PART-TIME STUDENT HANDBOOK 2011-2012 www.law.georgetown.edu June 2011 Dear Part-Time Student: Georgetown Law seeks to provide a part-time legal education in the evening that matches in intellectual depth and professional training what is provided in our, or indeed any, full-time program. This is an ambitious goal for the school, and it can pose weighty burdens on part-time students. Many of you have other important commitments to work and family. Time and energy have their limits. This Part-Time Student Handbook has been prepared by the J.D. Academic Services Office to provide the information you need to use your time effectively. The suggestion for such a handbook came from a part-time student and reflects the special concerns and needs of Georgetown Law part-time students. We welcome your comments on the Handbook and any suggestions for future revisions. We hope that this handbook permits you to make fuller use of available opportunities at Georgetown Law and to enjoy more richly a unique period in your life. Sincerely, Julie O’Sullivan Associate Dean, J.D. Program TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................................1 II. GETTING STARTED .........................................................................................................1 A. Orientation ...............................................................................................................1 B. Getting and Staying Connected ...............................................................................2 C. Making Your Needs Known ....................................................................................3 D. Personal Advising and Counseling ..........................................................................4 E. Students with Disabilities ........................................................................................4 F. Peer Advisors ...........................................................................................................5 G. Meeting with Faculty ...............................................................................................5 H. First Class Reading Assignments.............................................................................5 I. Buying Law Books ..................................................................................................5 J. Technology at Georgetown Law ..............................................................................5 K. Class Recording .......................................................................................................6 III. THE FIRST YEAR ..............................................................................................................7 A. First Year Courses....................................................................................................7 B. The First Year Experience-Developing Good Study Habits....................................8 IV. BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR: THE UPPERCLASS CURRICULUM ...........................12 A. Registering for the Second Year ............................................................................12 B. Upperclass Graduation Requirements....................................................................13 C. Selecting Upperclass Electives ..............................................................................14 D. Some Frequently Asked Questions about Course Selection ..................................20 E. Summer Session .....................................................................................................22 F. Semester Abroad Programs During Regular School Year .....................................23 G. Taking Courses Outside the Part-Time Division ...................................................25 H. J.D./LL.M. Programs .............................................................................................28 I. Transferring Between Programs (Interdivisional Transfers) .................................28 V. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES .............................................................................29 A. Law Journals ..........................................................................................................29 B. Law Fellow ............................................................................................................32 C. Moot Court/Mock Trial/Alternative Dispute Resolution.......................................34 D. Subject Matter Tutors ............................................................................................36 E. Part-Time Student Organizations and Student Governance ..................................37 VI. CAREER PLANNING ......................................................................................................38 A. Getting Legal Experience ......................................................................................38 B. Interviewing ...........................................................................................................39 C. Preparing a Writing Sample ...................................................................................40 D. Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Employment Opportunities ......................40 VII. FINANCIAL AID ..............................................................................................................40 A. Financial Aid Guidebook .......................................................................................40 B. Aid for Summer School .........................................................................................41 C. Federal Work-Study Program ................................................................................41 D. Money Saving Tips ................................................................................................41 VIII. BAR EXAMINATIONS ....................................................................................................42 A. Registering for the Bar .......................................................................................... 42 B. MPRE.....................................................................................................................42 C. Registering for a Bar Review Course ....................................................................43 IX SURVIVAL TIPS ..............................................................................................................43 A. GOCard ..................................................................................................................43 B. Getting To and From Georgetown Law .................................................................44 C. Food Services .........................................................................................................45 D. Sport & Fitness Center ...........................................................................................46 E. Lockers ...................................................................................................................46 APPENDICES A. Georgetown Law Office Hours B. First Year Part-Time Program Timeline C. Georgetown University Law Center Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes I. INTRODUCTION Georgetown Law has a long tradition of providing quality legal education to working students. In fact, Georgetown Law was founded as an evening program. In 1870, the first catalog announced that “[t]he exercises will be held in the evening in order to facilitate the attendance of gentlemen who are engaged in the service of the Government.” Twenty-five students attended the Law School’s first lecture. Over 140 years later, this tradition continues. Men and women employed full time by the federal government, law firms, trade associations, and other organizations are able to attend one of the nation=s best law schools while working full time. Former Senator George Mitchell is just one of many well known graduates of the part-time division. Professor Mitt Regan, a full-time faculty member, was a student in the part-time division. The purpose of this handbook is to provide useful information on the first year curriculum and managing your studies and to give you an overview of what to expect after your first year, such as selecting your upperclass courses, looking for a job, and making decisions about extracurricular activities. You may want to skim those sections of the handbook that concern primarily upperclass issues in order to get a preview of future concerns - you can turn to them with greater attention later. Throughout this handbook, we supplement our general advice with more specific tips from former and current part-time students. These student notes reflect a range of individual perspectives that you may find helpful as you develop your own ideas and strategies for managing your studies. II. GETTING STARTED A. Orientation Orientation for part-time students is held in late August in the evenings, during the week before classes start. The schedule for orientation typically includes information sessions on academic and administrative matters, one or more faculty lectures and panel presentations, a section service project, and several social events. There is a reception with the President of the University and the Dean of Georgetown Law at the end of orientation week. This event is a great chance to meet your full-time counterparts in the first year program. More detailed information about Orientation will be sent to you from the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) during the summer. Each fall, ODOS and the J.D. Academic Services Office organize a continuing academic orientation series called Maximizing Learning in Law School, which continues throughout the first year. The sessions vary slightly from year to year, but typically focus on issues such as outlining, note taking, and exam writing. Take advantage of these sessions. If you are unable to attend, at least get the handouts and, if possible, watch the webcast of the program you missed at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/students/continuingOrientation.html. A schedule of the sessions will be included in the Orientation packet you receive in August. 