Schedule of Activities
Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.
Updated: February 5, 2016
Monday, August 22
1L Check-In - Please enter the law school through the north doors; the check-in process begins in Robinson Courtroom and ends in the law school library.
- Incoming first-year law students may check in at any time during this period to receive section assignments, a Washburn Law t-shirt, and registration packet.
- Students will have their Washburn Law directory photos taken during check-in.
- Continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
- After you have completed registration, you are free until 10:00 a.m. You may want to use this time to:
- Ask any financial aid questions of a staff member of the university Financial Aid office, temporarily at the law school this morning in the library.
- Visit the Ichabod Shop at the lower level southeast corner of Memorial Union (leave law school through East door on second floor and follow the signs). Please note that once you receive your section assignment, it is important to obtain your textbooks soon. The university's Ichabod Shop generally carries sufficient copies of textbooks, but it does not guarantee this.
- Visit the Student Services Office on the second level of Memorial Union and get your iCard. You will need to bring government-issued ID and sit for a photo at the office. Your iCard can be used as a cash card and will be necessary to enter the law school after hours.
- Review required readings.
10:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 102 (all students)
- Welcome and Introduction to Washburn Law (Dean Thomas J. Romig)
- Professionalism and the Honor Code (Aïda Alaka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
Noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided) with Study Group Leaders for Academic Skills – Room 100 (your study group leader will meet you there and lead you to your small group lunches).
- Please contact Donna McMurry at email@example.com before Monday, August 15, 2016, if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.
- Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Registration
Please bring your laptop
- Westlaw Registration – Room 114
- 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Sections A1 and B1
- 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Sections A2 and B2
- 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Section AB
- LexisNexis Registration – Room 100
- 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Section AB
- 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Sections A1 and B1
- 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Sections A2 and B2
- Bloomberg Registration – Room 102
- 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Sections A2 and B2
- 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Section AB
- 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Sections A1 and B1
- Westlaw Registration – Room 114
- Study Group Leaders will meet you in your last registration class (114, 100, or 102) and give you a tour, starting with Washburn Room A where you will have your Tuesday-Thursday classes. They will also show you the Student ID Office, the Cafeteria, the Ichabod Shop (bookstore), the Student One Stop location (for Financial Aid and Business issues); and Health Services (which includes the Counseling Center).
Tuesday, August 23-Thursday, August 25
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (lunch on your own from noon-1:00 p.m.)
- Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt) – Washburn Room A, Memorial Union
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 be taught 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.
Friday, August 26
Please wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo (t-shirt distributed at Monday check-in).
8:00-9:00 a.m. – Optional Continental Breakfast (Washburn Room A, Memorial Union)
- Director Shawn Leisinger of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program, and Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam (Washburn Room A, Memorial Union)
- Introduction by Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
- Ms. Fran Angell, Attorney Admissions Administrator for the Kansas Supreme Court
IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.
10:00-10:15 a.m. – Class photo
- Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt!
10:15-11:15 a.m. – Law School Essentials - Washburn Room A, Memorial Union
- Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
- Tammy King, Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono
- Study Group Leaders
11:15 a.m.-Noon – Opportunity Fair - Law School, First Floor Commons
- Information about and opportunities to meet university, law school, and community organizations helpful to law students:
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Business and Transactional Law Center
- Center for Excellence in Advocacy
- Center for International and Comparative Law
- Center for Law and Government
- Children and Family Law Center
- Counseling Services
- Externship Program
- Family Law Quarterly
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
- Law Clinic
- Law Student Organizations
- Moot Court
- Oil and Gas Law Center
- Student Health Center
- TBA Young Lawyers Division
- Topeka Bar Association (TBA)
- Washburn Law Journal
- Washburn Student Bar Association
- Women Attorneys Association of Topeka (WAAT)
Noon-1:00 p.m. – Welcome Lunch and Keynote Address (Memorial Union, Washburn Room A)
- Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Thomas J. Romig
- Administration of Professionalism Oath
- Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour and Presentation (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas).
Please carpool - there is enough parking at the Site if each vehicle holds at least two students.
The Site is about five minutes east of the law school. (See map below. Take 17th Street, on the north side of the law school, east until you reach the Site's parking lot on your left just past Monroe Street. If you need disability-accessible parking, go through the parking lot and park behind the building.) Note: It is advised that you do not wear spike heels or expensive shoes, as the path to the building is sometimes not good in bad weather. Please contact Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, if you need a ride to the Site: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Approximately 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Entry to Auditorium and Welcome by Park Superintendent.
- 1:30-2:30: Presentation by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
- 2:30-3:00: Tour Site on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
3:00-5:30 p.m. - Free Time
- Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning August 29. A link to the assignments will be posted here sometime during First Week, when the professors have the assignments ready.
5:30-7:30 p.m. – 1L Students and Family Picnic with Washburn Law Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (Law School, South Patio)
- Sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association.
Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28
- Unscheduled Days
Monday, August 29
- Regular class schedule begins