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Orientation Checklist

All entering first year students are required to complete a number of tasks prior to attending classes in the fall. 

 Before Orientation

  • Please read Dean Anderson’s Welcome Letter.
  • Please read a message from Claire Davison, President of the Student Bar Association.
  • Start Harvard University’s Zero L program. This online course covers fundamental legal knowledge that will help you thrive in law school. You will be able to access the course starting July 20, 2020. Please see your email for the message from Harvard Law School with sign up instructions. See FAQ - Harvard Canvas for additional information.
  • Submit a photo for your Drake ID card to Guidelines for photo submission can be found here. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.


  • Submit your medical history form, learn how to here. Students are required to complete and submit this form to the University Health Center.  It may be returned via mail, fax or delivered to the Student Health Center during orientation week. This form must be submitted by the second week of classes but should be completed as soon as possible.
  • Submit your final transcript. If you have not yet done so, please send your final transcript, noting the date your bachelor’s degree was conferred, to LSAC or the Office of Admission at the address listed below.  Students entering as part of a 3+3 program should send a transcript including Spring 2020 grades. If your LSAC CAS report did not include a final transcript and you have not already done so, please request a transcript be sent to the Drake Law School Office of Admission at 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311.  We must receive your final transcript by October 15, but you are encouraged to send it prior to the first day of Orientation.
  • Login to To access the myDrake student portal, you must first establish a password by going here. Log in with your student ID number and your default password which has been set to your birth date in the following format: MmmDD#YYYY (example: Jan01#1997).  Click here for instructions and password guidelines. 
  • Direct Deposit. Students borrowing student loans who wish to expedite the loan refund process may wish to set up direct deposit into your personal bank account.  This process may be completed in myDrake. Click here for further information and instructions.
  • Purchase books. When reviewing your class schedule in myDrake, (available August 6th) please note your CRN and course numbers to search for required books.  Course materials and book information can be found here.  Books may be purchased from any retailer or at the University Bookstore located on campus in the Olmsted Center. Student loan refund checks will be available no earlier than August 24 so please plan to use alternative funding for purchasing your law school books.
    8/15-8/20 Closed, but with front door pick-up available of online orders weekdays 10-4.

    8/21-8/23 Open 9-5.
    Closed for lunch and cleaning 12:30-1:30.
    Pick-up window and In-Store shopping:

    Last names A-L only to pick-up and shop between 9-12:30.
    Last names M-Z only to pick-up and shop between 1:30-5.

  • Publishers may offer eCasebooks at lower rates than hardbound
    When looking for casebooks there are various options in format (print or digital), duration (rental or purchase), and condition (new or used).  Be sure to acquire the edition required for your class and select the option that will best meet your needs.  For example, some publishers only provide ebook access for a fixed period and others provide perpetual access.  Below is a description of what Wolters Kluwer provides.  Similar information can be found on the sites of other publishers, such as West Academic or Carolina Academic.

    Wolters Kluwer is offering low-cost alternatives for students who might normally seek alternate choices for getting course materials!  Research has shown us that today’s law students are more digital than ever and seeking a better value on their course materials.  Beginning in the Fall of 2020, we will offer an ebook program that students can purchase by getting a Connected Casebook.  Wolters Kluwer has priced our Connected Casebooks 40% off the print price of our titles.  (These are “forever” ebooks that do not expire.)

    To share more insight into the Connected Casebooks and how they work, I am attaching a student flyer, and here is a 15-second video highlighting the new program with the ebooks:

  • Login and create account for all software: Bloomberg, CALI, Lexis, Westlaw and TWEN. You will be sent an email with codes and passwords. Directions for how to register for these resources can be found here. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact David Hanson, Collection Management and Metadata Librarian, at or 515-271-2077.
  • Access and complete the readings for Orientation. The readings can be found starting on Monday, August 10, in “Before Orientation Materials” tab on the Orientation 2020 TWEN page.
  • Locate the Overview of Law Library Orientation Elements in the Before Orientation Materials tab on the Orientation 2020 TWEN page. It will explain how to view the Law Library Orientation video and take a TWEN quiz over the material presented in the video. You can also find instructions on signing up for optional tours of the Opperman Law Library. The signup sheet can be found in the Orientation 2020 TWEN page. 
  • Access the remote video components of Orientation which can be found starting August 1 on the Orientation 2020 TWEN page including:
    • An overview of the Student Code of Conduct presented by Associate Dean and Professor of Law Andrew Jurs
    • “Avoiding Plagiarism” by Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology and Director of the Drake Law Library John Edwards. After viewing this video, complete the associated CALI assignment
    • “Professionalism and Managing Your Career…Before It’s Started” by Director of Career Development Kathryn Overberg.
    • “TWEN Tips and Tricks” by Assistant Dean for Student Services Erin Lee Schneider

      These videos should be viewed prior to the first day of Orientation and can be found in the Before Orientation Materials tab in the Orientation 2020 TWEN page.
  • Download and install Examplify, the software you will use to take your exams. Instructions can be found here.
  • Provide an updated mailing address with an effective date. If you have a new local address please send the mailing address and effective start date to so we may update your student record. 
  • Watch the virtual tour of Cartwright Hall and the Drake Legal Clinic.

