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Washburn University (School of Law)

Washburn Law has a long tradition of providing personal attention to its students. Our faculty is dedicated to providing superior teaching and prides itself on being accessible to students throughout law school and beyond. Our 100-year tradition of superb training for the legal profession has created a network of alumni who excel in their choosen area of the law, public service, business, and many other pursuits. Our staff make your law school experience an enjoyable one. And our students work together with intelligence, enthusiasm, and commitment to help each other succeed.

The strength of Washburn University School of Law stems from our commitment to the very values that have made law such a vibrant profession: Diversity...Equality...Opportunity. These values continue to ground Washburn Law as we enter our second century.

Our students are from more than 40 states and five countries. Ranging in age from their early 20's through middle age, they represent many ethnic heritages and religious traditions. They bring to their studies diverse experiences, diverse backgrounds, diverse interests, and a singular commitment: Commitment to Excellence in the Study of Law.

Our faculty are national leaders in the field of legal education. Like their students, they represent diverse backgrounds and interests. And, like their students, they have a singular commitment: Commitment to Excellence in the Teaching of Law.

Our worldwide network of 6,000 alumni include nationally recognized lawyers, senior partners in some of the nation's leading law firms, state and federal judges, politicians, television journalists, and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and national legal associations. They, too, have a singular commitment: Commitment to Excellence in the Practice of Law.

The Washburn University School of Law community is committed to the success of each student and each graduate. That commitment begins in small classes, seminars, clinic and externships where our faculty ensure that students learn:
- to think analytically;
- to write and speak clearly and effectively; and
- to use technological tools productively.

The commitment continues through programs designed to prepare our students for careers in the legal profession and in the worlds of business and national service.

The strength of our commitment is derived from Washburn Law's long and rich academic heritage coupled with our efforts to create a supportive, collegial atmosphere in which faculty, student body, and alumni work together to the benefit of each individual. The entire Washburn Law community shares a commitment: Commitment to Excellence in Legal Education.

Every student entering Washburn University School of Law experiences personal and intellectual growth. Through exposure to a comprehensive curriculum, each student begins the transformation from student to lawyer.

At Washburn Law, we recognize learning is ultimately a personal experience. To facilitate learning, we maintain a favorable fifteen-to-one student-to-faculty ratio. Even our "large section" classes average only 75 students. Most classes have fewer than 35 students. Many are seminar size. The result is a more personalized learning experience.

The first year of law school is often thought to be the toughest for students, because they must adjust to the demands of law study. To help our first year students make the adjustment, they begin their studies by participating in the First Week Program held the week before upper-division students begin classes. Being the only students on campus, the first-year students quickly come to know one another. They meet daily in one of their regular first-year classes with the professor who teaches that course. The purpose of the First Week Program is simple: to allow our students to become accustomed to the study of law in a supportive, introductory environment.

The First Week Program is not all work, however. During the week, both the faculty and various student groups sponsor social events. The highlight of the program may well be the public service activity in which new students, faculty members, administrators, and some upper division students come together to provide a day of service to the Topeka community.

At the end of the First Week Program, our entering students take on their full schedule of studies.
The law school offers a Supplemental Instruction Program in which successful upper-division students facilitate small-group supplemental class discussions in selected courses.

During their second and third years of study, students take four additional required courses: Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law II, and Secured Transactions. They also complete upper-level writing and oral presentation requirements and take at least one class from a list of "perspectives on law" courses. These requirements assure that every student receives a legal education built on a solid and broad foundation.

Beyond the required upper-level courses, students are free to choose from a wide range of electives. Students are encouraged to select a study program that matches their personal interests. Many students participate in the activities of one of the Washburn Law signature programs in advocacy, children and family law, transactional law. Some participate in one of the school's certificate programs. Others select electives that introduce them to a broad range of subjects. Students who have specialized interests may also design carefully supervised independent study programs.

Whatever course of study they select, our students benefit from the supportive learning atmosphere that is the hallmark of Washburn Law. Because we view our faculty members' primary role to be that of coaches, we keep classes small and encourage the development of close working and mentoring relationships between students and faculty.

School name:Washburn UniversitySchool of Law
Address:1700 SW College Ave.
Zip & city:KS 66621 Kansas

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