Friday Reminder: April 20, 2012
You just completed your last full week of classes- only a few more days to go. Be sure to read this week’s reminder carefully, as there are many important deadlines coming up related to classes, exams, and commencement.
Here are this week’s reminders:
1. TODAY: LL.M. commencement speech submissions due today at 5:00 pm. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
2. MONDAY: Last day to apply for exam relief- Monday, April 23rd. All students are advised to review the Exam Guidelines on the web at http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/academic/exam/index.shtml. LL.M. students who qualify for automatic Exam Relief under the Academic Regulations must make arrangements with the Registrar’s Office no later than April 23, 2012. Review the exam relief policy at http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/academic/exam/relief.html.
First year exam schedule: http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/academic/exam/firstyear.shtml
Upper-class exam schedule: http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/academic/exam/upperclass.shtml.
3. WEDNESDAY: Last day of classes!
4. FRIDAY: Completed audit forms (with your professor’s signature) must be turned into the OGIP by Friday, April 27th. Forms are available in the OGIP.
5. FRIDAY: 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 (email@example.com) by Friday, April 27th. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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. NOTARIZING NY BAR EXAM APPLICATION. There are now two Notary officials within the Law School- Meg LaVangie in the OGIP and Lorraine Kaplan in the Banking office. When you are ready to notarize your bar application, please leave the “Specimen of Applicant’s Handwriting” form completely blank. The Notary official must be present when you are writing the handwriting sample; they 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! 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.
13. Happy Birthday to Fabian Behrens, Shao-teng Chang, Christos Kapsalas, and Andrea Dufaure! Fabian celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, April 24th, Shao-teng and Christos celebrate their birthdays on Wednesday, April 25th, and Andrea celebrates hers on Thursday, April 26th. Please wish them all a happy birthday!
14. Fun Tip of the Week: Celebrate Earth day on Sunday, April 22nd in Boston Common from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Nature Conservancy will be holding Picnic for the Planet at the Boston Common Frog Pond, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest global picnic. The Frog Pond will also be hosting the D2E Green Spot, a place for earth-friendly vendors to promote environmental consciousness and living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Have a wonderful weekend!