First Week Overview for Fall 2015 Incoming Students
Updated Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Washburn Law's First Week Program, which begins on Monday, August 17, 2015, for Fall 2015 incoming students, helps you become accustomed to the study of law in a supportive, introductory environment. In the interest of planning, you should prepare yourself for full days.
First Week Theme: Professionalism in the Law
You should begin thinking about professionalism early in your career. Some of the following assignments directly address professionalism. All of them help prepare you for a professional career in the law.
Assignments: Readings to Be Completed Before August 17th
In preparation for First Week you should read the following before arriving on August 17 (subject to updating).
Professor Bahadur’s Assignment for August 18-20 (required)
Professor Bahadur would like you to read and brief these five (5) cases (97 KB PDF). You should have a completed brief for each case with you on the first day of class (i.e., August 18) when you will also be assessed on your preparation.
Background Readings on Professionalism for August 17 and August 21 (required)
- The Pillars of Professionalism (30 KB PDF): The Pillars have been adopted by the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Bar Association, and the United States District and Bankruptcy Judges of the District of Kansas as an aspirational goal for lawyers. Although the Pillars are addressed to Kansas lawyers and law students, they are relevant for attorneys and law students in any jurisdiction.
- Washburn Law Professionalism Oath
- Character and Fitness to Practice Law
- Honor Code and Procedure for Law Students
Background Readings Helpful for First Week and Law School in General (optional—will not be specifically discussed during First Week)
Reading law and briefing cases:
- Reading Like a Lawyer (2.2 MB PDF).
- How to Read a Law School Casebook
- How to Write a Case Brief for Law School
- Briefing Cases
- Basic Concepts of American Jurisprudence
- Federal Court Role and Structure
- Comparing Federal and State Courts
- Federal Courts and the Public
- You and the Courts of Kansas
- Kansas Interactive Map by Judicial District
See the Financial Aid section of the Admitted Student Checklist, Fall 2015 Entering Class.
First Week Check-in
Incoming students are expected to check in on Monday morning, August 17, 2015, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom.
- You will receive your First Week materials
- You will receive your section assignment (if not already received).
- You will receive a Washburn Law t-shirt.
- Your photograph will be taken for the Washburn University School of Law Directory.
- Technology staff will be available to help connect your laptop to the wireless network, verify access to your Washburn e-mail account, and give you instructions for setting your laptop to print to law school printers.
A representative from the Financial Aid Office will be available in Room 214U (library) to answer questions and address concerns.
After check-in you will be free until the opening session at 10:00 a.m..
Enrollment and Section Assignments
Law school staff will formally enroll all first semester students prior to arrival on August 17, 2015. No Fall 2015 pre-enrollment steps need to be taken by incoming students.
You will be assigned to one of two equal sections for class scheduling purposes prior to your arrival at Washburn Law. To ensure equality, section assignments will not be made until the end of July. You will be notified by e-mail when section assignments have been made.
Official Undergraduate Transcript
The accreditation standards of the American Bar Association require that an official copy of your final undergraduate transcript, demonstrating that you have received your Bachelors Degree, be on file at your law school. The transcript must be official and sent directly from the institution in which you graduated to: Washburn University School of Law, Admissions Office, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621. Please note: copies of transcripts provided to LSDAS, for admissions purposes, do not fulfill this requirement.
Section assignments affect textbook purchases. You may purchase textbooks after being notified of your section assignment sometime in July. See First Semester Class Schedules for information about ordering textbooks.
Tuition rates, per hour, for the 2015-2016 academic year are:
- $686 - Resident
- $1,071 - Non-resident
In addition, there is a $35 per semester student activity fee.
See Tuition and Costs for more information (based on 2015-2016 estimates).
Washburn University School of Law Directory
The Washburn Student Bar Association sponsors and publishes a directory of students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of each academic year. Photographs taken for the directory are also used to provide faculty with course rosters for their classes.
During check-in on Monday, August 17, 2015, we will take your photograph and ask you to provide/verify your address, phone number, hometown, and verify your undergraduate institution.
The directory is available in two formats: print, and electronically through a password protected area of the Washburn Law website. One copy of the print Directory is distributed to each student, faculty, and staff member at Washburn Law. Access to the electronic version of the Directory is limited to students, faculty, and staff at Washburn Law.
Although the information collected above is used to produce the Directory and by Washburn Law personnel in order serve you better during the school year, we recognize that you may not want to share some of this information outside the law school staff. When you provide your Directory information you may indicate your desire to not have one or more of the following items printed in the Directory and displayed in the electronic version:
- Your photograph
- Your local address
- Your local phone number
- Your hometown
- Your undergraduate institution
You will receive a copy of the Directory in your information packet when you check in. Questions about the Directory may be sent to Martin Wisneski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional Leisure Reading
We have identified several books related to adjusting to law school. You may find these interesting to read during your leisure time. Links to more information at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and publisher websites are provided. Again, these are not mandatory readings.
- Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor (2001) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert by Ruth Ann McKinney. 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2012) (CAP website)
- How to Think About Studying Law
- Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael Hunter Schwartz (2d ed., 2008) (Carolina Academic Press)
- Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law by Kenney F. Hegland (2003) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- A Student's Guide to Legal Analysis by Patrick M. McFadden (2001) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- How to Adjust Academically
- 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School by Andrew J. McClurg (2009) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- The Law School Survival Guide (2003) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- Acing Your First Year of Law School by Shana Connell Noyes and Henry S. Noyes (1999) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- Starting Off Right in Law School by Carolyn J. Nygren (1997) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- Law School Without Fear by Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo. (2d ed., 2002) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- 1000 Days to the Bar by Dennis J. Tonsing (2003) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- How to Do Well On Exams
- How to Study Law and Take Law Exams by Ann M. Burkhart and Robert A. Stein (1996) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)
- How To Do Your Best on Law School Exams by John Delaney (1993) (Amazon.com)
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul (1999) (Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble)