UW Law School 2015 Commencement Information

2015 Spring Commencement Events

Honors and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7 p.m.
Gordon Dining and Event Center
770 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI

UW Law School Hooding Ceremony and Reception
Friday, May 15, 2015, 1 p.m.
Monona Terrace Conference and Community Center
1 John Nolen Dr.
Madison, WI

This is the Law School’s own ceremony. Each graduate’s name will be announced, and the graduates will receive their doctoral hoods individually. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served on the Monona Terrace rooftop. Family and friends are welcome to attend. No tickets or advance registration required.

UW-Madison Spring 2015 Commencement
(for undergraduate, law, and master degree candidates)

May 16, 2015, 12:00 noon
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St.
Madison, WI

All 6,000 graduates of the Class of 2015 will gather together and the Chancellor will confer degrees.  More information abo0ut commencement including how graduates should register to attend the ceremony can be found at commencement.wisc.edu

Additional Information for Graduates:

Preparation for Graduation and Degree Requirements
Ceremony Options
Exit/Graduation Photos
Graduation Invitations
Academic Regalia for Graduation Ceremonies (Attire)
Academic Regalia Ordering Deadlines
Honors and Awards Ceremony

Spring Commencement Events

Accommodations for Guests

Post-Graduation and Bar Admission Information
Office of Career & Professional Development

List of Contacts
Financial Information (coming in December)

Preparation for Graduation and Degree Requirements

Applying to Graduate
To apply for graduation, students must indicate the term (semester and year) in which they will complete all degree and major requirements. The graduation application is available in the Student Center via My UW. During the application process, prospective graduates should also indicate attendance/no attendance to a university commencement ceremony (which is separate from the Law School ceremony). Commencement preferences can be selected from the drop-down menu on the 'Apply for Graduation' page. For help applying for graduation or selecting a commencement ceremony, please visit the 'Applying for Graduation'  instruction page or the demo.

Name Verification

Students should verify that their names, as indicated on MyUW, appear exactly as they want them to read in the commencement program and on their diplomas. To change any aspect (use of middle name, etc.) complete the Name Change form and submit to the University Registrar (333 E. Campus Mall, #10101).

Degree Requirements
The Graduation Intentions form is emailed to 3Ls in September. To ensure eligibility, complete this form and return it to the Law School Registrar (Room 5107 or at law@registrar.wisc.edu ). This informs the Law School of a student's intent to graduate, so that we can send important information regarding graduation. The list generated from the returned Graduation Intentions form is also used by the Board of Bar Examiners for file checks of character and fitness.

Students carrying old incompletes should finish their work for these classes well before the end of the semester in which they plan to graduate. This is necessary so their work can be graded and the proper paperwork can be completed before the end of the semester.

For detailed information on graduation degree requirements, please refer to Read This First! Chapter 4. Careful completion of the JD/Diploma Privilege Graduation Credit Evaluation Worksheet (available on our Forms page) indicates students have met, or will meet, the requirements for graduation and will be eligible for diploma privilege. Contact Law School Registrar Amy Arntsen with questions or concerns.

Preparing for Graduation Checklist – JD Students


Complete the JD/Diploma Privilege Graduation Credit Evaluation Worksheet to ensure you have met the requirements for graduation.

Apply to graduate via the MyUW student center.

Verify that your name is as you want it to appear on your diploma.

Apply for diploma privilege with the Board of Bar Examiners.

If interested, apply for admission to the Federal District Court.

If interested, apply for other states' bar exams.
 Rent cap and gown online through the University Book Store.
 Make hotel accommodations for family and friends.
 Take exit photo.

Update your permanent (post-graduate) address on your MyUW page.

Complete an Employment Survey, or see an Office of Career and Professional Development counselor.

Update email address with OCPD.

Check federal loan amounts and status at nslds.ed.gov.

Stay on top of credit at annualcreditreport.com.

Review repayment options and calculators at studentaid.ed.gov.