 During Orientation

Orientation will be held virtually and on campus August 19-21.

  • You will receive an email on August 7 notifying you of your section number (300 or 301). Your section number determines your Orientation schedule. Detailed schedules for both sections can be found on the TWEN Orientation 2020 page under the Orientation Schedule tab. A document with links to the virtual sessions will be sent to your Drake email address.
  • On the morning of Wednesday, August 19, Section 300 will come to campus for in-person sessions. Section 301 will spend the morning completing the online course material on the TWEN Orientation 2020 page under the During Orientation material tab. At 11:00 a.m., Section 300 will be dismissed and both sections will attend virtual afternoon sessions from home.
  • On the morning of Thursday, August 20, Section 300 will complete the online TWEN Orientation 2020 materials at home. Section 301 will come to campus for in-person morning activities until 11:00 a.m. when they will be dismissed home. Both Sections will complete live online afternoon sessions.
  • On the morning of Friday, August 21, there is one live online session for both sections to attend.
  • Pick up your Drake facemask and Orientation Welcome Packet on your way into Cartwright Hall on your section's first day of on-campus orientation. Drake’s COVID-19 safety procedures can be found here. Please refer to the campus map for directions to Cartwright Hall.
  • Login to the TWEN Orientation 2020 page and navigate to the During Orientation Material tab to access the following material:
    • “Introduction to Legal Research” by Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology and Director of the Drake Law Library, Professor John Edwards.
    • Get to know Student Organizations by watching their introductory videos.
  • If you think you are unable to attend the virtual events because of access to internet or other issues, please contact no later than August 17 so arrangements can be made.

 Prior to 1st Day of Classes

Assignments for your first week of classes will be released Monday, August 17. Login to the TWEN course management system used by Drake Law School to access the Orientation 2020 course.  Assignments can be found under the First Week Assignments/Readings-Copyrighted tab.

  • Tuition Payments and Loan Refund Checks. The earliest possible release of student loan funds will be the first day of classes, Monday, August 24, 2020. Tuition payments are also due on this date.  Further information about tuition payment options may be found here. If you intend to borrow student loans, please make sure your loan request form(s) has been returned.  Contact the Office of Student Financial Planning at or 515-271-2905 with questions related to student loans.

 Optional Tasks

  • Purchase parking permit here. Sales of parking permits begin August 3, 2020.
  • Start the process for requesting accommodations through Student Disability Services by completing the intake form which can be found by selecting Forms.
  • Familiarize yourself with the services offered by Drake Information Technology Services. If you need any assistance accessing myDrake, please contact the Drake University Support Center at (515) 271-3001 or send an e-mail to An online ITS Knowledge Base is also available to provide step by step instructions and guidance. 
  • Once you have logged into myDrake, be sure to explore the options under the “MYDUSIS” icon where you may view the following:   
    • “Personal Information”
      • Update your address and phone number
      • View Drake email address
      • Update emergency contact information
    • “Student Services & Financial Aid”
      • Check your class schedule
      • Check student account details
      • Register for a Drake parking tag (after August 3)
      • Check for account holds
      • View unofficial transcripts

The portal can be extremely useful to you; it only takes a little time to explore the options.  When you finish your connection, always remember to logout so your account is not visible to another user.

  • Look over the 2020- 2021 Academic Calendar and Fall 2020 Course Schedule. Review your personal schedule by logging into myDrake, instructions can be found here. Please note that your legal research and legal writing small group assignments may not yet be included in your schedule. These are typically assigned by the first day of orientation.
  • Learn more about Drake’s Student Health Center.
  • Research your health insurance options as a law student. ABA Insurance created a new landing page on specifically tailored to law students’ insurance needs. The page includes a Frequently Asked Questions section and a phone number (1-855-967-0415) to call to talk to an expert. The Law Student Division aggregated much of this information and published it, along with a recorded webinar video in a Before the Bar article.
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