Contact Information Form
Network and Computer Resource Acceptable Use Policy
Privacy of Educational Records
2014 Handbook Acknowledgment
(You may download the full Handbook here: 2014-2015 Student Handbook).
Read, complete and return to Gonzaga University Health Center:
Read and complete online:
Direct Deposit Signup (GU Student Accounts Instructions)
Read for your information:
Accommodation Notice – For information on obtaining academic accommodations, visit the Gonzaga University Disability Resources, Education, & Access Management (DREAM) office.
Even for Orientation, there are materials to prepare in advance. Download the 2014 Orientation Materials packet (PDF). Read and complete the assignments before Orientation begins.
Many professors assign reading for the first day of class. These assignments are posted on the first-day assignments page. 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.
The 2014 1L block schedule (PDF) shows all classes offered for 1L students in the Fall 2014 semester, including all sections.
You will need to have your schedule, including your professors’ names, to find your textbook assignments. Get instructions on Buying Textbooks from the ZagStore, visit the Boone Avenue Retail Center (BARC) on campus, or the books may be available from outside vendors.
For information on obtaining academic accommodations, visit the Gonzaga University Disability Resources, Education, & Access Management (DREAM) office. If you require an accommodation, please read the Accommodation Notice.
If you do not have enough financial aid to cover your tuition and fees, an electronic bill will be sent to you by May 16. Please make sure you have an updated email address on file with the financial aid office to ensure that you receive all financial aid information. Tuition is due on June 6th.
If you will be receiving a refund, then it is mandatory that you register for eRefund / Direct Deposit through Gonzaga University Student Accounts.
More information, including sources to contact for answers to questions, is available on the Financial Aid homepage.
Law students will also be issued a door access card in addition to their student ID card. These door access cards will not have your picture.
The ID card will be used for students meal plans, checking out materials from all Gonzaga Libraries, Fitness Center Access, and access to most buildings on the main Gonzaga campus. The blank card will be used for access to the Gonzaga Law School building. You will be issued both cards at Orientation if you submit your photo early. Not submitting your photo will delay your ID card by several days.
You will be notified via e-mail when your Gonzaga network account information, including network email address and password, will be available. The information must be physically picked up at the law school, and will be available at Orientation if you have not retrieved it beforehand.
The preferred method of taking law school exams is via your laptop, using a software called SotTest. During the exam, SofTest blocks access to the internet, and to information stored on your computer. Training sessions for using SofTest will be provided to you shortly after classes begin, at which point you will have your computer certified and receive a password for downloading the software.
See the Gonzaga Student Insurance Information Page for more details on the coverage that has been offered in the past.
Gonzaga Law students, as members of the Gonzaga student community, have access to the Gonzaga Health Center, which will be available all summer. The Gonzaga Counseling Center is also available to all students during the summer.
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 term, Summer memberships are $30. Law students are not automatically charged a fee as part of required tuition and fees. A membership may be purchased by going to the Administration Building, Room 24 (Student Accounts), and paying the full fee with check or cash.
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 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.
As a rule of thumb, 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.
Additionally, every law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required to enforce this rule:
“A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours.” ABA Rule 304(f) – PDF
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.
A vehicle parking permit is required for all campus lots. During the summer months, vehicles parked in the green and orange designated lots will not be ticketed. Parking permits go on sale August 15th, and must be purchased and displayed by September 15th to avoid ticketing. To purchase a parking permit, visit the Safety and Security Office.
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 early in the Fall Term.
Gonzaga Law is American Bar Association Accredited. Click here for ABA Required Disclosures.
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