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Spring 2021 Highlights

Legal Speaker Series: Alan Ai

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4 PM

Via Zoom

We are going to conclude our Legal Speaker Series this semester with bang! Please join Google attorney Alan Ai on Tuesday, April 20 at 12PM.

Alan Ai is a corporate attorney at Google, where he supports hardware marketing, retail, and partnerships. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he taught in the CopyrightX program and did clinical work at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Before joining Google, Alan worked in technology transactions and emerging companies with the Cooley Law Firm. He prides himself on focusing on the legal and business needs of his clients in connection with their technology and intellectual property transactions.

Anyone interested in hearing about corporate law, technology, intellectual property, law firm life, in-house life, or taking a few years after undergrad to teach through Teach For America (in Hawaii!) and working as a legal assistant before law school should join in!

Legal Speaker Series: Tracy Turner

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Via Zoom

Please join us for our next Legal Speaker next Tuesday. Tracy Turner will talk about his career in the legal department at AT&T, as well as introduce the K-State Mock Trial Summer Camp!

Originally from Great Bend, KS, Tracy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from K-State in 1985 with a dual major B.A. in Economics and Political Science.  He declared pre-law in his freshman year, and under the tutelage of then Pre-Law Advisor Nancy Twiss, became a 1984 Truman Scholar while at KSU.  He earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1988, where he graduated with honors, and served on the editorial board of the Texas Review of Litigation.  Licensed in Texas, Tracy practiced mass tort and commercial litigation in Dallas, Texas with the law firm of Baker & Botts, before joining the in-house legal department of AT&T in 1996. Tracy's 24-year in-house practice with AT&T evolved with the mergers and acquisitions in telecom in the early 2000s, and ended specializing in e-commerce and consumer mass marketing before his retirement in June 2020.  Tracy remains a loyal third generation K-Stater, serving on the Arts & Science Alumni Council and is a trustee level donor to the KSU Foundation.  Beginning this year, Tracy is the first-ever KSU Mock Trial Summer Camp Director for high school and collegiate students, July 25 -31, 2021.  See Summer Camp (k-state.edu). Tracy has coached and judged Mock Trial in Texas and other midwestern states, including the Skyline (Dallas) HS Mock Trial team in the March 2020 state tournament.

Logic Workshops

Mondays, March 22, 29, and April 5, 2021

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Via Zoom

Studying for the LSAT—or want to get some LSAT logic skills for a future test? We have some great upcoming events!

The Philosophy Department has generously offered to host a series of LSAT Logic skills workshops for pre-law students.

Zoom link: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/91598759725

The Philosophy Department is offering our program a three-day FREE workshop series to practice formal logic and apply it to LSAT questions! This is an excellent opportunity to practice your logic skills for anyone planning to take the LSAT. Take the opportunity to practice your logic skills with Philosophy professors Dr. Bruce Glymour, Dr. Shay Logan, and Dr. Reuben Stern.

The sessions include:

  • Monday, March 22 – Elementary logic and basic argument forms with Dr. Glymour: A great place to start if you have not had much exposure to logic classes!
  • Monday, March 29 – Logical Reasoning: Dr. Logan will discuss solution strategies for the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT.
  • Monday, April 5 – Causal Reasoning: Dr. Stern will discuss some elements of causal and statistical reasoning commonly relevant to LSAT questions.

This is an excellent opportunity to build up the skills and strategy needed to better tackle LSAT problems and learn more about the types of problems you will encounter on the LSAT.

Alumni Panel

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Via Zoom

Ever wonder what law school is really like? Join the Pre-Law Alumni Panel to hear from law school students! K-State alumni and current seniors will share advice for how to succeed in law school and discuss how they studied for the LSAT, chose their law school, and applied for scholarships. Feel free to ask questions about anything you are curious about!

Register here in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here are our panelists:

  • Olivia Rogers is a first year law student at Notre Dame Law School, where she is a Weigand Scholar. Originally from Gardner, KS, she graduated from K-State in 2020 with a degree in political science. During her time at K-State, she served as the editor in chief of the Live Ideas Undergraduate Journal, opinion editor at the Collegian, Vice President of the University Honors Program, and was involved with Pre-Law. She spent each spring semester interning at the Kansas State Legislature. Her goal is to live out her dreams of owning a sheep farm and writing the next great American novel. This summer, she will be interning for the Hon. Eric Melgren on the U.S. District Court in Wichita.
  • Ashlyn Shultz graduated from K-State with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. At K-State, she was a Legislative Advocate, where she learned how to advocate before the state legislature, and interned for a state senator. Ashlyn is the first K-State student to accelerate her law degree through the K-State to KU Law LEAD program, and now is a 2L at the top of her law class! She will intern at Arthur Green law firm in Manhattan this summer.
  • Marley Barnett is a 1L at Washburn Law, where she is a Shamberg Scholar (full tuition+). At K-State, she was involved in Pre-Law Ambassadors, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. At Washburn, she is in the Native American Law Students Association and the Pro Bono Society.
  • Emily Lavery graduated from K-State in May 2019 with a degree in Business Administration. At K-State she was involved with Business Ambassadors, Sigma Kappa Sorority, and the K-State First Student Advisory Council. She is a 2L Merit Scholar at The University of Iowa College of Law is currently the co-president of the Iowa Student Bar Association. She is also involved with the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff and is a Research Assistant for Professor Alison Guernsey.
  • Austin Nichols is in his final year at Vermont Law School, where he studied on an accelerated 2-year track. Austin graduated from K-State in 2014 with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications and worked as an entrepreneur for five years before deciding that law was his calling. Austin has great advice for students considering taking time off before starting their legal career.
  • Ben Brokesh is a senior at K-State in electrical engineering. He grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. He hopes to use his legal career to pursue renewable energy intellectual properties to help push renewable energies forward. At K-State he created the K-State Solar Club to address the lack of renewable energy experiences available in the engineering department. He also worked as a researcher in labs and for the USDA. Ben scored in the top 1% on the LSAT and is applying to top 10 schools—he’s excited to share his LSAT study tips and talk about navigating his law school decision process.

