Law School Commencement

Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate, honor and recognize our graduates who have completed the requirements of the Master of Laws Degree, Juris Doctor, or Master of Studies in Law. The Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) degree prepares students for leadership roles in the global legal market. The Master of Laws is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. It is designed for international attorneys who are interested in receiving a degree in American law and the U.S. legal system. The Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the first earned law degree with two to three years of post-baccalaureate study. The Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) is designed primarily for students who have already established a career in a profession where they will benefit from having an additional background in legal studies.

The University has commencement celebrations at the end of the fall and spring semesters (December and May). Students completing degree requirements during the summer term will participate in spring commencement. Students planning to participate in their commencement ceremony must submit their application for Master of Laws DegreeJuris Doctor Degree, or Master of Studies in Law Degree to Donna Haverkamp, the Student Records Administrator in the Dean's Office by the deadline for the semester they plan to walk:

Fall - Last business day of March
Spring & Summer
- Last business day of October

Commencement Ceremony Dates



Friday, December 14, 2018

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020

Saturday, May 15, 2021


Law students or family members with questions regarding Law School graduation events should contact:

If you have questions about whether you have completed all requirements for graduation in December, you should contact:

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Bar Exam
  • Bar Exam Preparation and Program at Washburn Law
  • Certification forms to take the bar exam in states other than Kansas should be turned in to Donna Haverkamp in the Deans' Office.
  • Copies of your law school application can be requested from Donna Haverkamp or Donna McMurry in the Deans' Office.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Checklists

Upper Level Certification Forms:

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