Consult with the Admissions & Financial Aid Office if you are confused about repayment options and processes.
Clean out your hang file.

Preparing for Graduation Checklist – Graduate Students

  
Apply to graduate via the MyUW student center.

Verify that your name is as you want it on your diploma.

Rent cap and gown online through the University Book Store.

Make visa arrangements and hotel accommodations for family and friends.

Take exit photo.

 If interested, apply for bar exams (visit the Graduate Programs Office for assistance).

Update your permanent address on your MyUW page. Provide an additional “Diploma Address” if your would like your diploma mailed to an address outside the U.S.

Update your post-graduation address on your MyUW page.

Clean out your hang file.

Ceremony Options

Students have several options with regard to participation in graduation ceremonies and may participate in the ceremonies that best suit them.

It is important that students notify the Law School Registrar Amy Arntsen of their intentions so their names are included in the appropriate program(s). Graduates may choose to attend any or all of the ceremonies listed below under their graduation month. Keep in mind that each ceremony requires a cap and gown rental (the Law School Hooding Ceremony and the UW Student Commencement use the same academic attire rental).

December 2014 Graduates 

  • UW Winter Commencement Ceremony
    December 21, 2014, 10 a.m.
    Kohl Center

  • May 2015 UW Law School Hooding Ceremony
    May 15, 2015, 1 p.m.
    Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

  • UW-Madison Spring 2015 Commencement
    May 16, 2015 12:00 noon
    Camp Randall Stadium

May 2015 Graduates

  • UW Law School Hooding Ceremony
    May 15, 2015, 1 p.m.
    Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

  • UW-Madison Spring 2015 Commencement
    May 16, 2015, 12:00 noon
    Camp Randall Stadium

August 2015 Graduates

  • May 2015 UW Law School Hooding Ceremony
    May 15, 2015, 1 p.m.
    Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

  • UW-Madison Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony
    May 16, 2015, 12:00 noon
    Camp Randall Stadium

  • December 2015 UW Commencement Ceremony
    December 20, 2015, time to be announced
    Kohl Center

Honors: Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards
Graduating students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 at the end of their penultimate semester receive a Dean’s Academic Achievement Award, which allows them to wear an honors stole at the commencement ceremony. Once the Law School registrar has determined eligibility for the Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards, students are notified and the list sent to the University Book Store. The store allows those students to rent the red honors stole to wear at graduation. Stoles are picked up at the same time as the cap and gown. The Law School does not calculate final grade point averages until after graduation. 

Many students who receive the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award also receive cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors after calculation of final grades. Qualifying students receive a Law School certificate that recognizes their honors status. These certificates are mailed during the summer, so My UW accounts should include students’ post-graduation addresses. Please note, however, that receiving the Dean's Academic Achievement Award is not the same as graduating 'with honors.' For more information on graduation honors, see Read This First! Section 9.7.

Graduation Class Rank
December and May graduates are assigned a final class rank upon graduation. The graduation class rank is computed once per year after all grades for spring semester have been processed. December and May graduates are combined into one graduating class. August graduates do not receive a graduation class rank but may rely on the law school ranking tables. 

To obtain a statement of class rank, graduates should make a request in writing to the Law School Registrar’s Office, Room 5107 Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706, or at registrar@law.wisc.edu.

Exit/Graduation Photographs

Graduates can have their exit or graduation photos taken by a professional photographer at the Law School. Each student may select a photo for use in our alumni photo collection located on the second floor of the Law Library. Students may order copies for a nominal price. Details on registering and more information for the photo session will be emailed.

Spring 2015 Exit Photo Dates and Locations
Tuesday, Feb. 3: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb 4: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb 5: 1 - 4 p.m

Thomas Palay Room, 6th floor of the Library (above the Quarles and Brady Reading Room)
Spring 2015 Exit Photo Online Registration

Submitting Your Own Photos
Students are not required to use the Law School photographer to have their photograph included with the graduation pictures in our alumni photo collection. Alternatively, they may send a high-resolution digital copy of their photograph (using their name as the file name) by the end of the day July 1, 2015, in order to be included with the Class of 2015 pictures.

