Levin College of Law

New Student Checklist

ILSP 2016 New Student Checklist

Welcome to the Levin College of Law, Class of 2019!

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:

UFID Number

You can use this link to figure out your UFID number which you will need and use for various things.

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.
  • Update your directory profile. Go to myUFL 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:

Immunization Form

Make sure this is completed and sent in ASAP – you cannot be registered without it. If you graduated from UF after 2000, you do not need to resubmit this form. Any questions? Please contact the University of Florida, Student Health Care Center – Immunizations at (352) 294-7472. Download the immunization form

Gator 1 ID Card

Every Law student needs a Gator 1 ID card with “Levin College of Law” printed on it. Among other things, at the Law school this card serves as identification and allows you to enter Law buildings in the evenings and to check out study rooms in the Law Library. Even former UF students need to get a NEW ID card. Normally, you go in person to the UF ID Card Services Office to have your picture taken for this card. As a service to you, the Levin College of Law Office of Student Affairs and the UF ID Card Services Office have teamed up to offer you a new simpler, faster option for obtaining your Gator 1 card. You may submit a photo to UF Law and we will get your Gator 1 card printed and ready for you. You will then receive your Gator 1 card when you check-in on the first day of the ILSP. There is no extra charge for this service. The cost of the Gator 1 Card is $15.00 and that amount will be billed to your UF account.

To take advantage of this service, you must submit an appropriate photo to Minnie DeMoura, lindseym@law.ufl.edu by July 6, 2016. By e-mailing your photo to Minnie DeMoura, 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 DeMoura 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 DeMoura 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

The University of Florida has a mandatory health insurance requirement for all newly admitted (or re-admitted) students who are enrolled at least half time * in a degree-seeking program and are attending any campus of the University of Florida. Students are required to show proof of adequate health insurance as a condition of enrollment. It is important that you check ONE.UF to review your mandatory health insurance requirement hold on your academic record and read and agree to the policy. You must agree to either submit your health insurance information and that it meets the adequate coverage requirements (waiver) OR that you will be auto-enrolled in the school sponsored health insurance plan and billed for it. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes. More information including insurance coverage guidelines, frequently asked questions, how to submit one’s insurance information and more, can be found on the UF Student Health Insurance site. [* Half time is defined as 6 eligible credit hours for undergraduate students and 5 eligible credit hours (4 credit hours during summer) for graduate students. For students beginning in Summer B term, half-time is considered 3 hours; however, one must be enrolled in 6 hours to receive financial aid. This applies to both domestic and international students.]

Send Official Transcripts

If you earned your Bachelor’s degree at UF, you do not have to make arrangements to submit an official final transcript since it will already be on file.

All other incoming students must submit an official final transcript, showing conferral of Bachelor’s degree, to the University of Florida prior to matriculation.

Official transcripts may be:

  1. Mailed in an unopened, sealed envelope to: University of Florida, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
  2. Sent electronically from the granting institution through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse, to: University of Florida, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000. Students may save up to two weeks in processing time by ordering electronic transcripts through their undergraduate institutions.

All students may provide graduate or professional school transcripts, plus any transcripts showing credits transferred towards undergraduate degrees, if applicable. These additional transcripts, while not required, will be added to your UF record should you provide them.

Things you need to know:

ONE.UF

Through this student self-service system you can see if you have outstanding fees or holds, and view your course schedule once you are registered. It is important that you check your ONE.UF account for any holds and clear them so that Student Affairs will be able to register you for courses by July 15.

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

First Day Assignments

Many classes will have First Day Assignments – so check back frequently, especially the week before classes. Don’t be surprised if some professors don’t post the assignment until the weekend before classes!

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.

Exam Soft

  • 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. You will want to follow the instructions so that you will be prepared to take exams.

Laptops

  • 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 the UF Wireless Service site
      • 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.

    Parking

    • 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 bus free when they present a valid Gator 1 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. Contact the church office for more information Email: campuschurchofchrist@gmail.com Phone: 352-378-1471. 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 our Transportation page.

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    Lockers

    • Lockers are first come, first served, and are located throughout Bruton-Geer Hall. Fall 2016 new students may claim their lockers beginning Tuesday, August 9, 2016 and returning students will be able to claim lockers beginning on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

    Housing

    Football

    • 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.