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Access2Practice Legal Externship Program: Informational Meetings. Students interested in participating in Access2Practice Legal Externship Program for Summer/Fall 2011 should plan to attend an informational meeting to learn about the program. Professor Gross will talk about what the program entails, who is eligible, how to apply, and answer questions.

Informational meetings will be offered on the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 580

Wednesday, February 9
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 510

Wednesday, February 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 210

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the later part of February and in early March.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 11. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections; many courses are not available for the election.

You may make pass/fail elections starting Tuesday, January 18. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Academic Support Program. Information about the Academic Support Program for first-year students, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is available by clicking here. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Monday, January 31. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Illinois Bar Informational Sessions: DVD Available. If you were unable to attend one of the Illinois bar examiners' sessions last week for first-year students and graduating students, a DVD recording of the sessions is available from Dean Sowle.

Writing Contests. This is a reminder that a separate section of the Record provides information about writing contests open to law students. Many contests allow students to submit papers written for class. This can be a great way of earning a nice credential, and many of the contests have monetary or other prizes.

Joke of the Week. "What exactly is viewer discretion? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air." (George Carlin)

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