LL.M. Student Orientation Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for LL.M students during the initial two weeks at Washburn Law. In the interest of planning, you should prepare yourself for full days. While modifications may occur to this schedule, attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Please bring your laptop to orientation on Monday, August 13.

Week 1

Monday, August 13, 2018

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Check-in and Continental Breakfast with LL.M. Directors, Ambassadors – Room 327

  • Room 327 is located on the third floor of the law school, across from Professor Kowalski's office.
  • Obtain a locker, if desired.

9:30-10:00 a.m.

  • Laptop setup for wireless network and printing – Room 327
  • Directory Photos – Robinson Courtroom (2nd floor)

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Welcome – Room 327

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Tours

  • Law School Tour by LL.M. Ambassadors
  • Washburn University Campus Tour (including bookstore, health services, and student wellness and recreation center (gym))
  • Obtain Washburn ID (please bring government-issued identification (passport))

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Westlaw/LexisNexis/Bloomberg Registration – Law Library Computer Lab

12:30-2:00 p.m. – Advising and Lunch

  • Advising with LL.M. Director and Registration for Classes – Room 324 (Professor McMillan's office)
  • Lunch on your own.

2:00 p.m. – Shop for Textbooks

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research (Library staff) – Room 106

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Legal Research – Room 106

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch with Associate Dean Mastrosimone and LL.M. Ambassadors

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

Thursday, August 16, 2018

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

Friday, August 17, 2018

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

Week 2

Many of the activities during Week 2 will be held with first year J.D. students.

Before to August 21, 2018, please read the following assignments for sessions with Professor Rory Bahadur:

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 21).

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 20 and August 24 (required)

Monday, August 20, 2018

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

2:00-2:50 p.m. – Law School Essentials – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • 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)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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 is with both JD and LLM students, and 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, 2018

9:00 a.m.-4:00 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, 2018

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, 2018

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: Italian Buffet with garden salad, green beans, lasagna, wedding cookies, and iced tea or coffee. Please contact donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu 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: jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.
    • 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:

  • Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning August 27. A link to the assignments will be posted here sometime during First Week, when the professors have the assignments ready.

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 27, 2018

  • Regular class schedule begins
    • Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning August 28. A link to the assignments will be posted here sometime during week of August 21, when the professors have the assignments ready.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

12:30-1:30 p.m. Opportunity Fair – Law School, First Floor Commons and Rooms 100, 102, 106 and 114

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