To submit qustions to the panelists in advance, email traceylee@ksu.edu or follow @ksuprelaw on Instagram and fill out our polls!

Legal Speaker Series: Brandon Mason

Thursday, February 25, 2021

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Via Zoom

Join us as we host attorney Brandon Mason for a discussion about public service law, his career as an attorney, and his work with a nonprofit. He currently works for Legal Aid of Western Missouri and utilizes the Missouri Abandoned Housing Act to create opportunities for affordable housing in the area. Mason attended UMKC Law and has also worked as an attorney for the State of Missouri. All students are welcome to attend. 

UMKC Law One-on-One

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Via Zoom

These meetings are for any pre-law student who wants to learn more about the schools. If you are a prospective or current applicant or an admitted student, this is a great opportunity to meet with the admissions deans to help you narrow down your law school decision!

To sign up, send an email to pre-law@ksu.edu with the following information:

  • Name, Year, Major
  • What schools you would like to meet with & note if you are a current applicant/accepted student
  • Your full availability for the day of each school with which you would like to meet

We will schedule your meetings and send you a confirmation, further information, and a zoom link.

University of Nebraska--Lincoln One-on-One

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Via Zoom

These meetings are for any pre-law student who wants to learn more about the schools. If you are a prospective or current applicant or an admitted student, this is a great opportunity to meet with the admissions deans to help you narrow down your law school decision!

To sign up, send an email to pre-law@ksu.edu with the following information:

  • Name, Year, Major
  • What schools you would like to meet with & note if you are a current applicant/accepted student
  • Your full availability for the day of each school with which you would like to meet

We will schedule your meetings and send you a confirmation, further information, and a zoom link.

KU Law One-on-One

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Via Zoom

These meetings are for any pre-law student who wants to learn more about the schools. If you are a prospective or current applicant or an admitted student, this is a great opportunity to meet with the admissions deans to help you narrow down your law school decision!

To sign up, send an email to pre-law@ksu.edu with the following information:

  • Name, Year, Major
  • What schools you would like to meet with & note if you are a current applicant/accepted student
  • Your full availability for the day of each school with which you would like to meet

We will schedule your meetings and send you a confirmation, further information, and a zoom link.

Washburn Law School One-on-One

Monday, February 8, 2021

Via Zoom

These meetings are for any pre-law student who wants to learn more about the schools. If you are a prospective or current applicant or an admitted student, this is a great opportunity to meet with the admissions deans to help you narrow down your law school decision!

Fall 2020 Highlights

LSAT Info Session

Thursday, November 12, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This has been an unprecedented year in many ways—including how the LSAT is administered. All juniors (and sophomores who are starting to think about the LSAT) should attend an upcoming meeting about how the LSAT has changed for your application cycle. We will provide information about the current digital format of the test, when and how to study, and how to reconsider your application timeline due to changes in the process.

Legal Speaker Series: Criminal Prosecution

Monday, November 9, 2020

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Zoom

Mary Kate Butterfield is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Missouri. In her two years with the Department of Justice as an AUSA, Mary Kate has focused her work on violent crime, drug trafficking organizations, and money laundering offenses. Mary Kate began her career in 2012 as a state prosecutor in DuPage County, Illinois, where she worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for four years. While there, Mary Kate prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases which ranged from misdemeanor offenses to homicide. After four years as an ASA in Illinois, Mary Kate spent two years working for the New South Wales Department of Justice in Sydney, Australia.

Legal Speaker Series: Rural Legal Practice and Washburn Externships

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Zoom

Join us for our next Legal Speaker of the fall semester! Professor Shawn Leisinger and several Washburn Law students will discuss opportunities in the rural practice of law.

Washburn Law students will discuss their externship opportunities through the Hansen Foundation at Washburn Law School. The Hansen Foundation works with Washburn to place law students in rural communities. The students work with a local attorney who conducts a private law practice, works for the government or a non-profit organization, serves as a judge, or is engaged in a legal career. Students receive a stipend of $5,000 for expenses during the externship and a tuition scholarship of $4,320 for six credit hours for a concurrent course, “Rural Practice Externship.”

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from law students & a professor about opportunities available at Washburn! Students are welcome to join and ask questions about law school in general or Washburn in particular.

Law School Application Workshops

Thursday, October 15, 2020

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Zoom

Join us for two sessions to help you prepare for law school applications—whether this application cycle or in the future!

