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UW Law is proud to welcome new students during virtual orientation Monday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 24. Incoming students can access daily events, videos and materials via Canvas:

“On behalf of the UW Law community, welcome! Today marks the beginning of an important journey in your legal careers, whether you are new to the law or continuing your studies,” said Mario L. Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean and professor of law. “We are thrilled to be on this journey with you.”

UW Law’s primary focus — whether operating remotely or in person — is to ensure all students have the education they need to create a fair, just and vibrant society in Washington and the world. Orientation is a crucial first step.

The week of events will feature remarks from UW Law leadership, faculty, staff and distinguished members of the Washington legal community. Students will receive overviews of the UW Law values and commitment to diversity. They will take a pledge of professionalism, connect with other students and learn about resources that will be critical to their success in law school.

Orientation will include several sessions on diversity, equity, inclusion, multiculturalism and anti-racism. They include a talk by King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Galván; a roundtable discussion hosted by the Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and a presentation “Law Leaders and the Communities They Serve.” Students also will have the opportunity to discuss the UW Law common book, “So you want to talk about race” by Ijeoma Oluo.

“I am excited to welcome our incoming students and I look forward to connecting with them as they begin their legal careers,” said Anna Endter, associate dean for students. “This year, I want students to focus on finding and creating community and making connections with colleagues that will last for the rest of their legal careers. In this remote environment, it is more important than ever that we are intentional about how we connect with each other and our community. Orientation will provide a wonderful foundation for this work.”

Highlights of the week include:


  • Welcome from Dean Mario L. Barnes and Associate Dean for Students Anna Endter
  • Virtual Welcome Lunch, hosted by SBA student leaders
  • Law Leaders and the Communities They Serve, moderated by The Honorable Lori Kay Smith, UW Law Alumna
  • Welcome from Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion William Covington
  • Remarks by UW Law Alumna Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, followed by the Pledge of Professionalism


  • Virtual Coffee for students only
  • Well-Being in Law School and the Legal Profession with Dean Anna Endter; Danny Arguetty, UW Mindfulness Manager; and Christian Santana, SBA Mental Health and Well-Being Representative
  • Academic Integrity and Honor Code with Associate Dean for Academic Administration Liz Porter
  • Student and Career Services Small Group Sessions
  • Unpacking Implicit Bias and Structural Racism in the Law with Judge Veronica Galván
  • Virtual Student Organizations Fair


  • Virtual Coffee for Students Only
  • Remote Learning Panel, moderated by Professor Eric Schnapper
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable: Microaggressions and How to Deal with Law School, moderated by Associate Dean William Covington
  • Transfer Student Virtual Lunch and Information Session with Dean Anna Endter
  • Introduction to the Law Library
  • Preparing for Learning (Part 1): Reading & Briefing a Case with Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs Jessica West
  • Small Section Socials with 2L and 3L students


  • Virtual Coffee for Students Only
  • Communications and Docket 101
  • Pro Bono Training with Huy Nguyen, Director, William H. Gates Public Service Law Program
  • First-Generation Law Student Panel and Virtual Lunch
  • Preparing for Learning (Part 2): Ready for Law School Classes with Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs Jessica West
  • Community Book Discussion: “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo