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Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students icon, then clicking on the Fall '11 link under the Grades and Ranks heading.

Spring 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2012 courses is posted on the Spring 2012 Term Page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring '12 link).

Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically if we receive additional assignments.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students Portal page.

Spring 2012 Registration. The initial registration period for Spring 2012 classes closed last week. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 2, for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Spring add/drop period, which will extend through the end of the second week of Spring classes. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now.

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.

Changes to the Spring 2012 Schedule:

-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 (681-81): This seminar has been moved to Thurs. 1:55-3:45pm.
-International Patent Law (269-51 &687-51): This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-Patent Office Practice: Prerequisite for this course is Patent Law completed, or permission of instructor (not Patent Law completed or taken concurrently).
-Semester Law Firm Associate Program: This class will meet Wed. 5:00-5:55pm (not Wed. 4:00-4:55pm).
-The Corporation & the Constitution: This class may be taken either as a regular course, or as a seminar. The listing for the regular course version was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 203-51, and the class meets Wed. 7:35-9:25pm (2 credits).
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Student Complaint Procedures. In comformance with a new ABA accreditation rule, we have adopted a policy for students to follow if they wish to raise issues or concerns about the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with ABA standards of accreditation. The new policy is contained in section 14.19 of the Student Handbook.

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, at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, January 19, 2012. The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students. The room assignmenst will be announced later.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process (see my Record archives for August 29 for more information about this process); (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 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. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why was Santa's helper depressed? Answer: Because he had low elf-esteem.

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