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 help prepare your heart and mind to be successful in law school as well as on the California Bar Exam.

Orientation for JD students will be held exclusively online for Spring 2022.  Access to the online classroom is granted to those who have Registered and have received their Single Sign On (SSO) credentials to the TIU system.  Use these credentials to access the Online Classroom at canvas.tiu.edu.  The online Orientation course is scheduled to open on December 16th.

Orientation consists of pre-recorded modules, which you will complete at your own pace, over approximately 4-5 hours.  Though Orientation is not live, it is interactive and will require your full attention and participation.

After December 16th, click below to view your Orientation course in Canvas and navigate to “Courses” > “OC100” or “OC100x”

Orientation Course in Canvas

Schedule: Orientation will be completed exclusively online for Spring 2022 via Canvas.tiu.edu. We recommend completing your Online Orientation by Saturday, January 8th, 2022


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At Orientation you will:

  • Learn about the essential skills you will need to succeed in law school.
  • Become acquainted with Academic Support and TLS culture.
  • Receive approaches for IRAC, elemental analysis, case briefing, outlining, note taking, and exam writing.

If you have not done so already, please:

  • Accept your offer of admission from your Admissions Counselor on the Intent to Enroll Form.
  • Select your Academic Plan (see links 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 8, 2021.
  • Register for classes. 
  • Be aware that you will have case briefs due the first day of class. 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 tls.edu/portal (if no TIU email address yet, visit here)


Be sure to watch this video before completing your Online Orientation:


Have questions about Single Sign-On?  Register for a 1:1 screenshare.

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.

Click here for “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.

Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA at studentaid.gov and direct your FAFSA to E00961 Trinity International University-California Campus.

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

Trinity Law School and our parent school of Trinity International University are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (phone: 800.621.7440; https://www.hlcommission.org/).

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

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

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

If you plan to take the LSAT during your first semester, it must be taken in either January, February or March 2022.

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.

Click here for referrals to local housing near our campus.


Posted on 12/9/2021:  A student is moving and her landlord posted the following information:  2 bd, 2.5 bath, 2 story condo in Lake Forest. $2,800 per month and deposit equal to one month rent. Tenants pay own water, electricity, cable and internet. Washer and dryer in unit. Granite countertops and all appliances provided (stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator). On suite bathrooms upstairs, half bath downstairs. 2 small patios off 1st floor, each bedroom has its own balcony. 2 parking spaces, one is covered.

Please contact Kimberly Liu if you are interested.

  1. Academic Calendar for the Current Year  >> Also available in the Student Portal under Registrar Services > Forms and Academic Calendar
  2. Academic Support Calendar
  3. Suggested Reading for Incoming Law Students