Entering Student Program


The Entering Student Program is our orientation for first-year law students.

Incoming students will have a chance to meet their classmates and attend a social event with the Dean’s Fellows. You’ll also complete our five-day Lawyering Boot Camp, where Lawyering Skills faculty provide the essential tools to excel in law school.

CONTACT KU LAW ADMISSIONS

Steven Freedman, Assistant Dean
Bryanna Hanschu, Director of Student Recruiting

103 Green Hall
admitlaw@ku.edu
866-220-3654


Entering Student Program Schedule

August 19-20 and August 23-25, 2021

104 Green Hall (unless otherwise noted during Orientation)

Key for Attendees:

  • FS - Fall starters and 2-Year J.D. students
  • SS - Summer starters
  • L - American Legal Studies LL.M. students
  • T/V - Transfer and visiting students
  • SJ - S.J.D. students
  • Italicized letters indicate optional attendance for that group

This schedule is subject to change.

Events marked with an asterisk (*) indicate that food service may change due to COVID-19.

Entering Student Program Schedule 2021
TimeEventAttendees
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021
8:30 - 9 a.m.Registration (Informal Commons, 1st floor)FS, L, SJ, T/V
9 - 9:20 a.m.Welcome and Program Overview
Welcome to KU Law
Stephen Mazza, Dean and Professor of Law
Steven Freedman, Asst. Dean of Admissions
 
FS, L, SJ, T/V
9:20 - 10:15 a.m.Academics, Honor Code and Grading Policies
Leah Terranova, Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
FS, L, SJ, T/V
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.Practical Issues and Student Services
Vicki Palmer, KU School of Law Registrar
Leah Terranova, Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
FS, L, SJ, T/V
10:45 - 11 a.m.Break 
11 - 11:30 a.m.Career Services
Heather Spielmaker, Assistant Dean of Career Services
Stacey Blakeman, Director of Career Services
Meredith Wiggins, Assistant Director of Career Services
FS, L, SJ, T/V
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Lunch ProvidedFS, L, SJ, T/V
12 - 12:30 p.m.Meet with Small Sections
Velte - 104
Platt - 106
Drahozal - 127
Peters - 203
FS
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.Lawyering Skills: Common Law and Court Systems
Pamela V. Keller, Clinical Professor and Lawyering Skills Director
Betsy Brand Six, Clinical Professor and Academic Resources Director
Joyce Rosenberg, Clinical Professor
Shawn Watts, Clinical Associate Professor
Jordan Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
FS, L, SJ, T/V
3:30 p.m.Pictures (FS - last names A-L) (Formal Commons, 2nd floor) 
Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.Lawyering Skills: Common Law and Court Systems
Lawyering Skills Professors
FS, L, SJ
12 - 1 p.m.Lunch on your own 
1 - 4 p.m.Lawyering Skills: Case Briefing, Class Preparation and StudyingFS, L, SJ
4 p.m.Pictures (FS last names M-Z) (Formal Commons, 2nd floor)FS, L, SJ, T/V
Monday, Aug. 23, 2021
9 - 11:20 a.m.Lawyering Skills: Analyzing a Legal Problem
Lawyering Skills Professors
FS, L, SJ
11:20 - 11:30 a.m.Break 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Professionalism, Communication and Community - Part 1
Faculty & Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
FS, SS, L, SJ, T/V
12:30 - 1:25 p.m.Lunch with the Dean's Fellows (break out by small section)*
Velte - 104
Platt - 106
Drahozal - 127
Peters - 203
Summer Starters - 310
FS, SS, L, SJ
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.Peer Professionalism Student PanelFS, SS, SJ, T/V
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.Break 
2:30 - 3 p.m.CAPS Information Session
Dr. Alex Barajas Munoz, Staff Psychologist
FS, L, SJ, T/V
3 - 3:10 p.m.Break 
3:10 - 4 p.m.The Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator & Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Information SessionFS, L, SJ, T/V
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
9 - 10:30 a.m.Lawyering Skills: Mock Class
Lou Mulligan, Professor of Law
FS, L, SJ
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break 
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.Library, Research and Electronic Databases
W. Blake Wilson, Head of Instructional and Research Services
FS, L, SJ, T/V
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Lunch on your own 
1 - 2 p.m.Lawyering Skills
Keller/Adjunct - 104
Six - 127
Carter - 108
Rosenberg - 106
Watts - 203
FS, L, SS
2 - 2:15 p.m.Break 
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.Professionalism, Communication and Community - Part 2
Faculty & Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
FS, SS, L, SJ, T/V
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021
12 - 12:30 p.m.Lunch Provided - Optional AttendanceFS, L, SJ, T/V
12:30 - 1 p.m.KU Law Convocation
Stephen Mazza, Dean and Professor of Law
Justice Amy Fellows Cline, Kansas Court of Appeals
FS, SS, T/V, SJ, L
1 - 1:30 p.m.Reception (Informal Commons, 1st floor)*FS, SS, T/V, SJ, L
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Professionalism, Communication and Community - Part 3
Faculty & Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
FS, SS, T/V, SJ, L
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break 
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.Faculty Advisor Meet & Greet
(start in 104, advisors will announce their location)
FS, SS, T/V, SJ, L
3:15 - 4 p.m.Faculty and Staff IntroductionsFS, L, SJ, T/V