Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law (see below also the opportunity fair scheduled for the second week on Tuesday, January 17). While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday through Friday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 6, 2017.

Tuesday, January 10

9:00-9:30 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 shirt, and registration packet.
  • Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers
    • Computer Users: SBC Computer Lab, 2nd (main) floor of library (Ms. Jewel Makda, Student Computer Services Coordinator, and Ms. Alicia Perez, Library Assistant)
  • Enjoy continental breakfast courtesy of the library;
  • If you find you have extra time you may want to
    • Rent a locker from Joey Dempewolf, Treasurer of the Washburn Student Bar Association, who will be in the WSBA Office (first floor of the law school across from the Libation Station) from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
    • 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 signs). 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 Student Services Office 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.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Room 120

  • Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law (Dean Thomas J. Romig)
    • Dean Romig introduced by Mr. Preston Nicholson, Admissions Director
    • Dean Romig introduces Associate Deans: Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration; Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Professionalism and the Honor Code (Aïda Alaka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Study Group Leaders for Academic Skills – Room 120

  • Your Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and take you to a pizza lunch in Room 119 and your study area. The study group leaders are:
    • Mr. Matthew Adams
    • Ms. Morgan Hammes
    • Ms. Kaitlin Jaeger
    • Ms. Mackenzie Maki
    • Ms. Teresa Offerman
    • Mr. Curry Sexton
  • After lunch, you will take a quick tour of the classrooms you will be in next week, as well as Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (location of your Welcome Lunch next week), the Union (containing the bookstore, cafeteria, snack shop, and student ID office), and Morgan Hall (containing the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, Health Services, and Counseling Services).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 4, 2016 if you have special dietary needs.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 120

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Introduction of and Presentation by Kandace Mars, Associate Director of Financial Aid
  • Introduction of and Presentation by Tammy King, Director of Professional Development

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Westlaw and LexisNexis - Room 120 - Please bring your laptop

  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. - Westlaw Registration
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration

3:30-5:00 p.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam (Room 120)

  • Introduction by Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Ms. Fran Angell, Attorney Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Ms. Anne McDonald, Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • Ms. Brynn Mroz, KALAP

    IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.

Wednesday, January 11

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • 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 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Thursday, January 12

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

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

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Friday, January 13

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

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Noon-12:15 p.m.

  • Class Photo: Meet in Room 120. You can leave your things there while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

12:30-2:30 p.m. - Welcome Lunch and Tour of Brown Site

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas). 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:
    • 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Lunch (Tossed salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and Ranch and Italian dressings on the side; Parmesan crusted chicken breast tenders; Fettuccine pasta; Garlic Parmesan breadsticks; Spice cake with buttercream frosting; Ice tea and water)
      Please contact Donna McMurry at before noon on January 6 if you have special dietary needs.
    • 1:00-1:15 p.m.: Introduction by U.S. Park Ranger Enimini Ekong to the Brown cases, and the roles of Washburn lawyers in those cases.
    • 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Dean Romig welcomes class and introduces Keynote Speaker
    • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Keynote Speaker and Administration of Professionalism Oath
      The Honorable Cheryl A. Rios, Third Judicial District of Kansas
    • Approximately 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Tour 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.

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 17. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Tuesday, January 17

Regular class schedule begins.

12:15-1:00 p.m. (attendance required)

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