LL.M. and M.S.L. Students Fall 2021 Orientation Schedule of Activities

Updated August 20, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Following is the schedule of classes and activities for incoming LL.M. and M.S.L. 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.

Current Covid Information (updated 8/8/2021)

We expect that most of our students will be attending First Week and subsequent classes in person, and we encourage them to do so. However, students who have health and safety concerns may attend First Week and all classes remotely. Any student who has should attend remotely during the period in which they might put others at risk.

All classes, unless otherwise noted on the schedule, will be offered in person and broadcast to remote participants via Zoom.

Masks: The university has announced that masks will be required for most indoor activities, regardless of a person's vaccination status. See https://www.washburnlaw.edu/students/covid19/20210806update.html.

The full regulations and exceptions are outlined at the university's Covid webpage. See https://www.washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/index.html.

The university will review its policy weekly and send out any updates via email, as well as updating the site above.

NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 7:30 p.m. CT = 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time = 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time = 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Please bring your laptop to the first session, August 18, 2021. You will need your laptop for each session during Orientation.

Please Do These Things Before August 18

  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 Monday, August 23, please upload your photo at https://get.cbord.com/washburn.
      • Login with your MyWashburn.edu credentials, generally, firstname.lastname@washburn.edu plus your password.
      • Problems logging in or need help activating your account?
        Please contact Washburn University Information Technology Services (ITS) at (785) 670-3000. Have your Washburn ID number (W followed by 8-digits) available when you call; your ID number was sent to you from the Washburn Law Admissions Office by Cory Payne in an email.
    • After logging in: click the "Upload ID Photo" quick link then "Choose File" under Upload ID Photo.
    • Your photo should meet these specifications (199 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).
    • Questions about uploading your photo 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

Textbooks. Once you make your course selections, you should order your books. Go to the campus bookstore in the Memorial Union with your course list, and they can tell you the texts for each class.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 18

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Welcome and 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 Mastrosimone's office.

Hot Breakfast and Introductions, with:

Technology Connection

  • David Vermooten will 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 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 who have not submitted a photo for their Washburn ID (see above) 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 Francis.

12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) – Room 327

  • Please contact Donna McMurry at donna.mcmurry@washburn.edu by Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 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. – Case Briefing and Class preparation (Professor Blake Klinkner) – Room 327

Thursday, August 19

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

9:00-11:00 a.m. – How to Build an Effective Outline (Professor Blake Klinkner)

11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

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

2:10-3:15 p.m. – Time Management for Busy Law Students (Professor Blake Klinkner)

Friday, August 20

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Research, Resources, and Techniques (library staff) – Law School Building, Room 327

  • Students will get their Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis database account information, and have an introductory training session on how to use these databases, Zoom, and D2L (the Learning Management System used by Washburn).
  • Bring your laptop.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

  • We will be going downtown for lunch after the library session (each student will be responsible for their own lunch). After lunch, Professor McMillan will give a short tour of Topeka to orient you to local conveniences (expect to finish by 3:00 p.m.).

7:30-8:30 p.m. – Professionalism Group Reveal and First Meeting – via Zoom

  • 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 approximately mid-August. If you have not received the invitation please contact admissions@washburnlaw.edu.

Saturday, August 21

  • Unscheduled day.

Sunday, August 22

1:00-8:00 p.m. – Kayaking

  • Kayaking on the Delaware River, to join up with the Kansas River, ending up at the Lecompton River Bridge. We have booked an excursion with a local outfitter (Dirty Girl Adventures), to take us for a short stretch on the river in kayaks. There will be a hot dog roast on a sandbar, and we can explore the area and play in the river. This is a fun event, and a chance to get to see the beauty of the area in a unique setting. Sunset on the river is spectacular! Several professors, transfer students, and staff will be participating.
  • This experience is suitable for beginners, and non-athletic people as well! We will provide directions to the launch site at the beginning of orientation, or you can check the link above – it is about a 30 minute drive from the law school. If you need a ride, let Professor McMillan know a couple of days in advance and she will try to arrange a ride for you with another participant. More detailed instructions will be given in your orientation packet.

Week 2

The second week of LL.M./M.S.L. Orientation will be with the incoming J.D. students.

Second week in-person activity locations:

  • Monday through Thursday: Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A/B.
  • Friday: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
  • See below for directions.

Assignments: Required Readings to Be Completed Before August 23, 2021

Note that there are required readings for you to complete for the second part of the orientation program starting the week of Monday, August 23.