1 B. Getting and Staying Connected Georgetown Law makes it easy for part-time students to stay connected with the Law Center community. $ Student Services Webpage - Most of the information that you need on academic programs, course schedules, and student life can be found online via the Student Services page of Georgetown Law’s Web site, which is located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/students.html. Information on student technology orientation is located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/students/orientation.htm. $ E-mail - The Georgetown Law e-mail system is called LawMail. All students are provided with a LawMail account. Important notices regarding academic and administrative matters are sent to students via LawMail, so it is important to check this account frequently. Many students forward their LawMail accounts. To arrange for e-mail forwarding, please complete the Change E-mail Forwarding form, which is located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/system/account/forwarding. When completing the form, please do not enable the Check To Leave A Copy Of Incoming Messages In Your Law Center Mail Inbox field. Your LawMail inbox can fill up quickly, especially if you are not checking it. Once it does, you can no longer send or receive LawMail. So, it is best to leave that field disabled (without the checkmark), which is the default. Course Management Web sites - All students have access to TWEN and Courseware. Both applications allow faculty to create class-related Web sites. Instructions for using TWEN are located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/twen/index.htm; Instructions for using Courseware are located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/students/studentcourseware/coursewarestudent1.htm. Your professors will confirm for you whether or not they are using a course management website and tell you which application they are using. $ MyAccess - This is a secure Web site that enables students to view their student account, pay their tuition online or request a refund online, update personal information, view their course schedules, and register for upperclass courses. To log into MyAccess, navigate to https://myaccess.georgetown.edu/. You will be assigned a password by early July to access this program. If you lose your password, want to change your password, or have problems with accessing this program, please contact the Law Center Helpdesk at (202) 662-9284 or email@example.com 2 HOYAlert Emergency Notification System –All Georgetown Law students are strongly encouraged to register their contact information in the event of an emergency. HOYAlert sends notification of emergency information via e-mail, text messaging and/or voice. To log into HOYAlert Emergency Notification System, navigate to https://myaccess.georgetown.edu/. $ Georgetown Law’s Newsletter - Georgetown Law’s newsletter, What’s Happening!, is published weekly during the academic year. Administrative offices (Dean of Students, J.D. Academic Services, Registrar, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Life, etc.) highlight important events and deadlines in their entries. If you read this publication regularly, you should not miss much. What’s Happening! is located online at www.law.georgetown.edu/wh/ or you can pick up a printed copy on Monday evenings in the J.D. Academic Services Office. $ Administrative Contacts - Please remember that you can also get quick answers to your questions by telephone from several academic advisors here at Georgetown Law. Please call: $ Dean of Students Mitchell Bailin or Elizabeth Ewert, Director of Academic Enhancement Programs at (202) 662-4066; $ Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs Rachel Strong at (202) 662-9100; $ J. D. Assistant Deans Sally McCarthy and Sarah Hulsey and Tara Sarathy, Director of J.D. Program, at (202) 662-9041; $ Registrar Denise Sangster and her staff at (202) 662-9220 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of telephone numbers and office hours for Georgetown Law offices is provided in Appendix A. The Career Services, Registrar’s, and Student Life Offices are open until 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings. Please consult Appendix A for individual office schedules. The Dean of Students Office, the J.D. Academic Services Office, the Assistant Dean for Financial Aid, and the Registrar are available after normal working hours by appointment. C. Making Your Needs Known You will find that the Georgetown Law community is an active, vibrant one with a busy calendar of lectures, student events, and other interesting programs throughout the academic year. As a part-time student, you may feel it is harder to participate as fully as your full-time counterparts in the school’s extracurricular life given the demands of work and other commitments. Both the administration and student organizations attempt to schedule events at times when part-time students can attend, but this is not always possible. The most important thing you can do is come forward and communicate your needs and concerns. The administration is eager to understand the needs of its part-time students, but you must let those needs be known in order for us to be able to address them. A good place to start is the Office of the Dean of Students, 210 McDonough Hall. Dean of Students Mitch Bailin serves as an 3 advocate for student interests at Georgetown Law and as a primary liaison between students and the faculty and administration. D. Personal Advising and Counseling In addition to addressing academic needs, Georgetown Law is also committed to providing personal advising services to our students. You are invited to call on the following for assistance with personal as well as academic matters: Dean of Students Mitch Bailin at (202) 662-4066; Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs Rachel Strong at (202) 662-9100; Assistant Dean for J.D. Academic Services Sally McCarthy at (202) 662-9041; Assistant Dean for the J.D. Academic Programs Sarah Hulsey at (202) 662-9041; Director, J.D. Program Tara Sarathy at (202) 662-9041; Director of Academic Enhancement Programs Elizabeth Ewert at (202) 662-4066; Registrar Denise Sangster at (202) 662-9220 Students are also encouraged to contact the Campus Ministry Office at (202) 662-9295, the Office of the Dean of Students at (202) 662-4066, or the Office of Student Life at (202) 662- 9292 for help and advice. Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) provides professional confidential counseling by appointment throughout the school year. Call Patrick Lillis, Intake Coordinator at (202) 687-6985 to schedule an appointment. The office for the CAPS counselors is located in the lower level of the Gewirz Student Center (L-102) on the Law Center campus. The Office of the Dean of Students provides a comprehensive guide to academic and personal advising services at registration during Orientation week. Counseling resource information is also published on Georgetown Law’s Web site at www.law.georgetown.edu/counseling. E. Students with Disabilities A number of students at Georgetown Law have been diagnosed with disabilities, including physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, chronic health conditions and psychological disabilities. In compliance with applicable federal law, Georgetown Law provides reasonable accommodations to students who present appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services. All accommodations and services provided on the basis of disability must be provided by or in consultation with the Associate Director of Disability Services within the Office of the Dean of Students. The Associate Director may be reached by calling (202) 662-4042 or you may stop by the office in McDonough Hall, Room 210. 4 F. Peer Advisors All part-time students are assigned a Peer Advisor for the first year of law school. The Peer Advisors are upperclass students who introduce 1Es to Georgetown Law and the D.C. area and serve as informal mentors throughout the first year. Entering part-time students will receive a note from their Peer Advisor by e-mail about a month before the Fall semester begins. Peer Advisors are great sources of information about the campus and its resources, life as a first year, and D.C. neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. They also will connect you with recent Georgetown Law alums who graduated from the part-time program. G. Meeting With Faculty We encourage you to get to know the faculty, both those who are your current teachers and those who share your specific interests in the law. Many faculty who teach in the evening hold office hours just before class. In addition, faculty typically suggest an alternative means of consulting with them. Many will meet with you after class by appointment and/or will consult by phone and e-mail. Faculty members generally will announce how best to reach them at the first class and in their syllabus. If you are unsure of the best way to reach your faculty or of their office hours, do hesitate to ask! H. First Class Reading Assignments Professors often assign readings for the first day of class. First class assignments are listed online at www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/assignments. If you do not see one of your classes listed, the professor has not submitted an assignment to the Office of Faculty Support. Keep checking the site, Courseware, TWEN, and LawMail to ensure that your professor has not sent information about reading assignments. You may also find the syllabus and reading assignments on the course materials Web page, Article Works, at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/CourseMaterials/. If you have any questions about the assignment, contact your faculty member directly. I. Buying Law Books The Georgetown Law bookstore is contiguous to McDonough Hall and has a separate entrance from F Street. You can order books online at www.georgetown-law.bkstr.com. For current hours, please call the bookstore at (202) 662-9676. J. Technology at Georgetown Law 1. Personal Computers All first year students are required to have a laptop meeting the specifications listed at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/students/computerrecs/comrec.htm. Georgetown University has formed strategic partnerships with both Dell and Apple to provide an academic discount for 5 our community members on computers and peripherals. You can access both Dell’s and Apple’s discount pages from the above-mentioned Hardware and Software Recommendations page. Most classrooms and public areas have wireless network connectivity. In addition, many classrooms have electrical power at every seat. 2. Public Computers Public computers are available throughout the Georgetown Law campus for student use. The public computers located in the third floor lounge area of the Gewirz Student Center and the third floor of McDonough Hall run Internet applications for web browsing and e-mail access. The computers located in the E.B. Williams and the John Wolff Law Libraries are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite and have access to laser printers. Printing is 10¢ per page, which is deducted from your GoCard (further information on the GoCard is at page 42 of this booklet). 3. Computers in the Classroom Most professors permit students to take notes in class on laptop computers. Professors may regulate the use of laptop computers in their classrooms in any manner that they feel is necessary. To maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and to avoid distracting others, there should be no audible signals emanating from student computers while in use. Professors who do not allow laptops in their class will give notice to students on or before the first day of classes and may include that notice in their course description in the online Curriculum Guide at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum/tab_courses.cfm. 4. Exams Professors may restrict or disallow laptop usage during an exam. In addition, use of a cell phone is prohibited and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and other electronic storage devices may also be restricted or disallowed. If you want to take your exams on a computer, you will need to use your own laptop. Students are not permitted to share equipment or materials. Be sure to bring your laptop power cord to the exam room. It is also a good idea to have a second (backup) laptop battery, since not all of the exam rooms have electrical outlets. Most in- class exams are submitted online. In order to submit your final in-class exam online, you will need to be able to connect to the Georgetown Law’s wireless network. Instructions on how to access the network are available online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/wireless/connectwireless.cfm. If you have any questions regarding the wireless network or experience difficulty connecting to the wireless network, please contact the Law Center Helpdesk at (202) 662-9284 or email@example.com. K. Class Recording Under the Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes, Georgetown Law will record a class session and will release a recording to a student only if the student meets one of the reasons enumerated in the policy or at the request of the relevant member of the faculty. 6 Each semester faculty members provide their audio-recording preferences to the Office of J.D. Academic Services and the Office of LL.M. Academic Services. If you have questions about a particular professor’s audio-recording preference, please contact the Office of J.D. Academic Services. Please see Appendix C for the entire Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes. Students are not permitted to record a class themselves by any means without prior express authorization of the faculty member. If a student receives permission from a member of the faculty to record a class using equipment not provided by the law school, downloading such a recording to a computer or other electronic device, distributing such a recording to any other person, or using the recording for any purpose other than the student’s own education is not allowed without express permission of the relevant member of the faculty. Unauthorized downloading or distributing of all or any portion of a permitted recording may be deemed a violation of the Student Disciplinary Code. 1. Requesting a Class Recording Students submit requests for the audio-recording of classes through the online request form located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/ (click on the link then select Audio Recording of Classes on the left). Recording that is done pursuant to an approved request of an individual student will be made available only to that student in streaming audio format. Students who receive or are provided access to a Georgetown Law recording of a class under this section are prohibited from downloading the recording to a computer or other electronic device or distributing the recording or any portion thereof to anyone. The default rule is that class recordings made by the institution are only available to authorized students for 28 days after the date of the original recording. III. THE FIRST YEAR A. First Year Courses During the first year, part-time students pursue a 20-semester hour required program of study. There are six required courses: Civil Procedure (4 credits), Constitutional Law I (3 credits), Contracts (4 credits), Legal Research and Writing (4 credits year-long), Torts (4 credits), and Week One: Law in a Global Context (1 credit). During the first week of the spring semester, before regular classes begin, all first year students engage in an intensive study of one or more complex problems that involve U.S. and international or foreign law in a transnational legal setting known as “Week One: Law in a Global Context.” Week One classes in the part-time program will meet Monday through Friday, January 9-13, 2012 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in a combination of large lectures and small group settings. Some nights, classes may run as late as 9:45 p.m. Attendance at all class 7 sessions is mandatory. Students who are absent from one or more sessions will be withdrawn from the Week One course and will be required to attend Week One in January 2013. The withdrawal will be reflected as a “W” on a student’s transcript. The four credit courses are offered two evenings a week to the full section of part-time students (approximately 80 students). In the fall semester, Contracts is offered in three “small sections” (approximately 27 students) of the evening class. Legal Research and Writing also meets twice a week, year-long. Classes meet from 7:45 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. on weekdays. For the two nights on which Legal Research and Writing is scheduled, students are in class until 8:50 p.m. After the first year, there are a few remaining required courses (see Section IV, B). The remaining “first-year” required courses, Criminal Justice and Property, must be taken in the second year. The first-year “elective” must be completed before you graduate. B. The First Year Experience - Developing Good Study Habits Many students find the first year of the part-time program the most challenging. During the first year, students acquire the tools for legal analysis while learning substantive law and developing legal research and writing skills. As with any new endeavor, much of the challenge lies in developing a routine that works for you. Although the demands of the classroom do not decrease in later years, having an established routine and a solid educational foundation from the first year make these years more manageable. What follows is some advice on developing good study habits during the first year and beyond. 