New Student Orientation

Cincinnati Law Orientation Week

Cincinnati Law Orientation Week is mandatory.  The first “Alumni Chats with Cats” virtual gathering will occur on Tuesday evening, August 18, followed by in-person and virtual sessions for all students on Wednesday, August 19, through Friday, August 21.  Because the pandemic will not permit us to safely gather on campus in large numbers, orientation will be primarily virtual; however, each of the 1L sections will have the opportunity to visit campus one morning during orientation week, if your situation permits.  While on campus, you will tour the library, obtain your online research passwords and receive your locker assignment.  Students who are unable to visit campus in-person during orientation week will have their welcome packet sent to their preferred mailing address.  Let us know if you plan to attend the in-person component of orientation by completing this online response form

The remaining orientation sessions will be held virtually with opportunities for you to meet your future professional colleagues and learn about where you will spend the next year. 

YOUR UCID (Bearcat Card)

New Law students can now request their UCIDs / Bearcat Cards online at Students will log into this site with the same username and password as they use for Catalyst. Choose Law College as your affiliate group in step 2. You will be able to pick up your UCID when you check-in at Orientation next week. If you are not attending orientation in-person, we will mail you your ID.

Deadline to submit your UCID: Tuesday, August 18, 12 PM

By now, you all should have received an email from Librarian Ron Jones with your registration codes for the legal research databases that you will use during you time at the College of Law. If you have any questions or concerns, please let him know. If you didn't receive an email, please let him know ASAP.

Ron Jones | Email:

Things to do before August 24:

  • Tell us whether you will visit campus in-person during orientation week.
  • Sign up for your Alumni Chat.
  • Email your professional headshot to Chad Uhl
  • Complete and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Order and begin reading The Start-Up of You.
  • Contact the Accessibility Resources Center if you need accommodations for a physical, mental or learning disability.
  • Explore the 1L Survival Guide the prepared by the College of Law librarians.

All incoming JD's are required to complete the Harvard Zero-L Orientation course prior to the start of classes. You should have received an email with details on how to login and begin the course. If you have, please email

Students must email a professional-style headshot to Chad Uhl in business formal dress no later than August 7.  This headshot will be included in the College’s “look book” for new students and distributed to law faculty and staff.

Your photo should be sized 200px wide and no smaller than 72kb. For guidance on how to take your own headshot, view these resources: LinkedIn Tips for Taking a Head Shot and How to Photograph Your Head Shot at Home.

Change is everywhere and success is a moving target.  Your career will be less linear and more fluid, less corporate ladder and more of a career lattice.  This reality requires you to become a careerpreneur.  What does that mean?  The Center for Professional Development (CPD), our career office, will help you answer that question this fall and the first step is to read The Start-Up of You:  Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, (Hoffman R. and Casnocha B., 2012).   We are giving you a long runway so that you can pace yourself, but just as you will learn to think like a lawyer you will also need to work like a professional, which means managing your career.  More to come from CPD in the weeks ahead. 

Note: participation is optional. If you choose to participate, you should complete the reading by Sept. 1

You can view textbook information for any class using the textbook icons on your schedule in Catalyst. West Publishing is offering Cincinnati Law students a 15% discount on books using the code:  CINCILAW.

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Please Note: The Catalyst class section listed on your Catalyst schedule reflects various meetings of classes with the same course name (ie Civil Procedure I has two class sections this fall, 001 with Lenhart and and 002 with Solimine, each with 3 1L section groups). Catalyst class sections do not reflect your (internal) 1L group section, unless by chance.

We understand that some students may not feel comfortable attending in-person classes for a variety of reasons, and we want to provide alternative methods of attendance that meet your unique circumstances. For this reason, all “live” classes will be broadcast via WebEx. To request an in-person attendance exemption from class(es) in the fall semester, please complete this form by August 15 so that the Office of Academic Affairs can notify your professors.

The College of Law maintains a close working relationship with the University’s Accessibility Resources Office.  This office assists in the identification of appropriate academic accommodations for students with disabilities and coordinates the implementation of the recommended accommodations with the Assistant Dean’s office.  Students who would like more information about accommodations should contact Michael S. Southern, Director, Accessibility Resources Office at

Recommended Operating Systems:

Windows 10

MacOS – The last three releases.

Recommended Hardware:


  • Processor: 8th generation Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 3 with 2.0Ghz clock speed and quad-core (recommended)
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 256GB (minimum), 512GB (recommended)
  • Built-in or External Webcam with Microphone and Speakers (These will be needed to participate in synchronous online classes.) 


  • Processor: 8th generation Intel i5 with 2.0Ghz clock speed and quad-core (recommended)**
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 256GB (minimum), 512GB (recommended)
  • We recommend MacBook Pro over MacBook Air
  • Built-in or External Webcam with Microphone and Speakers (These will be needed to participate in synchronous online classes.) 

Recommended Internet Connectivity:

We recommend that everyone test their internet speed using  Anything less than 25 Mbps is not a high-speed connection and may affect your ability to participate with video in your online classes. Many of your online classes will be interactive and having high speed internet access will enhance your ability to participate.

Unsupported Devices:

While recent Windows Surface Pro tablets are supported, tablets running iOS (iPads), Android, or Windows RT are not supported for exams and are not appropriate laptop computers. Additionally, computers running Windows 10 S, Chrome OS, and Linux are not supported and will not work with the exam software. If you have any further questions regarding recommendations and support, please contact the UC Law IT department.