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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Academic Calendar Reminder. The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Thursday, December 1 (last day of regular classes): Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Friday, December 2: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 7. Exams start on Thursday, December 8 and end on Saturday, December 17.

New Business Law Certificate Program. On Tuesday, November 22, the facutly approved a new Business Law Certificate Program. Details are available here. Current students are eligible for the certificate if they meet the requirements by the time they graduate. Please contact Prof. Howard Chapman ( if you have questions.

Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2012 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2012 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '12). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2012 schedule. A revised version of the schedule, incorporating these changes, has been issued.

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-01): This seminar has been moved to Tues. 4:00-5:50pm.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2012 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

After the end of the initial 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 2. 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 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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 in the lefthand menu. 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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 at 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. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

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 Dean Sowle 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. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle 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.

Academic Calendar for 2012-2013. The academic calendar for next academic year (2012-2013) us available here.

Joke of the Week. Another old favorite: A grasshopper goes into a bar.  The bartender says, "hey, do you know we have a drink named after you?"  The grasshopper replies, "why in the world would you name a drink 'Pete'?"


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