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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 19, 2007
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25.

Dean's Roundtable. Dean Krent invites students to join him on Monday, November 26, at 12:00 noon (Rm. 800), when alumnus Robert G. Hershenhorn, Class of 1968, will be our fourth Dean's Roundtable speaker. Mr. Hershenhorn is Chairman of the First Bank & Trust Company of Illinois, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hershenhorn Bancorporation. Lunch will be served.

Spaces at the Roundtable are limited and will be available on a first-to-respond basis, with preference to J.D. students. If you would like to attend, you must reserve a spot with Insa Blanke at She will confirm your registration. Also, please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2008 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2008 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2008 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '08 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

*Law of Privacy (Prof. De Armond): This class will meet TTh 4:00-5:25pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
Intellectual Property & Antitrust seminar (Prof. Harris): To take this seminar, you must have taken Antitrust or one intelletual property course.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2008 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link beginning next Tuesday. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 27. 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 Friday, November 30. 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 Friday, November 30 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.

ASP Teachers' Assistant Applications for Spring 2008. If you are interested in being a Teachers' Assistant for a first-year class next semester, please submit an application by Tuesday, November 27, 2007. A complete application includes an application form, unofficial transcript, and a recent resume. You can find more information about job responsibilities, grade requirements, compensation, and the application forms by clicking here.

Fall 2007 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Beginning this semeser, we changed our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, the default setting is now that you will take the exam on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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. "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem." (Woody Allen)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Yes," by John Ashbery.

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