Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Schedule of Activities for Spring 2019 Incoming Students

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday through Thursday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 3, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8

9:00-10:00 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 shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.

9:05-10:15 a.m. – Library

  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers, then enjoy continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
  • If you find you have extra time you may want to Review required readings.

10:30-11:00 a.m. – Room 327

  • Introduction of Dean Pratt by Preston Nicholson, Assistant Dean for Admissions
  • Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law (Dean Carla D. Pratt)
    • Introduction of Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Introduction of Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    • Introduction of Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
    • Introduction of Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 327

  • Professionalism and the Honor Code (Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided), Introduction of WSBA President, and Tour with Group Leaders – Room 327

  • Introduction of Washburn Student Bar Association President Jake Miller
  • Purpose of Small Groups and Introductions of Group Leaders (Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs)
  • Your Group Leaders will meet you in Room 327 and take you to your box lunches in Room 321 and your meeting area. After lunch, you will take a quick tour of the classrooms you will be in next week, as well as Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, the Union (housing the bookstore, cafeteria, snack shop, and student ID office), Morgan Hall (housing the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, Health Services), and Kuehne Hall (housing Counseling Services).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 2, 2019 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Character and Fitness Requirements for the Bar - Room 327

  • Gayle Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Barry Garrison, Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • MPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

2:30-3:00 p.m. – Financial Aid Essentials - Room 327

  • Director Kandace Mars, Director of Financial Aid

3:00-4:15 p.m. – Westlaw and LexisNexis Registration - Room 327 - Please bring your laptop

  • 3:00-3:15 p.m. - Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration (Ms. Cheryl Clark)
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m. - Westlaw Registration and Explanation of TWEN (Professor Sneed)

Wednesday, January 9

8:15-8:45 a.m. – Coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of your Alumni Office - First Floor Commons

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

    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 be taught 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.

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Thursday, January 10

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 327

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Friday, January 11

Wear your Washburn Law Shirt for Class Photo! (Distributed at Tuesday check-in)

9:15-9:45 a.m. – Room 327

  • Continental Breakfast with Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic and Assistant Director Kaitlin Alegria of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program

10:00-10:15 a.m. – Class Photo - Meet in Room 327.

  • You can leave your things in Room 327 while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

10:15-11:30 a.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 327

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    The Six Strengths Necessary for a Fulfilling Career (and how Washburn Law will help you become strong in them)
  • Introductions of:
    • Professor Tonya Kowalski, Director of International Legal Programs
    • Director Tiffany McManis, Health Services
    • Director Crystal Leming, Counseling Services
    • Director Louis Clothier, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
    • Director Tammy King, Director of Professional Development (PDO)
    • Ms. Cindy Moyer, Administrative Specialist, PDO

Noon-1:30 p.m. - Welcome Lunch

Note venue has been changed (due to Brown Site being closed due to the federal government shut-down) to:

Weary Education Center, at Historic Fire Station No. 2
719 SW Van Buren, Topeka, Kansas
( directions via Google maps and see map below )

Parking: Please carpool as much as possible. Metered coin street parking is available along 8th street (cheapest) and along Van Buren (most expensive, $1.50 for 90 minutes), and along other side streets, but the adjacent parking lots are reserved for state employees. Parking is also available at the nearby Crosby Place Garage at 108 SW 8th Avenue ($1 hour, MC/Visa, debit cards and bills accepted as well as coins). If you have time to take a quick look at the beautifully refurbished state capitol, free underground parking is available at the 8th street entrance, but the time is limited to two hours.

If you are able to arrive earlier than noon, great. Please go ahead and go through the buffet line, sit down at any seat that doesn't have a faculty or staff reservation sign (we try to have faculty and staff for you at each table, so you can start meeting us) and start eating—don't stand on ceremony. Also, please feel free to continue to eat during the remarks.

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 15. These assignments will become available sometime during the week of January 7, 2019. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Monday, January 14

Regular class schedule begins.

Tuesday, January 15

12:15-1:00 p.m. – Opportunity Fair - Law School, First Floor Commons