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student and the University. The University and its various units reserve the right to revise policies, amend rules,
alter or add regulations and requirements, and change financial charges at any time in accordance with the best
interests of the institution.
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY BULLETIN, Volume 90, Number 1, September 2016. This bulletin is posted on the Law School web page at: http://www.valpo.edu/law/current-students/law-registrar/c-law-bulletins.
Correspondence Address: Valparaiso University Law School, Wesemann Hall, 656 S. Greenwich St., Valparaiso, IN 46383. Phone: 219-465-7829. Fax: 219-465-7808.
Valparaiso University provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The University does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, and tenure, other employment practices, applications for admission, or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, or (as qualified herein) religion. An institution committed to its Lutheran tradition, the University reserves its right to promote the teaching of the church and to exercise preferences in admissions and employment-related practices in favor of Lutherans.
TABLE OF CONTENTSMission and History
Deans, Faculty, Librarians & Administration
Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.)
Dual Degree Programs
Technical Standards for Law School Admissions
Essential Eligibility Requirements for the Practice of Law
Course of Study for J.D.
Legal Writing and Research
Clinical Law Program
Credit Cap/No Classroom Component
Pro Bono Requirement
Professionalism Education Requirement
Academic Success Program
Statement of Curricular Goals
Academic Program Information
Responsibility Assumed by Registration
Change of Classes: Drop/Add/Withdrawal
Class Cancellations Due to Weather
Credit Hour Policy
20-Hour Work Rule
20-Hour Work Rule-Summer
Course Work at Other Approved Law Schools
Summer Session on Campus
Summer Session off Campus
Summer Sessions Abroad
Undergraduate/Graduate Course Work at Valparaiso University
Accelerated J.D. Program
Honor Code System
Exam Procedure & Regulations
Exam Number System
Personal Computers and Exams
Exam Review Process
Withdrawal/Leave of Absence from the Law School
Grading System & Quality Points
Grade Point Averages
2 Honors in Scholarship
Retention & Probation
Cumulative GPA Requirement, Full-Time Students
Cumulative GPA Requirement, Part-Time Students
Mandatory Academic Support Participation
Cumulative GPA Requirement, LL.M. Students
Consequences of Probation
Petitions & Readmission
Grade Normalization Ranges
Application for Degree
Bar Exam Standards
Student Consumer Information
Class of 2015
Class of 2016 & 2017
Curriculum Guidelines and Policies
Independent Reading & Research Policy
Special and Endowed Programs
Awards and Honors
Reference and Instruction
Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Services
Career Planning Center
Events and Programs
Pro Bono Requirement
Connecting with CPC
Student Activities & Organizations
Office of Student Relations
Athletic Recreation Center
Disabled Student Services
3 Exam Modifications for International Students
Emergency Student Loan Program
Finance Office & Student Accounts
Harre [Student] Union
Lost & Found
Notary Public Services
Office of Alcohol & Drug Education
Room Reservations in Wesemann Hall
Sexual Assault Advocacy & Facilitating Education
Student Counseling & Development Center
OneCard [Student ID Card]
University Book Center
University Police Department
Campus Directory/Law Photo Directory
Tuition/General Student Fee
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Applying for Financial Aid
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs
Awards & Scholarships
Valparaiso University Law School Student Code of Conduct
Student Code of Conduct Process
Legend: Wesemann Hall & Heritage Hall
Founded in 1879, the Law School embraces law as a calling to leadership and service. Our legal education blends theoretical and practical skills with humanitarian values to ready lawyers for that calling. The Law School is a community of learning, inquiry, and opportunity dedicated to excellence in legal education and invested in the academic and personal success of its students, preparing and empowering them to serve others and fulfill their potential in their chosen careers.
Valparaiso University (VU) is a private university located in Valparaiso, Indiana (55 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois).
VU was founded in 1859 as the Valparaiso Male and Female College and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University. In 1925, VU was purchased by the Lutheran University Association, an Indiana corporation comprised of persons affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and interested in actively promoting higher education in the Christian context.
VU continues to be the largest Lutheran-affiliated educational institution in the U.S. The University holds membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Valparaiso University Law School (Law School) was founded in 1879 as the Northern Indiana Law School. In 1905 it became part of Valparaiso University. The Law School received its American Bar Association accreditation in 1929 and was admitted into membership in the Association of American Law Schools in 1930. The degree of Juris Doctor, which is granted by the School, is approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Law School offers the traditional three-year full-time program, an accelerated two-and-a-half year program, and a five-year part-time program toward the Juris Doctor degree, a Master of Laws degree program, and the following dual degree programs;
J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.A., Psychology, and J.D./M.S., Sports Administration.