Digital photographs should be sent on a CD or emailed to: Kimberly Raether, UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Room 2332, Madison, WI 53706.

Any photographs received after July 1, 2015, cannot be included with the Class of 2015 graduation pictures for our alumni photo collection.

Graduation Invitations

We encourage students to celebrate these special graduation events with family and friends. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates may invite to commencement events. Law School invitations can be ordered online from C.B. Announcements, Jostens and Herff Jones, through The University Book Store's website.

Academic Regalia for Graduation Ceremonies (Attire)

The gown for UW Law School graduates is called the doctor-of-law or juris doctorate gown, and the hood is purple. 

Honors stoles for those receiving Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards are solid red. Once UW Law School has determined the list of students receiving the Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards, it sends the list to The University Book Store. Students eligible to wear an honors stole will be notified. Eligible students should request their honors stoles when they pick up their caps and gowns.

Candidates should wear the academic attire appropriate to the degree to be conferred. Orders for academic attire should be made as early as possible through The University Book Store.

Rental Agency
The University Book Store, 711 State St., 608-257-3784
The University Book Store handles all arrangements for caps, gowns, hoods and honors stoles. To confirm ordering dates and get more information about rentals, check The University Book Store website.

Store hours: Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

You can order your cap, gown and hood:

  • By phone at 608-257-3784 ($10 service fee added)
  • In-store at The University Book Store, 711 State St.
  • Online at www.uwbookstore.com

Academic Attire Ordering Deadlines


Stole Pickup
Those graduating with honors must pick up their stoles with their caps, gowns and hoods. The bookstore keeps a list of all eligible students. Please check to make sure the stole is solid red.

2015 Spring Commencement Academic Attire Rental Timetable


Stole pickup
Those graduating with honors must pick up their stoles with their caps, gowns and hoods. The bookstore keeps a list of all eligible students. Please check to make sure the stole is solid red.

Feb. 2 - April 10
Online: cap and gown sales/rentals
March 3 - April 10In-store or phone orders
(Phone orders: Add $10 service charge)
March 13Deadline to purchase attire to own
April 10
Deadline for renting caps and gowns
April 14 - 20Late rental period:
(Add $10 late rental charge)
May 13 - 14, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Distribution of pre-reserved attire
The University Bookstore, 711 State St.
May 14, 7 p.m.
UW Law School Honors and Awards Ceremony
Gordon Dining and Events Center
May 15, 1 - 3:30 p.m. UW Law School Hooding Ceremony
Exhibit Hall, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Reception following Hooding Ceremony at Monona Terrace
May 16,
12:00 noon
UW-Madison Spring 2015 Commencement
Camp Randall Stadium, 1440 Monroe St.
May 17 - 19, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Return cap and gown rentals
The University Bookstore, 711 State st.

2015 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Honors and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 14, 2015; 7:00 p.m.
Gordon Dining and Events Center
770 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI

UW Law School hosts the annual spring Honors and Awards Ceremony. Light refreshments are served after the ceremony. All award presenters, recipients, and family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception.

UW Law School Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 15, 2015, 1 p.m.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

Student Report Time
Students should report to Ballroom A by 12:30 p.m. for the processional lineup, where they will receive their hooding instructions. Students march together to their seats in the Exhibit Hall. 

Family and friends should go straight to the Exhibit Hall to be seated for the ceremony.

Hooding Ceremony
This ceremony is only for students graduating from UW Law School, who are receiving their Doctor of Juridical Science, Master of Laws, or Master of Laws-Legal Institutions degrees. No tickets are required for this event, and there is no limit to the number of guests students may bring.

Dean Raymond hosts the ceremony. Speakers include two students from the graduating class and one graduate student, a member of the faculty selected by the third-year class, and a keynote speaker. After the speeches, each student is called to the stage to be hooded by a faculty member and congratulated by the dean. Photos are taken of each graduate shaking hands with the dean. 