Session 1: Law School Application Deep Dive (3pm)

Admissions Deans from the University of Iowa, Boston College, Fordham, and University of California Irvine Law Schools will present an informative panel detailing what you need to know to apply for law school. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. This is helpful if you have specific questions as you navigate this application cycle, or are wondering what’s ahead as you start to think about applications for next year or beyond.

Session 2: Personal Statement Workshop (4:10pm)

Jim Hohenbary, Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, will lead a workshop to help you develop a compelling personal statement for your law school application. Feel free to join whether you are writing a statement for applications this fall, or want to learn how to start crafting your story for a future application cycle. No preparation is required.

Legal Speaker Series: Voting Rights & Law

Monday, October 12, 2020

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Davis Hammet, the President and Founder of Loud Light, an organization committed to increasing voter turnout, will discuss voting rights and the law. Join us for a 50-minute zoom presentation about voting rights & the law—a timely and essential topic as we approach the 2020 elections.

LSAC Digital Forum

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

2:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual

LSAC is hosting a series of Law School Digital Forums where students can meet with representatives from 200+ law schools; visit virtual booths with information about the LSAT, Financial Aid, Diversity in law school, and more; and attend workshops on the law school application process, taking the LSAT, and more. Create an LSAC account to register if you have not done so yet.

Legal Speaker Series: Gabriela Vega

Monday, September 28, 2020

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Ms. Vega has worked in Family and Immigration Law since 2004. She wanted to become a lawyer because of her family's experience immigrating to the United States. She assists clients in bringing family members and clients to the U.S. through the immigration system. She practices law at Addair Thurston, Chtd. in Manhattan, Kansas.

Ms. Vega is from Holcomb, Kansas. She is a graduate of Washburn University and Washburn School of Law.

For this event, she will be discussing Immigration Law and DACA.

LSAC Digital Forum

Saturday, September 26, 2020

LSAC is hosting a series of Law School Digital Forums where students can meet with representatives from 200+ law schools; visit virtual booths with information about the LSAT, Financial Aid, Diversity in law school, and more; and attend workshops on the law school application process, taking the LSAT, and more. These forums are open to pre-law students nationwide, so make sure you register before September 23. Create an LSAC account to register if you have not done so yet.

Day 3 of the K-State Career Fair

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

K-State’s Law Fair will take place during Day 3 of the K-State All-University Career Fair via Handshake. You will have to create a Handshake account if you have not already done so. To see which law schools are registered, filter “Employers” by “Graduate Schools”.

Law schools will have a mix of Information Sessions and One-on-one Meetings. Once you register for the fair, you can reserve a slot to talk with as many law schools as you would like! This is open to all K-Staters, no matter where you are in the law school application process—whether you are asking what law schools have to offer, or have already applied and are seeking more information about whether the school is a good fit for you! This is a great opportunity since the schools are at the fair specifically to recruit our amazing pre-law students!

Law Fair Panel

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual

This event will take place the afternoon before the K-State Law Fair, and will help prepare K-State pre-law students to attend virtual law fair. Admissions Representative from KU Law, Washburn Law, and UMKC Law will be present to answer questions.

We will begin with an introduction and allow each panelist to share advice about how to best take advantage of a virtual fair. We will then take questions from students.

MINK Law Fair

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual

All 10 law schools from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas will be represented at this excellent regional law fair. There will also be helpful panels on law school admission topics.

Constitution Day: Implicit Bias & the Law

Monday, September 14, 2020

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

The Honorable Karen Arnold-Burger, Chief Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, will discuss implicit biases and how they impact the law.

After the lecture, the Pre-Law Ambassadors will preview the Court of Appeals arguments by discussing interesting cases involving Constitutional issues.


Legal Speaker Series: Kim Helvey Roundtable

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

215 Fairchild Hall, Conference Room

On Wednesday, March 4 at 4 PM in Fairchild 215, we are hosting a Legal Speaker Roundtable with Kim Helvey, a K-State alum who worked as an immigration attorney, including several years working for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. This event is limited to our conference room (about 10 students), so preference will be given to students that want to learn more about immigration or legal careers in the federal government.

Mock Moot Court Class

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Leadership Studies, Room 123

Have you ever wondered what a law school class is like? Join Pre-Law for a dynamic appellate argument class taught by KU Law Professor Lumen Mulligan.

Professor Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010. He teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. KU Law students have recognized Mulligan for his excellent teaching several times.

Last semester, we hosted a similar event—Prof. Mulligan’s Mock Law Class. We had over 50 students in attendance and had great conversations about topics in law. Junior Tom McClain says "It's a very relaxing environment that helps me think about what a law school class would be like." This semester, Prof. Mulligan will be mixing it up and discussing oral argumentation and present new cases to the class!

KU Law One-on-One

Thursday, February 13, 2020

215 Fairchild Hall

This is a reminder that you will have the chance to meet one-on-one with KU’s Dean of Admission, Steve Freedman, on Thursday, February 13, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your education goals, find out about programs at KU, learn about financial options, and discover how KU Law might fit into your future.

All students are welcome to make an appointment, however, in the case that the demand for appointments exceeds our availability, preference will be given to Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 applicants. Dress is business casual recommended.

Washburn University School of Law One-on-One

Monday, February 10, 2020

215 Fairchild Hall

On behalf of the Washburn University School of Law, you are invited to meet one-on-one with Washburn’s Director of Admissions, Preston Nicholson, to discuss your education goals and how Washburn Law might fit into your future plans. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about programs at Washburn Law, financial options, and how to improve your chances of admission.

