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.
Monday, August 21
Authenticity: Who Are You? And Why it Matters
Dino Pollock (Valparaiso University Law School ’08)
Thursday, September 7
Drugs and Alcohol and Your Career
Terry L. Harrell & Loretta Oleksy, Indiana Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP)
Thursday, September 14
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Movie Screening: Documented
The film will be followed by an expert panel discussing, “Immigration Enforcement: A Dialogue Concerning Boarders and Sanctuary”
Thursday, September 21
Wellness in the Legal Profession
Michael Tolbert (Valparaiso University Law School ’00)
Indiana State Bar Association Wellness Committee
Thursday, September 28
Dissent in the Classroom – Part II
Valparaiso University Law School Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Thursday, October 12
Justice Robert D. Rucker Lecture
Larry Albrecht (Valparaiso University Law School ’73)
Wednesday, October 25
Developing a Reputation for Turstworthiness
Christopher Hammer (Valparaiso University Law School ’14)
Deputy Prosecutor, Porter County, Indiana
Presented by Career Planning Center
The Mock Interview Program, coordinated by the Career Planning Center, enables you to strengthen interviewing skills through mock interviews and get constructive feedback from practicing attorneys in one-on-one interviews. Successful completion of a mock interview, scheduled at your convenience, will fulfill your professionalism education requirement for the semester. Contact the Career Planning Center to schedule your mock interview.
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.