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 activity scheduled the week after on Wednesday, January 17). While modifications may occur to this schedule, note that your first classes meet Wednesday through Thursday. Attendance is required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Updated: December 11, 2017.

Tuesday, January 9

8:30-9:30 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.

8:35-9:45 a.m. – Library

  • Connect Laptop to Wireless Network / Setup Law School Printers, then enjoy continental breakfast courtesy of the library.
  • If you find you have extra time you may want to Review required readings.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Room 100

11:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 100

  • Professionalism and the Honor Code (Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (provided) and Tour with Study Group Leaders for Academic Support – Room 100

  • Purpose of Study Groups (Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs)
    Introductions of:
    • Professor Marsha Griggs, Director of Academic Support and Bar Passage
    • Assistant Director John "Bo" Turney
    • Study Leaders
         » Ms. Morgan Hammes
         » Ms. Kaitlin Jaeger
         » Ms. Teresa Offerman
         » Mr. Ben Rioux
         » Mr. Curry Sexton
         » Mr. Eli Underwood
  • Your Study Group Leaders will meet you in Room 100 and take you to your box lunches 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, the Union (housing the bookstore, cafeteria, snack shop, and student ID office), Morgan Hall (housing the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, Health Services), and Kuehne Hall (housing Counseling Services).
  • Please contact Donna McMurry at before Wednesday, January 3, 2018 if you have special dietary needs, or if you want to specify that you would prefer roast beef, turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches.

1:30-2:45 p.m. – Westlaw and LexisNexis Registration - Room 100 - Please bring your laptop

  • 1:30-1:45 p.m. - Introduction by Professor Thomas Sneed, Director of Law Library
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. - Westlaw Registration (Ms. Annemarie Milton)
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. - LexisNexis Registration (Ms. Cheryl Clark)

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Financial Aid Essentials - Room 100

  • Director Kandace Mars, Director of Financial Aid

Wednesday, January 10

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 100

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

    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 100

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Thursday, January 11

9:00 a.m.-Noon – Room 100

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

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

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Room 100

  • Academic Skills (Professor Rory Bahadur)

Friday, January 12

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

9:15-9:45 a.m. – Room 100

  • Continental Breakfast with Professor John Francis of the Law Clinic and Assistant Director Kaitlin Alegria of the Centers for Excellence and the Externship Program

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Character and Fitness for the Bar / Law School Essentials - Room 100

  • Jalen Lowry, Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
    Introductions of:
    • Director Tammy King, Director of Professional Development (PDO)
    • Ms. Cindy Moyer, Administrative Specialist, PDO
    • Ms. Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
    • Ms. Crystal Leming, Director of Counseling Services

11:30-11:45 a.m.

  • Class Photo: Meet in Room 100. You can leave your things there while you are led to best site for photo shoot (varies according to weather).

Noon-2:15 p.m. - Welcome Lunch and Tour of Brown Site

  • 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:
    • Noon-12:45 p.m.: Lunch
      Please contact Donna McMurry at before noon on Friday, January 5 if you have special dietary needs.
    • 12:45-1:00 p.m.: Introduction by U.S. Park Ranger Enimini Ekong to the Brown cases, and the roles of Washburn lawyers in those cases.
    • 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Welcome by Dean Romig and Administration of Professionalism Oath
    • Approximately 1:30-2:00 p.m.: 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 16. See first week assignments and begin preparing for next week.

Tuesday, January 16

Regular class schedule begins.

Wednesday, January 17

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

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