Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to North Carolina Central University School of Law!

 

When is Orientation and what time should I arrive on the first day?

Orientation is scheduled for Friday, August 11th for students enrolling in/transferring to the Day program and Tuesday and Thursday, August 8th and 10th, for students enrolling in/transferring to the Evening program.

Day program students should arrive for registration and report to the Great Hall between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. on Friday, August 11th.   A continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge. The orientation program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Classroom 202.  Students will be available to direct you to the Great Hall as well as to Classroom 202.  All sessions will be conducted in Classroom 202 unless otherwise noted on the detailed schedule. Orientation will end at approximately 5:00 pm.   Headshots will be taken immediately following the substantive sessions.  For a detailed Day Program orientation schedule, click here.  For a detailed Day Program Transfer orientation schedule, click here.

Evening program students should arrive for registration and report to the Law School lobby between 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8th.  A light reception will be provided in the Great Hall beginning at 5:45 p.m.  The orientation program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom 100. Students will be available to direct you to the Great Hall as well as to Classroom 100.  Orientation will end at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and resume on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursday, August 10th; headshots will be taken from 5:30 – 6:30 pm and the substantive sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.  For a detailed Evening Program orientation schedule, click here.

Note: Attendance at all sessions of orientation is mandatory.


What should I wear during orientation?

The appropriate dress during orientation is business casual.  The temperature varies in different areas of the building, therefore, you should dress as you normally would for this time of year, but bring a sweater or jacket in the event the classroom is a little cool.

Do I need a permit to park on campus and how do I obtain a parking permit?

Parking on campus is by permit only or by using the short-term pay station at the Latham Parking Deck.

All faculty, staff and students who desire a permit to park on campus are required to register their vehicles with the University Police Department, pay a registration fee and display a valid permit on their vehicle. Faculty, staff and student hang tags must be placed on the rear-view mirror facing outward at all times the vehicle is parked on campus property. Parking on campus is zoned parking.  An NCCU parking permit authorizes parking in specific areas according to the permit designation.

To obtain a student permit, please complete the Motor Vehicle Registration Form which can be found on the University website. (The easiest way to find the form is to type “Motor Vehicle Registration Form” in the search box from the University’s main website). Take the form to the Bursar’s Office to remit payment, then take the form and your receipt to the Traffic Office.

On Friday, August 11th, the University will have open parking in four lots that are near the Law School.  This will allow you to park in available spaces with the exception of reserved spaces and tow-away zones, which are clearly marked.  Available lots near the Law School that have student parking are the O’Kelly, School of Education, Criminal Justice and Nelson Street lots.  Please remember to park in unreserved spaces only.  You are encouraged to obtain a campus decal prior to the first day of class so that you won’t have any parking issues once classes begin.  If you wait to purchase your decal, you will likely experience long lines.

Parking Fees

The parking permit for vehicles will be paid at the beginning of the period for which the permit is issued or when any person first becomes associated with the university and wishes a permit.  Parking rates, though subject to change, are currently as follows:

Students                                               $300

Student Evening Permit                    $80 per semester (after 4:00 pm)

Latham Parking Deck                        $475 (students, faculty, staff)

Motorcycle Decal                                $300 ($25 if it is the second permitted vehicle)

Replacement Decal                            $20

Hourly Decal                                       $4 (0 – 4 hours)

$8 (4 – 8 hours)

 

What should I bring to orientation?

During orientation, you will receive information from various Law School departments.  In order to record everything, you should bring a pen/pencil and notepad.  You may also wish to bring a laptop computer.  For details on suggested requirements, please see the Laptop and Wireless Access guidelines listed below.

Will food be provided during orientation?

During the Day Program orientation, a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  During the Evening Program orientation, a light reception will be provided on Tuesday.  If your diet requires vegetarian, vegan or gluten free options or you have some other special dietary need, please contact Staris Best Powell at sbest@nccu.edu.

