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 Series Brochure


5:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Slam the Exam: Passing the Bar Exam the First Time
Valparaiso University Law Alumni


4:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
MLK Lecture – From King to Obama: Cycles of Backlash and the Fire Next Time
Professor Terry Smith, DePaul University College of Law


3:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Digital Footprints: Managing and Securing Your Online Identity
Valparaiso University Law School IT Department


5:30 p.m.
Location: Harre Union Ballroom
The Art of Business Dining – Presented by CPC
Callista Gould
RSVP through Simplicity


4:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Tabor Lecture – Lawyer Competency and Values through an Academic Lens
Professor Judith Wegner, Burton Craige Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law


6:00 p.m.
Location: Harre Union Ballroom A
Armed Forces Judge Advocate General (JAG) Career Path
Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Steven David
RSVP Required


4:00 p.m.
Location: Benson
Inaugural Justice Robert D. Rucker Lecture
Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Robert D. Rucker (VULS ’76)


2:30 p.m.
Location: Ulbricht
Mojo Lawyer – Presented by CPC
Josh Brown (VULS ’06)


12:30 p.m.
How to Succeed in Your Summer Job – Presented by CPC
Employer Panel Discussion


Professionalism Education Requirement

All J.D. students 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 Louis F. Bartelt, Jr. Professionalism Series of programs, 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 part-time 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.

Actual attendance at a professionalism program each semester is mandatory. Students may not fulfill this requirement by viewing a recording of the program, nor may they fulfill the professionalism requirement of one semester by attending multiple programs in a different semester. A student who fails to meet the professionalism education requirements for a semester will receive an incomplete for this requirement on their transcript. A hold will also be placed on their student account, preventing either release of grades or registration for classes. Students are responsible for keeping track of the number of professionalism programs they attend.

Professionalism programs are open to students on a first-come, first-served basis until the room is full. Student Services will record student attendance through the use of an Attendance and Attestation Form provided at each program and completed and signed by each student. Students will certify through this form that they were in attendance throughout the entire program and behaved in a professional manner. Students may not enter a program after it has begun nor leave prior to its conclusion and receive credit for having attended that program. Non event-related, personal use of electronics is prohibited during professionalism programs as are distracting personal conversations. Unprofessional behavior during a program may result in a student not receiving credit for having attended the event. In addition, all certifications made by students on the Attendance and Attestation Form are subject to the Law School’s Honor Code.