New Student Checklist
ILSP 2015 New Student Checklist
Welcome to the Levin College of Law, Class of 2018!
We are so excited for you to join our law school family. Here is some useful information that you should look over and things you need to do before orientation.
Things you need to set up:
Gatorlink/Gator Web Mail
- This is your school e-mail account and how you receive important information – make sure to set it up before ILSP, and for your benefit ASAP!
- If you don’t have a GatorLink account yet, you can create an account using the “Create Account” link on https://login.ufl.edu/.
- Update your directory profile. Go to https://my.ufl.edu/ps/signon.html and login with your Gatorlink ID and password. From there you will go to the Main Menu and then to My Account and click on Update my directory profile and put in your ufl.edu e-mail address and other appropriate information.
Things you need to send us:
Gator 1 ID Card
To take advantage of this service, you must submit an appropriate photo to Minnie Lindsey, firstname.lastname@example.org by July 6, 2015. By e-mailing your photo to Minnie Lindsey, you authorize the Levin College of Law Office of Student Affairs to provide that photo to the UF ID Card Services Office for printing of your Gator 1 ID card and to keep that image for the purpose of publication, either in print or electronically, for administration and faculty.
Please follow these guidelines for selecting a photograph to submit:
- The photo must be a clear head shot, facing the direction of the camera.
- The background must be a light solid color or plain surface. No photos with a “busy” or complicated background can be used. The photo should not include anyone else (or anyone else’s appendages) with you.
- Do not submit photos that feature you wearing sunglasses, hats, or other head/face garments.
- The photo must be a recent picture.
- The photo must be in the JPEG image file format.
Any late photo submissions will be unable to be processed and you will have to obtain your Gator 1 ID card on your own by visiting the UFID Card Services Office at the UF Bookstore & Welcome Center. If you have already obtained your Gator 1 ID card, please submit a photo to Minnie Lindsey for Law School use; you will not be charged again as the charge is only for the printing of the card. If you obtained your Gator 1 ID card without “Levin College of Law” on it, you must submit a photo to Minnie Lindsey and you will be charged $15 again (unless it was the fault of the UF ID Card Services Office – please check with them if this applies to you).
Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement
Send Official Transcripts
- Official transcripts must be sent to the University of Florida from every post-secondary school attended. Official transcripts can be received in two ways:1) Paper transcripts received in an unopened sealed envelope.
Electronic transcripts sent from your institution directly to UF, but ONLY via eSCRIPT-SAFE or AVOW (Parchment) transcript services. Most Florida public high schools and Florida public universities and community colleges have the capability to send transcripts electronically.Applicants can save up to two weeks in the response time if all post-secondary transcripts are received electronically through a UF-approved transcript service.
- If you graduated from UF, you do not need to send a transcript.
- Send official transcripts for all institutions of higher education you have attended to the main Admissions Office at the University of Florida:
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Things you need to know:
ISIS (Integrated Student Information System)
It is important that you check your ISIS account for any holds and clear them so that Student Affairs will be able to register you for courses. You will find the following holds on your account and possibly others:
- Emergency Contact Information Hold (you need to update every 4 months)
- Registration Preparation Hold
To clear your holds, log onto ISIS:
- On the top left side of the page, go to “Holds” and click on it. You will see your hold(s) and how to correct them.
First Day Assignments
Accessing Online Course Materials (eLearning, TWEN, WebCourses)
- You will learn how to access online course materials through eLearning, TWEN (Westlaw), and WebCourses via email by August. Once you get a log-on, you can register for courses that teachers have set up an account for.
- Most teachers (but not all) post assignments and other important information on here. Some even post the first-day assignments on here.
- This is the software program most professors use to give exams. Towards the middle of fall, an e-mail will be sent out with log-in information. Install it sooner than later. You do not want to lose 20 minutes of your exam figuring out why ExamSoft can’t find your exam, when you could have fixed those problems well in advance.
- Law School’s laptop policy and requirements:
Prepare Your Laptop to Access the UF Wireless Network
- Prior to the ILSP, you need to prepare your laptop to access wireless on campus. In order to connect, please follow these steps:
- Using your laptop or other wireless device, go to getonline.ufl.edu
- Click on the orange “Auto Configuration” button.
- Follow the instructions that will guide you through the process.
- If the automatic process fails, please follow the manual set-up instructions for your operating system, located here.
- Note for Mac and Windows users, please be aware that after completing these previous steps, your laptop will be scanned for the latest anti-virus software. If none is found, you will be presented with an option to download a free anti-virus software package. You must have an up-to-date anti-virus software package installed to gain access to the UF wireless network.
- If you are still unable to access the wireless network after completing the above steps, contact the UF Computing Help Desk for assistance (choose “Help” at getonline.ufl.edu).
- Parking is very limited at the law school and around campus.
- As such, we strongly encourage students to live close to the law school and walk, bike or use public transportation.
- Students can ride any RTS (link here http://go-rts.com/) bus free when they present a valid UF ID card. In many cases it is more convenient to utilize the free bus service and other forms of transportation than drive a vehicle to campus. Many routes (SW 34 St., SW 20th Avenue, SW Archer Road) have 8-10 minutes service during normal university hours. Schedules vary during holidays and official university scheduled breaks. All routes are wheelchair accessible and buses are equipped with bike racks.
- There are approximately ninety parking spaces available at the Campus Church of Christ, a few blocks down from the Law School on SW 2nd Ave.- Go into the office on the West side of the building to inquire about parking decals. Decals cost $50 each per Fall and Spring semester and $30 per Summer Semester. If you purchase a decal at the church, you are guaranteed a spot there.
- For on campus decals for law students (law school parking lot uses Green decals)- sign up online If you choose to buy a green decal, due to the parking issues, it is important that you arrive at the law school approximately 1 hour before your class, since there is never a guarantee of finding a space.
- We encourage you to car pool to save money, gas and to avoid parking problems. The University of Florida Levin College of Law is the only college on campus that offers car-pooling to its students. The first semester students are in the best position to take advantage of this service, as all first-year law students in their assigned section have classes the same days and times.
- For additional information on the Carpool Program, please visit http://www.law.ufl.edu/about/directions/walking-biking
- Transit and Commuting Options http://www.parking.ufl.edu/pages/transcommopt.asp
- Parking Map http://www.parking.ufl.edu/maps/2014-15ParkingMap.pdf
- For more parking information law.ufl.edu/about/directions/general-parking/
- Lockers are first come, first served, and are located throughout Bruton-Geer Hall. Fall 2015 new students may claim their lockers beginning Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and returning students will be able to claim lockers beginning on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
- Looking for a roommate, or advice on where to live? The admissions office has a website to assist students in making a housing decision.
- If you entered and won the lottery for student tickets you can sit with your fellow law students as a member of the UF Law block. You can get into the block once tickets are awarded.
- To be a part of the block, you need to take your Gator 1 ID to the football ticket office (located on the east side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium). There, ask to be scanned into the law school block. If you do not have your ID scanned by Monday morning of the week of the game, you will not be in the block.