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.

Please bring your laptop to orientation on Monday, August 14.

Updated: July 17, 2017.

Week 1

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

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

9:30-10:00 a.m.

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

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Welcome – Room 327

  • Professor Lori McMillan, Director of the LL.M. Program
  • Professor Bill Rich, Chair of the Graduate Legal Studies Committee

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.

2:00-5:00 p.m. – Tour of Kansas State Capitol (Professor Lori McMillan)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch with Graduate Legal Studies Committee and LL.M. Ambassadors

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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 18, 2017

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Trip to Kansas City (tentative)

Week 2

Except for Introduction to Anglo-American Law class meetings, activities during Week 2, the Welcome Lunch (on August 31), and the Opportunity Fair (on September 5) will be held with first year J.D. students.

Before to August 22, 2017, 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 23) when you will also be assessed on your preparation.

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 23 and August 25 (required)

Background Readings Helpful for First Week and Law School in General (optional—will not be specifically discussed during First Week)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Law Library

  • Continental breakfast (optional); courtesy of the Law Library.

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

12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:30-4:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

4:15-5:00 p.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

This session is required for students who wish to write a bar exam; otherwise, the session is optional.
  • 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, August 23-Thursday, August 24, 2017

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • 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.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo! (t-shirt distributed at check-in)

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

2:00-2:30 p.m. – Class photo – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

  • Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt! Meet in Bradbury. You can leave your things there while we take the photo.

2:30-5:00 p.m. – Introduction to Anglo-American Law – Room 106

5:30-7:30 p.m. – LL.M. and 1L J.D. Students and Families Picnic with Washburn Law Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (Law School, South Patio)

  • Sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association.

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 28, 2017

  • 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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Welcome Lunch – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Menu: beef brisket and smoked sausage, brown sugar baked beans, baked macaroni and cheese, garden salad with BBQ ranch dressing, dinner rolls and butter, apple cobbler, iced tea, and water. Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Friday, August 25, 2017 if you have special dietary needs.
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Thomas J. Romig
  • Keynote Address on Professionalism
  • Administration of Professionalism Oath

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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

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