All students are welcome to make an appointment, however, in the case that the demand for appointments exceeds our availability, preference will be given to Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 applicants. Dress is business casual recommended.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, February 8, 2020

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Wildcat Chamber

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020, in the Wildcat Chamber of the K-State Student Union. If you would like to borrow an iPad for testing, the fee is $10.00. You are welcome to bring your own device to the testing center.

University of Nebraska One-on-One

Thursday, February 6, 2020

215 Fairchild Hall

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law, will be on campus to meet with Pre-Law students. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with the Assistant Dean face-to-face about the admission process, financial aid, and what the University of Nebraska has to offer!

All students are welcome to make an appointment, however, in the case that the demand for appointments exceeds our availability, preference will be given to Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 applicants. Dress is business casual recommended.

Washburn Law School Dean's Reception

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barrett Wildcat Den, K-State Alumni Center

Join Dean Carla Pratt of Washburn Law School, faculty members, and young alumni for a reception at the Alumni Center. Learn more about law school, the application process, and the legal profession from actual law school graduates and professors.

Mock Law Class

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Leadership Studies, Room 126

Have you ever wondered what a law school class is really like? Join the Pre-Law Office for a dynamic law class taught by Professor Lumen Mulligan of the University of Kansas School of Law.

Professor Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010. He teaches predominantly civil litigation courses, and KU Law students have recognized Mulligan for his teaching several times. Mulligan also teaches undergraduate classes in the KU Honors Program and directs the K-State to KU Law LEAD Program.

Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2019

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

215 Fairchild Hall

Happy Halloween!

The office is looking forward to all of you trick or treaters! Please stop by to pick up some awesome law school information! We have tons of swag, valuable information, and fee waivers! This is a great opportunity to gather information for all who were not able to attend Law Fair! You may even get the chance to ask our advisor some questions and talk to Pre-Law Ambassadors!

There will be plenty of Halloween candy & treats to go around!

Legal Speaker Series: Marshall Honeyman

Friday, October 18, 2019

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Room 209

Marshall Honeyman has deep experience in patent prosecution with a focus on technology. He is a partner at Erise IP in Kansas City, where he focuses on advising high-technology clients in the area of patent prosecution. Prior to joining Erise, his experience as an intellectual property attorney includes working in the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), as a patent examiner, as an Associate Solicitor, and as an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Wichita, Kansas. Marshall received his degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and his law degree from Washburn University School of Law.

Legal Speaker Series: Rural Legal Practice and Washburn Externships

Monday, October 7, 2019

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

K-State Student Union, Big XII Room

Join us for our first Legal Speaker of the fall semester! Professor Shawn Leisinger and several Washburn Law students will discuss opportunities in the rural practice of law.

Washburn Law students will discuss their externship opportunities through the Hansen Foundation at Washburn Law School. The Hansen Foundation works with Washburn to place law students in rural communities. The students work with a local attorney who conducts a private law practice, works for government or a non-profit organization, serves as a judge, or is engaged in a legal career. Students receive a stipend of $5,000 for expenses during the externship and a tuition scholarship of $4,320 for six credit hours for a concurrent course, “Rural Practice Externship.”

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from law students & a professor about opportunities available at Washburn! Students are welcome to join and ask questions about law school in general or Washburn in particular.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, September 28, 2019

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Wildcat Chamber

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, September 28, 2019, in the Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theatre) of the K-State Student Union. If you would like to borrow an iPad for testing, the fee is $10.00. You are welcome to bring your own device to the testing center.

Register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, September 26, 2019. If you would like to borrow a device on the testing date, you must pre-pay at the time you register.

Kansas Women Attorneys Association Reception

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Holiday Inn, Presidents Room

1641 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS, 66502

The Kansas Women Attorneys Association is hosting a Reception with Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on September 17, 2019 following the hearings. Please join us at the Holiday Inn President’s Room for a cocktail hour and keynote from the Chief Judge, and connect with pre-law students and women attorneys in the area. All are welcome!

Court of Appeals Hearings

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

K-State Student Union, Forum Hall

Join us on Constitution Day for Court of Appeals Hearings before Chief Judge Arnold-Burger and Judges Green and Buser. Click here to view the Docket.

9:30 AM City of Manhattan v. Joel W. Laub

10:15 AM State of Kansas, ex rel. Geary County Sheriff's Department v. $81,957.00 in U.S. Currency, More or Less, Defendant, and (Alexis Milla)

11:00 AM State of Kansas v. Erika Yazmin Arceo-Rojas

1:30 PM Dustin Delehanty, William E. Gies, Jr., and Junction City Education Association v. Board of Education of Unified School District No. 475, Geary County, Kansas

Personal Statement Workshop

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Leadership Studies, Room 126

Get help with your personal statement for law school applications at our Personal Statement Workshop September 10 at 6:30pm. Jim Hohenbary, director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, and Tracey Lee, Pre-Law Coordinator, will guide you through exercises to help you make the most of your two pages by developing your ideas and cultivating your story. Come prepared to discuss your experiences and workshop your writing with other students.

Bring a draft of your personal statement (no matter how rough). If you haven't finished writing, bring a list of your legal experiences, anecdotes about how your thoughts about the law has evolved, and a plan of what you want to convey to your law schools. The goal of this session is to provide you the tools to complete or improve your draft.

