Schedule of Activities

Following is the tentative schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial week at Washburn Law (see below also the special activities scheduled for the second week on Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21). While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday through Friday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: November 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 12

9:00-9:45 a.m.
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 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 9:45 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.

9:45-10:10 a.m. – Library

  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers (Ms. Jewel Makda, Student Computer Services Coordinator

10:15-11:00 a.m. – Room 120

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Professionalism and the Honor Code (Aïda Alaka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Study Group Leaders for Academic Skills – Room 120

  • Your Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 120 and take you to your box lunches in Room 100 and your study area. After lunch, you will take a quick tour of the classrooms you will be in next week, as well as Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (location of your Welcome Lunch next week), the Union (containing the bookstore, cafeteria, snack shop, and student ID office), and Morgan Hall (containing the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, Health Services, and Counseling Services).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 6, 2016 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:20 p.m. – Law School Essentials - Room 120

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Introduction of All Study Group Leaders
  • Introduction of Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration
  • Introduction of and Presentation by Tammy King, Director of Professional Development
  • Introduction of and Presentation by Kandace Mars, Associate Director of Financial Aid

2:30-4:00 p.m. – Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Registration - Room 120 - Please bring your laptop

  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. - Westlaw Registration (Ms. Marie Robb)
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. - Bloomberg Registration (Ms. Pamela Morgan)
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration (Ms. Cheryl Clark)

Wednesday, January 13

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Optional Continental Breakfast with the Director Shawn Leisinger of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program, and Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic - First Floor Commons
  • A staff member of the university Financial Aid Office will be temporarily available to answer questions this morning in Room 115 (optional). If you have questions about financial aid later in the week, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Morgan Hall 152 – Student Service Center (building east of the law school and the student union). Phone: (785) 670-1151. E-mail:

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt)

    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.

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt)

Thursday, January 14

Wear your Washburn Law Shirts for Class Photo! (Distributed at Tuesday check-in)

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Room 120

  • Class Photo: Meet in Room 120. You can leave your things there while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt)

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt)

Friday, January 15

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 120

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur and Professor Susannah Pollvogt)

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own

1:15-3:00 p.m. - Brown Site and Character and Fitness with Study Leaders

  • Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas). 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:
    • 1:15-1:30 p.m.: Introduction by U.S. Park Ranger Nick Murray to the Brown cases, and the roles of Washburn lawyers in those cases.
    • 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam
      • Ms. Gayle B. Larkin, Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court
      • Ms. Fran Angell, Attorney Admissions Administrator

        IMPORTANT: Your signature showing attendance is required and will be kept in your permanent file.
    • Approximately 2:15-3:00 p.m.: Meet with Study Groups and tour on your own (feel free to stay later if you wish!).
    See the Summer 2004 issue of Washburn Lawyer for more information about Washburn Law graduates involved in the Brown case.

Map: Washburn Law to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Note: Faculty will have assignments for your regular classes that need to be prepared for the week beginning January 19. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Tuesday, January 19

Regular class schedule begins.

12:15-1:00 p.m. (attendance required)

Thursday, January 21

12:05-1:05 p.m. (attendance required)

  • Welcome Lunch and Keynote Address - Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center (just east of law school on campus)
    • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dean Thomas J. Romig
    • Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Teresa Watson, Third Judicial District of Kansas, will speak on Professionalism
    • Administration of Professionalism Oath