What is the Lawyering Fundamentals course?

Many students enter law school unprepared for the academic demands of the first year of study. The Lawyering Fundamentals course systematically and creatively unfolds how students will be trained as lawyers. Accordingly, Lawyering Fundamentals exposes students to the rigors of the Socratic classroom and strategically pinpoints the assumptions that law professors make about students’ critical thinking, reading comprehension, and analytical abilities. The class provides students with multiple opportunities to evaluate their own skills and abilities. It will also outline a path that students can use to transition from typical undergraduate thought processes and study habits to lawyer-like thinking, reasoning, analysis, problem solving, and deportment.

Lawyering Fundamentals arms students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to keep up with the demands of typical 1L pedagogy and curriculum. Participants are encouraged to see themselves as lawyers-in-training who fully embrace the pivotal role of questions. Students will absorb the importance of thinking critically and flexibly and will study how to question assumptions as they learn the rudiments of creating and presenting arguments on all sides of an issue. Students will also learn how to effectively prepare for class by reading and briefing cases for understanding as well as to anticipate and participate in class discussion. Students will be taught how to prepare for course examinations by constructing course outlines and reviewing essay questions and answers. They will also begin to acquire the ability to systematically problem-solve multiple-choice questions.

Overall, Lawyering Fundamentals will connect class activities to the actual practice of law. The course encourages group activities that facilitate bonding and employs other strategies to keep students motivated and focused on their goal of becoming successful lawyers.

Why should I enroll in Lawyering Fundamentals?

Lawyering Fundamentals will give you a true head start on your law school semester! Specifically, the Lawyering Fundamentals course will lay the foundation for your legal training by simulating the first semester of law school. It includes daily classes in which you will be questioned on the assigned reading, answer law school exam-style questions, and receive helpful law school success strategies. You will also sit for a final exam at the conclusion of the course and receive feedback on your performance. Most importantly, the course will help demystify many of the law school teaching methods in order to help you acclimate and succeed faster. Therefore, consider Lawyering Fundamentals the first step of your legal training!

The course will run from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on August 3rd and 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on August 4th,7th, and 8th. The final exam will take place on August 9th. Please note, you have several pre-course assignments that will require your attention prior to the first day of class. The course requires the same effort that will be expected of you in law school, but don’t worry, it will be worth it.

 

How can I register for the Lawyering Fundamentals course?

Participation in the Lawyering Fundamentals course is optional, but strongly encouraged.  Registration for the course will be open until Friday, July 14th.  To access the registration form, please visit https://fap.lsac.org/prospect.aspx?data=NTQ5NQEBMzk%3d-18wWTp0v3AA%3d.  Information on how to access course materials will be sent out following the registration deadline. Information about parking will also be sent out after the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Titichia Jackson at Titichia.Jackson@nccu.edu or (919)530-7723.

What are my housing options while in Law School?

Campus housing is not available for Law students.  The city of Durham and the surrounding areas have various, affordable options for student housing.  For off campus housing, you may contact The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce at (919) 328-8700 or http://durhamchamber.org/; The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 446-8604 or http://www.durham-nc.com/; or go to Apartments.com for a listing of area apartments.

Please review this link for more options in the area – http://law.nccu.edu/admissions/transitioning/off-campus-housing/.

 

Laptop and Wireless Access

NCCU School of Law has a seamless integration of technology, therefore, it is highly recommended that each student own a new or up-to-date laptop computer.  A laptop will be vital for accessing Lecture Capture (Panopto), taking exams electronically (ExamSoft) and participating in distance education courses.  Financial aid may be used in some cases for the purchase of a new laptop.  Please contact the financial aid office for more details.

