Welcome to Gonzaga Law School! We look forward to seeing you on campus on Monday, May 18, 2015 for the beginning of Orientation.
On Monday, May 18, please plan on being at the law school at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, there will be a Student Bar Association Welcome BBQ.
On Tuesday, May 19, plan on being at the law school at 8:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
Note: These orientation materials will be updated as further details become available.
FormsIn order to be registered for classes, you must complete each of the forms below and return to the indicated office by mail, fax or email by April 24th. All of these forms may be filled out electronically in Acrobat and then printed and signed.
Read, complete and return to the Law School Registrar’s Office:
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.
Orientation Assignments & First Day AssignmentsLegal 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.
Even for Orientation, there are materials to prepare in advance. Download the 2015 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.
Academic InformationStudent schedules will be assigned by the Registrar on April 28th if all required paperwork and your ID photograph have been received. These schedules will be posted on ZagWeb after they are assigned. 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 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.
Financial AidAll students, even those not receiving financial aid, must attend the financial aid entrance counseling session held during Orientation. If you have an outstanding tracking requirement reported on ZagWeb, then you must complete counseling at www.studentloans.gov in addition to the in-person counseling at Orientation.
If you do not have enough financial aid to cover your tuition and fees, an electronic bill will be sent to you by May 11. 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 May 22nd.
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.
ID CardsAll 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 for your ID card. You may do so by following the instructions from Gonzaga University Student Accounts. If you do not submit a photograph, then your ID card will be delayed by several days.
The ID card will be used for students meal plans, checking out materials from all Gonzaga Libraries, Fitness Center Access, and access to buildings on the main Gonzaga campus. You will be issued your card at Orientation. Not submitting your photo will delay your registration for classes, and you will not be able to access the building.
Computing & TechnologyFull information about computer configuration, network configuration, and security is available on the Gonzaga Law Technology homepage.
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. DO NOT call Gonzaga Law or Gonzaga Campus ITS, your account information will not be provided over the phone. If you have completed your paperwork, you may physically pick up your network information at the Registrar’s office on the law school second floor.
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.
Health & WellnessGonzaga provides student health insurance coverage, and all Gonzaga students qualify as WA state residents for purposes of shopping for insurance through the WA state Healthcare Exchange.
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.
Academic & Professional StandardsThe 2014-2015 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 Handbook and Student Conduct and Community Standards 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 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 SchoolThe 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.
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.
The student handbook provides: Rule 3-2
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 ParkingGonzaga 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.
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 10th to avoid ticketing. To purchase a parking permit, visit the Safety and Security Office or go online to https://commerce.cashnet.com/GUSEC01. Be sure to print and bring your receipt to Campus Security to claim your permit.
Student Organizations & EventsThe 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 early in the Fall Term.