Activities & Traditions

The Dean's Cup

The University of Wisconsin Dean's Cup is an annual competition between the students of the University of Wisconsin Medical School and Law School. The purpose of the competition is to foster camaraderie between the two schools and to give back to the community through local charities. Dean's Cup events span the spectrum of competition, from basketball, golf and ultimate, to euchre, chess and "bar trivia." More importantly, the schools compete in a food drive supporting the Salvation Army, a blood drive through the American Red Cross, and T-shirt sales, proceeds from which are donated to a different local charity each year.

Cane Toss

Each Homecoming, tens of thousands of Badger football fans watch in mystified amusement as a herd of third year law students rush across the football field wearing bowler hats and carrying canes. 

The mystery deepens when the group reaches the north goalposts and the canes are thrown into the air. 

Some of the fans may have heard an announcement that the students are Law School seniors and that tradition holds that, if they catch their canes, they will win their first cases. But even those fans have little or no idea of the origin of this somewhat unusual tradition.  Read More

LEO Banquet

Each year our current students, faculty and alums from across the country gather for the LEO Banquet as we celebrate our successes and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining one of the most interesting and dynamic learning environments in the country.

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