The following are recommendations for laptops:

MS Windows (PC) minimum specs:

  1. Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor or greater
  2. Storage: 320 GB or larger
  3. RAM: 4 GB or more
  4. Operating System: Windows 7 or later

MacBook minimum specs:

  1. Processor: Core2Duo or later
  2. Storage: 160 or greater
  3. RAM: 2 GB or more
  4. Operating System: OS 10.6 or later

At this time, iPads, Android Tablets and Chromebooks are not compatible with Examsoft and are not recommended.  While Surface Pros are fine to use while in Law School, please know that they are not allowed when taking the bar exam due to the removable keyboard.

For questions about laptop and wireless access, please contact the Information Technology and Facilities Management Department at 919-530-7178.

How can I access my class schedule?

Classes and sections will not be assigned until mid-July, however, to view a general 1L class schedule for the Fall 2017 semester, click here.  Your individual class schedule will be available to view beginning July 18th.  To access your schedule:

Go to the NCCU website at www.nccu.edu.  Click on Login to myEOL at the top right hand corner of the page.

Login as a “Student” and enter your Username and Password.  Your username is the first half of your NCCU email address. (Ex. If your NCCU address is msmith@eagles.nccu.edu,  your username will be msmith.)  Your password will be the same password that you use to login to your NCCU email.

Once logged-in, the Student Portal screen will populate.

Select the Banner SSB box to the right of the page.

The Main Menu screen will then populate.

Select the Student tab.

The Student Services and Financial Aid screen will then populate.

Select the Registration link.

From the Registration screen, select the Student Detail Schedule link.

The Select Term screen will then populate.  Select Fall 2017.

From here, you can review your individual schedule.

What textbooks will I need and how can I order them?

The Fall 2017 Booklist is available here.   If you wish to order your textbooks, please go to the Bookstore website at nccu.bkstr.com to place your textbook order.  Please click on the Textbooks and Course Materials link on the left side and follow the instructions.

For students who place their textbook orders with the Bookstore, you can have your order shipped to your home address or pick them up from the bookstore. If you choose to pick up your textbook order at the Bookstore, please ensure that you bring a photo ID with you for verification.

When can I get my textbooks if I don’t want to order them in advance?

You may visit the NCCU Bookstore to purchase your textbooks.  Bookstore summer hours are Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. and Closed, Saturday and Sunday.   If you have any questions regarding purchasing your textbooks, please feel free to contact the Bookstore at 919-530-6445.

How can I purchase my books using financial aid?

You must first ensure that all paperwork related to your financial aid has been completed, including accepting your loans and signing your promissory notes. Also, you will need to set up your NCCU Eagle Card ID (see below). Once this is done, you can have the funds placed on your Eagle Card which you will then use at the bookstore.

For additional questions regarding the purchase of books using financial aid, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Ronald Douglas at 919-530-6365.

Will I receive an NCCU ID card?

Yes, your NCCU ID (Eagle Card) is your one-card access to a variety of campus services and facilities. Students receive a personal Eagle Card as part of the tuition. The Card is imprinted with your photo ID and provides access to campus dining rooms and dormitories and is required for entry into many other campus facilities as well as events and fee-supported activities.

You may get your Eagle Card beginning July 18th. The Eagle Card Office is located on the campus of NCCU in Room 117 of the Lee Biology Building.  The office is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  and on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  When you visit the office, you will be asked for your Banner ID number as well as a picture ID.

For more information on obtaining your Eagle Card, you may contact the Eagle Card Office at 919-530-7543.

Do I need student health insurance?

  • Students are required to have health insurance to attend a UNC system school. Students with existing health insurance coverage can waive out of the school insurance plan.
  • Students must enroll in or waive out of the coverage no later than September 14, 2017. Visit http://studentbluenc.com  to start the process. Students that do not submit an approved waiver, and have not enrolled themselves in the program, will be enrolled automatically.
  • The estimated rate for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be $1,270.00 per semester.
  • Students who have existing family or individual coverage through another Blue Cross Blue Shield plan must complete the enrollment/waiver process as well. Students who are covered under a different health insurance plan are welcome to consider Student Blue.

For more information, please visit http://studentbluenc.com.