Law Fair

Friday, September 6, 2019

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Alumni Center Banquet Room

The K-State Law Fair is September 6, 2019, in the Alumni Center Banquet Room from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Admissions Representatives from over 50 law schools will be on campus!

Come prepared to ask all your law school questions! This is your chance to learn about all of the legal programs available to you, inquire about specific areas of interest (clinics, journals, trial teams, internships, opportunities abroad, etc.), and help identify the right school for you.

The fair is open to all students and the public and is a come-and-go event. Feel free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours. Registration is available at the door or online. You may come in casual attire between classes. No resume or business cards required.

The Office of Pre-Law Advising will send out an email with extra tips and resources for attending Law Fair closer to the event.

Pre-Law Open House

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

215 Fairchild Hall

Join us for a Pre-Law Open House on Tuesday, August 27th. All K-State students interested in the law are welcome to attend!

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Pre-Law Office, meet Pre-Law Ambassadors, network with other students, ask questions about how you should be preparing for law school, and hang out with our advisor, Tracey Lee!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Pre-Law Ambassadors.

Spring 2019 Highlights

Legal Speaker Series: Mikel Stout

Monday, April 22, 2019

4:00 – 5:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Room 207

Join the Pre-Law Program on Earth Day to welcome renowned Wichita litigator Mikel Stout as he shares about his career and experience with environmental law!

Mr. Stout handles complex business and commercial cases. He focuses on high exposure litigation with an emphasis on trial practice. He is one of the most well-known trial lawyers in Kansas and has tried many of the region’s high profile employment, environmental and commercial cases. His practice includes consultation on litigation problem solving and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Stout is a K-State alumnus and attended University of Kansas Law School. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list, and Chambers USA as a leading general commercial litigation lawyer in the United States. Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Stout a “Local Litigation Star.” In 2014, he was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Wichita Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” and in 2012, the Wichita Construction “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been listed as a Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer®. Mr. Stout is a Fellow, member of the Board of Regents, and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Legal Speaker Series: Audrey Mross

Thursday April 11, 2019

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Business Building, Room 3043

Join the Office of Pre-Law Advising for our second Legal Speaker of the semester. We will host Audrey Mross on Thursday, April 11!

Ms. Mross, a member of the Pre-Law Advisory Council and active supporter of Pre-Law, is being recognized as the College of Business Alumni Fellow this spring! Join us for a Pre-Law reception to hear about Ms. Mross’s interesting career path and her work as a Labor & Employment attorney.

Ms. Mross is a partner at Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas, Texas, where she co-chairs the employment and labor law group. She is highly regarded as a legal adviser to companies and HR departments locally and nationally. She worked for 11 years as a human resource professional prior to her legal practice. Ms. Mross represents clients in matters involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and she guides human resource professionals in proactive measures to avoid litigation.

Dress is smart casual or business casual. 

Logic Workshops

Monday, April 8 - Thursday, April 11

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dickens Hall, Room 203

The Philosophy Department is offering our program an in-depth four-day FREE workshop series to practice formal logic and apply it to LSAT questions! This is an excellent opportunity to practice your logic skills for anyone planning to the LSAT. Take the opportunity to practice your logic skills with Philosophy professors Dr. Bruce Glymour and Dr. Graham Leach-Krouse.

The four sessions from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in Dickens 203 include:

  • Monday, April 8 – Translations and Truth Tables: A great place to start if you have not had much exposure to logic classes! This session is required if you plan to attend later sessions and have not taken any formal logic classes.
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Logic Puzzles: Learn how to work through logic games like those on the LSAT! From fun puzzles to complex analytical reasoning, this session is perfect for LSAT practice.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Argument Patterns: In this session, work through constructing and parsing arguments efficiently. Strengthen the skills necessary for success in logical reasoning on the LSAT!
  • Thursday, April 11 – Models and Modality: Develop your understanding of a speaker's or a writer's attitude towards the world. This session works toward defining ability, possibility, permission, and obligation in our society.

This is an excellent opportunity to build up the skills and strategy needed to better tackle LSAT problems and learn more about the types of problems you will encounter on the LSAT.

Mock Law Class

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Room 209

Have you ever wondered what a law school class is really like? Join the Pre-Law Office for a dynamic law class taught by Professor Lumen Mulligan of the University of Kansas School of Law.

Professor Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010. He teaches predominantly civil litigation courses, and KU Law students have recognized Mulligan for his teaching several times. Mulligan also teaches undergraduate classes in the KU Honors Program and directs the K-State to KU Law LEAD Program.

Prepare for the class with the following readings:

People v. Simmons
Uniform Commercial Code 2-403

The Charlie and Julie Hostetler Dinner with the Dean

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Holiday Inn Manhattan

1641 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502

Join the Dean of the University of Kansas Law School, as well as, recent alumni and current students for dinner! This event is an excellent opportunity to meet with current KU Law faculty, and get all of your questions answered about the University of Kansas Law School.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, March 30, 2019

8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

K-State Student Union, Wildcat Chamber

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, March 30, 2019, in the Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theatre) of the K-State Student Union. The cost is $15.00 for print tests and $5.00 for digital tests due at registration.

Register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. You must pre-pay at the time you register. For the digital exams, you must register for Khan Academy ahead of time.

