Photograph: Composite of students at various first week activities.

Schedule of Activities for Fall 2021 Incoming Students (Tentative)

Updated: March 12, 2021.

Following is the schedule of classes and activities for first-year law students during their initial weeks at Washburn Law. While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your First Day of law school will continue to Monday, August 23.

In-person or live remote attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted. If you are requesting remote attendance, please let us know at https://washburnlaw.edu/remoteattendancesurvey. You may change your mind at any time regarding your preference; just take the survey again and change your answer. If you find that you are experiencing a health and safety concern at any time during First Week, you may attend remotely even though you did not indicate that preference earlier. A health and safety concern includes a fever, cough, sore throat, exposure to Covid-19, or simply a desire not to risk the chance of exposure to Covid-19.

If you find at any time during First Week that you feel too ill even to attend remotely, please contact Dean Lowry at jalen.lowry@washburn.edu for options to view session recordings.

The First Week Overview and Schedule are premised on the health and safety protocols currently required by health authorities. These protocols currently include a requirement that
"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."
See the Washburn University mask regulations (143 KB PDF).

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 7:30-8:30 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. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you before the meeting. If you have not received the invitation by July 26, please contact admissions@washburnlaw.edu. Topics discussed will include what law students will be experiencing and ways they can be supported. If you, family members, or friends were unable to attend but have questions about law school please feel free to contact Dean Lowry at jalen.lowry@washburn.edu.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Professionalism Group Reveal and First Meeting

Session is required, but will be recorded for those who have a conflict.

Meet your upper-class Mentor and group members, and then attend small break-out sessions with your group. This will be a Zoom meeting in advance of First Week. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you at the end of July. If you have not received the invitation please contact admissions@washburnlaw.edu.

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.

Monday, August 23

All in-person events for First Week will be held in
Washburn Rooms A/B in Memorial Union.

Preparation and Parking

The law school is on the northwest corner of Washburn University. Park in the law school north parking lot, put on your mask, and follow the signs along the sidewalk east of the law school towards Memorial Union. Walk east and then turn right at the end of the Union and follow the signs to the entrance to Washburn Rooms A/B. See map on the Overview page.

Please bring a book or other entertainment, as there may be lulls during the day because of frequent breaks so that social distancing can be maintained between speakers and in restrooms.

Please also be sure to eat breakfast before you come, and bring coffee, tea, or water as needed. The breakfasts have been cancelled due to limited time in the room without masks, but you will still be able to drink (without removing your mask) and masks will be allowed to be removed in the room during the boxed lunches, at the socially-distant seating.

Schedule

* Remote students do not need to attend sessions marked with an asterisk.

* 8:15-9:45 a.m. – 1L Check-In – Washburn Rooms A/B (second floor of Memorial Union).

Incoming students are expected to check in on Monday morning, August 23, 2021, between 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Please note that 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 Washburn Rooms A/B. You’ll find your alphabetical assigned seating (A at the front of the room, Z in the back). At each seat will be a name plate, an Orientation Packet, and a Washburn Law t-shirt.

Library staff and Student Ambassadors will be available for questions.

Students will be called one at a time to check in during this time and to have their photos taken for the Washburn University School of Law Directory.

While you are waiting, feel free to socialize while seated at your tables, read, visit the restrooms, or review required readings. Signs will indicate the restrooms outside the Lobby and additional restrooms on the floor below.

9:45-10:15 a.m. (or as soon as photos are finished)

* 10:15-11:00 a.m. (or as soon as Welcomes are finished) – Laptop Set-Up and Instruction for Windows Users. Mac Users have free time.

  • Mr. David Vermooten will instruct Windows Users on setting up their laptops for use at Washburn Law. Tables at the front of the room will be available for individual questions after the General Instruction. (One student at a time, socially distanced.)

* 11:00-11:45 a.m. (or as soon as General Instruction for Windows group finishes) – Laptop Set-Up and instruction for Mac Users. Windows Users may have free time or continue with individual questions to Tech Instructor.

  • Mr. Jason Dinkel will instruct Mac Users on setting up their laptops for use at Washburn Law. Tables at the front of the room will be available for individual questions after the General Instruction. (One student at a time, socially distanced.)

