Law School Commencement

Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate, honor and recognize our graduates who have completed the requirements of the Juris Doctor or Masters of Laws degree. The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first earned law degree with two to three years of post-baccalaureate study. The Master of Laws is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. It is designed for international attorney who are interested in receiving a degree in American law and the U.S. legal system. The Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) degree prepares students for leadership roles in the global legal market.

The University has commencement celebrations at the end of the fall and spring semesters (December and May). Students completing degree requirements during the summer term will participate in spring commencement. Students planning to participate in their commencement ceremony must submit their application for Juris Doctor Degree or application for Masters of Laws Degree to Donna Haverkamp, the Student Records Administrator in the Dean's Office by the deadline for the semester they plan to walk:

Fall - Last business day of March
Spring & Summer
- Last business day of October

Commencement Ceremony Dates



Friday, December 15, 2017

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Saturday, May 9, 2020


Law students or family member with questions regarding the Law School graduation events should contact:

If you have questions about whether you have completed all requirements for graduation in December 2016 you should contact:

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Bar Exam
  • Bar Exam Preparation and Program at Washburn Law
  • Certification forms to take the bar exam in states other than Kansas should be turned in to Donna Haverkamp in the Dean's Office.
  • Copies of your law school application can be requested from Donna Haverkamp or Donna McMurry in the Dean's Office.