The practice test will be treated as a real LSAT. With that being said, arrive at the test a little early to get signed in. Bring a photo ID, an analogue watch, #2 pencils and an eraser to the test. No mechanical pencils, electronic devices, digital watches, or food or drink are permitted. Please let the office know if you need a certain test or if you have taken many prior tests.

Legal Speaker Series: K-State Institute for Commercialization

Monday, March 25, 2019

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

K-State Student Union, Room 209

Join the Office of Pre-Law Advising for the first Legal Speaker of the semester. The Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC) will be hosted on Monday, March 25!

KSU-IC is located on campus and works closely with K-State entrepreneurs to commercialize intellectual property surrounding research on campus. Their office deals primarily with intellectual property, tech transfer, and business development.

During this presentation, KSU-IC will also present information on a few Pre-Law internships available on campus in their office! This event is a great way to learn more about intellectual property, the intersection of STEM and the law, and amazing internship opportunities!

Visit to Husch Blackwell, Kansas City

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Leaving Manhattan, KS at 7:30 AM

Join the Office of Pre-Law Advising in visiting Husch Blackwell, a large law firm in Kansas City. Husch Blackwell is a large law firm with offices across the country that practices in areas including: complex and commercial litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, patent law, tech transfer, finance law, and much more. If you are interested in hearing about a particular type of law, please include that information in your RSVP. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with some K-State Alumni currently working at Husch Blackwell!

Pins & Pre-Law

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

K-State Student Union, Wabash Cannon Bowl

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join the Pre-Law Program for a night of bowling at Wabash Cannon Bowl in the K-State Student Union on Tuesday, March 5th from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM! All Pre-Law students or students considering Pre-Law are welcome to come! Feel free to bring friends along, as well! Students will have the opportunity to ask Pre-Law Ambassadors any questions they have about the program or just kick back and enjoy some bowling! Games and shoe rentals will be $1 each! 

Bring your friends and bring your game! This is sure to be a fun night had by all!

Visit to Washburn Law School

Monday, March 4, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

On Monday, March 4th, a group of Pre-Law students will be vising Washburn Law School! Students will have the opportunity sit in on a law class, tour the law school, and have lunch with Washburn Law School Admissions Representatives or students who have participated in the Hansen Rural Externship Program

The Office will be arranging carpools leaving from the Manhattan Mall at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 4th.

Fall 2018 Highlights

Legal Speaker Series: Prof. David Pierce, Washburn Law

Tuesday, November 13

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting professor, David Pierce of Washburn School of Law, for a discussion on Oil & Gas Law. Prof. Pierce is a nationally recognized expert on Oil & Gas Law. He will discuss his legal practice from the rural setting to working for Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX. Professor Pierce will discuss land use issues, hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, and other contemporary issues lawyers encounter while representing farmers, landowners, and developers.

Prof. Pierce has had a unique career in the law working as a solo general practitioner in Neodesha, KS, a City Attorney in Cherryvale, KS, in-house counsel for Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX, of-counsel for Gable & Gotwals in Tulsa, and of-counsel for Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, MO. Prof. Pierce currently teaches Oil & Gas Law, Advanced Oil & Gas Law, Energy Regulation, and Drafting Contracts and Conveyances at Washburn School of Law.

Legal Speaker Series: Liam Reilly, J.D.

Monday, November 5

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting attorney, Liam Reilly, for an interesting discussion on intellectual property and patent law. Liam is a member of the intellectual property team at Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City. His practice focuses primarily around trademarks, patents, and software licensing. Liam also has experience with matters related to data protection and e-commerce disputes.

Liam Reilly is active in both the entrepreneur and small business communities in Kansas City, regularly volunteering his time to assist organizations such as Sprint Accelerator, Plexpod, and UMKC E-scholars Program. This works serves to promote innovational thought throughout the region. Liam received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University before attending Notre Dame Law School, where he was a Weigand Scholar.

Washburn Law School Dean's Reception

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wildcat Den, K-State Alumni Center

Join Dean Carla Pratt of Washburn Law School, faculty members, and young alumni for a reception at the Alumni Center. Learn more about law school, the application process, and the legal profession from actual law school graduates and professors.

Special Event - Legal Speaker Series: Professor Lumen Mulligan, KU Law

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Leadership Studies: Town Hall

With the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, you may wonder what to look for this term at the Supreme Court. Professor Lumen Mulligan will provide a lecture about hot topics at the Supreme court by discussing cases to look for and how to new court makeup could affect future cases.

Lumen "Lou" Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010, where he teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. Professor Mulligan has been continuously recognized for his teaching and mentoring by KU Law students. Professor Mulligan also teaches undergraduate courses within the KU Honors Program. In addition to his teaching, Professor Mulligan oversees KU Law's Medical-Legal Partnerships, which aid low-income clients, and provide law students with field placement experience, and directs KU Law's 3+3 program, LEAD.

Clean Slate Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Manhattan Public Library

629 Poyntz Ave.

Please join the Office of Pre-Law Advising in volunteering at Manhattan Clean Slate Day! This project is a partnership between the Riley County Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services. The Riley County District Court, the Riley County Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Municipal Court, and the Manhattan City Prosecutor's Office are assisting with offering this event. 

An expungement is the sealing of a criminal conviction. After an expungement, qualifying criminal convictions can only be discovered by certain individuals, and the conviction only has to be disclosed in certain situations. This is an important legal service because it old criminal records can be a barrier to employment, housing, and services. The event will require a number of volunteers, and that's where you can help!

