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Office of International Law and Policy
Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of April 14, 2008

LL.M. and EXC exam information

We have revised our policy regarding the use of computers for your exams and are pleased to be able to offer you the option of taking your exam on a laptop AND receiving extra time to complete the exam.  Students who do not have a laptop computer can still take their exams on a lab computer, however they will NOT be able to receive extra time for their exams.  This policy applies only to those exams for which the professor has given permission for students to use a computer.

All ESL students (that is, those LLM or EXC students who did not receive their LLB in English) will be rescheduled to take all their exams in room C20. Each one of you will receive an email telling you exactly which date each of your exams will take place.  Unless they have an exam conflict, students who are NOT ESL students will NOT have their exams rescheduled and will NOT receive an email.  

Room C20 will therefore be populated both by EXC and LLMs taking exams on their laptops and by EXC and LLMs handwriting their exams. We will make every effort to separate the exam takers so that hand writers are not disturbed by laptop exam takers.

Additional information from Dean Sowle:

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 me if you register 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. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

 •Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources).

April 16: China, Human Rights and the Olympics

Professor Bart Brown will speak about his recent trip to China, Human Rights issues and the Olympics in Room 570 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Pizza will be served. RSVP to so we know how much pizza to order. Thanks!

April 18: A Taste of IIT

The International Students Organization invites you to the Sixth Annual Taste Of IIT on Friday, April 18 in the MTCC. Come enjoy cuisine from different parts of the world at IIT's biggest international cuisine event. A mini International Fest where cultural representatives will sell food from their home to visitors, faculty, staff, and fellow IIT students.

Reminder: OPT deadlines!

This is just a reminder that if you wish to apply for OPT, you can still do so. You must apply for OPT before completion of study. All forms must be received at US CIS by the last date of the term in which you are completing your degree. The International Center recommends that you submit your application at least 90 days before you want to start working on OPT. For more information, please click here for the OPT tutorial.

Opportunity for Free Master’s Degree at Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen offers a 1000 Euro/month stipend plus a tuition waiver for 22 months study in a 2 year Master’s degree to a non-EU student. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2008. Please click here for details.

New Global Justice Study Abroad Program

Seattle University School of Law and the Nelson Mandela Institute of the University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa are offering a new program called Global Justice Advocacy which focuses on training students to be global advocates.  The program includes courses taught jointly by US and South African professors on substantive international and comparative law, as well as a course on cross-cultural legal writing and oral advocacy, and equal numbers of spaces in the program are reserved for US and African law students.  Three courses will be offered in 2008:  International Human Rights Law and the Role of Corporations; Advanced South African Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence; and Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing.  The Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing course will draw upon the substantive materials presented in the other two courses to teach students how to argue persuasively in a variety of fora.  US and African students will be paired together to work as teams in that course. Because of the intensive nature of the program, particularly the Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing course, the program is limited to 25 US and 25 African students.  The application deadline is April 15, 2008.  For more information, visit the website at, or contact Junsen Ohno at, or at 206-398-4283.

Important U.S. Income Tax Information for International Students

All international students who were present in the U.S. in Spring and/or Fall 2007, are required to file the U.S. income tax return for the year 2007. For those that worked on OR off-campus, you will be receiving W-2 forms from your employer in order to complete your 2007 tax return.

If you are on F-1 or J-1 and have been in the US for less than 5 years, then you are eligible to use CINTAX, a tax software to assist nonresidents in filing their tax forms.  This software is free of charge for current international students and their dependents. For more information on this service, please click here. After you submit your information, CINTAX will send you a password and more detailed information within the next 2 business days.

Please read through the tax information on our website to guide you based on the forms you may have received and what forms you need to file.  The tax software listed above only assists with filing your Federal tax forms, not your State forms.
If you are currently on H-1B or have been in the US for more than 5 years (and are F-1), then you will be filing as a resident and are therefore not eligible to use the above nonresident software.
Tax filing deadline is April 15, 2008.

“International” Clerkship Opportunity for JD students

From The American Lawyer: "For the hyperambitious, the only federal court clerkships worth striving for are in the chambers of elite judges, acting as way stations on the road to a clerkship on the U.S. Supreme Court. Some choose a different path to clerkship paradise, however, one that leads through courts in the South Pacific. These former U.N. trust territories have legal systems similar to those of the United States. And many invite American law graduates to spend a year or two working in their courts as clerks and counsel" For more information, please click here.



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