Friday Reminder: October 21, 2011



Hello everyone and happy Friday!  We’ve survived the rain it looks like we have a sunny weekend ahead of us.  I hope you will join us at the Museum of Fine Arts today for our guided tour of the Art of the Americas wing.  Take a break from learning the law and see what the MFA has to offer.
Here are this week’s reminders:
1)    TODAY: Guided Tour of the “Art of the Americas” wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Friday, October 21st at 2:45 pm.  The “Art of Americas” wing of the museum has 53 galleries and 5,000 works of art from all of the Americas — North, Central, and South.  We will meet at 2:45pm at the Museum’s Linde Family Entrance. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston, and the Linde Family Entrance is located on Museum Road on the Museum’s West side. This tour is sponsored by the OGIP for your enjoyment.  No sign-up is necessary, but please BRING YOUR BU ID!  This event is for students only- sorry, but guests are not invited. 
Please note: large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the Museum. Bins are available to visiting groups for coats and other items, but the following items cannot be checked: laptop computers, cameras, and other valuables.
2)    ONGOING: American Law Students: sign up for a mid-semester meeting with Assistant Dean Riccardi.  Sign-up sheets are posted outside of the Office of Graduate & International Programs. The purpose of the meeting is to hear about any issues or concerns you have – and, of course, if you’re happy with how things are going so far.  Mid-semester meetings are MANDATORY for all American Law Students.  Exchange Students: you should have received an email from me asking you to choose one of the listed times to meet.  Please respond with a time that is convenient for you.
3)    ONGOING: Mandatory Plagiarism and Seminar Paper Writing Classes. Many of you may be thinking about your seminar papers.  The library is pleased to offer classes on researching and writing your papers, as well as a session on the dangers of plagiarism.  Each student is required to attend the Plagiarism class on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM AND one of the five additional sessions offered.  There will be three opportunities to attend the Outlining, Writing, and Researching Your Paper class on October 13th, 17th, and 24th at 1:00 PM, and the Researching Your Paper session will be offered on October 14th and 20th at 1:00 PM.  Please sign up for your preferred sessions at  If you have scheduling issues or difficulties, please contact Jennifer Ekblaw at, the Legal Information Librarian who is leading these programs.
4)    NEXT WEEK: SGA Halloween Party, Thursday, October 27th at 9:30 pm at Rumor, a club in downtown Boston.  Tickets cost $20 and include two complimentary drink tickets.  Tickets for LL.M. students are on sale in the OGIP and tickets for exchange students are on sale in the SGA office.  Please be sure to purchase tickets from the proper office! Tickets will be on sale until Thursday 10/27 at 1pm, however, this event WILL SELL OUT much earlier than that so buy your tickets early.  It is up to the management’s discretion if you are let in the club, and you will need your ticket and 21+ I.D. The party starts at 9:30pm, but if you are not inside by 10:30pm you will NOT get your two drink tickets. There will also be a Halloween Contest so try and come up with some ideas for an original costume that will entertain your friends, seduce your crushes and devastate your rivals.
Halloween Contest Categories and Prizes are as follows:
Best Male:                          $75
Best Female:                     $75
Best Group/Couple:                       $150
5)    NEXT WEEK: STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY – Thursday, October 27thTake a sweet break from your studies and enjoy free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet in the lobby of the law tower from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Also, stop by the OGIP and other departments throughout the law tower all day long for candy and treats!
6)    NEXT WEEK: Pro Bono Expo, Friday, October 28th from 1:00-2:00 pm in Barrister’s Hall.  The Pro Bono Program invites participating organizations and volunteer attorneys to the Pro Bono Expo to talk about placement opportunities and areas of pro bono work available to students. The event serves as a "walk-around" style program where students are able to approach multiple organizations, learn about their mission, and establish a pro bono placement. While this event provides pro bono opportunities for students, the Pro Bono Program continues to generate numerous pro bono opportunities throughout the year as well.  For more information, visit the program’s website at  
7)    UPCOMING EVENT: LL.M. and Exchange Mixer with the International Law Journal at the BU Pub, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM.  The Boston University International Law Journal (ILJ) was established in 1980 to provide a forum for student interest and scholarship in the field of international law. Published biannually, the Journal strives to publish groundbreaking and even controversial professional articles and student-written notes analyzing the most current issues of public and private international law, foreign and comparative law and trade law.  All members of the BU ILJ have a keen interest in international law and have a serious desire to learn more about the legal systems in foreign countries.  The evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity for LL.M.’s of any background to meet and connect with J.D. students!
The BU Pub is located at 225 Bay State Road (the entrance is on the right-hand side of the Castle) and is exclusively for the use of  Boston University students, faculty and staff.  You will need your BU ID to gain entry.  You will also need proper 21+ identification.
The ILJ has reserved a private room for the event.  Appetizers will be served and some drinks will be included (a limited number of drink tickets were purchased up-front by the ILJ).
If you have any questions about this event, please email Patrick Cento, the Administrative Editor of the ILJ at
8)    UPCOMING EVENT: Global Network Lunch on Friday, November 4th at 12:30 PM  in the Faculty and Staff Dining Room on the 5th floor of the GSU.  Our office will be holding a series of informal "Global Network" lunches over the academic year to foster the sharing of backgrounds and experiences among the LL.M. students -- in recognition and celebration of the amazing diversity you bring to campus.  Each lunch will include 6-8 students, plus Director Riccardi and Assistant Director Checka.  We will try to form each group to include students from a variety of countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  While there is no formal conversational agenda, we hope this will be an opportunity for you to learn from each other around topics of mutual interest. 
The series of lunches is completely voluntary and lunch will be paid for by the Office of Graduate and International Programs.  There are still a few spaces left for Nov. 4th.  If you are interested in attending please email Erin Checka at
9)    UPCOMING EVENT:JOHN’S EXAM TALK – Thursday, November 10th from 1PM to 2PM in Room 870.   John will give a brief talk about how to prepare for your exams.  Mark your calendar for this important event.  John has a lot of useful tips and information to offer about preparing for and taking exams that you won’t want to miss!
10)Exam schedules for first-year AND upper-class exams are now available.  The first-year schedule is available at and the upper-class schedule is available at  Please note that the upper-class schedule is tentative and subject to change. 
11)Student Photo Books are now available to pick-up in the OGIP!  The Law School has assembled photos of the First-Year J.D. students, American Law LLM Student, Visiting Exchange Students, Transfer & Visiting Students, and Faculty & Administration into a booklet for your reference. Please stop by our office to obtain a copy for yourself.
12)Happy Birthday to Luyang Xing and Dana Junger Gutman!  Luyang celebrates her birthday on Friday, October 28th and Dana celebrates her birthday on Sunday, October 30thPlease wish them both a happy birthday!
13)Fun Weekend Tip: This weekend (Saturday, October 22th and Sunday, October 23th) marks the 47th annual Head of the Charles River Regatta!

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two day rowing event and over 7,500 athletes from all around the world will compete in 55 different races. The Regatta is truly a must-see Boston event that you won’t want to miss. You can watch the race from either the Cambridge side of the Charles River (near ‘Magazine Beach’ is a good spot – it’s close to the Riverside Boat club, across from the large ‘Shell’ sign) or from the Boston side, along the esplanade.  

Check out the official
Head of the Charles website for more information about the event.
Enjoy the weekend!