Friday Reminder: April 13, 2012
The sun is out and it seems like we have a beautiful three-day weekend ahead of us. Get out and enjoy the weather while it lasts. A few important points to note:
· On Monday the law school will be closed due to the Patriots’ Day holiday, and classes will resume on Tuesday as usual. We will follow a Monday schedule of classes on Wednesday, April 18th.
· The Boston marathon will take place on Monday. Be sure to get out and experience the excitement and fun that this day always brings to the city. See my “Fun Tip of the Week” below for more marathon and Patriots’ Day details.
· Are you a great speaker? Want to inspire your LL.M. classmates? Consider delivering the LL.M. speech at Commencement. See below for details.
· This week we welcomed Meg LaVangie to the OGIP staff. Meg is our new Senior Program Coordinator, responsible for the daily administration of our study abroad and exchange programs, our Summer Legal Institute in London and a range of cross-LL.M. initiatives and activities, including supporting the Professional Development staff. Stop by the OGIP to say hello and meet Meg!
Here are this week’s reminders:
1. MONDAY- On Monday, April 16th, BU is closed for Patriots’ Day and no classes will be held. On Wednesday, April 18th the law school will follow a Monday schedule.
2. TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Certificate in Research Skills for Practice. Here are the details for this next week’s classes: Cost Effective Legal Research, Instructor: Steve Donweber • firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, and Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
A two-part class on the most efficient and inexpensive ways to do legal research, both litigation and transactional.
3. ONGOING: One LL.M. student will be given the opportunity to present a short speech at the School of Law Commencement ceremony. The LL.M. speaker will be selected by a committee comprised of the Directors of all of the LL.M. programs. If you would like to be considered for this special honor, the process is as follows:
§ Write the speech and submit it via email to me (email@example.com), by Friday, April 20th at 5:00 pm. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information in your speech. I will identify your speech with a letter for internal tracking, and the committee will review speeches anonymously. The speech should be approximately 5 minutes in length, so submissions should not exceed two and a half pages (double spaced).
§ After reviewing the submissions, a few candidates will be selected as finalists. Each finalist will be asked to present his or her speech in person to the committee during the last week in April. The LL.M. speaker will be chosen and notified by May 4th.
4. ONGOING: Please note that the Professional Development staff (Tibby Cail and Samantha Freedman) will be out of the office next week, from Monday, April 16th though Friday, April 20th. They will resume their usual schedules on Monday, April 23rd.
5. Want to connect with incoming students? Need to sublet your apartment or sell your stuff? Try reaching out to our admitted students on the Class of 2013 Facebook page. Just search on Facebook for “BU LLM in American Law Program, Class of 2013” and request to join the group. We’ll approve your request and you can post messages directed to the 2013 American Law Program admitted students.
6. Tax information for foreign students. Foreign students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to file forms with the IRS even if they have not worked during their 2011 stay in the US. The BU International Students and Scholars Office has purchased a site license for Windstar FTNR designed to walk you through the steps of filing the proper form. Please connect to this link for the tax information page at ISSO: http://www.bu.edu/isso/taxes/2012/info.html. Please read this information thoroughly. From this page you can connect to the Windstar software.
If you have earned income in the US in 2011, the forms must be postmarked by April 17. If you have not earned income the forms must be postmarked by June 15.
7. Final exam schedules are now posted. Please click on the links below to find out your exam times/dates:
First Year Exam Schedule: http://www.bu.edu/law/central/llm/graduate/american/program/exam-sched-firstyear.html
Upper-class Exam Schedule: http://www.bu.edu/law/central/llm/graduate/american/program/exam-sched-upper-class.html
Please note that the times listed do include the extra hour afforded to most LL.M. students. Room numbers will be available closer to the exam period.
8. Access past exams on the law library website at http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/restrictedaccess/Exams/index.html. The best way to prepare for an exam is by taking an old one, so check out this site to see if your professors have posted their old exam questions.