A recessional concludes the ceremony. Graduates and family members remain seated until the dean and faculty exit the stage. Graduates follow the faculty out of the Exhibit Hall, and guests exit after the graduates.

Seating in the Exhibit Hall

  • Graduates: Graduates sit in a designated area of the Exhibit Hall. Upon arriving at their seats, they should complete the name pronunciation and  career services card (card and pencil are available on each chair). Graduates must bring this card to the stage for the hooding.
  • Student speakers: Student speakers sit onstage with the keynote speaker and faculty. Speakers should also complete the name pronunciation and career services card and present it to the attendant at the time of their hooding.
  • Guests and family members: General seating, not reserved.
  • Guests using wheelchairs: The designated area for people in wheelchairs and their family members is in front and to the left of the stage.

Hooding
Ushers guide each row to the stage. Graduates should give their completed name cards to the staff member collecting the cards. After each name is read, graduates proceed across the stage to be hooded by a member of the faculty. After hooding, graduates shake hands with Dean Raymond, and a photographer takes their picture. As they proceed off the stage, an usher directs them back to their seats. We will demonstrate this procedure during the processional lineup in Ballroom A.

Photography at the Ceremony
There will be an area designated for taking photographs of the ceremony. Guests should use this area rather than the aisles to photograph their graduates.

Post-Ceremony Reception
All graduates, their guests, and Law School faculty are invited to Monona Terrace’s upper terrace immediately following the ceremony for light refreshments and a cash bar. For information about Monona Terrace, please visit mononaterrace.com.

Parking
We recommend arriving early, as there is limited parking at Monona Terrace. Monona Terrace features a 600-space, cashier-operated parking structure, which is accessible via East Wilson Street and the eastbound lanes of John Nolen Drive. Information on rates can be viewed online.

Additional Parking
Additional parking for Monona Terrace is available at the public parking ramp at 215 S. Pinckney St.; entrances for this ramp are located at 200 S. Pinckney St. and 100 E. Wilson St. Parking may also be available at the Hilton Hotel, at the Block 88 Lot (10 E. Doty St.), or on the streets around the Capitol. The Monona Terrace website has a map of nearby parking lots.
Monona Terrace area parking lot map.

UW-Madison Commencement
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:00 noon
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St.
Madison, WI

Parking for Camp Randall Ceremony: We recommend planning ahead. 
Information about parking will be posted here later in the semester as it becomes available.

Accommodations for Guests

There is a wide selection of hotels within 2-7 miles of the UW campus. We strongly recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms

DOWNTOWN

The Madison Concourse
1 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-257-6000

The Double Tree
525 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-251-5511

The Edgewater
1001 Wisconsin Place
Madison, WI 53703
800-922-5512

Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown
440 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-255-0360

Hilton Hotel-Monona Terrace
9 E. Wilson St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-255-5100

Hotel Red
1501 Monroe St.
Madison, WI 53711
608-819-8228

Inn on the Park
22 S. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-285-8000

The Dahlmann Campus Inn

601 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53703
608-257-4391

Hyatt Place
333 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
608-257-2700
EAST SIDE

Comfort Inn & Suites Madison
4822 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
608-244-6265

Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison-East Towne
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
608-244-4703

Howard Johnson Madison
3841 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
608-244-2481

Hampton Inn Madison-East Towne
4820 Hayes Road
Madison, WI 53704
608-244-9400

SOUTH SIDE

Comfort Inn
722 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713
608-255-3152

Clarion Suites Central
2110 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713
608-284-1234

Country Inn & Suites
400 River Place
Madison, WI 53716
608-221-0055

Sheraton Madison Hotel
706 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713
608-251-2300

Days Inn
4402 E. Broadway
Madison, WI 53716
608-223-1800


WEST SIDE

Comfort Suites
1253 John Q. Hammons Drive
Madison, WI 53717
608-836-3033

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
8212 Greenway Blvd.
Middleton, WI 53562
608-831-1400

