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JD New Student Orientation for Spring


We are excited to officially welcome you to the Trinity Law School
community at New Student Orientation.

Orientation will introduce new students to classmates, faculty, and other members of the Trinity Law School family. This is the start of your legal education! It is a comprehensive program of substantive learning, mock class sessions, and important skills training to prepare you for success in law school and on the California Bar Exam. You will learn everything you need to know about the first year of life in law school. 
All Orientation sessions are mandatory for all first year J.D. students.
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Spring 2025 Orientation is scheduled for Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11, 2025, from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific each day.

Orientation will be held at: TBD

Click here to view the Orientation Schedule 

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Orientation Preparation

At Orientation you will:

    • Learn the essential skills you need to succeed in law school, including approaches to exam writing, legal analysis, case briefing, outlining, note taking, and more.
    • Become acquainted with offices to know: Academic Support, Financial Aid, IT, Registrar, and more.
    • Be introduced to the Trinity Law School mission and distinctives that are the basis of forming lawyers for Biblical justice.
    • Learn about extracurricular opportunities–like internships, Law Review, and study abroad courses–and maintaining a balanced and healthy life in law school.

If you have not done so already, please:

    • Accept your offer of admission from your Admissions Counselor on the Intent to Enroll Form sent electronically.
    • Select your Academic Plan (see options under “Reference Links” below). Once you confirm your Academic Plan, you will be able to register. (Flex Track academic plans are pre-determined and registration is available on or after December TBD)
    • Register for classes.  Registration opens on or after December TBD.  Watch for an email notice indicating when Registration is open.
    • Be aware that you will have reading and other assignments due the first day of Orientation, and the first day of class.  Once you are registered for classes, log into Canvas to review the Orientation assignments and resources.  You will also need to log into your Student Portal to review your syllabus for each class to be sure you are prepared. Your student portal is available by navigating to  (if no TIU email address yet, visit here).


In preparation for registration, learn about the difference between online classes and podium classes in law school by watching this video from Assistant Dean Daniele Le:

Video of Professor Daniele Le discussing the difference in Online vs Podium Classes for law school

Where to Purchase Textbooks

Required textbooks will be listed in each syllabus.  Students must purchase books prior to the start of school because readings are due at the first class.

Since Trinity Law School does not sell books directly, you are welcome to purchase your textbooks at any retailer of your choice.

Where To Purchase Textbooks

Optional books to also consider while you prepare for school are on our Suggested Reading for Incoming Law Students

Flex Track students receive additional materials for Baby Bar preparation separately.

Financial Aid

Complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA at and direct your FAFSA to E00961 Trinity International University-California Campus.

Plan ahead for the Cost of Attendance (COA) by reviewing the following:

Accreditation and Practicing Law Outside CA

Trinity Law School and our parent school of Trinity International University are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (phone: 800.621.7440;

Trinity Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the Bar Examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admissions requirements.

Additional information about practicing in other states can be found in Chart 3 of the ABA’s Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission as well as on the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Academic Plan Options

Academic Plans for Flex Track students are predetermined as part-time for the first year.  Regular JD students must select one of the following plans:

For Flex Track Students Only

Review the Academic Support Rubric for Flex as well as Flex Track On Course Resources.

MATERIALS: Materials (not textbooks) are provided by mail after Orientation.  Be sure to update your current address in your Student Portal or by contacting your Admissions Counselor directly.

LIVE SESSION CLASS TIMES will be listed in your syllabi, which are available after you Register.  You may see a preview of the schedule here.

If you plan to take the LSAT during your first semester, it must be taken in either January, February, or April 2025.

Registration with the State Bar as a New Law Student

Every law student attending a California law school must register as a New Law Student with the State Bar of California within 90 days of beginning Juris Doctor studies. This is a one-time requirement. The procedure is outlined here.

Housing Resources

Click here for referrals to local housing near our campus.

Traveling From Out of Town?

Nearby Airports

Trinity Law School is located in southern California, in the heart of Orange County, about 1 hour south of Los Angeles, and 1.5 hours north of San Diego.

We are serviced by several airports.  The nearest airport is John Wayne International (SNA), approximately 15 minutes from campus.

Other airports include:

Overnight Accommodations

Though Trinity Law School does not provide on-campus housing nor reserve blocks of rooms at hotels, we provide the following suggestions for out of town guests.

 Hotels nearest to Trinity Law School

Popular places to stay include:

Important Addresses

Hotel Fera Anaheim
100 The City Dr S,
Orange, CA 92868

Trinity Law School
2200 N Grand Ave,
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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