Class of 2023 - Week 13 email
Hello Class of ’23 –
We are officially 2 months away from your first day of 1L classes!! I continue to look forward to our first day of Orientation Week to connect with each and every one of you in person, but know in the meantime, I hope all of you are physically, mentally and emotionally doing well. This has been an interesting year and I hope you are finding ways to recharge each day.
Please use the Class of 2023 site for all prior communication.
Six items I want to address this week are:
- Orientation Week & Class Information – The university and law school are working hard to finalize orientation and class information for this fall. We hope to have an update for you by early July (which is already next week!!!). In case you forgot, Orientation Week is planned for August 16th-20th. The first day of law school classes is August 24th.
- Are you comfortable with Zoom?? If not, please email me no later than July 2nd to let me know you’d like to participate in a “Zoom Crash Course” with Assistant Dean Brad Parrish. Once I know who is interested in participating, we will reach out with information on a date/time of the crash course.
- If you are planning to establish residency in North Dakota, I would strongly recommend to contact the DMV to set up an appointment for your ND driver’s license sooner rather than later. I have attached a document that includes locations and the phone number to make an appointment – if you can’t get into the Grand Forks location, Fargo is approximately 80 miles south of GF and Devils Lake is approximately 90 miles west of GF. Reminder that you must have a physical residence address and ND driver’s license for 12 consecutive months to be eligible for in-state tuition for your 2L and 3L year.
- Click HERE to view the ND Century Code for all requirements regarding residency for tuition purposes.
- During the next 2 months, I encourage you to consider any additional items you may need for school and/or living, especially if you are not from our area. You may want to begin purchasing/gathering these items now to prevent an influx of expenses at the start of law school. A couple examples are below:
- New technology requirements – these new requirements were mentioned in the Week 10 Email along with a link to the technology page.
- Winter gear if you are not from this area – winters do get snowy and cold and a winter jacket (and gloves and hat) are necessary; however, you do not need to spend a fortune as there are several affordable options for winter gear through department stores. You may want to consider what those necessary items are to allow for time to purchase and/or budgeting for them. Also, now is the best time to purchase winter gear online as they are on sale!! 😊
- Another thing to consider is your vehicle – is it prepared for a colder climate? Consider the vehicle’s battery strength/life, tire tread condition, etc.
- Due to COVID-19, you may want to check the Department of Health frequently, especially as you move from your current residence to the Grand Forks area. You may need to consider the possibility of isolation/quarantine depending on where you are arriving from and this may impact when you decide to move to the area. I have linked the North Dakota Department of Health HERE. Additionally, I have linked the UND COVID-19 site HERE.
- Finally, there have been questions about a book for your Civil Procedure course (the supplement). Here is a statement from Professor Christensen:
“Professor Christensen is aware that several of you have looked for the 2020 version of the Cross, Abramson, and Deason Supplement. Because the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure get updated every year, and there are new Supreme Court opinions in the area of Civil Procedure every year, the Civil Procedure Supplement gets a new version printed every summer. The 2020 Supplement is currently scheduled for publication on July 29, 2020. Please wait and purchase the 2020 version and not the 2019 version.”
If I hear that the supplement has become available for purchase, I will be sure to reach out to all of you!
To prevent anyone from feeling overwhelmed (or more overwhelmed), I’ll stop here for the week. As usual, do not hesitate to reach out to Laureen or me in the Admissions Office if you have any questions. We are here to assist, guide and support you in any way we can.