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News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of November 19, 2001

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Academic Calendar Reminder.  The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:
Week of November 26:
All classes meet as usual, except that on Wednesday, November 28, the only classes that meet are classes starting 4:00 and after (day classes do not meet).

Week of December 3:
Monday, December 3:   Monday classes starting 4:00 and after only meet (day classes do not meet)
Tuesday, December 4:  Thursday classes meet
Wednesday, December 5:  Tuesday classes meet (last day of classes)*

* Make-up day for class cancellations on Tuesday, September 11.

Read period runs from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9.  Exams start on Monday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 21.

Spring 2002 Class Schedule and Registration. The Registration Bulletin for Spring 2002, including the final Schedule of Classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page. To register, go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Registration runs from Friday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 20. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Tuesday, November 27. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guaranteed that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Tuesday, November 27 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Correction: There will be no exam in Legal & Economic Transition in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Spring 2002 Registration for First-Year Students.  First-year students must register for Spring classes despite having fixed schedules. Please be sure to register for the courses listed for your current section. Notice to Day Division students in Section B:  Students in Section B who have Professor Bauer or Professor Current for Legal Writing should register for Professor Stewart’s B1 section of Civil Procedure; students in Section B who have Professor Henderson or Professor Pingree for Legal Writing should register for Professor Marder’s B2 section of Civil Procedure.

List of Recommended Courses:  A list of recommended upper-level courses adopted by the faculty is linked to this page.

New Policy on Adding Classes.  Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Note About Gift & Estate Tax Course:  A message from Professor Sherman: If you think you no longer need to understand federal estate taxes in order to counsel people regarding wills and estates, think again! Congress has raised the exemptions and lowered the tax rates somewhat, but last spring’s tax legislation keeps the estate tax in place until the year 2010, at which time the estate tax will be replaced—for one year only—with an income tax rule that still requires knowledge of the pre-2010 estate tax statute. And one year later, in 2011, the estate tax will come back into full force as before, unless Congress passes a new statute permanently canceling the estate tax. The federal gift tax has been left largely untouched by the recent legislation; we will continue to have a gift tax, even in 2010 and beyond.

If you want to assist clients with planning their estates, you must be acquainted with the material covered in the Gift and Estate Tax course.  Estate planning is not just for the rich.  The current $1 million exemption may seem immense, but for most business or professional people all it takes is a house, a pension, and some life insurance and you’ve reached the $1 million threshold.  It’s true that the number of people who end up having to pay estate tax is much smaller than the number of people who pay income tax, but that’s because it’s much easier to avoid estate tax:  with proper planning.  And we’ll be discussing planning techniques as part of the course.

IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPROs).  Students may obtain one credit of independent research by joining a university-wide team to work on projects furnished by industry. Information about one IPRO, sponsored by the Law School, appears below. Information about other IPRO opportunities is available at (click on the IPRO Listings link). If you would like to register for an IPRO, contact Dean Krent. All IPROs are one credit hour.
     Ukraine E-Commerce Project: Students will research different legal aspects of e-commerce to prepare commentary and case studies for inclusion on a wegb site devoted to explaining and demystifying legal problems encountered by e-commerce entrepreneurs. Contact Dean Krent for more information.

Fall 2001 Exams.

Exam Schedule.  The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.  The deadline for signing up to take your exams on computer is Friday, November 30.  You may sign up online to take exams on computer by going to and logging in.  After logging in, click on the link for Web for Students; at that page, click on the link entitled Register for Exams on Computer. You will be allowed to register to take an exam on computer only if the professor has authorized this option. If the option is not available for a certain course, the professor has not returned the request form or does not allow exams on computer. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams.  Many professors make their old exams available for students to review.  Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.  Exams after 1992 are available in the Document Center on the 9th floor of the Library. 

Joke of the Week.  A patient says to his therapist, "I've had this strange feeling that I'm actually a bridge."  The therapists remarks, "That's odd -- what's come over you?"  The patient responds, "So far, five cars, two trucks, and a bus."
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