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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December1. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.

The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, December 2: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 6: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 10. Exams start on Wednesday, December 11 and end on Friday, December 20.

Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Wednesday, November 20, and will be posted here and through the Current Students Portal page. Print copies will be available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Monday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 3, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. 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 notbe 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 6. 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 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, 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. First-year students may not register for any courses other than the ones identified for their section on the schedule of courses.

Fall 2013 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. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible. 

Exam 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

•Update for Mac Users. We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

Business Law Certificate Program. Business Law certificate students who will graduate in December 2013 should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by November 30, 2013. Other students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law. Submit the forms to Nicole Lechuga outside Rm. 827. The Program’s requirements and forms are available on the table in the third floor elevator alcove and at If you have any questions about the program, email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at

Zipcar Membership Discounts. The university has partnered with Zipcar to make membership discounts available for faculty and staff (click here) and for students (click here).

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. 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.

Joke of the week. Question: How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? Answer: A buccaneer.


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