* 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch – Washburn A/B

  • Please retrieve your boxed lunch from the lobby area (maintaining social distancing) and eat it at your assigned seat (removing your mask only when you are seated) or, if you prefer, find a place to eat outside (although it is expected to be very hot and crowded outside).
    If you are attending First Week remotely in Room 100 or 102 we are unable to provide you with lunch and are sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Box Lunches: Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Friday, August 13, 2021, if you have special dietary needs and if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:00-1:20 p.m. – Welcome by the Dean

  • Welcome by Dean Carla D. Pratt.
  • Discussion of Wellness in Law School and Mindfulness Meditation led by Dean Pratt.

1:20-3:00 p.m. – Law School Essentials (Part 1)

  • 1:20-1:30 p.m.: Alumni Association Welcome – Karli Davis, Director of Alumni Relations.
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Chris Enos, Chief of Washburn University Police Department.
  • 2:00-2:15 p.m.: Break.
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m.: Director Danielle Hall, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m.: Planning for a Meaningful Career – Tammy King, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.

Tuesday, August 24

9:00-10:30 a.m. – Law School Essentials (Part 2)

  • 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 Britani Potter.
  • 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. – Administration of Professionalism Oath

* 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch. Pick up box lunches in the lobby to eat in the classroom.
If you are attending First Week remotely in Room 100 or 102 we are unable to provide you with lunch and are sorry for any inconvenience.

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Workshop: Cross-Racial Understanding

  • Dean Carla Pratt

Wednesday, August 25

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)

  • 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 26

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)

  • 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.)
(Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.)
Free yoga mat to first 60 participants!

Option 1: Park in the lot south of the law school building; go past the south side of Kuehne Hall; continue past Benton Hall on the right and Henderson Learning Resources Center on the left, and past the Bell Tower and Mabee Library to the northwest entrance of Yager Stadium.

Option 2: From either the north or south on Washburn Avenue turn west on Durrow Drive. Go west on Durrow past the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) building on the north and the first softball field on the south. At College Avenue turn north and park in the lot that is on the south side of the Tennis Courts. Walk from the parking lot to the southeast entrance of Yager Stadium.

Map: How to access Yager Stadium for yoga night.

Friday, August 27

Both Sections will have Zoom-only Instruction together. (If you prefer to attend the Zoom session on campus, Rooms 100 and 102 in the law school building have been reserved for your use.) See your email for the Zoom link; please use the link that was identified as the Washburn Rooms A/B session for today's session.

  • 10:00-10:05 a.m.: Jo Hunt, Associate Dean for Administration.
  • 10:05-11:00 a.m.: Financial Aid, Emergency Loan Program, and Student Food Bank – Dean Lowry and Financial Aid Director Andy Fogel (for financial aid questions, please contact andrew.fogel@washburn.edu or (785) 670-2767).
  • 11:00 a.m. (or as soon as Financial Aid presentation is finished)

Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or check your assignments for next week. (Fall class assignments aren't posted yet, but they should be by August 27.)

Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 30

  • Regular class schedule begins

September 14 & 21 (Section A) and September 16 & 23 (Section B) – Professional Development Office (PDO) Events

Please mark your calendar now for two very important (and mandatory) meetings with the PDO. All meetings will take place via Zoom and registration information for the sessions will be sent out soon. A room will be reserved for students who wish to log into the meetings from campus.

Section A – September 14 AND September 21

  • PDO Orientation – Monday, September 14, 4:00 p.m.
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop – Monday, September 9, 4:00 p.m.

Section B – September 16 AND September 23

  • PDO Orientation – Wednesday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshop – Wednesday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.

Optional Organizations You May Find of Interest

More information will be provided you later in the semester about opportunities to meet organization officers and learn more about the organizations, but please feel free to contact the organizations on your own at any time. The names of student organization officers can be found at https://washburnlaw.edu/organizations.

Student Organizations

  • Agricultural Law Society
  • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
  • Bar Revue Organization
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Children and Family Law Society
  • Christian Legal Society (CLS)
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)
  • Interfaith Association
  • International Law Society (ILS)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • Labor and Employment Group of Washburn
  • Moot Court Council
  • Native American Law Association (NALSA)
  • Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
  • Pro Bono Society (formerly Equal Justice Works)
  • Rural Practice Organization
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Tax and Estate Planning Association (TEPA)
  • Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW)
  • Washburn Association for Law Student Health (WALSH)
  • Washburn Business Law Society
  • Washburn Intellectual Property Law Society (WIPLS)
  • Washburn Law Democrats (WLD)
  • Washburn Law Journal
  • Washburn Law Republicans
  • Washburn Student Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washburn Student Bar Association Barristers' Ball Committee
  • Women's Legal Forum (WLF)

Other Organizations

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