1. Finding Time to Do Your Reading The amount of time students spend reading/taking notes and how they fit these hours into their week varies dramatically. In the first year, it will be an important task to identify your priorities and to try to maintain a balance between school and your other commitments. The student notes below offer individual perspectives on managing the trade-offs between work and school and finding the right balance. Student notes: 1) I use the early mornings and the weekends to do my reading and Legal Research and Writing projects. If I’m diligent about studying an hour every morning before going to work, I am able to have about half of my weekend free (except for first semester, when everything took longer). On occasion, my lunch hour is committed to school stuff, but I try to use that hour to get some exercise. This schedule allows me to have a late dinner with my husband and to have some free time to play on the weekends. 2) I generally try to do most of my reading on the weekend if possible. I’ve discovered that I can also get 10-15 pages read during my lunch hour, so I usually leave the last few pages for lunch the day of the class. Sometimes I work in the evenings, depending on how much work is assigned 8 for that week, but after class I’m really only good for another 20 pages or so. I try to reserve Saturday mornings for myself to sleep or do errands. Fortunately, I have a lot of friends in class, so I don’t feel that I’ve been totally deprived of a social life. We often go out Fridays after class but there’s not a whole lot of time for a social life. I’m fortunate in that I’m not married or seeing someone seriously, because I would have had to really struggle with prioritizing my time. It was hard enough just to work in a couple of trips to see my parents in Richmond. 2. Study Groups Many students find it helpful to join a study group in order to have a structure for reviewing course material and preparing for exams. Others find they study more efficiently on their own. As with most aspects of law school, it is important to decide what works best for you and your own priorities. Student Notes: 1) Study groups can be beneficial, or they can be a waste of time. Because time is precious to part-time students, if your group is wasting your time, don’t hesitate to get out of it or to form a smaller group with one or more people you can work with well. Sometimes it is best to study alone first, and then get together with someone to talk through problems or old exam questions after you have done them alone. 2) I made very limited use of study groups. In the fall of my first year, I got together with a few classmates during the exam period. I was further along in my preparation than others in my group and thus found it largely a waste of time. There is a social aspect to study groups that is important to some students that I missed out on. I prefer to make my studying time as efficient as possible so I have more time to spend with my spouse and non-law school friends. It’s important to trust your instincts. I got my highest grades during the first year in courses that I never discussed with anyone. A study group is NOT a necessity to good exam preparation and performance. 3) I was in a study group for most of the year. I enjoyed it immensely, even when we got off on tangents, which we were wont to do. Admittedly, it is not the most efficient way to study, but it is a good place to discuss the material and work out any difficulties you had with it especially before exams. It was very helpful when we all outlined a certain section of the material and then got together and walked through it, because then you could make sure that you weren’t missing, misinterpreting or misunderstanding anything. It is also a good way to get to know some of the people in your class and to get varying opinions and interpretations of the law. 4) I found study groups most helpful as a way to minimize procrastination - if I knew I had to review certain material at a study group, I would prepare beforehand. In classes where I didn’t have a study group, I generally began reviewing much too late. In one class, I did my entire review in one weekend, my grade reflected it, and I realized what a difference having a study group made simply for that reason. 9 5) It is immensely important to keep the groups relatively small and consistent. I found my study group was most helpful when we focused narrowly on issues that one or more people did not understand rather than simply going through the material. Our discussions focused on simply going through the material more as the group grew (generally as the exam date approached) and included people who had not consistently worked in our group. Even if you feel like you are ahead of others in your outlining, it’s extremely helpful to be forced to explain the material out loud and on the spot. 3. Outlining Outlining is a process of reviewing the material in a course and preparing a systematic summary. Many students find that outlining a course helps them “own” the material. Some students say they do not refer to the outline much during the exam, but the process of preparing an outline or summary of the course is an important part of their preparation. Other students prepare a joint outline with a study group. You should bear in mind that outlining is simply a technique for learning the material. The outline itself is meaningless if it does not help you learn. Student notes: 1) I found outlining to be an extremely useful way of organizing and learning the information, even though I did not use my outlines extensively during the exams. I found that I never really had a good grip on the material until I outlined it. A useful method is to outline everything in your class notes and notes from your reading in a fairly comprehensive manner, let it rest a day or two and then go back and make a smaller outline of only the black letter law, leaving out all of the cases, theories, etc. I would recommend having the large outline done on the last day of class which then gives you enough time to condense it and do a practice exam (I would give yourself a minimum of four weeks to work on it; most people start sooner.) I did not buy any of the commercial outlines (law books are expensive enough as it is), and used them only in my study group when we were having a serious disagreement about something. 2) Outlining doesn’t work for everyone, and many part-time students find they simply do not have enough time to create an outline for every class. If you don’t have time to create your own outline but like using an outline to study, often you can find a recent outline done for your course and professor. Study aids can be very helpful, but they are best used as a supplement rather than in place of your assigned reading and notes. Flash cards often work well for rule-based courses such as Civil Procedure and Evidence. If you do not want to buy flash cards, try putting an ad on the bulletin board outside the cafeteria. Some students sell them at low cost, or even lend them to you for the semester. 3) As an evening student with limited time, it’s important to be strategic when deciding when to outline on your own, when to use one that is handed down, and when it’s appropriate to use commercial materials (and picking which materials to use). The majority of the handed-down outlines were not useful, but there were a few excellent ones that I relied on extensively. Even if you do use other students’ outlines or commercial materials, still go through the material very 10 carefully. Having an outline or commercial materials is not a substitute for studying. I thought that the Freer hornbook was indispensable, the Chemerinsky hornbook was helpful for ConLaw, and Emmanuel’s was somewhat helpful for Contracts. I didn’t use any commercial materials for Torts or Property. One universal piece of advice: make sure you have a very short, checklist- style outline by test day. 4) In spite of all the advice I heard before entering law school about not using commercial outlines, I did purchase them and used them to help me get the general overview of a course before I began my outline. I found this method to be exceptionally helpful because it allowed me to put together all the pieces of the puzzle and to really understand what the course was about. However, I never would use a commercial outline as a replacement for reviewing my personal notes. There are always going to be issues discussed in class that you won’t find in a commercial outline. 4. Preparing for Exams As the Fall semester proceeds, you will begin to think about preparing for your first law school exams. In early November, the Office of the Dean of Students and the J.D. Academic Services Office will offer several programs on preparing for and taking law school exams that provides faculty and advisor perspectives on this important issue. The following information on practice exams may also be helpful. The library maintains past exams indexed by course and by faculty member. Hard copies of exams are available in the first floor reading room. Exams from Spring 1998 and later can also be accessed online at www.ll.georgetown.edu. Many faculty members file a “feedback” memo with their exams. The feedback memos vary in format but provide some sort of explanation of the exam questions and correct answers. Students make use of these exams in a variety of ways: 1. Reviewing several years’ worth of your professor’s exams will highlight issues that are likely to be tested. 2. Completing a past exam under simulated time limits will give you a feel for how time-intensive your professor’s exams are likely to be and provide some guidance as to the depth of analysis he or she expects in answers. 