Professionalism Oath for Incoming Class

Incoming students take a professionalism oath at the beginning of their law school careers. The oath guides the aspirations and conduct of students during their time at Washburn Law.

I understand that my legal reputation started on my first day of law school. I solemnly vow to uphold the Honor Code of Washburn University School of Law and the values expressed in the Pillars of Professionalism (30 KB PDF). I promise to prepare diligently for my classes in order to develop the competency and character that will be expected of me from those who trustingly seek my aid in time of need.
I will check my official email regularly and respond to communications promptly, accurately, and courteously. I understand that my actions and words, including those shown on social media, now reflect on Washburn Law and the legal profession. I will strive to promote an atmosphere of collegiality with my peers that will carry forward in my professional career. I will treat myself and others with respect.
I understand that the current pandemic puts a serious responsibility on me to protect others. I understand that I may be a carrier without realizing it and that others may have underlying health or living conditions of which I am unaware that puts them at great risk. I therefore promise to:
  • Use face coverings while on campus
  • Practice social distancing while on campus
  • Stay home if I feel ill and report my symptoms to Health Services
  • Wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer when washing is not practical
  • Be gracious and responsive if I am reminded of my pledged responsibilities
All this I do affirm, in the historic semester of Fall 2020, with sincerity and resolve.