Background Readings on Professionalism for August 23 and August 24 (required)

Professor Griggs's Assignment for August 25 and August 26 (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 25) 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).

Directions to Memorial Union

Photograph: Southeast entrance of Washburn University Memorial Union.Please note that most Week 2 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.

To get to Memorial Union from the Law School (see map below and follow signs): 1) from the east side of the Law School walk east past the Living Learning Center, past the Union north entrance (with clock tower), and past the Union; 2) just past the Union turn right (south), walk past the northeast entrance and continue to the southeast entrance and enter the Union.

Map: Law School to southeast entrance of Memorial Union.

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

Breaks are NOT noted on the schedule, but will be provided throughout the day as needed.

Monday, August 23

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

Wednesday/Thursday Academic Skills Program
will be held in Rooms 102/114 at the Law School.


  • No program is planned for the LL.M./M.S.L. students on Monday morning.
  • Please use this time to make sure that you have completely finished the Harvard Zero-L program, and done all the readings listed for this week's program.
  • You may also want to ensure you have obtained all of your textbooks.

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Professional Development, Campus Resources, and Wellness

3:00-4:30 p.m.Small Group Meetings

  • Remote students will take part in the Small Group Meeting via Zoom. Your Mentor will provide the Zoom link.

Tuesday, August 24

Wear your Washburn Law t-shirt today for the class photo! (t-shirt distributed at Monday check-in)

8:45-9:15 a.m. – Class photo

  • Meet at Washburn Rooms A/B in Memorial Union.
  • A staff member will watch your belongings so you can leave them in Washburn A/B while we take the photo.
  • It is anticipated that the photo will be outdoors on the steps of White Concert Hall and that students will be posed similar to what is shown below in the photo.
  • We hope that everyone can participate in the incoming student class photo but understand if you have concerns about social distancing. We will try to include students who cannot participate by including them as part of a montage compiled from directory photos.
    Photograph: Class photo of incoming Washburn Law students.

9:15-10:00 a.m. – Professionalism and the Importance of Civil Discourse

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Character and Fitness Qualifications for the Bar Exam (optional for LL.M. students who are not bar-focused, optional for M.S.L. students)

  • Ms. Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, Deputy Disciplinary Administrator and Admissions Attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court will present important information about the Character and Fitness investigations required for licensure. Ms. Lippert will be joined by Ms. Royetta Rodewald, Investigative Specialist, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, and Mr. Barry L. Garrison, Admissions Administrator, Kansas Supreme Court.
  • Ms. Lippert will be available after her presentation for group questions. After group questions are done, she will be available for individual questions in a private area. If you have questions for Ms. Lippert after today, you may email her at lippertk@kscourts.org.
  • If you discover after the presentation that you have any matters that you need to report to the law school, please call Donna McMurry at (785) 670-1662 and set up a meeting with Dean Lowry.

If you have no individual questions for Ms. Lippert you are free to leave for the morning after the group questions.

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

1:00-2:30 p.m. – The Legacy of Washburn Law and Brown v. Topeka Board of Education

  • Dean Carla Pratt
  • Be sure to read the Brown opinion before Dean Pratt's presentation: she's likely to ask you a question about it!

2:30-4:00 p.m. – Financial Aid for Graduate Students (optional for LL.M. and M.S.L. students)

  • Mr. Drew Beets, Financial Literacy Coordinator and Law School Liaison, Washburn Financial Aid Office
  • Mr. Beets will be available for general questions after his presentation, and for individual private questions after that. Students are free to leave after his presentation if they have no questions. If you have any questions concerning financial aid at a later date, please contact Mr. Beets at andrew.beets@washburn.edu or (785) 670-2767.

Wednesday and Thursday, August 25 and August 26

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Boxed lunches provided for students attending in person.)

Academic Skills Program

  • 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 case law during the program and the process of learning how to extract critical information from case readings. Students will also be exposed to law school fact patterns and the mechanics of answering 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.
  • The Academic Skills Program is required for all J.D., M.S.L., and LL.M students. It is optional for Transfer and Visiting students (but highly encouraged for those who will not yet be starting their third year).