Hampton Inn & Suites
Madison West
483 Commerce Drive
Madison, WI 53719
608-271-0200

Marriott Residence Inn
8400 Market St.
Middleton, WI 53562
608-662-1100

Quality Inn & Suites
2969 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711
608-274-7200

Super 8 Motel-Madison
1602 W. Beltline Highway
Madison, WI 53713
608-258-8882

Post-Graduation and Bar Admission Information

Diploma Information
All diplomas are handled by the Office of the Registrar, 333 East Campus Mall #11101, 608-262-4426. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Email: degreeaudit@em.wisc.edu

Domestic First Class
Diplomas for students graduating at the end of each semester will be mailed out approximately 12 to 14 weeks after graduation at no charge. Diplomas will be mailed to the student's home address, with the exception of international addresses (see below). Students should be sure that their home address is up-to-date through My Info or MyUW.

International Airmail
Students who wish to have their diploma mailed outside of North America at no charge must check their home addresses for accuracy at "Student Center" via MyUW. If they would like the diploma mailed to that address, update it as a diploma address. Questions of any kind regarding diploma mailing can be sent to degreeaudit@em.wisc.edu

Holds
Students who have holds placed on their records for any type of service will not receive their diplomas until those holds are cleared. Information on how to clear holds is available on the campus registrar’s website.

Diploma Cover
Students receive a red diploma cover when they pick up their cap and gown rentals from The University Book Store. Alternatively, students can pick up a diploma cover from the Office of the Registrar, Student Services, 333 E. Campus Mall, Room 10101, Madison, WI 53715-1384, 608-262-3811. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Posting of Degrees
Once your degree is posted, it will show under the Degree Summary link in the Student Center on MyUW.

Ordering Transcripts
Order official transcripts through the UW Office of the Registrar. Get step-by-step instructions for ordering your transcript.

The Order of the Coif
Elections to the Order of the Coif are made once a year, combining December, May and August graduates into one election. Notifications of election to the Order of the Coif are usually sent in November, so December graduates wait almost a full year to learn whether or not they have been elected to the Order. Graduates must keep email and mailing addresses current on MyUW in order to receive notification of election and Coif certificates. For more information on the Order of the Coif, please see Read This First! Section 9.7.

Bar Admission Information
Wisconsin Bar admission via diploma privilege requires that the Application for Character and Fitness Certification be filed with the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners by Feb. 2, 2015, for December 2014 graduates; July 1, 2015, for May 2015 graduates; and Oct. 1, 2015, for August 2015 graduates — there are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

There is a significant financial incentive to filing an application early. An application is considered filed when all three of the following items have been received: (1) the application form; (2) the authorization and release form; and (3) the filing fee. Students who have been cleared for Wisconsin Bar admission via diploma privilege have up to one year from the date of graduation to be admitted. Again, there are no exceptions to this rule. Information and filing instructions along with the application packet are available at the Wisconsin Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners website.

For more information on the diploma privilege, please refer to Read This First! Section 4.7.

December and May graduates who have been cleared for Wisconsin Bar admission under the diploma privilege and for whom all grades (temporary or final) are received may take part in the respective group bar-admission ceremonies (see below).

Federal Bar admission for the Western District of Wisconsin takes place on the same day as the Wisconsin Bar admission for May graduates. The application form is available on the Western District website. Detailed instructions is sent to all graduating students by email mid-semester. Students who will be practicing in Milwaukee will be in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Eastern District admission is purely voluntary and may be handled by mail at a later time.

Applying for Bar Exams in States other than Wisconsin
The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements is available at www.ncbex.org.
All forms and certificates that are to be completed by the Law School should be sent to Registrar Amy Arntsen. LLM-Legal Institutions students should send their forms to the Graduate Programs office.

Swearing-In Ceremonies
The swearing-in ceremonies are not part of the graduation events and not held on the same day as the graduation ceremonies.

