Section 3 Orientation Schedule

Orientation will be a combination of:

  • Zero-L Program
  • Pre-recorded videos that will be available starting Tuesday, August 18.
  • Live library tours at the College of Law.
  • Live virtual sessions to watch and participate in from home (invitation links to follow).
  • Continuing Cincinnati Law Engagement (CCLE) sessions scheduled for students during the fall semester.  Additional information about these sessions will be provided during Orientation.

You must wear a mask while on campus and observe 6 ft. physical distance as you enter any University building.  To accommodate social distancing and reduce density in the building, only students may visit the College of Law building.  Unless otherwise noted, all of Orientation is mandatory.  If an emergency arises, please email Assistant Dean Rucker ( 

July 1 - August 24

Zero-L Program

Zero-L will provide all incoming University of Cincinnati College of Law students with an overview of key features of the U.S. legal system, the vocabulary of law school, and what it means to be a law student.  It will also provide a number of practical skills, such as how to read a case most effectively.  Most importantly, Zero-L will give incoming students a common baseline of knowledge and the foundational background to help them get off to a great start when classes begin. The Zero-L course will take most students approximately 12 to 14 hours to complete.  All modules must be completed by August 24.

Tuesday, August 18

6:00 pm         

Wednesday, August 19

Campus Orientation

10:00 am

  • Arrive to College of Law building.  Enter the building via the rear Corbett Drive entrance (throught he sliding glass doors).  Students will pick-up their welcome packet, including their locker assignment and library research passwords.


  • Building & Law Library Tours will be offered in groups of five.


  • Exit the building via the front entrance on Clifton Ave.

Virtual Orientation

2:00 pm         

  • Welcome from Dean Verna L. Williams

2:15 – 3:15     

  • Becoming a Complete Professional with Dean Emeritus Louis D. Bilionis


  • Break

3:30 – 4:30     

  • 1L Faculty Panel

4:45 – 5:45     

  • Structured Study Group Meeting
    • SSG Leaders will meet with students to introduce themselves and the SSG Program and facilitate student introductions to each other. New students will be encouraged to consider and submit questions about the first semester of legal study.   

6:00 pm                     

  • Chats with Cats Virtual Alumni Session

Thursday, August 20

All Thursday sessions will be held virtually.

11:15 am-noon       

  • Welcome from the Center for Professional Development

2:00 – 3:00                 

  • Mindfulness Lawyering with the Wellness Committee

3:15 – 4:15                 

  • MAXimizing Your Financial Future with Theresa Popp Braun of AccessLex

4:30 – 5:30                 

  • Structured Study Group Meeting
    • SSG Leaders will meet with students to respond to previously submitted and live questions about the first semester of legal study. 


  • Chats with Cats Virtual Alumni Session

Friday, August 21

All Friday sessions will be held virtually.

9:00 – 10:30 am                    

  • Graduation Requirements and the Honor Code                           

10:45 am – 12:00 pm            

  • Call to the Profession: A Drafting Exercise 

1:00 – 3:45                             

  • Student Group Coffee Breaks (Optional)
    • Noon – 12:45: Non-Traditional Law Students 
    • 1:00 – 1:45:  FirstGen Law Students
    • 2:00 – 2:45:  LGBTQIA+ Students
    • 3:00-3:45:  Students of Color

4:30 – 5:15                             

  • Oath of Professionalism Ceremony

5:30 – 8:30                             

  • Student Organization Fair

Saturday, August 23

9:00 am – 12:00 pm              

  • Student Bar Association Day of Service 
    • This year, the Cincinnati Law community will gather to participate in park cleanups across the city.  This Day of Service is a tradition at UC Law and a great opportunity for new students to become more involved in the Cincinnati community and meet upper-level students.  Sign up here: