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Office of International Law and Policy
Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of December 21, 2009

Emergency directions during Holiday break.

The Office of International Law and Policy Development will be closed from Friday, December 25 until Monday, January 4, 2010.  If you have an emergency during this time, please contact Hilary Waldron at 773-484-3829 for assistance.  If you have an emergency at the Main Campus, please call 312-808-6363 for immediate assistance.

Third Administrative Memo for LL.M. and Exchange students

Please click here for Administrative Memo 3.

Reminder: Travel Signatures needed.

If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., you are required by SEVIS to have a travel signature.  To obtain a travel signature on your I-20, please bring your I-20 to the International Center.  The International Center recommends that you bring your I-20 to them at least one week in advance.  Please bear in mind that the end of the semester can be very busy and we advise that you get your travel signature NOW.  The International Center has advising hours at the Downtown Campus on Thursdays from 9:00am-4pm in room 656.  To make an appointment, please call 312-567-3680.

A travel signature is valid for 12 months; however, we strongly advise that you obtain a new signature if the previous travel signature is more than 6 months old.   For more information on travel, please see: http://www.iit.edu/~internat/forms/Travel_Handout_F1.pdf.

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules after November 5, 2009

Starting November 5, 2009, students will be required to make tuition payments through a new system called TouchNet/PayPath. More information can be found here: www.enrollment.iit.edu/bursar/touchnet_announcement.html

Please note that there will be an additional service fee of 2.75% added to your tuition bill once the TouchNet system is implemented. To avoid this charge, you must pay your tuition in full BEFORE November 5, 2009. IIT will be using TouchNet/PayPath for student tuition accounts ONLY. IIT and the law school will continue to use the same credit card processors we have used in the past for all other credit card transactions. Therefore, service fees will NOT be added to general credit card transactions outside of student tuition account payments and we/IIT will continue to accept VISA, MC, Discover and American Express as we have done in the past.

Q: For Fall 2009, can I still use my Visa card to make payments to the Office of the Bursar for my tuition charges?
A: Yes. As long as your account balance is paid in full prior to November 5, 2009. Fall tuition payments made after this date will be made via TouchNet PayPath and will be assessed the 2.75% convenience fee.

Q: After November 5, 2009, how can I make payments to the Office of the Bursar without incurring the additional 2.75% charge?
A: Online electronic check payments will remain available at no additional charge. In addition, personal checks, money orders and cash payments will be accepted in person at the cashier’s office.

* Please note that service fees are not considered to as part of a student’s educational expenses, that is, service fees are not permitted to be added to a student’s budget for consideration of additional financial aid.

Q: Will I be able to use Visa for misc. payments made to the university such as parking services, book store purchases, etc.
A: The university will continue to accept visa payments for service not related to your student account. Please note that students electing to have their parking permit charged to their student account will not be able to use Visa cards to pay this fee.

German stipend supported summer program for 2010

There is a new stipend-supported summer program in Freiburg Germany for law students from the US, Canada and the UK. Detailed information is available at: www.daad.org/page/law. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Law School offers the unique opportunity to receive intensive legal training at the University of Freiburg, which hosts one of the most prestigious law faculties in Germany. After the one-week seminar, you will spend about three weeks as an intern at a German law firm, court or other legal institution. The Law Summer School placements provide students with the opportunity to work in an international firm or organization, to learn about the daily life of a lawyer, consultant or judge, and to gain confidence in an international environment. Last but not least, the internships are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.

The program will start on June 14, 2010 with a one-week seminar series on German and European law in Freiburg. After that, students start their individual internships at institutions of their choice.  Eligibility Requirements: To apply for a law internship you must be a law student enrolled at a university in the US or Canada at the time of the internship. Applicants must prove that they have student status at the time of the internship. German language skills are welcomed but are not necessary.  DAAD will provide a scholarship of ˆ650 for the duration of the Summer School. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum for international travel expenses and a five-day travel card for German Railways. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance.

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