This time of year there are often a lot of questions about what incoming students should be doing over the summer and how to best prepare for the beginning of the school year. In addition to completing all of the items on the to-do list we sent you back in May (in case you forgot, check out our last blog post), below you will find a few frequently asked questions. Don’t forget that the Insider’s Guide is an excellent resource as you prepare to begin your legal career at Notre Dame Law School! As always, you can contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 574-631-6626 with any additional questions.
When will I register for Fall 2016 classes?
All incoming 1L students will be registered into their fall semester classes by the Law School Registrar. Your class schedule will be available in InsideND in August.
When will I purchase my books?
There will be time built into the orientation schedule for you to purchase books. Avoid purchasing books online or in advance because your section may change between when you see classes posted on InsideND and when classes actually begin – and then you may have the wrong books.
Bring cash, checks, or credit cards to pay for your books and a backpack with you that day to help carry your books back home. You will receive your locker assignment at orientation and can chose to keep books in your locker (assuming you brought your lock with you!).
When is orientation?
Orientation is Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Aug. 19, and is mandatory for all incoming students. More information about orientation will be coming soon!
Do I have any reading to do over the summer?
After you arrive on campus and purchase your books you will begin to see your professors post assignments on their class site through Sakai (also accessible through InsideND). The best way to prepare for your first day of classes is to do the assigned readings and be ready to answer questions about the material. It’s not like college in that you can get away without reading the assigned material because it’s the first day. The professors do call on students on the first day, and while they won’t expect you to be perfect, they will expect you to know the material.
When will I receive my first bill and when is it due?
IRISHPay is the University’s online student account statement and payment system available to students (and their authorized payers, if applicable). IRISHPay benefits include:
- Secure 24/7 access to your monthly student account statements and activity.
- Convenient online payment via electronic check (no credit cards accepted).
- Ability to authorize others to view and pay your account.
To access your IRISHPay account:
- Log into InsideND
- Either enter “IRISHPay” in the search bar or click on the “IRISHPay for Students” icon.
- Enter your netID and password when prompted.
You and any authorized payers will receive an email when your monthly student account statement is available. The Fall 2016 statement will be available on Friday, July 15, with payment due by Wednesday, August 10. The Spring 2017 statement will be available on Friday, Dec. 2, with payment due by Monday, Jan. 2.
Graduate and professional student frequently asked questions about their student account can be found on the Office of Student Accounts website.
Really, when do I purchase my football tickets?
Incoming Notre Dame graduate students will receive an email to their Notre Dame email account in late summer with information on how to purchase their 2016 season fooball tickets. The seating in the student section is general admission.
Our office has recently been made aware that a portion of our incoming students have already received notification from the Notre Dame Ticket Office regarding purchasing their tickets. If you received this email you must act now. We encourage you to purchase your tickets by the stated deadline of Friday, June 24, 2016. We have been in touch with the Notre Dame Ticket Office and they have ensured us that they will continue to process ticket requests received by Friday, July 1, 2016.
Those are many of the frequently asked questions. What else can you look forward to? The Fall Ball! Mark your calendar now for Nov. 4 when you can look forward to dinner, dancing, and fun with fellow law students. More information to come from the Student Bar Association Social Committee this fall.