Queen’s Law welcomes class of 2017
At the beginning of September, Queen’s Law welcomed a new group of students through its doors with the beginning of Orientation. Beginning law school can be an overwhelming experience, but the Faculty of Law has worked tirelessly to make the transition as smooth and welcoming as possible. With an Orientation schedule packed with events such as bowling, trivia nights, and numerous themed dance parties, incoming students develop lasting friendships and get their first taste of the strong sense of collegiality that sets Queen’s apart from other law schools.
Though many of the Orientation events remain the same each year, each year’s Orientation has a unique theme. This year’s theme was Disney, as students were divided up into teams based on different Disney movies, such as Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast.
For first-year students Rachel Mester and Meredith Nelson, the highlights of Orientation included the formal gala, Orientation games, and the opportunity to meet other students within the law school. In watching the first year students get involved in Orientation, and later transition into a more stable class schedule, it is evident that Orientation played a fundamental role in helping them feel at home within this community and set the tone for their first year.
While Orientation events are geared at welcoming first-year students into the school, the events allow students from all years to get involved, either by attending the events or participating in its organization. This year’s Orientation Committee was chaired by second-year Sierra Bilyk, who said that taking on a leadership role was “definitely a different experience from being a frosh last year… That was all about having fun and meeting people, whereas this time around it was managing over 250 people and dealing with the last minute hiccups. But it was such a great experience and I hope I was able to make the class of 2017’s introduction to Queen’s Law as exciting and rewarding as mine was last year.”
The involvement of upper-year students in Orientation encourages strong mentorship and relationships within the Queen’s Law community.
Queen’s offers one of the best legal educations in the country, but its continued focus on community and student engagement is what has allowed it to stand apart from many other law schools. Several students indicated that the strong reputation of the Queen’s Law Orientation was one of the factors that influenced their decision to attend Queen’s.
Though Orientation has now come to a close, students from all years can remain assured that they are part of a community that strongly values its students, and one that sets the tone early on by investing in its Orientation.
Leah Gensey (3L) is a contributor to Juris Diction.
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