Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial weeks at Washburn Law (First Week, the Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, August 29, and the PDO events in September AND October). While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Tuesday through Thursday, August 21-August 23. Please plan on full days. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, August 20

8:00-9:30 a.m.
1L Check-In - Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom and ends in the law school library.

  • Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law t-shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Continental breakfast courtesy of the library.

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Laptop Configuration (Register for wireless, set up library printers, discuss backup plans and theft prevention.)

  • Mac users: Room 114: Mr. Jason Dinkel, User Service Administrator
  • Window users: Room 102: Mr. David Vermooten, User Service Administrator

If you have free time between registration and laptop configuration, or after laptop configuration and before incoming Dean Pratt's Welcome at 10:45 a.m., you may want to:

  • Visit the Ichabod Shop at the lower level southeast corner of Memorial Union (leave law school through East door on second floor and follow the sidewalk east to the first building). Please note that once you receive your section assignment, it is important to obtain your textbooks soon. The university's Ichabod Shop generally carries sufficient copies of textbooks, but it does not guarantee this.
  • Visit the Ichabod Service Center on the second level of Memorial Union and get your iCard. You will need to bring government-issued ID and sit for a photo at the office. Your iCard can be used as a cash card and will be necessary to enter the law school after hours.
  • Review required readings.

10:45-Noon – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (leave law school through north doors and follow sidewalk east to first building along 17th street)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Study Group Leaders – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Dean Lowry introduces you to your Study Group Program and to the Study Group Leaders:
    • Ms. Rebecca Bergkamp, Ms. Madeline Bjorklun, Mr. Ryan Crowell, Mr. Brandon Curl, Mr. Timothy Demel, Ms. Kayla Dieker, Ms. Elizabeth Eggleston, Ms. Elyssa Ellis, Ms. Gabriella Ferraro, Mr. Colin Halpin, Mr. Dakota Lamb, Ms. Katherine Lander, Mr. William Machado, Ms. Lauren Moon, Ms. Nicole Phaneuf, Ms. Amy Ross, Mr. Anson Tullis, Ms. Kasie VanDonge, Ms. Heather Wedel, Mr. Scott Wenger, and Mr. Dylan Wheeler
    • Your Leader will lead you to a table for a box lunch and your first meeting. Your Leader will give you a tour after lunch that will include your classrooms at the Law School for the following week. He or she will show you the Student Services Office (where you get your ID card), the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues), Health Services, and the Counseling Center.
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Monday, August 13, 2018, if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:50 p.m. – Law School Essentials – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Financial Aid for Graduate Students (approximately 1:30-2:00)
    • Kandace Mars, Director of Financial Aid
  • Planning for a Meaningful Career (2:00-2:30)
  • Taking Care of Yourself so That You Can Take Care of Your Clients (2:30-2:50)
    • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services
    • Molly Steffes-Herman, Victim Advocate
    • Representative from Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)

3:00-3:15 p.m. – Introduction to the Law Library – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

3:15-3:35 p.m. – Westlaw Introduction – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Please bring your laptop.

3:45-4:45 p.m. – LexisNexis Registration – Law School, Room 100

  • Please bring your laptop.
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Sections A and AB
  • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Section B

Tuesday, August 21

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills
  • Review required readings
  • This intensive program will introduce students to many of the basic skills and processes they need to succeed in law school. Students will begin the study of tort law during the program and will simultaneously learn how to read and brief cases, take notes, create outlines, and answer law school examination questions. These skills are not explicitly taught in the traditional legal education model, but the program represents Washburn's commitment to cutting-edge legal pedagogy that is supported by modern educational research.

Wednesday, August 22

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Law School Academic Support Office and Importance of Bar Preparation
    • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage
  • Academic Skills
    • Professor Rory Bahadur

Thursday, August 23

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.) – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills
    • Professor Rory Bahadur

Friday, August 24

Please wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo (t-shirt distributed at Monday check-in).

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Practical Legal Experience Opportunities at Washburn Law – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic; Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs; and Assistant Director Kaitlin Alegria, Programs and Outreach, will give you a short overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience. Continental breakfast provided.

8:55-9:15 a.m. – Class photo

  • Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt!

9:15-10:00 a.m. – Developing Your Professional Identity – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Dean Lowry

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Introduction by Dean Lowry
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

11:00 a.m.-Noon - Free Time

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Welcome Lunch – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Menu: beef brisket and smoked sausage; brown sugar baked beans; baked macaroni and cheese; green beans; garden salad with ranch dressing; dinner rolls and butter; apple cobbler; and iced tea and water. Please contact about food allergies.
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Pratt
  • Keynote Address on Professionalism:
    The Honorable Marla J. Luckert, '80, Kansas Supreme Court (learn more about Justice Luckert on the Kansas Judicial Branch website)
  • Administration of Professionalism Oath

1:30-4:00 p.m. – Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour and Presentation – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Please carpool - there is enough parking at the Site if each vehicle holds at least two students.

    The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.) Note: It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site:
    • Approximately 1:30 p.m.: Entry to Auditorium and Welcome.
      • Park Ranger Enimini Ekong presentation about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
    • Barbados Study Abroad
      • Professor Tonya Kowalski, Director of International Legal Programs and Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center
    • Professionalism and the Honor Code
      • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Tour Site on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
    See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are done with your first week after the Brown Site—have a good weekend, but note:

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 27

Wednesday, August 29

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Opportunity Fair - Law School, First Floor Commons

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

Section A – September 12 AND October 17

  • PDO Orientation – Wednesday, September 12, 12:10 p.m., Room 114
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop – Wednesday, October 17, 12:10 p.m., Room 102

Section B – September 13 AND October 18

  • PDO Orientation – Thursday, September 13, 12:10 p.m., Room 114
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop – Thursday, October 18, 12:10 p.m., Room 102

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