Admitted Students

Zero-L Course

Developed by Harvard Law School, Zero-L is an online course designed to ensure all incoming students, whatever their backgrounds and previous areas of study, start with foundational legal knowledge that enables them to thrive in law school. We provide this course to our incoming students.

Introductory Program

Registration for the Introductory Program starts at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. Weather and pandemic conditions permitting, the Introductory Program commences with an optional outdoor ice cream social on the evening of Tuesday, August 18. This is always a relaxed and enjoyable way for you to meet others in your class and mingle with faculty and staff.

The Intro Program will officially begin on Wednesday, August 19, and continue through the end of the day on Friday, August 21. These days will be filled with activities and workshops Wednesday that will begin the process of building community and demystifying law school. Some sessions and activities will be face-to-face; we will engage in others via distance learning.

Recommended dress for the Intro Program is business casual. Among other things, photos for the Student “Lookbook” and other law school communications will be taken on Wednesday, August 19. We will also be welcoming distinguished leaders from the Montana legal and educational community to join us during the Intro Program.

FAQs

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from prospective and current law students. If you have a question you would like answered, feel free to email us at lawadmissions@umontana.edu.

For COVID-19-related questions, please see the information we've compiled for Planning for Fall 2020.

Incoming 1Ls will sign up for classes in early- to mid-July, after receiving section assignments from the Registrar’s Office. Detailed instructions on how to register will be emailed out to all incoming 1Ls.

Students can print from designated printers in the Law School through use of their Griz Card. These printers are available in the library and in the 1L commons. The computers in the library reading room are for use by the public. You can print from them, but it costs 20 cents per page, cash only. You cannot print from them after 5 p.m.

You may get coffee, pastries, soup and sandwiches at the School of Law's coffee shop, Sidebar, in the Lower Commons.  The nearby Business and Education Schools also have similar cafes. You may also purchase coffee from the Market at the University Center on Campus and at various other locations around campus.
As mandated by the ABA, students are restricted to no more than 20 hours per week of employment during the school year. We strongly recommend not working during your 1L year. Your 1L grades are critical, and studying for exams is a full-time job.
No, you do not need to do something law-related your first summer. Many successful students begin good careers out of law school without having legal-related summer employment. Nevertheless, legal summer employment, especially after your second year, is very common among students.

Safety concerns have forced us to forego class reserves at this time. Normally, the library has one copy of each of required textbook for required classes on reserve and may have a copy of a textbook for your elective course if a faculty member loans a copy to the library.

The carrels on the mezzanine of the library are assigned to second- and third-year students by the SBA in the spring. The carrels on the main floor are open seating that anyone can use while they are in the library, but items should not be stored in them.

You can find more information on our Academic Success Program webpage.
The law school provides a database of previous exams and outlines on the Academic Support Program (ASP) Moodle page. You may contact the teaching assistant for your class for additional resources. Also, the library has study materials like nutshells, hornbooks and question-and-answer books, but quantities are limited. All law students have free electronic access to the West Study Aids through Westlaw.

Disability Services for Students (DSS) serves University of Montana students with disabilities who are registered with the DSS office. Their purpose is to ensure programs are as accessible and usable by students with disabilities as they are for any student. DSS determines the student's eligibility for reasonable modifications and coordinates modifications for those who are registered with the DSS office.

Blewett School of Law's Associate Dean of Students works closely with law students and DSS to ensure that our students have equal and accessible opportunities. We encourage students to register with DSS as early as possible in their academic career. If you have a questions about disability accommodations, please reach out to Associate Dean of Students Sally Weaver at sally.weaver@umontana.edu or 404-218-2861 or to DSS directly.

Yes. In order to start a student group you need to present appropriate bylaws and 10 signatures of initial members to the Student Bar Association (SBA) Executive Board. After the SBA will vote and confirm the student group into existence if the bylaws and signatures are approved.

Please refer to the Montana University System Board of Regents Policy 940.1 regarding residency.