David Cleveland – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law 219/465-7853, email@example.com Emily M. Janoski-Haehlen – Associate Dean of Library and Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7830, Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org Derrick Howard – Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, Director of Clinics and Professor of Law 219/465-7864, email@example.com Steven R. Probst – Assistant Dean for Students, Educational Services Librarian, and Assoc. Professor of Law 219/465-7820, firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Banta–Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7877, email@example.com Robert F. Blomquist – Professor of Law 219/465-7857, firstname.lastname@example.org Geneva Brown – Professor of Law 219/465-7896, email@example.com Michael J. Bushbaum – Associate Law Librarian for Access Services, and Associate Professor of Law Librarianship 219/465-7822, firstname.lastname@example.org Derrick Augustus Carter – Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7823, email@example.com Curtis W. Cichowski – Professor of Law 219/465-7841, firstname.lastname@example.org Debra Denslaw – Faculty Services Librarian & Associate Professor of Law Librarianship 219/465-7876, email@example.com Geoffrey J. Heeren – Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7933, Geoffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org David Herzig – Professor of Law 219/465-7809, email@example.com Rebecca J. Huss – Professor of Law 219/465-7856, firstname.lastname@example.org Kimberly Kass – Associate Director, Academic Success Program and Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7973, email@example.com Robert H. Knowles – Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7976, firstname.lastname@example.org Paul M. Kohlhoff – Professor of Law 219/465-7938, email@example.com Faisal Kutty – Director, LL.M. Program and Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7813, firstname.lastname@example.org Bethany Lesniewski – Director, Academic Success Program and Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7974, Bethany.email@example.com Michael S. Straubel – Professor of Law 219/465-7812, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Szto – Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7970, email@example.com D. A. Jeremy Telman – Professor of Law 219/465-7811, firstname.lastname@example.org Bernard Trujillo – Professor of Law 291/465-7881, email@example.com Katharine Wehling – Visiting Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7855, firstname.lastname@example.org David Welter – Interim Director of Clinics, Professor of Law 219/465-7905, email@example.com Stephen Wilks –Assistant Professor of Law 219/465-7863, firstname.lastname@example.org Del Wright – Associate Professor of Law 219/465-7927, email@example.com Professors of Law Emeriti Bruce G. Berner Philipp L. Brockington Charles A. Ehren, Jr.
Edward McGlynn Gaffney, Jr.
Marcia Gienapp Naomi J. Goodman Sarah Holterhoff Rosalie Berger Levinson JoEllen Lind Seymour Moskowitz David A. Myers Mary G. Persyn Barbara A. Schmidt Richard Stith Susan P. Stuart Ruth C. Vance Linda S. Whitton Geri J. Yonover
Phillip Brzozowski Labor Law Jeanene Calabrese Pretrial Skills Paul Cherry Trial Practice I, Advanced Discovery Jeffrey Clymer Pretrial Skills Sue Collins Trial Practice II Daniel Gioia Medical Malpractice; Medicine, Law and Ethics Alicia Hilton Evidence David L. Hollenbeck Land Use, Municipal Law, Local Government Law, Worker’s Compensation James Hough Medicine, Law and Ethics Ashley Huebner Immigration Clinic Heidi Keenan Law Practice Management Elizabeth Moore Pretrial Skills Ana Osan Juvenile Clinic Kerry Pangere Pretrial Skills Robert Parker Pretrial Skills, Trial Practice I Shelice Robinson-Tolbert Trial Practice I John Shanahan Children and the Law Morris Sunkel Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Estate Planning Michael Tolbert Trial Practice I Charles V. Vaughan Trial Practice I
Registrar 465-7840; Fax: 465-7808 Melissa J. Mundt, Registrar and Director of Academic Services firstname.lastname@example.org Kristin Takish, Asst. Registrar and Accommodations Manager email@example.com Academic Services 465-7847; Fax: 465-7872 Karen Koelemeyer, Academic Services Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Planning 465-7814; Fax: 465-7914 Gail Peshel, Executive Director of Career Planning email@example.com Victoria Ryan, Senior Director of Career Planning firstname.lastname@example.org Robyn Rucker, Associate Director of Career Planning email@example.com Vanessa Verner, Assoc. Director of Alumni Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Julia Bochnowski, Associate Director of Career Planning email@example.com Computer and Technology Services 465-7877; Fax: 465-7808 Bill Klein, Associate Director of Technology/Faculty & Staff firstname.lastname@example.org Financial Planning 465-7867 (Financial), 465-7994 Ann Weitgenant, Associate Director of Student Financial Planning email@example.com Legal Clinic 465-7903 Sandy Tengblad, Associate Director of Clinical Services firstname.lastname@example.org Kate Patterson, Associate Administrator - Clinic email@example.com
Marketing 465-7974; 465-7911; Fax: 465-7872 Ann Brandt, Director of Marketing and Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Nicole Skinner, Associate Director of Marketing Communications email@example.com Student Services Fax: 465-7872 Joseph Baruffi, Director of Student Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success Bethany.email@example.com Kimberly Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success firstname.lastname@example.org 10 Degree Programs Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) The University offers a three-year full-time program, an accelerated program, and a five-year part-time program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.). In no case may a student construct a schedule which permits conferral of the degree prior to five regular fulltime semesters plus qualifying summer sessions or eight part-time residency semesters plus two or more summer sessions. The degree is conferred upon recommendation of the faculty of the Law School. All work toward a degree must be completed to the satisfaction of the faculty. In all cases, the student is responsible for meeting the requirements for graduation.
A student who returns to the Law School after an absence of two or more years may no longer be a candidate for a degree on the basis of the Bulletin under which the student first entered the University but must fulfill for graduation all the requirements and provisions of the Bulletin of the year in which the student re-enters the University.