Starting this fall, Valparaiso University Law School is changing the name of its highly successful Professionalism Series to honor longtime faculty member and former dean Louis F. Bartelt, Jr. Dean Bartelt served on Valparaiso’s faculty from 1948 until 1986, as dean from 1964 to 1969, and was the recipient of the school’s first endowed chair.
The Professionalism Series was established at the law school in 2012 and was designed to communicate the values and ideals of the legal profession to students and equip them with the skills and attitudes that will be expected of them upon graduation. Functioning like a continuing legal education requirement, all students are required to attend one program in the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled at Valparaiso Law to fulfill a professionalism education requirement needed for graduation.
General topics for the Professionalism series include legal ethics, professional judgment, the practice of law, the importance of civility, wellness, substance abuse, diversity, communication skills, and networking. The Professionalism Series is administered by Assistant Dean for Students Steve Probst who often partners with local attorneys and judges to present programming for the series. “We’ve found a great deal of support in the local legal community for this project” says Probst. “Attorneys and judges are very interested in helping to shape the professional attitudes of new attorneys.” “Much of the content we’re presenting in these program used to be picked up along the way by students during summer associateships or in the early years of their careers. However, as the legal economy has changed, law firms now seem to expect our graduates to come to them more practice-ready, including the acquisition of these soft-skills our students are exposed to in our Professionalism Series.”
About Valparaiso University Law School
For more than 130 years, Valparaiso University Law School has empowered talented individuals to realize personal and professional success. Nine “live client” clinics, a nationally recognized externship program, and a commitment to innovation, highlight a program of education that serves as both a path to a career and a path to personal and professional growth. Located in metropolitan Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso Law has one of the most diverse law student bodies in country. The faculty is distinguished by their commitment to student success and to continuing impact on the advancement of law and legal understanding.