3. Completing practice exams provides you with a guidepost against which to measure your level of preparedness and will identify areas where your understanding may be weak. Of course, this is most helpful if you have left yourself time for further preparation after taking the practice exam. 4. Completing old exams and discussing the answers with a study group. 5. Reading old exams and feedback memos, but not actually taking them as a “test.” Students can search for past exams and feedback memos on the Library’s Web page under the tab for students. 11 Student Notes: 1) This is a MUST DO. Old exams are the best study tool, but you have to save time at the end to do them. You should outline first, try to learn the course pretty well, and THEN do the exam. I like to do them in a group, with others. Many people actually take them timed as if they were for real. Clearly, that would be the ideal thing to do, but I’m always strapped for time. 2) Doing a practice exam, where I sat down and gave myself four hours and took the exam as if it were the final, was helpful. Unfortunately, since I do not usually have four hours to spare in the last week before exams, I was only able to do this once. I definitely recommend it, especially before your first exam or two. If you (like me) do not have enough time to do this, I strongly recommend that you at least read a couple of old exams from each professor and try to answer some of the questions. The exams with feedback memos are the best because they show you not only what type of questions the professor is likely to ask, but what kind of answers they are looking for. I also found it helpful to get together with my study group after we had all outlined and to go through the exams together, working out what we thought the answers should be. 3) Making use of old exams is critical. You must spend as much time thinking about how you will structure an answer on a test as you do learning the material. Translating the information from the outline to a solid exam answer is more challenging than most people (including myself) realized. Old tests are the best way to practice this, even if you’re not able to take them under timed conditions. You should, however, take at least one exam timed before your first fall exam. I was shocked by how poorly I paced myself. IV. BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR: THE UPPERCLASS CURRICULUM A. Registering for the Second Year In the spring of your first year, the Course Schedule for the following academic year will be published online, and registration materials will be made available by the Registrar’s Office. For students who matriculate in Fall 2011, during their second year of the part-time program, students will take Criminal Justice (4 credits) and Property (4 credits) together with upperclass elective courses. Before graduation, part-time students must also take a course that meets the “first-year” elective requirement, a course that meets the Professional Responsibility requirement, and a course that meets the upperclass legal writing requirement. Registration for you upperclass courses will be conducted online (using MyAccess). All registration information and instructions will be available online via the Registrar’s Office Web page (www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar). The major three and four credit courses offered in the part-time division generally remain the same every year. If you are concerned about whether a particular course will be offered in a particular year, or if there are courses that are not offered in the evening that you believe should be, please contact the J.D. Academic Services Office at (202) 662-9041. The schedule is prepared annually between January and March for the following academic year, and we often 12 can forecast whether a specific course will be offered in the next one to two years. B. Upperclass Graduation Requirements Criminal Justice: This required “first-year” curricular course is taken in the second year of the evening program. The course introduces the administration of the criminal justice system and serves as a foundation for the advanced courses offered in upperclass years. Property: This required “first-year” course must be taken in the second year of the evening program for students who matriculate in Fall 2011. The “First-Year” Elective: Part-time students must select one of several courses that are designated as meeting the “first-year” elective requirement before graduation. These courses are focused either on international, comparative, and/or transnational law or on statutory or regulatory law. Each year there is a list of the courses that part- time students may take to fulfill this requirement that is published on the Office of the Registrar’s website and is emailed to students in the part-time program. Professional Responsibility: All students must take a course in Professional Responsibility to fulfill the professional responsibility requirement. In determining when to take Professional Responsibility (PR), students should consider the following: (1) there is generally only one evening section of PR every semester; (2) some students like to take this course early in the upperclass years to get it out of the way; (3) taking PR just prior to taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE - required by most state bars) will get you thinking about the issues tested (although, since most students take a brief preparatory class for the MPRE to prepare for the multiple choice test, this approach is not critical). Information about MPRE test dates is available at the Office of the Registrar and through the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Web site at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate- tests/mpre/. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement: The upperclass writing requirement is described in detail in the Georgetown Law Bulletin (available online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/bulletin/jd_program/policies.cfm). Seminars fulfilling the requirement provide an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and receive extensive feedback on your writing. These seminars are noted with a “WR” in the course schedule. If you plan to apply for a judicial clerkship, you may consider registering for a WR seminar in your 2E or 3E year. Doing so enables you to complete a piece of legal scholarship that can be used as a writing sample and to work closely with a faculty member who can provide a letter of recommendation. The writing requirement is intended to provide students with the opportunity to refine research and writing skills learned in the first year and to develop the skills necessary 13 to undertake writing projects on their own following graduation from law school. Students choose topics, submit outlines, prepare and submit a first draft, and complete the final paper in consultation with faculty members in approved seminars, clinics, and supervised research projects. o Supervised Research Supervised Research provides faculty guidance to students in areas where there is no curricular offering or where a student wishes to explore a subject in greater depth than would be possible in an existing course or seminar. Papers produced for a two-credit Supervised Research Project satisfy the upperclass legal writing requirement. To apply for permission to enroll in a Supervised Research project, students must complete an application form (available from the Office of the Registrar, 315 McDonough Hall, or online) and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline for the relevant semester (for further information, please review the Office of the Registrar’s webpage at www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/). Residency Requirement: See the Georgetown Law Bulletin for a detailed discussion of the residency requirement and contact the Office of the Registrar if you have specific questions regarding this requirement. For students who complete all their coursework at Georgetown Law, residency only becomes an issue if a student drops below eight credits in any semester, wants to graduate in seven semesters and two or three summers, or transfers between part-time and full-time divisions. Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at Graduation: 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale). 85 Total Academic Credits Financial Obligations and Disciplinary Issues: Graduating students must have a zero account balance and no pending honors charges. C. Selecting Upperclass Electives Students will receive information about the course schedule and advice about course selection and personal reflection in April. Students are encouraged to attend the panel presentation by the full-time faculty and academic deans, which will be announced in the spring. Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss their interests and strategies for course selection. But before diving in to the resources described below, it is helpful to ask yourself a few questions: What are your goals for the next two or three years of law school, and how would you prioritize them? For example, how important is it to you to develop specific legal 14 skills, such as drafting legal documents, public speaking, or managing client relationships? To produce a publishable academic paper? To have significant time for personal commitments or pursuits outside the law? To maximize your GPA? To assume leadership roles in student organizations, moot court, or journals? To take a few courses just for fun? To develop deep expertise in a specific field of law? To develop mentoring relationships with faculty? What classes have you particularly enjoyed in your first year or in other educational settings, and why? (Think about teaching style, substantive material, size of class, nature of graded exercises, the reading material, etc.) Do you already have a clear idea of what you want to do after law school? (Many first- and second-years do not.) Are there several areas of law you hope to explore? Are there experiences you are considering that will occupy all or substantially all of one of your remaining semesters (e.g., a semester abroad, a clinic, a joint degree)? Important considerations in planning your upperclass curriculum are explained below. 1. Getting Good Advice on Course Selection During the spring registration period, you should consider attending the Schedule Advice Program which will be held for 1Es in April 2012 (the date and location will be announced in the course schedule registration materials provided by the Registrar’s Office). At this program, the faculty members provide general advice on the upperclass curriculum. Another resource for researching course selections is Georgetown Law’s Curriculum Guide, available online at www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum. The Guide contains brief essays describing Georgetown Law’s curriculum in 27 popular fields of study. The Guide identifies courses, seminars, and faculty associated with each field of study and in many areas recommends a sequence of courses. The online format enables students to search the law school course descriptions by professor, course cluster, and key word. The course schedule for those courses that will be offered in the upcoming academic year is displayed with the course description in Spring 2012. This is an effective tool to identify courses and seminars that interest you. Students may also “bookmark” course descriptions of interest so that they can easily refer to them at a later date. Reading the online Curriculum Guide essays in your area(s) of interest will help you to begin to develop a plan for your upperclass years. Note: The Associate Dean for the J.D. Program and the Office of J.D. Academic Services are working to revise the Curriculum Guide. Stay tuned for more information. First year faculty are also an important resource. Many discuss course selection with their sections, and students should ask faculty members they know to comment on their proposed upperclass curriculum plan. Students should also feel free to contact faculty in whose courses they are interested with questions. Contact information for adjunct faculty is available through the J.D. Academic Services Office ((202) 662-9041). Students also are welcome to make an appointment to meet individually with any of the academic advisors in the J.D. Academic 15 Services Office, the Office of the Dean of Students ((202) 662-4066), or the Registrar’s Office ((202) 662-9220). Other students are good sources of information about courses, but it is important to remember that different students may have different experiences with the same professor. It is most helpful to talk with several upperclass students about good professors and courses. In addition, numerical course evaluations of full-time and adjunct faculty from prior years are available on the web at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum/evaluations. 2. Foundational or Survey Courses Other than a course in professional responsibility and a seminar meeting the upperclass writing requirement, there are no courses that every Georgetown Law student must take once they have satisfied the “first-year” curriculum.1 In addition, there is no prescribed set of courses that every law student “should” take. However, there are some foundational or survey courses that you may find interesting and that may help you in determining an area of the law in which you may want to focus or specialize. Be open-minded and adventurous in your course selection. Take courses that allow you to develop a wider range of skills. For example, you can develop statutory interpretation skills (in Legislation) in the same semester in which you hone your negotiations skills (in Negotiations) and develop your professional skills (in an externship). As you think broadly about your course options, consider some of these courses often deemed to be foundational: Administrative Law Constitutional Law II Corporations Evidence Tax I A course in international or comparative law A course in legislation and statutory interpretation A course on negotiations, mediation or other form of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) An experiential course (“skills,” externship, experiential learning and/or clinical course) 3. Sequencing Your Course Selection In building your course schedule for your second year, think about the courses and seminars you hope to take in your third and fourth years, and pay attention to the prerequisite and recommended courses listed for those courses/seminars. If you plan to apply to a clinic, make sure that you take the necessary prerequisite(s) or related courses. And, note the difference between a course that must be taken as a prerequisite and that can be taken concurrently. 1 Please refer to page 13 for information on the J.D. degree requirements. 16 The following courses frequently are prerequisites for other courses: Constitutional Law II Corporations Evidence International Law I Tax I Finally, note that the sequence in which you take certain courses can make a difference. For example, trial clinics restrict students from taking Trial Practice after or concurrently taking the clinic, but the students may take Trial Practice in a semester prior to enrolling in a trial clinic. 4. Balancing Seminars with Exam Classes Some upperclass students like to take a seminar nearly every semester; others enroll in no more than needed to fulfill the upperclass legal writing requirement. Proponents of seminars note that they allow deeper learning in an area of specific interest to the student, more selective reading, a smaller class size, no exam, and valuable practice in legal writing and public speaking. In addition, working on a seminar paper provides an opportunity to work much more closely with faculty and thus possibly to obtain a favorable reference. Finally, producing high quality seminar papers -- and perhaps even publishing them -- is an excellent way to demonstrate your legal analysis and writing skills to potential employers. 5. Clinics The clinic application process takes place in the spring semester. You are welcome to apply to a clinic, and there are some summer clinics with class schedules designed more for part- time students. However, you must be able to alter your daytime schedule to fulfill the time commitment demanded by clinics and ethical service to clients. Students in clinics devote an average of 15 to 35 hours per week to their clinic activities. Some clinics have a steady flow of work throughout the course of the semester or year, while others may have periods of several weeks of intense activity interspersed with periods during which students have fewer responsibilities. Thus, certain clinics may be more suitable for part-time students. All clinics, however, will require at least some work during daytime hours. With the exception of the summer clinics, which give preference to part-time students, and the Law Students in Court clinic, clinic classes are all held during the day. If you are interested in taking a clinic, but are concerned about fitting one into your schedule, you are strongly advised to consult early with the Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs, Rachel Strong, at (202) 662-9100. She can discuss with you strategies for structuring your job, clinic choices, and course schedules to better enable your participation in a clinic. Because fitting a clinic into a part-time student’s curriculum often requires planning at least a year in advance, it is best to consult with Dean Strong earlier rather than later in your law school career. Dean Strong also generally holds at least one program per year for part-time students to 17 discuss their clinic options. This program usually collects a panel of part-time students who have done a clinic together to speak about how they made a clinic work and what kinds of benefits it had for their legal education. Finally, you may also contact individual clinic directors to discuss whether participation in their clinics would be feasible for you. Assuming that they meet all other eligibility guidelines and course prerequisites, fourth year part-time students are eligible for any clinic. In addition, some clinics will accept part-time students who will have completed a minimum of 28 credits before the beginning of the semester in which they are enrolled in a clinic. Street Law will also accept part-time students who have completed the required 24 credits of the first year evening program (meaning the courses in students 1E year, plus Criminal Justice, Property, and an elective). Second year part-time students however, may not defer taking their required second year courses (Criminal Justice and Property) in order to participate in a clinic. Because of conflict-of-interest statutes (see 18 U.S.C. ' 205), students with part-time or full-time jobs with the Federal government may not be eligible to participate in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, the Harrison Institute, the Institute for Public Representation, or Law Students in Court. Students with part-time or full-time jobs with the District of Columbia government or the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia may not be eligible to participate in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Harrison Institute, the Institute for Public Representation, or Law Students in Court. If you are uncertain about the application of these restrictions to your situation, you should consult Dean Strong before applying. Further information about the clinical program is available at www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics, and in the J.D. Academic Services Office (352 McDonough Hall). 