Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of November 6, 2000

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Intensive Trial Advocacy: January Session.  The January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy still has seats available.  If you are interested in registering for the course, contact Chris Matheny, the Registrar. The course will meet from Saturday, January 6 to Saturday, January 13, 2001. Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, including the intervening Sunday. Evidence is a prerequisite. The course number is 541-072. If you register for this course, you must enroll in Trial Advocacy 2 in the Spring semester. The course does not count toward either minimum or maximum credit hour limitations for either the Fall or Spring semester.  Notice to Evening Division students: If Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12, you will automatically be billed for student health insurance unless you waive coverage.

Sign-Up for Taking Exams on Computer.  Students who want to use a computer to take one or more of their final exams should sign up in the Registrar's office no later than Friday, November 17. Not all professors permit students to use computers to take exams; those who do will have sign-up sheets in the Registrar's office. If you have any questions concerning your professor's policy on using computers to take exams, please contact the professor directly.

Starting this semester, we are permitting faculty members to give their students the option of taking exams on the studentsí own laptop computers, in addition to the traditional option of allowing students to use the lab computers. If a professor is providing both of these options, that will be indicated on the sign-up sheet for the professor's class. Students using their own laptops will be required to install special software locking out their access to any files stored on their laptops (this same software is also used on the lab computers). You will receive more details about installing and using this software before the beginning of the exam period.

If there are not enough computers to accommodate all students for a particular exam period, some instructors will not permit any of their students to use computers, while others permit a lottery drawing to select eligible students. The order in which you sign up is not relevant to whether or not you will be accommodated. 

Teaching Evaluations.  Teaching evaluations will be distributed during the week of November 13 to elicit students' opinions regarding the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until after the grades for the courses are recorded.

Joke of the Week.  A neutron goes into a bar and orders a drink. When the drink arrives, the neutron asks how much he owes. The bartender says, "for you, no charge."


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