Yep you’re assigned your section before you arrive at school. I assume this is the same everywhere…
Did anyone else find the first day at law school like prison or military check in?
Here is how it went for me:
Showed up at 8 AM to check in, herded to the back of the school where I stood in line to have my pic taken, ID made and number assigned..
Told to go to room XXX next; there I gave only my number, not my name, and got assigned a locker
Next to a table where I was given a packet of info and code of conduct form to sign, again all by number
Meanwhile in each line nobody dared talk to each other, we all stood there with big glossy anime eyes like deer in headlights headed for slaughter
From that table I went to the med one where I got a Mumps, Measles and Rubella booster
Then off to the bookstore where there was a huge pile of boxes marked with: 1b, 2c excreta, you got your box that matched your section, gave your number and went back to the forum.
Next we got a 15 minute introduction and welcome from the dean/warden on how lucky we were to be at school X and then 45 minuets of honor code, don’t give legal advice, kicked out of law school horror stories.
We then got divided up by sections and toured the school, and listened to the advice given by the panel of grizzled LS veterans on what it took to succeed and “fit in”.
Next to the Westlaw table where again, based on my number I was given my card and pin and told how much lexis sucked, next it was off to the Lexis table where I was told how much Westlaw sucked ( But Westlaw had better freebees, I got a mug, a water bottle, and a pad of paper, from Lexis all I got was a handful of pens, and before I left I went back and got another handful. Yes I’m cheap…)
Finally I was given a schedule for the next few day’s festivities, a spiral notebook with the schools logo and a 13 cent pen with the schools name on it.
Short of stinky bus ride and getting my head shaved it reminded me a lot of boot camp.
The next day was fine, and things got normal and all the parties and mixers started but that first day left me with a very Orwellian feeling.