Law School, Room 102**: Professor Marsha Griggs, Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage
Law School, Room 114**: Professor Blake Klinkner, Assistant Director, Academic Support and Bar Passage

** Remote attendees will receive Zoom links for each session via email.

Wednesday, August 25

  • A-Section, LL.M, and M.S.L. Students: Room 102 with Professor Griggs
  • B-Section Students: Room 114 with Professor Klinkner

Thursday, August 26

  • A-Section, LL.M, and M.S.L. Students: Room 114 with Professor Klinkner
  • B-Section Students: Room 102 with Professor Griggs

Evening of Thursday, August 26

* 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 Falley Field,
Washburn's baseball stadium.
(Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.)
Free yoga mat to first 30 participants!
Photograph: Yoga at Yager Stadium led by Dean Carla Pratt for Washburn Law students.

Option 1 (walk): Park in the lot south of the law school building; walk along Plass Avenue to 19th Street; turn left and walk to Jewell Avenue; turn right and walk to Durrow Drive; Falley Field is on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Option 2 (drive): From 21st Street turn north on Jewell Avenue and go to the intersection of Jewell and Durrow Drive; turn right and then left into the parking lot north of Falley Field. OR From Macvicar Avenue turn east on 20th Street and park in the lot behind the KTWU building (you will see satellites); walk up sidewalk to the intersection of Jewell Avenue and Durrow Drive; Falley Field is on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Please enter the field through the gates on the left field or right field foul lines (entering through the main gate does not provide access to the infield where yoga will be held).

Map: Where to park to access Falley Field for yoga night.

Photograph: Entrance to Falley Field for yoga night.

Friday, August 27

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Tour – 1515 SE Monroe, Topeka, Kansas (see below for directions)

The Brown Site is still not allowing large group visits because of Covid, so we have arranged for Site Rangers to be on hand to answer questions during self-guided tours by you throughout the day. To ensure that too many students are not at the Site at the same time, please follow the attendance schedule below. Sign the Site's guest registry and that will be your certificate of attendance. Please PRINT your name so it is readable and include "Washburn Law" as part of the location.

  • Your attendance time is designated by the Small Group you are in.
  • LL.M./M.S.L. students are in Daniel Sloan's Small Group (12:00–2:00p.m.). Please let Professor McMillan know if you need transportation to the Brown v. Board site, and it will be arranged for you.
  • Note that the Mentors will not be at the Site with you.
  • You should plan on about an hour to self-tour.
  • Informal (not scheduled posed group) photographs may be taken throughout the day, so please dress appropriately.

You have no other school duties on Friday except to prepare for Monday’s classes. See assignments for first full week of classes that begin August 30 (assignments may not be posted until August 27).

Arrive between noon-2:00 p.m.:
Students in the Small Groups with Mentors Katherine Sweeney, Micah Tempel, Ande Davis, Erik Hageman, Daniel Sloan, and Gabby Stein.
Photograph: Katharine Sweeney. Photograph: Micah Tempel. Photograph: Ande Davis. Photograph: Erik Hageman. Photograph: Daniel Sloan. Photograph: Gabby Stein.

Directions: 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.)

  • 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.

Graphic: Cover of volume 42, issue 2 of Washburn Lawyer.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.

Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29

  • Unscheduled Days

Monday, August 30

5:00-7:00 p.m.ALL School Picnic – Law School South Patio and Surrounding Lawn

  • Join us for food, music, games, hula hoop competition, and celebration of the start of the semester!
  • ALL Students Invited (1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M., M.S.L.).
  • Faculty and Staff Invited.
  • Family members of All are Welcome.
  • Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan hamburgers, vegan baked beans, vegetarian potato salad, chips, fruit, soft drinks, and ice water will be available to those who RSVP.
    • Photograph: Sad kid.To ensure that enough food is ordered, it is essential that you RSVP BY MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021 if you intend to eat. (There is nothing sadder than a kid who doesn't get a hot dog because the food ran out.)
    • You are still very welcome to attend if you forget to RSVP, just leave the food for those who did, unless an announcement is made later in the evening that there is food remaining.
  • To ensure seating space, please bring lawn chairs or a blanket, especially if you are bringing family.
  • Please feel free to bring any lawn games you would enjoy.

Professional Development Office (PDO) Events: Dates to be announced

Organization Fairs / Optional Organizations You May Find of Interest

Learn about student and non-student organizations at the Opportunity Fairs of September 28 and September 29. 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.

Tuesday, September 28

12:30-1:30 p.m.Student Organizations Opportunity Fair, Day One – Law School, First Floor Commons

  • Information about and opportunities to meet officers of Law School Student Organizations.
    • Agricultural Law Society
    • Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
    • 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)

Wednesday, September 29

12:30-1:30 p.m.Non-Student Organizations Opportunity Fair, Day Two – Law School, First Floor Commons

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