6. Other Experiential and Professional Skills Offerings and Externships A number of Georgetown Law courses provide other experiential and professional skills- building educational opportunities. These include simulation courses, where the work includes practice at skills such as how to deliver opening statements and closing arguments, how to conduct direct and cross examination, how to solve problems and advocate outside a litigation setting, and how to draft a contract. In addition, Georgetown Law offers an externship course and several experiential learning courses, which combine an externship-like experience with a seminar in particular substantive practice areas. Part-time students unable to take advantage of Georgetown Law’s clinical program may consider taking one of these courses. The simulation courses most focused on providing intensive litigation experience are: Civil Litigation Practice; Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Skills; Patent Trial Practice; Trial Practice; Trial Practice and Applied Evidence; and Trial Practice: Working with Expert Witnesses. Sections of these courses are offered in the evening. In addition, students can hone their problem-solving skills, advocacy, and listening skills by taking a course or seminar in alternative dispute resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (offered as a course and seminar), 18 the Negotiations Seminar, the Mediation Seminar, and the Multi-Party Dispute Resolution Seminar all provide an opportunity to develop these skills. Generally, one or two courses in the ADR area are offered in the summer session. Finally, a number of other courses and seminars offer an opportunity to develop professional skills. These include: Appellate Practice Seminar; Business Planning Seminar; Electronic Discovery Seminar; Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate Documents; Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Transactional Documents; Estate Planning Seminar; Introduction to Electronic Discovery and Evidence; Presentation Skills for Lawyers; and Supreme Court Litigation Seminar. While externships and experiential learning courses may require work during the daytime hours, it may be easier for part-time students to meet these requirements than it is in the case of a clinic. Externships allow students to receive two or three credits that will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students enrolled in the 3-credit seminar must work at their placements at least 15 hours per week for 11 weeks. Students enrolled in the 2-credit seminar must work at their placements at least 10 hours per week for 11 weeks. For information about the additional requirements for the Externship Seminar, visit http://www.registrar/externship.html. To be eligible to participate in the externship program, the student must have completed one year of study as a full-time or part-time student and not be participating in a clinic (except Street Law) or an experiential learning course concurrently with the externship. The program is coordinated by Externship Director, Carmia Cesar. Experiential learning courses combine an externship-like experience with a seminar in particular substantive practice areas, where the seminar and the supervision of students’ legal work is done by the same faculty member(s). Experiential learning courses being offered in the 2011-12 academic year include: Advanced Environmental Law: Climate Change Experiential Learning Seminar Animal Protection Litigation Seminar Community Lawyering Seminar: Dismantling Structural Racism and Creating Social Change Consumer Advocacy and Government Regulation: Personal-Care Products and Dietary Supplements Contemporary Issues in Economic Justice and Foreclosure Mediation Experiential Learning Dealing with Compliance: Research on Human Subjects Family Law: A Domestic Violence Perspective Human Rights Fact-Finding Seminar: Vulnerable Children and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Immigration Law and the Rights of Detained Immigrants Law-Wage and Excluded Workers: Their Rights and the Challenges O’Neill Institute: Non-Communicable Diseases and International Human Rights Regulation of Public Utility Monopolies: Legal Principles, Administrative Procedures and Professional Practices U.S. Voting Rights: A Practical Perspective Work Law in Flux: Labor and Employment in the 21st Century Wrongful Convictions 19 Georgetown Law is working to develop additional experiential courses, including others in the summer and with evening seminars, so part-time students should pay attention to announcements of new courses. All of the courses are subject to some mutual exclusivity rules and some are graded in full, whereas the experiential component of some is graded on a mandatory pass/fail basis. The credits for the supervisory work count toward the seven credit pass/fail limit, but students may take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the supervised work. For advice on maximizing your opportunities in the experiential learning curriculum as a whole, you are advised to consult with Dean Strong at (202) 662-9100. D. Some Frequently Asked Questions about Course Selection How Many Credits Do I Have to Take Per Semester? Part-time students enroll in 8-11 credits per semester, unless they receive permission to enroll in fewer credits or to enroll in exactly 12 credits (for one of the reasons listed below). To graduate in four years and take no summer courses, part-time students must take 11 credits for at least 5 of 6 upperclass semesters. Many part-time students attend at least one summer session to decrease their course loads during the academic year. Note: A minimum of 6 credits each semester is required to be eligible for federal student loans, and a minimum of 16 credits each academic year is required to qualify for Dean’s List honors. Permission to enroll in 12 credits will only be given under the following circumstances: (1) a student registers in a 12-credit clinic; (2) a student registers in a seminar meeting the upperclass legal writing requirement and he or she has not previously fulfilled that writing requirement; (3) a student may take 12 credits in either the fall or spring semester of his or her final year (but not in both semesters) in order to meet the graduation requirements; (4) a student is accepted as a Law Fellow in either the Legal Research and Writing program or the U.S. Legal Discourse program; or (5) a student in the Spring semester wishes to take a one credit course during Week One. How Many Nights a Week Will I Be in Class? Typical class schedules of 8-11 credits will consist of class meetings four or five evenings per week. The typical courses offered in the part-time program meet as follows: Two credit seminars: meet two hours on a single evening. Three credit courses: meet on three possible schedules: (1) once a week for three hours, 5:45-8:50 p.m.; (2) two hours every Monday and two hours on alternate (“A” week) Thursdays; or (3) two hours every Tuesday and two hours on alternate (“B” week) Thursdays. Because “A” week and “B” week courses meet on alternating Thursdays – never on the same Thursday – students often take an 20 “A” and “B” week course in the same term in order to help accumulate 10 or 11 credits. Note that the final “B” week session generally meets on a Saturday at the end of the semester. Three credit upperclass requirement writing seminars: meet two hours on a single evening. An additional credit is awarded for the research paper, which requires the submission of an outline and first and final drafts. Four credit courses: meet two hours on two evenings per week (the second weekly meeting may be on Saturday). When Should I Take a Heavy Course Load? Many students prefer to take a heavier load up front, preserving the option to have a light load in the 4th year, or to graduate after seven semesters and two summers. Others find they need a lighter load their second year to restore balance to their life after the rigors of the first year. This is an individual decision. One approach is to keep up the pace of the first year - 10 or 11 credit hours per semester - if you are not completely burned out. In other words, enroll in as much as you can handle in your second year because you may feel even more burned out later. If you are unsure how heavy a load you want to take in the coming year, you will protect your options if you schedule a full course load. You can drop classes easily during add/drop, but some classes will fill before the semester begins, limiting your opportunity to add them to your schedule. You also should consider your own commitments and goals for each semester in devising a course and credit load. Considerations may include: Are you taking an intensive clinic in one of the semesters? Will you have significant journal, Barrister’s Council or student organization commitments in the fall or spring (e.g., a student note, competition or symposium)? Will your job be more demanding in the fall or spring? Are you doing an externship? If so, that can involve as much as 20 hours per week on site. When are you planning to complete your upperclass writing requirement (the “WR”)? Do you have significant outside family or personal commitments that will be heavier in one semester? Remember, the timing and nature of the workload is much more important than the number of credits. A course-load of three to four exam classes will demand intense focus at the end of the semester when you need to do outlines and study for exams, but may leave more room earlier in the semester for other commitments. By contrast, the deadlines and “deliverables” tend to spread out more evenly in a schedule that includes an experiential learning course (e.g., a negotiations seminar or an externship), a few exam classes, and one or two paper seminars. 