The swearing-in ceremonies for admission to the Wisconsin and federal courts, held a few weeks after graduation, are important events for graduates. The courts set the date and notify graduates. These are formal ceremonies and professional business attire is required. There are group swearing-in ceremonies for the Wisconsin state courts for May and December graduates. August graduates receive information about scheduling swearing-in ceremonies after submitting their applications to the Board of Bar Examiners. There is a group swearing-in for U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin for May graduates only.

Those not able to participate in the U.S. District Court group swearing-in ceremony who wish to be admitted into the Western District  may make arrangements by calling 608-261-5156 for admission information. Those wishing to be admitted to the Eastern District should contact 414-297-1205 in Milwaukee.

Group Swearing-In for December Graduates
This ceremony is under the authority of the courts and will be held Monday, January 12 at noon. Sometimes the ceremony is combined with the swearing-in of the Marquette University December graduates. To participate in the group swearing-in ceremony, students must file their Application for Character and Fitness Certification to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners according to a schedule set by the board, and the applicant files must be deemed complete by board staff. Students unable to complete their files in time for the group swearing-in will receive information from the board about scheduling their swearing-in once they complete their application files.

The group swearing-in ceremony for the Wisconsin state courts takes place in the Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers at the State Capitol. The Board of Bar Examiners will notifies participants about the time of the ceremony. After the Supreme Court swearing-in, participants must sign the Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys and turn in their completed enrollment form. Those unable to make the group swearing-in time should contact the Board of Bar Examiners at 608-266-9760.

There is no group swearing-in for the U.S. District Court for December graduates. Those wishing to be admitted into the Western District may make arrangements by calling 608-261-5156. Those wishing to be admitted to the Eastern District should contact the Milwaukee office at 414-297-1205.

Group Swearing-In for May Graduates
These ceremonies, are under the authority of the courts, will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, (time to be announced) for May 2015 graduates. To participate in the group swearing-in ceremony, students must file their Application for Character and Fitness Certification to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners according to a schedule set by the board, and their applications must be deemed complete by the board staff by May 15, 2015. Those unable to complete their files in time for the group swearing-in will receive information from the board about scheduling their swearing-in once they complete their application files.

The group swearing-in ceremonies for the Wisconsin state courts take place in the Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers at the State Capitol and last approximately one hour. Graduates are divided into groups of approximately 30-35. Final group assignments are not set until the week before the ceremony. The Board of Bar Examiners notifies participants of the time of their ceremony. After the Supreme Court swearing-in, participants must sign the Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys and turn in their completed enrollment forms. The State Bar of Wisconsin hosts a reception following the swearing-in for graduates, their families and their friends at the Madison Club.

Those unable to make the group swearing-in times for admission of diploma-privilege students to practice law in Wisconsin should contact the Board of Bar Examiners at 608-266-9760.

The group swearing-in ceremony for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is held at the Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse, 120 North Henry St., Madison, and usually takes place a few hours after the state court ceremony. Participants should enter through the side door of the federal courthouse, next to the parking lot. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony to allow time to go through the security check and get to the second floor.

Those not planning to participate in the U.S. District Court group swearing-in ceremony who wish to be admitted later may make arrangements by calling 608-261-5156. Those wishing to be admitted to the Eastern District should contact the Milwaukee office at 414-297-1205.

More information on bar admission and swearing-in ceremonies can be found in Read This First! Section 4.7.

Wisconsin State Courts
The group swearing-in ceremonies for the Wisconsin state courts take place in the Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers at the State Capitol, usually beginning at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (if necessary). About 35 people are in each group, and the groups are admitted alphabetically. Final group assignments are not set until the week before the ceremony. The Board of Bar Examiners will notify you of the time of your ceremony. After you are sworn in at the Supreme Court, you must sign the Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys and turn in your completed enrollment form. Afterward, there will be a reception for you, your family and your friends at the Madison Club, sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

If you are unable to make the group swearing-in times for admission of diploma-privilege students to practice law in Wisconsin, please contact the Board of Bar Examiners at 608-266-9760.

