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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of December 1, 2008
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Academic Calendar Reminder. 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.

Changes/corrections to J.D. schedule:
(A revised schedule has been issued incorporating the changes/corrections listed below.)
*New seminar: Habeas Corpus (684-81): 2 credits, Mon. 4:00-5:50pm, Profs. Buccola & Holmstead.
*Professional Responsibility (day section): The course number was listed incorrectly. It is 415-1 (not 415-81, which is the number for the evening section of the course).
*Advanced Bankruptcy: This class has been renamed "Advanced Bankruptcy: Corporate Reorganizations" to reflect more accurately the scope of the course. In addition, there will be no final exam for the course.
*Constitutional Law & Religion seminar: The course number was listed incorrectly. It is 644-81 (not 632-81, which is the number for Int'l/Comp. Labor/Empl. Law).
*Clinic classes: the Law Offices will not be able to offer either the Business Transactions clinics or the Immigration Law clinics in the Spring 2009 semester.
*Estates & Trusts (day section): This class was incorrectly shown on the day division grid as meeting Mon./Wed. As indicated in the actual Spring schedule, it will meet Tues./Thurs. 9:35-11:35am.

Registration Instructions. To register, go to the Spring 2009 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link. 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.

•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.

•Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jerry Seaton (312/906-5271) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

•Exams Method Notices. 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. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information in the Computer Center's section of the Record. 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.

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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