LL.M. Students Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule of Activities

Updated: August 12, 2020.

Following is the final schedule of classes and activities for incoming LL.M. students during their 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.

Due to health and safety protocols instituted by the university and state and federal health authorities Washburn University has implemented a requirement that immediately and throughout the Fall semester "Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear masks . . . in all hallways, public spaces, classrooms, and other common areas of campus buildings. Masks must also be worn when in offices, work spaces, or outdoor settings when 6-feet social distancing cannot be maintained."

Please bring your laptop to each day's session. On the first day, August 12, bring your government-issued photo ID (i.e., Passport), which is required for your student ID.

Please Do These Things Before August 12

  1. Submit a photo for your Washburn ID (iCard)
    • In order for us to have your Washburn ID card ready in your orientation packet when you checkin on Wednesday, August 12, please email your photo to photos@washburnlaw.edu.
    • The photo should meet these specifications (373 KB PDF) (generally, full color; clear with good contrast; WHITE background; centered, frontal view of full face and shoulders; no hats/headgear except those worn daily for religious reasons; no articles not visible in your government issued ID; jpg file format; include first and last name as part of the filename).
    • You also need to verify your identity by 1) submitting a photo of your government issued photo ID and a piece of mail that includes your name and address or 2) scheduling a meeting with the iCard office.
    • Questions can be sent to icard@washburn.edu or call (785) 670-1188.
  2. Complete and Submit the Profile Information Form
    • Completing the Profile Information Form will expedite First Week Check In and help us get to know you better.
    • Information from the form is also used to compile the law school directory.
    • For your address, please use the address where you expect to be during the fall semester.
  3. Complete and Submit the Consent to Release Information Form
    • Download the Consent form (105 KB PDF)
    • Print your name on the line at the top of the form.
    • Place a checkmark next to each item for which you are granting consent.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Scan the form or take a picture of it and email the picture to admissions@washburnlaw.edu.
    • Questions about the form can be sent to admissions@washburnlaw.edu or call (785) 670-1185.
    • Changes to your consent can be made after submitting the form by contacting Donna Haverkamp, Law School Student Records Administrator, at donna.haverkamp@washburn.edu.
  4. Compete the required readings and other assignments described below.

Thank You!

What You Should Bring to Law School

  1. Masks. You will be expected to wear a mask while on campus. You will need at least one mask for your arrival on August 12. During orientation, you will receive a university mask, but you will probably also want several others so that you only have to do laundry on weekends. Please see university mask regulations at https://washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/_files/Mask-regulations.pdf (143 KB PDF).
    Photograph: Washburn University face covering/mask.
  2. Headphones. Recommended because you may find yourself in a room or the library with other students who are monitoring a class remotely.
  3. Portable charger/power bank. You may find it convenient to have one or two portable chargers/power banks. An electrical outlet may not always be available since seating in classrooms and the library is now configured to promote social distancing. Examples (but not recommending any specific brand) are covered in this review: https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-best-portable-chargers-and-power-banks-for-2020.
  4. Laptop. Any modern laptop should be able to access the campus wireless network. Instructions are at: https://washburn.edu/its/wireless/index.html.

    Many Washburn law students use laptops to take final exams. The program typically used for online exams is Examplify. Learn more about Examplify: https://washburnlaw.edu/students/academic/examsoft/faq.html.

    The above FAQ includes suggested requirements for Windows, Surface Pro, and Mac devices (tablets cannot be used with Examplify). If you are in the market for a new laptop, you might want to go above these minimum requirements by purchasing a device with the best processor and most memory that can be accommodated by your budget, expecting the laptop to last throughout law school. An SSD rather than a hard drive would provide for quicker startup. In addition, Washburn University ITS provides suggested minimum and "for best performance" requirements for Windows and Mac devices: https://washburn.edu/its/tech-recommendations.html.

    Note that you will be able to download Office 365 to your laptop or other devices at no charge. There is no need to pay for a separate subscription: https://washburn.edu/its/office-365/index.html.

    The law school IT staff, Jason Dinkel and David Vermooten, will also be happy to assist should you run into any issues setting up your new laptop or accessing the University network. Feel free to contact them now with questions: lawtech@washburn.edu.

Week 1

Wednesday, August 12

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Welcome and LL.M. Check-In – Law School Building, Room 327 (may change depending on social distancing needs)

  • Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process will be in Room 327 located on the third floor of the law school, across from Professor Kowalski's office.

Hot Breakfast and Introductions, with:

Technology Connection

  • Jason Dinkel assist you with connecting to the Washburn University wireless network and verify that your email address is active. Be sure to have your computer and phone with you!

Directory Photos

  • Martin Wisneski will take your photo for the School of Law directory.

