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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, April 27 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 28 - Tuesday, May 1
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 11

Summer 2012 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin is available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page (click on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will end on Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. 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. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Thursday, April 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Thursday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2012 Class Schedule.
The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2012 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 18, in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page.

Spring 2012 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.

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. 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.

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.

Summer I.P. Writing Class. From Prof. Ed Lee: The Summer I.P. Writing Class is open to current first-year and second-year students. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a topic in intellectual property law.  Students who wish to publish a note with a law review are encouraged to apply.  Last year, two students were successful in receiving offers of publication from outside journals.  No prior experience with I.P. law is required. The class will meet once a week at a time so as not to conflict with any of the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement.  Applications are due Monday, April 23, at 5:00 pm.  Space is limited. Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail). For more information and submission of your application, email Prof. Grant Shackelford:

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.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why don't penguins fly? Answer: Because they're not tall enough to be pilots.


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