Orientation Week is your introduction to life at Western Law. Be prepared to meet many of your classmates, attend your first lectures in law school, and have a great time! The Orientation Committee is pleased to organize a week of opportunities to make friends and get settled into Western Law. We’ve worked hard all summer to make O-Week fun for all first-year students, and we strongly encourage you to attend every event. You only get one O-Week and you don’t want to miss it! The Justices of the Party (“JPs” if you will) are 2L volunteers who are here to help you transition into Law School. Whether it’s organizing get-togethers before O-Week events, providing you with summaries and advice on professors, or being that shoulder to cry on, they are here to support you all year long!
Schedule at a Glance:
Tuesday September 3, 2019:
Welcome Breakfast & Induction Ceremony
Small Group Gatherings
Welcome Party at The Belfort Nightclub
Wednesday September 4, 2019:
OutLaws LGBTQ+ Social at Palasad Social Bowl
Thursday September 5, 2019:
First Year Gala at Bellamere Winery & Event Centre
Friday September 6, 2019:
Graffiti Night at Revolution
DAY 1: Tuesday September 3, 2019
8:30AM: REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
Your first day of law school is an early one! Please arrive at 8:30 AM for registration and a light breakfast. Registration will take place in Chambers on the ground floor of the law building, after which you will go to a classroom assigned to your Small Group. Be prepared to grab a coffee and make new friends!
During this time with your Small Group, the Student Legal Society (SLS) will be circulating to collect the $150 SLS Fee and assign lockers. While enjoying your breakfast, you will have the opportunity to meet the other members of your Small Group as well as your JPs. Don’t be afraid to chat – your classmates will be a major part of your life for the next three years!
11:00AM: INDUCTION CEREMONY
At 10:45AM, you will be escorted by your JPs to Somerville House, which is a short walk from the Law School, for Western Law’s Induction Ceremony! You have already received a formal invitation to this event from Dean Erika Chamberlain. This is an important part of Orientation designed to formally welcome you to Western Law and to the legal profession. Business attire is required, which typically means suits. However, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear pants/skirt with a collared shirt and tie or a nice blouse.
The Western Law community looks forward to sharing this important milestone with you!
After the Induction Ceremony and lunch, you will have 30 minutes or so to change out of your suits and get to the first academic session at 2:00 pm.
4:00-7:00 PM: FREE TIME
This is your chance to head home and rest up before a night of fun with your small group! You may also choose to purchase your textbooks during this time.
7:00 PM: SMALL GROUP GATHERINGS
Enjoy appetizers and beverages with your Small Group at a downtown local London restaurant, graciously Sponsored by Aird & Berlis LLP and DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Further details will be provided by your JPs!
10:00 PM: WELCOME PARTY
The big finale to the first day at Western Law is our Welcome Party at 10pm at The Belfort Nightclub! The 2019 Welcome Party is sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association. This party is designed to help you meet more of your classmates, as well as upper-year students. This is always a popular night and is your first chance to get to know your colleagues away from school. It’s O-Week after all – so make friends, ask for advice, and enjoy yourself!
REMINDERS FOR THE FIRST DAY:
- Arrive on time!
- Leave your laptop at home.
- Bring your credit or debit card for textbooks.
- Bring cash or a cheque for your SLS Fees ($150). Cheques can be made payable to “UWO Student Legal Society.”
- Wear professional business attire, and bring a change of clothes if you wish. If you are unsure about what to wear, please feel free to reach out to the Orientation Week Co-Chairs!
DAY 2: Wednesday September 4, 2019
7:00 PM: LGBTQ+ BOWLING SOCIAL at PALASAD SOCIAL BOWL
Students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community are invited to join OUTLaws at Palasad Social Bowl (Adelaide and Oxford) on Wednesday September 4th for dinner and bowling! This event, generously sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright, is a great opportunity to meet more of your classmates and many of the upper year students here at Western Law.
DAY 3: Thursday September 5, 2019
6:00 PM: FIRST YEAR GALA
After another full day at the law school, we add a touch of class to O-Week with our Gowling WLG First-Year Gala! Join your classmates, professors, and the Faculty of Law’s Deans for cocktails and dinner at the Bellamere Winery and Event Centre. With a beautiful venue and a fantastic menu, this event is a highlight of O-Week. Semi-formal attire is recommended. Bus departure times will be provided by your JPs.
DAY 4: Friday September 6, 2019
10:00 PM: GRAFFITI NIGHT AT REVOLUTION
To complete your journey through your first week at Western Law, we have the famous Graffiti Party, which will be held at Revolution. This event is generously sponsored by Torys LLP, Siskinds LLP and Lenczner Slaght. Throughout the evening, you are encouraged to leave your mark on your classmates’ shirts – sign your name, write a note, draw a picture – creativity is encouraged! The result is a great night, new friendships and an O-Week keepsake that will make you smile for years to come.