U.S. District Court
The group swearing-in ceremony for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is at the Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse, 120 North Henry St., Madison, and usually takes place about two hours after the state court ceremony. Enter through the side door of the federal courthouse, next to the parking lot. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony so that you will have time to go through the security check and get to the second floor.

If you do not plan to participate in the U.S. District Court group swearing-in ceremony and wish to be admitted later, you may make arrangements by calling 608-261-5156 for admission information into the Western District. If you wish to be admitted to the Eastern District, please contact that office in Milwaukee at 414-297-1205.

More information on bar admission and swearing-in ceremonies can be found in section 4.7 of the “Read This First! Handbook.”

Office of Career & Professional Development Information

To-Do List Prior to Graduation

  • Graduates who have already secured employment should fill out a graduate employment survey (see below). It should only take a few minutes.
  • Those who have not secured employment should set up a counseling meeting with a career adviser as soon as possible.
  • All graduates should contact Ryan Mason at the Office of Career and Professional Development with a non-campus email address to be used after leaving UW Law School.

Graduate Employment Survey
Each year, the Office of Career and Professional Development is required to submit the Law School’s graduate employment statistics to the American Bar Association, National Association of Law Placement and U.S. News and World Report. We gather this information through the Graduate Employment Survey, which  students can complete in two ways:

  • Filling out a survey at the Office of Career and Professional Development in Room 3221.
  • Visiting the Office of Career and Professional Development website and submitting an electronic survey.

The Office of Career and Professional Development seeks the participation of all its graduates – whether they are working part time in a legal, law-related or non-legal position, or not working and pursuing a secondary degree.

It is important to provide this information as soon as possible, as it helps the Office of Career and Professional Development advise other students on starting salary ranges and concentrate limited resources on those still in need of assistance.

Please note: The Law School respects the privacy of its students and alumni. No personally identifying information received through the Graduate Employment Survey will be released elsewhere.

Resources Available to Recent UW Law School Graduates
To support our graduates' searches for their first professional position, the Office of Career and Professional Development is pleased to offer continued access to the following services and resources:

  • Career counseling that covers all aspects of the job search – available in person, on the phone or via email
  • Continuation of Symplicity accounts
  • Access to outside job boards to which the office subscribes (the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, the Public Policy Handbook and BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank)
  • Our recommended online resources.
  • Online job-search guides covering everything from resume writing to interview tips
  • Reciprocity requests to other schools
  • Reading materials on job search strategies and career development

Please email Ryan Mason with questions regarding these services.

List of Contacts


Dean of UW Law School
Margaret Raymond
Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law
Room 5211a
608-265-3750
margaret.raymond@wisc.edu

Academic and Curricular Affairs
Amy Arntsen
Registrar
Room 5107
608-262-0050
registrar@law.wisc.edu

Mike Hall
Director of Student Life
Room 5101
608-890-0115
mike.hall@wisc.edu

Kevin Kelly
Associate Dean for Student & Academic Affairs
Room 5105
608-262-4041
kevin.kelly@wisc.edu

Admissions and Financial Aid
Rebecca (Smith) Scheller
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Room 4314c
608-262-1815
rebecca.scheller@wisc.edu

Danielle Wampole
Director of Scholarship Administration
and Recruitment
Room 4314b
danielle.wampole@wisc.edu

Sir Williams
Director of Admissions, Student Services Coordinator
Room 4314
608-262-5914
sir.williams@wisc.edu
Career Services
Michael Keller
Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development
Room 3221j
608-890-4651
michael.keller@wisc.edu

External Affairs

Jini Jasti
Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations
Room 2332
608-263-7906
jini.jasti@wisc.edu

Lynn Thompson
Alumni Events Director
Room 2334
608-262-4915
lynn.thompson@wisc.edu

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