Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

First Week Overview for Fall 2020 Incoming Students (Tentative)

Updated: July 7, 2020.


Washburn Law's First Week Program, which begins on Monday, August 17, 2020, for Fall 2020 incoming students, helps you become accustomed to the study of law in a supportive, introductory environment. In the interest of planning, you should prepare yourself for full days.

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 7:30-9:00 p.m.
"So a Family Member is Going to Law School: What to Expect, How to Help, and Your Questions Answered"

Photograph: Jalen Lowry.Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, hosts an online event for family and friends of incoming law students. Topics discussed will include what your law students will be experiencing and ways that you can support them. Dean Lowry, current students and their family members, and law school faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions. Incoming students: your invitation with Zoom ID and password was emailed to you on Monday, July 6.

Photo Needed For Washburn University ID (iCard)

Please see these guidelines and submit a photo (373 KB PDF) so we can have your Washburn ID card ready when you check-in on Monday, August 17, 2020. Email your photo to Note the section about how to verify your identity. Questions can be sent to or (785) 670-1188.

First Week Theme: Professionalism in the Law

You should begin thinking about professionalism early in your career. Some of the following assignments directly address professionalism. All of them help prepare you for a professional career in the law.

Assignments: Readings to Be Completed Before August 17, 2020

In preparation for First Week you should read the following before arriving on August 17 (subject to updating).

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 17-18 and August 21 (required)

Professor Griggs's Assignment for August 19 and August 20 (required)

Your assignment for the Academic Skills class is to read and brief these four cases (297 KB PDF). You should have a completed brief for each case with you on the first day of class (August 19) when you will also be assessed on your class preparation. To aid you with the case reading and briefing assignments, here is an introductory guide to case law briefing, and instruction on how to read a legal opinion (272 KB PDF).

Financial Aid

See the Financial Aid section of the Admitted Student Checklist, Fall 2020 Entering Class.

First Week Check-in

Photograph: Southeast entrance of Washburn University Memorial Union.Incoming students are expected to check in on Monday morning, August 17, 2020, between 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Please note that Monday-Thursday First Week activities will be held in the Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A/B. Please enter Memorial Union through the southeast entrance (see directions and map below); go up one flight of stairs (or take the elevator up one flight); and then turn left to enter the hallway outside Washburn Rooms A/B.

At check-in:

  • You will receive your First Week materials
  • You will receive a Washburn Law shirt.
  • Your photograph will be taken for the Washburn University School of Law Directory.
  • Technology staff will be available to help connect your laptop to the wireless network, verify access to your Washburn e-mail account, and give you instructions for setting your laptop to print to law school printers.

After check-in you will be free until the opening session at 11:00 a.m. See also the complete first week schedule.

To get to Memorial Union from the Law School (see map below): 1) from the east side of the Law School walk east past the Living Learning Center, past the Union north entrance (with clock tower), and past the Union; 2) just past the Union turn right (south), walk past the northeast entrance and continue to the southeast entrance and enter the Union.

Map: Law School to southeast entrance of Memorial Union.|

Enrollment and Section Assignments

Law school staff will formally enroll all first semester students prior to arrival on August 17, 2020. No Fall 2020 pre-enrollment steps need to be taken by incoming students.

You will be assigned to one of two equal sections for class scheduling purposes prior to your arrival at Washburn Law. To ensure equality, section assignments will not be made until the end of July. You will be notified by e-mail when section assignments have been made.

Official Undergraduate Transcript

The accreditation standards of the American Bar Association require that an official copy of your final undergraduate transcript, demonstrating that you have received your Bachelors Degree, be on file at your law school. The transcript must be official and sent directly from the institution in which you graduated to: Washburn University School of Law, Admissions Office, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621. Please note: copies of transcripts provided to LSDAS, for admissions purposes, do not fulfill this requirement.


Section assignments affect textbook purchases. You may purchase textbooks after being notified of your section assignment sometime in July.


Tuition rates, per hour, for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

  • $779 - Resident
  • $1,216 - Non-resident

In addition, there is a $35 per semester student activity fee.

See Tuition and Costs for more information (based on 2019-2020 estimates).

Tuition and cost information will be updated in July 2020.

Health Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Insurance plan is available to Washburn students. To learn more, see Student Health Services and Health Insurance Coverage.

Washburn University School of Law Directory

The Washburn Student Bar Association sponsors and publishes a directory of students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of each academic year. Photographs taken for the directory are also used to provide faculty with course rosters for their classes.

During check-in on Monday, August 17, 2020, we will take your photograph and ask you to provide/verify your address, phone number, hometown, and verify your undergraduate institution.

The directory is available in two formats: print, and electronically through a password protected area of the Washburn Law website. One copy of the print Directory is distributed to each student, faculty, and staff member at Washburn Law. Access to the electronic version of the Directory is limited to students, faculty, and staff at Washburn Law.

Although the information collected above is used to produce the Directory and by Washburn Law personnel in order serve you better during the school year, we recognize that you may not want to share some of this information outside the law school staff. When you provide your Directory information you may indicate your desire to not have one or more of the following items printed in the Directory and displayed in the electronic version:

  • Your photograph
  • Your local address
  • Your local phone number
  • Your hometown
  • Your undergraduate institution

Questions about the Directory may be sent to Martin Wisneski at

Optional Leisure Reading

You may find the books and sources below interesting to read during your leisure time. Links to more information at, Barnes and Noble, and publisher websites are provided. Again, these are not mandatory readings.

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