There will be a training on October 19 from 12-1 PM with lunch provided.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, in the Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theatre) of the K-State Student Union. The cost is $15.00 due at registration.

Pre-register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 12, 2018.  You must pre-pay at the time you register.  If the response for this test is insufficient, it will be cancelled so please register timely. 
  
The practice test will be treated as a real LSAT. With that being said, arrive at the test a little early to get signed in.  Bring a photo ID, an analogue watch, #2 pencils and an eraser to the test.  No mechanical pencils, hats, or hoods are permitted.  Please let the office know if you need a certain test or if you have taken many prior tests.

Personal Statement Workshop

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Student Union Rm. 209

Tracey Lee, Pre-Law Office, and Jim Hohenbary, Nationally Competitive Scholarships, will host a workshop for all students to improve their personal statements. We will provide a short program about how to make the most of your two pages, but the majority of the workshop will be devoted to developing your ideas and cultivating your story. You must come prepared to discuss your experiences and workshop your writing with other students.

  • Bring a draft of your personal statement (no matter how rough). If you haven't finished writing, bring a list of your legal experiences, anecdotes about how your thoughts about the law has evolved, and a plan of what you want to convey to your law schools.
  • The goal of this session is to provide you the tools to complete or improve your draft. There will be a follow-up workshop at which you can bring a second draft to workshop with other students.

Legal Speaker Series: Elsbeth Magilton, J.D.

Monday, October 15

Student Union Rm. 209

Join visiting attorney Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law program at the University of Nebraska College of Law, as she discusses her career in international space law. Elsbeth's current research focus areas include commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity and innovative technologies, and national security. Find her most recent legal article, "Ready Party One: The History and Developing Role of Online Dispute Resolution Technology From VoIP to Virtual Reality," published in the Penn State Arbitration Law Review, Fall 2018.

Elsbeth Magilton is a member of both the Nebraska Bar Association and the National Women in Aerospace organization. She also hosts the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on Women in Stem, Cybersecurity, and National Security, annually. Elsbeth is the Nebraska College of Law's principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command's University Affiliated Research Center - the only such center in the Department of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships.

Washburn Rural Legal Speaker: Shawn Leisinger

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Student Union Rm. 209

Come hear from Professor Shawn Leisinger of Washburn Law School as he discusses ethical issues in rural practice and career options for lawyers in rural areas. Special focus will be given to discussion of the variety of traditional and non-traditional roles that lawyers can take on in rural areas and will then more broadly move to discussion of the broader ethical and moral obligations for attorneys in rural practice settings. 

Shawn Leisinger is the Executive Director of the Centers for Excellence. The Centers are focused in the areas of Advocacy, Business and Transactional Law, Children and Family Law, International and Comparative Law, Law and Government, and Oil and Gas Law. Shawn oversees development of the Center's programming and the actual events and activities of the Centers throughout the year.

Kansas Supreme Court Guest Lecture

Monday, September 24, 2018

K-State Student Union Rm. 227

Join Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert and Chief Judge Kim Cudney of the 12th Judicial District for a guest lecture on Monday, September 24th from 1:30-2:20 PM in Union Room 227. Justice Luckert and Judge Cudney will be taking over Constitutional Law I for the day to impart real-world knowledge and experience on K-State Students!

Kansas Supreme Court Visits Manhattan, KS

Monday, September 24, 2018

6:00 PM, Manhattan High School Auditorium

2100 Poyntz Avenue

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear two cases in a special session at Manhattan High School as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of Kansas judiciary. This will mark the Supreme Court's first visit to Manhattan in the court's 157-year history. The court will be in session from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, September 24, in the high school auditorium. After the session concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception outside the auditorium.

Plan to arrive at the auditorium early to allow time to get through a security screening. Doors will open at 6 PM.

If you can not attend in person, there will be a live stream of the event on the judicial branch homepage at www.kscourts.org under the Watch Supreme Court Live! tab.

Take time to review the docket if you would like to have a better idea of what to expect from the Supreme Court visit.

Washburn Rural Legal Speaker: Roger McEowen

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Student Union Rm. 209

Join Washburn Law professor, Roger McEowen, for an interesting discussion about agricultural law. Agriculture and other activities in rural America face increasing levels of environmental and other regulation. Rural lawyers must be knowledgeable in agricultural law to effectively represent their clients needs.

Professor Roger A. McEowen is the Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. He is also a Tax Director, Agribusiness and Cooperatives, Midwest Region, for Clifton Larson Allen in West Des Moines, Iowa.

He received a B.S. with distinction from Purdue University in Management in 1986, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1990, and a J.D. from the Drake University School of Law in 1991.

Law Fair

Friday, September 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Alumni Center Banquet Room

The K-State Pre-Law Ambassadors and the Office of Pre-Law Advising are hosting a law fair on September 7, 2018, in the Alumni Center Banquet Room. The fair will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 1:00 PM. Over 50 law schools will be represented!

For the Fair, please come in casual attire.  The law schools understand that you are coming between classes but please look neat and clean; save the ripped jeans for another day.  You don’t need a resume. 

