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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 24, 2008
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 2: Tuesday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 3: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur make-ups)
Thursday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Friday, December 5 (last day of classes): Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up).

Read period runs from Saturday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 10. Exams start on Thursday, December 11 and end on Monday, December 22.

Spring 2009 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2009 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2009 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here for the Spring 2009 Term page or by going to the main Students Portal page (click on the Spring '09 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2009 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link beginning next Tuesday. Registration will run from Tuesday, November 25 through Tuesday, December 2. 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, December 5. 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, December 5 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.

Fall 2008 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 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.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•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.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 22, 2009. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 22 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2009 or July 2009 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

IBABY character and fitness information sessions for ALL Chicago first-year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third-year applicants for the February and July 2009 bar examinations will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

Three sessions will be held on January 22. The first session will begin at 12:00 noon and will be held for third-year students, the second at 5:00 pm for first-year students, and a third at 7:00 pm again for third-year students. First-year students not able to attend the 5:00 pm session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions; although the noon and 7:00 pm sessions will be tailored to third-year students, the basic information and instructions are the same.

There is no fee, and advance registration is not required. All first year law students and all third-year applicants for the February and July 2009 Illinois bar examinations are invited and encouraged to attend

See my Record archives (the September 8 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2009 and July 2009 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at before the January 22 program.

Security Reminder: Watch Your Valuables! We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables to avoid the risk of theft. Please do not leave your possessions unattended in the Library or any other part of the building, even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run.

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. Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "After Apple-picking," by Robert Frost.

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