Office of Admissions – Fall Visit Day Recap

​The Office of Admissions hosts personal visit days for prospective applicants throughout the academic calendar.  Personal visit days are available this fall on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. An Assistant Director of Admissions greets and then hosts guests on a personal tour of the Law School. Our visitors then usually sit in on Professor Bodensteiner’s Evidence class. Their visit ends with lunch in the Wesemann Café with the Assistant Director and several Student Ambassadors who answer the visitors’ questions and share their Valparaiso Law experiences. Twenty guests have experienced a Valparaiso Law personal visit day this fall with seven more visit days available before the semester ends.  Guests can review the available visit dates online: Admission Visit Days.

The Office of Admissions organizes a Discover Law Day each semester for students attending local colleges. This fall, six local pre-law students and their professor were provided with a Law School tour, experienced a current class, and received an Admissions 101 presentation. Also, an exclusive visit day was organized on Friday, October 19 in conjunction with the Tabor Lecture.  Twelve prospective applicants experienced Professor Carter’s Criminal Law class, toured the Law School, and attended Steven Lubet’s legal ethics lecture.

Personal visit days, besides the dates listed online, can be organized by contacting the Office of Admissions. P:  219.465.7821  E:

Exploding Prison Population and Drug Offenders: Rethinking State Drug Sentencing Conference

November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wesemann Hall

Long-term sentences for low-level drug offenders have contributed to the exponential growth in many states’ prison populations. Valparaiso University law professors have organized this dynamic conference, which will bring together scholars, practitioners, judges and legislators to kick off a comprehensive review of state drug sentencing laws in the expectation that follow-up initiatives will generate ideas for substantive reform.

To RSVP for this event, please click on the following link:

Bar Preparation and Bar Study Loans Presentation

Bethany Lesniewski and Ann Weitgenant have prepared a presentation regarding Bar Preparation and Bar Study Loans, November 6th at 12:40 p.m. in the Pelzer Classroom.

Many third year students have questions about deadlines, how to pay for the bar prep courses and how to get money for living expenses while they are preparing for the bar. This meeting will focus on these issues.

You are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting should last no more than 30-35 minutes.

This is a GREAT opportunity to get all your questions answered before the start of the holiday season.

Annual Law School Thanksgiving Lunch Returns

For more than 25 years, Valparaiso Law School had a tradition of providing a Thanksgiving Luncheon to students who had remained behind at the Law School to study rather than venturing home for Thanksgiving Break. This meal, prepared and served by Law School faculty and staff, became an annual favorite of students as well as members of the larger university community. It also became a means for the Law School to reach out to those in need in Valparaiso as the proceeds from the luncheon were always donated to a local charity.

This tradition took a one-year hiatus in 2011 due to the renovations to the Wesemann Café which took place during Thanksgiving. However, the tradition continues this year – albeit in a new format. Once again the Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Monday, November 19 (the first day of Thanksgiving Break) from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the Wesemann Café. This year, however, the food will be prepared by Valparaiso University Dining Services, although still served by Law School faculty and staff.

Tickets for the Luncheon will be on sale at the Law Library’s circulation desk from Monday, October 29 – November 19. The cost of each ticket is $8.00, with $2.00 from each ticket sale being donated to Housing Opportunities, a local ministry serving the homeless in our community. In addition to the monetary donation provided to Housing Opportunities, a food drive will be held as well. If you would like to contribute, you are invited to bring a canned or boxed good with you to the luncheon. Your donation will be appreciated by those in need among us.

Wesemann Cafe Menu        

For the Wesemann Café menu, please click on the following link:  ​

Wesemann Café Menu 11/5 – 11/9: Wesemann Cafe Menu

Wesemann Café Menu 11/12 – 11/16: Wesemann Cafe Menu

New (Trial) Dining Hours at the Law School

Beginning Monday, November 5, the Cafe will be open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Breakfast and Grill items,

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Specials

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Starbucks Coffee, Beverages, and Grab & Go Items

We appreciate your connection and would like to thank you for your patronage.

Dining Supervisor, Peggy Luchene

Professionalism Series – Setting up a Law Practice

The Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), in cooperation with the Valparaiso University Law School, will host a free one-hour, luncheon program (pizza and drinks provided) on “What you Must Know to Start and Manage a Law Office – With Special Focus on Going Solo or Finding a Job with a Small Law Firm”.  Our presenter, Paul J. Unger, Esq., of Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, Columbus, Ohio will discuss the issues that you need to consider when starting your own law firm or when joining a small firm.  In addition, ICLEF will provide each attendee with an electronic copy of the 314 page ICLEF Practice Manual, “The Business of Managing a Law Firm”, June 2012. While this program is most appropriate for 3Ls, all students are welcome.

November 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Ulbricht Classroom

Presenter: Paul Unger, ICLEF

Please RSVP for provided lunch