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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 17, 2003
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation begins Wednesday, November 26, at 4:00 pm. Classes resume Monday, December 1. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 2: Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting
4:00 and later meet (Thanksgiving make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 5 to Tuesday, December 9. Exams start on Wednesday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 19.

Spring 2004 Final Schedule and Registration.
The Spring 2004 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Spring classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents are linked to this page and to the main Student Portal page. The Registration Bulletin contains instructions on registering online. Registration runs from Friday, November 14 through Monday, November 17. 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 within your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, November 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, November 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Spring 2004 Registration for First-Year Students.
Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the online registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Fall 2003 Exams.
The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of the exam period.

ASP Program on Preparing for and Taking Exams: Handouts and Videotapes Available.
If you were unable to attend the recent ASP program on preparing for and taking exams, copies of two useful handouts are linked to this page. You can also borrow a videotape of the program from Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE; phone: 312/906-5247; office: 310F).

ASP Teacher's Assistant Applications. If you are interested in applying for a Teacher's Assistant position for the Spring 2004 semester, the deadline for doing so is November 25. Please see the Student Services section of the Record for details about the application procedure.

Illinois Bar Application: Q&A With Bar Examiners.
Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Thursday, November 20, 12:00-1:30 pm (for day students) and 5:00-6:00 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to answer questions from third-year students concerning the completion of your bar application. A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students.

As announced in previous issues of the Record, first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should submit a registration application, which must be postmarked by March 1, 2004. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site at http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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 grades are turned in.

Joke of the week. Did you hear about the eye doctor who moved to Alaska? He's now an optical Aleutian. (Thanks to Kimberly Myers for this joke.)


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