Come prepared to ask questions of the school representatives.  Ask about their certificate programs, chances to study abroad, specific areas of interest, trial teams, etc.  This is your chance to learn about the differences among the schools and find the right ones for you.

The fair is open to all students, across all majors and will be a come-and-go event. Feel free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours. Registration is available at the door or online.

Spring 2018 Highlights

University of Nebraska One-on-One

Thursday, January 25, 2018

215 Fairchild Hall

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with the Assistant Dean face-to-face about the admission process, financial aid, and what the University of Nebraska has to offer! 

Pre-Law Spring Open House

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

215 Fairchild Hall

The Pre-Law Ambassadors will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 30. All K-State students are welcome to attend.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Pre-Law Advising and Pre-Law Ambassadors, network with other Pre-Law students of all ages, ask questions about how you should be preparing in your undergraduate career for law school, and meet our Pre-Law advisor, Mrs. Daralyn Gordon Arata, Esquire, if you have not already!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided as well. 

KU Law School One-on-One

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This is a reminder that you will have the chance to meet one-on-one with KU’s Dean of Admission, Steve Freedman, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your education goals, find out about programs at KU, learn about financial options, and discover how KU Law might fit into your future.

Washburn Law School One-on-One

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

On behalf of the Washburn University School of Law, I invite you to meet one-on-one with Washburn’s Director of Admissions, Preston Nicholson, to discuss your education goals and how Washburn Law might fit into your future plans. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about programs at Washburn Law, financial options, and how to improve your chances of admission. Both admitted and prospective students are welcome!

Legal Speaker Series: Hon. Meryl D. Wilson

Monday, February 19, 2018

Student Union, Rm. 209

The Office of Pre-Law Advising and Pre-Law Ambassadors are excited to welcome Judge Meryl D. Wilson, Chief Judge of the Riley County District Court, as the debut speaker for our new Legal Speaker Series. The Speaker Series is designed to give students at Kansas State University more exposure to the vast array of legal professions through expert speakers in diverse legal professions.

Judge Wilson is a Kansas State University alum with a history of interesting legal work, including once suing the school.   He graduated from Kansas State in 1971 with a degree in History and received his law degree from Washburn University. He was engaged in the private practice of Law before joining the bench as District Judge on April 18, 1997 and has been serving Riley County ever since.

Judge Wilson will speak to students about his own legal career, preparing for and attending law school, the path to becoming a judge and the view from the Bench.

Legal Life Hacks

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wildcat Chamber

Do you know what rights you have when the police show up at your door? What do you do if you think your landlord is violating your lease? Would you know what to do if you are at a party and see someone being sexually assaulted?

This is a reminder that the Legal Life Hacks Panel will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM
 
Time will be reserved for questions after the panelists speak. This is a great opportunity to learn from legal experts and have your questions answered. This event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

Legal Speaker Series: Mock Law Class

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Student Union, Rm. 209 

Have you ever wondered what a law school class is really like? Come join us and find out! A dynamic law class will be taught by Professor Lumen Mulligan of the University of Kansas School of Law on Tuesday, March 6 in Room 209 of the Student Union. We hope to see you there!

“Professor Mulligan joined the KU Law faculty in 2010, where he teaches predominantly civil litigation courses. In the ensuing years, KU Law students have recognized Mulligan for his teaching several times, including awarding him the Dean Frederick J. Moreau teaching and mentoring award. Mulligan has authored or co-authored four books and treatises on jurisdiction and procedure and often writes for the bar-association press. State and federal courts at all levels cite Mulligan's scholarship regularly.”

Prepare for class with the following readings:

Oz to Oz: Judge Paul Howard

Monday, April 9, 2018

Business Building, Room 1078 

The Honorable Paul Howard is a Judge on the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.  He is visiting the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program: Fulbright Professional Scholarship. 

Judge Howard’s research centers on access to justice and the funding and administration of Federal Courts. He is the author of several scholarly works on the administration and nature of the Courts.  He will talk about the Federal systems of Australia and the USA, International Law, and the view from the bench.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet a practicing judge from Australia and learn how two common law systems with similar roots have developed differently.

Practice LSAT

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Big 12 Room, KSU Student Union

There will be a Practice LSAT on Saturday morning, April 14, 2018, in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Student UnionThe cost is $15.00 due at registration.

Pre-register in 215 Fairchild Hall no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 6, 2018.  You must pre-pay at the time you register.   If the response for this test is insufficient, it will be cancelled so please register timely. 
  
Arrive at the test a little early to get signed in.  Bring a photo ID, an analogue watch, #2 pencils and an eraser to the test.  No mechanical pencils, hats, or hoods are permitted.  Please let me know if you need a certain test or if you have taken many prior tests.

This is the final practice LSAT for this academic year. 

LSAT Logic Workshops

Monday April 16, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM

Dickens Hall 203

The Department of Philosophy has partnered with the Office of Pre-Law Advising to offer students a unique opportunity to learn how to better tackle the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

On Monday, April 16, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Dr. Bruce Glymour, head of the Philosophy Department, will run a session on using logic, modal reasoning, and statistical reasoning to solve LSAT Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning problems.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Dr. Graham Leach-Krouse, professor of logic, will run a session on using logic and other tricks to solve Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) problems on the LSAT.

This is an excellent opportunity to build up the skills and strategy needed to better tackle LSAT problems and learn more about the types of problems you will encounter on the LSAT.

 

 
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