Graphic: Proposed north entrance to new law school building, and thumbnails of floorplans.

Ideal Place: The Need, The Solution

The Need

The current legal curriculum is much different than when the building opened in 1969. In the past 30 years, the number of courses has increased nearly 40 percent. In the past 10 years alone, there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of course offerings, but the space remains the same.

Today, the number of skills-based classes far exceeds the number of large lectures. In the past, the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing course, which is required for all first-year students, was taught in a single classroom. Today, there are seven or eight small sections each semester, giving students more practical experience and mentoring, but also requiring seven or eight additional classroom spaces.

In addition, today’s legal education requires advanced courses around this same skill that were not offered in the past. For example, the current curriculum includes courses such as Legal Writing for Government Clients, Legal Writing for Externships, Transactional Drafting, and Writing for Law Practice. These advanced classes require additional space.

The Solution

The new building will reflect Washburn Law's mission, programs, and culture – high-quality teaching and learning first, practical preparation of our students and an open environment that encourages faculty and student collaboration and interaction.

Your gift will help us:

  • Invest in the future by creating a 21st century learning and technology environment;
  • Ensure that Washburn Law remains on the cutting edge of legal education by providing the best possible clinical experience and educational environment;
  • Provide diverse classroom spaces and configurations, teaching resources, and technology to meet the demands of a broader, deeper legal curriculum and to accommodate a variety of teaching styles;
  • Create interior spaces that encourage collaboration between faculty and students in teaching, studying, and research;
  • Add a much-needed trial courtroom for hands-on training to complete the Washburn Law educational experience; and
  • Perpetuate Washburn Law's stellar reputation, impressive faculty/student interaction, accessibility, and affordability.

To discuss your gift please contact:

Photograph: Patrick Mikesic.
Patrick Mikesic
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, School of Law
pmikesic@wualumni.org
(785) 670-1869

Photograph: Karla Whitaker.
Karla Whitaker
Development Director, School of Law
kwhitaker@wualumni.org
(785) 670-2781

Graphic: Give to the law school new building campaign.

Make your gift to Ideal Place: The Building Campaign for Washburn University School of Law online by clicking "Give" above. Request more information from Patrick Mikesic, pmikesic@wualumni.org or (785) 670-1869.

Photograph: Michael and Doreen Manning.

Michael Manning: Washburn Law most important factor to career success, inspired gift to building campaign.

Photograph: Martin Wisneski and Lisa Hammer with some of the faculty and staff who contributed to the new building campaign.

Wisneski / Hammer: Encourage faculty and staff giving to building campaign.