9. Writing Support for Seminar Papers. We have again made arrangements for one of the LL.M. writing instructors – Christine Durkin -- to be available to offer guidance and support on your seminar papers, as needed. Christine has been an LLM writing instructor for nearly ten years and has also participated in the Summer Legal English Program at CELOP. She will be available to help you structure and organize your papers and also review them for grammar and word-choice issues. She won’t offer substantive comments on the legal aspects of your papers – nor will she help you conduct any research -- but will instead help you express yourselves clearly and succinctly. If you would like to avail yourself of Christine’s assistance, you should email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to make appropriate arrangements.
10. End of Semester Information: Audit Forms and NY Bar exam applications. As we approach the end of the spring semester, here are some important general reminders to bear in mind:
AUDIT FORMS: Completed audit forms (with your professor’s signature) must be turned into the OGIP no later than Friday, April 27th. Extra forms are in the OGIP if you need them.
NOTARIZING NY BAR EXAM APPLICATION. Lorraine Kaplan in the Banking office is currently the only Notary official within the Law School. When you are ready to notarize your bar application, please leave the “Specimen of Applicant’s Handwriting” form completely blank. Lorraine must be present when you are writing the handwriting sample; she cannot notarize this form if it is already filled in.
11. GRADUATION! Cap & Gown Information:
The deadline for renting your cap & gown online was Thursday, March 15, 2012.
For those students who placed their order online prior to the March 15th deadline, you may pick up your cap & gown at the Barnes & Noble at BU Bookstore from Sunday, April 22nd – Friday, May 11th.
For those students who missed the March 15th online order deadline, you can place your rental order in-person at the Barnes & Noble at BU Bookstore beginning Monday, April 30th. The rental price for orders placed at the bookstore is $95. Please note that rental orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we encourage you to pick up your rental as early as possible.
For more information on this and all things Commencement, please visit http://www.bu.edu/law/events/commencement/. If you have additional questions, please contact BU Law's Events & PR Manager, Elizabeth Aggott, at email@example.com.
12. GRADUATION! Not attending the commencement ceremonies? We sincerely hope that all of you will attend, but if for some reason you’re planning not to march in the graduation ceremonies you MUST let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We need to know so that we can plan the ceremony (and diploma distribution) accordingly. You should also update your information in the graduation section of the Student Link (www.bu.edu/studentlink) and indicate the mailing address where your diploma should be sent.
13. GRADUATION! Upcoming commencement events for LL.M. students. More details about these events will soon be forthcoming, but I wanted to give you advance notice so you can plan your schedules accordingly. Family and friends will be invited to these events as well.
· Boston Red Sox Baseball Game – Sunday, May 13th at 1:35 pm. More details on tickets will be available soon.
· ALL LL.M. Boston Harbor Cruise -- Wednesday, May 16th, from 6pm to 9pm (boarding begins at 5:30pm)
· Graduation Dinner at The Castle -- (LL.M. in American Law & Visiting Exchange) Friday, May 18th from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The Castle is located at 225 Bay State Road, just a short walk from the law school.
14. Happy Birthday to Dooho Choi and Carrie Cook! Dooho celebrates his birthday today, April13th, and Carrie celebrates hers on Saturday, April 14th. Please wish them both a fabulous birthday.
15. Fun Boston Tip of the Week: Boston Marathon! Monday is “Marathon Monday”, when thousands of runners will run 26.2 miles from Hopkinton, MA to Copley Plaza downtown. Roads get blocked and traffic gets jammed up all morning and afternoon, so the best thing to do is join the spectators! Look here http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/course/map/ to see the route and choose a spot. Runners go down Beacon Street from Cleveland Circle through Kenmore and then down Commonwealth Ave. The closer you get to the finish line at Copley, the thicker the crowd, so Beacon Street is a terrific place to watch the race. The marathon is one of Boston’s best events – not to be missed!
“Marathon Monday” is really known as Patriots’ Day, when the first battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought just outside Boston. The holiday is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. The battle is reenacted on Lexington Green every year on Patriots’ Day and is a popular event for history buffs, families, and just about everybody who can wake up in time for the 6AM battle reenactment! It’s a great day to spend some time in historic Lexington (especially pretty in the springtime) - http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/patriots_day_lexington_ma_reenactment_battle/p901.php
Have a fantastic weekend, and enjoy your extra day off!