Bar Admission Introductory Information

  • Professor Blake Klinkner and Assistant Dean Tammy King will share some information for those of you considering taking a U.S. bar exam.

Campus Tour

  • LL.M. Ambassadors will take you around campus and show you where to find the bookstore, cafeteria, Health Services, International House, and gym. Students will be taken to have their Washburn ID issued, which requires government-issued identification (usually passport).

Course Selection

  • You will finalize your course selections (based on the questionnaire you filled out previously) with Professor McMillan and Dean Mastrosimone.

12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch – Room 327

  • Box lunch provided. Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Monday, August 3, 2020, if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches. Please express your preferences for all three days this week.

1:30-3:00 p.m. – LexisNexis/Westlaw Setup – Room 327

  • Barbara Ginzberg will help setup your Westlaw and LexisNexis accounts and provide an introductory training session on how to use these databases.

Thursday, August 13

All sessions on Thursday will be in the Law School Building, Room 327.

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Case Briefing and Class preparation (Professor Blake Klinkner)

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Introduction to Research, Resources, and Techniques (library staff) (bring your laptop)

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Box Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Study Skills and Law School Success (Professor Blake Klinkner)

Friday, August 14

All morning and early afternoon sessions on Friday will be in the Law School Building, Room 327.

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Introduction to Research, Resources, and Techniques (library staff) (bring your laptop)

10:00-11:00 a.m. – How to Build an Effective Outline (Professor Blake Klinkner)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Box Lunch (provided)

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Time Management for Busy Law Students (Professor Blake Klinkner)

3:00-7:00 p.m.Postponed: New Date To Be Announced: Kayaking on the Kaw (Kansas River) – Launching from Manhattan, Kansas


Assignments: Required Readings to Be Completed Before August 17, 2020

Note that the following required reading should be completed prior to Monday, August 17.

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 18 (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).


Week 2

The second week of orientation for LL.M. students will occur at several locations, including overflow rooms at the law school building to ensure appropriate social distancing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. LL.M. students will attend sessions remotely on August 18 and August 20 in the Law School Building, Room 100.

Monday, August 17

This is a day off for LL.M. students – please use it to complete all readings for this week (see above).

If you are not familiar with Zoom, take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with this program. For assistance with Zoom go to: https://washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/, select "Technology Support Links," then click the link below "Zoom Training." Register for access to Zoom if you have not done so already. Test your equipment (Zoom works on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones) and internet access (cable, wifi, cellular data plans). Contact Professor Thomas Sneed at thomas.sneed@washburn.edu with equipment/internet concerns.

Tuesday, August 18

LL.M. Students will attend all Tuesday sessions REMOTELY through Zoom in Room 100 of the Law School Building.

9:00-10:30 a.m. – Law School Essentials

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services.
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break.
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs.
    • Overview of programs available to give you legal skills training and experience, including Externships, Centers of Excellence, and Third Year Anywhere.
  • 10:00-10:10 a.m.: Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA) President Victoria Toothaker.
  • 10:10-10:30 a.m.: Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services.

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break.

10:45-11:45 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam

  • Dean Lowry on behalf of Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court. Dean Lowry will be available for individual questions after the presentation and during the lunch hour. (One student at a time, socially distanced.) You can also email questions to her at jalen.lowry@washburn.edu. Or, if you prefer, you may email Ms. Larkin at larking@kscourts.org.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch – Room 327

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Professionalism and the Honor Code

2:00-2:15 p.m.: Break.

2:15-3:15 p.m. – Workshop: Cross-Racial Understanding

  • Dean Carla Pratt

Wednesday, August 19

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (box lunches available in the lobby from 12:00-1:00 p.m. to eat in the classroom)

LL.M. Students will join Section B students and attend Wednesday sessions IN PERSON in Washburn A/B in the Memorial Union.

  • Academic Skills
    • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
    • Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
  • 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 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.

Thursday, August 20

LL.M. Students will attend Thursday's session REMOTELY through Zoom in Room 100 of the Law School Building.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (box lunch between 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 327)

  • Academic Skills
    • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
    • Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage.
  • 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 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.

8:00-9:00 p.m. – Yoga on the Lawn with Dean Pratt (optional)

You are invited to join Dean Pratt tonight for Yoga on the Lawn!
(This event will be held at Yager Stadium.) Free yoga mat to all participants!

Friday, August 21

Free day. Check your assignments for next week. (Fall class assignments aren't posted yet, but they should be by August 21.)

Monday, August 24

  • Regular class schedule begins.
  • Please ensure that you have checked all of your course pages on D2L for your syllabi, that you have purchased all required texts (which will be outlined in the syllabus for each course), and completed the required readings for the first day of class.

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