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Louis F. Bartelt, Jr., Professionalism Series

The Louis F. Bartelt, Jr., Professionalism Series is designed to communicate the values and ideals of the legal profession to students as well as equip them with the skills and attitudes that will be expected of them upon graduation. Although the programs are open to everyone, all J.D. students are required to attend at least one program in the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled.

Current Professionalism Brochure

Thursday, January 12

4:00 p.m.
Location: Benson
MLK Lecture
Professor Angela Onwuach-Willig

Thursday, February 2

3:30 p.m
Location: Benson
Q&A with the Indiana Board of Law Examiners
Indiana Board of Law Examiners
Presented by ASP

Wednesday, February 22

1:30 p.m.
Location: Pelzer
Bar Association Membership: An Advantage for Your Career
Tom Pyrz, Executive Director, Indiana State Bar Association, Moderator
Presented by CPC

Wednesday, March 1

4:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
One and Done: Passing the Bar Exam the First Time
VULS Alumni
Presented by ASP

Friday, April 7

1:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Indiana Court of Appeals Oral Argument

Thursday, April 20

4:00 p.m
Location: Tabor
Tabor Lecture
Professor Keith Swisher, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Professionalism Education Requirement

All J.D. students at Valparaiso University Law School are subject to a professionalism education requirement, similar to the continuing legal education requirements they will encounter in practice. The purpose of this requirement is to build upon classroom efforts to communicate the values and ideals of the legal profession to students during the formation of their professional identities.

The Office of Student Services has established the Professionalism Series of programs, which are designed to reinforce the values and ideals of the legal profession taught in the classroom. General topics for these programs will include, but not be limited to: legal ethics, professional judgment, the practice of law, wellness, substance abuse, diversity, communication skills, and networking.

To meet the professionalism education requirement, both full and parttime students must attend at least one (1) program of their choice from the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled at the School of Law until they have attended six (6) Professionalism Series events. Students in the accelerated J.D. program must attend two (2) Professionalism Series events during their last semester in order to satisfy this requirement. Part-time students are only required to attend Professionalism Series events during the first six (6) semesters they are enrolled, though they are encouraged to continue attending these events until graduating.