21 Should I take a course because it is on the Bar exam? In general, you should not take a course merely because it is a topic that will be tested on the bar exam. The multistate bar exam covers Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, Real Property, Evidence, and Criminal Law and Procedure. Most state exams also include essay questions that focus on jurisdiction-specific topics, such as rules of inheritance. Although familiarity with such topics gained through course work is helpful, the vast majority of preparation for the bar occurs in bar review courses. With all of that said, it is perfectly fine to take courses that happen to be tested on the bar exam because you want to learn the material. While law school courses provide you with a basic understanding of an area of law, jurisdiction-specific components of a bar exam test substantive local law. Preparation for the bar examination is best accomplished by taking a commercial preparation course after graduation. More information on bar examinations is provided in Section VIII below. E. Summer Sessions 1. At Georgetown Law (DC) The on-campus summer session runs for eight weeks, from the week following Commencement through the end of July. It is run primarily for the convenience of part-time students. Georgetown Law’s summer session schedule is similar from year to year. Typical summer offerings include: two or more three-credit courses (e.g., Antitrust Law, Evidence); Trial Practice; ADR courses; several upperclass writing requirement and two-credit paper seminars; and one-credit courses. In some years, we offer a four-credit course (e.g., Corporations, Decedents Estates). The actual courses offered from year to year vary depending on faculty availability. In addition, at least one summer clinic is offered each year. Most students take only one course during any given summer session. Some students take two courses (up to seven credits). Georgetown Law will accept up to seven credits during the summer session at the Law Center. A tentative summer schedule is distributed to part-time students before the add/drop period in January so that students can coordinate their spring and summer schedules. 2. At Georgetown Law (London) Georgetown Law offers a four-and-a-half-week summer law program in London, England. The program offers six courses taught by distinguished professors from Georgetown Law and other world-class law schools and is organized in cooperation with King's College London. The program includes a speaker series and organized visits to legal landmarks such as the Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court, and The Inns of Court. Enrollment is limited to ensure small class sizes. In 2011, about forty students participated in the program, including ten students from other law schools. Students interested in studying abroad during the 22 summer at Georgetown Law’s London Summer Program should contact Cara Morris, Director, Office of Transnational Programs at (202) 662-9860 for more information. The information provided above is accurate as of this writing, but is subject to change. 3. At Another Institution With approval, students may transfer up to seven credits at an ABA-approved domestic summer law school program or up to four credits for study at an ABA-approved program outside of the United States. Procedure: Submit a written request indicating: (1) which institution you plan to attend; and (2) which courses you plan to take and for how many credits. Most institutions will require a letter of good standing from your home institution to admit you for summer study. Requests for programs within the United States should be submitted to Tara Sarathy, Director, J.D. Program. . Requests to study at an institution or program held outside the United States should be submitted to the Office of Transnational Programs. See http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/AdHocStudyAbroadPrograms.htm for more information. New students who wish to take a course at an area law school during the summer must have a compelling reason (e.g., Evidence is not offered at Georgetown Law and is a prerequisite for a course or clinic you have preregistered for in the fall). 4. Transcripts Transcripts for students who earn credit at another ABA-approved law school, or through an approved foreign summer program, will show only the number of credits transferred and a notation that the credits were earned in an off-campus program. The grades are not shown on the transcript and are not factored into the Georgetown Law GPA. For graduating students, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the official transcript of grades is submitted to the Georgetown Law Registrar’s Office by the grading deadline for students who are graduating. F. Semester Abroad Programs During Regular School Year 1. With Georgetown Law Georgetown Law’s Semester Abroad Program arranges for students to study overseas at one of several outstanding law schools. Participating students will be registered at Georgetown Law so that they are eligible for financial aid and other assistance, but will also enroll and attend classes at the host school in Europe, Latin America, Asia, or the Middle East. The courses available vary by the foreign law school, but they generally include international law, international business and trade, human rights, and (in Europe) European 23 Union subjects. Interested students should visit Georgetown Law’s semester abroad Web site at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/semesterabroad.htm. In Fall 2008, Georgetown Law opened the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (“CTLS”) in London. The Center is a collaborative project that brings together students and faculty from law schools around the world to study complex transnational legal issues from different perspectives. Collaborating schools include institutions from close to 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland. During academic year 2011-2012, upperclass Georgetown Law students will be able to spend a semester with their counterparts from the other law schools in courses taught and co-taught by distinguished faculty from both the common law and civil law traditions. Materials are online at http://ctls.georgetown.edu/. For more information about this program contact Scott Foster, Assistant Dean and Administrative Director for the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students also can apply for the year-long program in Paris at the Institute des Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po). This program awards a Master’s in Global Business Law. Fourteen of the credits earned through this program will also transfer to the J.D. degree. This program requires that the student take an additional semester here at Georgetown Law (though without any additional tuition requirement). Some courses are in French and some in English. Proficiency in French is required. Five spaces were available in the 2011-2012 academic year. Materials can be found online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/semesterabroad.htm. For more information, contact Cara Morris, Director, Transnational Programs, at email@example.com. Students may transfer up to a total of 14 credits from a Georgetown Law Semester Abroad Program toward their J.D. degree. Students may participate in a non-Georgetown Law study abroad program and a semester abroad through a Georgetown Law Semester Abroad Program (including the CTLS), but may transfer only a total of fourteen credits. For example, if a student already has taken four credits at a non-Georgetown Law summer study abroad program, the student may transfer only ten credits from any Georgetown Law Semester Abroad Program. Students may participate in either a semester at CTLS or another Georgetown Law Semester Abroad Program, but not both programs. Inter-divisional transfer students (see Section I, “Transferring Between Programs”) must complete all first-year courses, including Criminal Justice, Property, and the elective before becoming eligible to study at CTLS. All students must complete 54 credits at Georgetown Law. Courses taken at Georgetown Law study abroad programs (with the exception of CTLS and the London Summer Program) do not count toward the 54 credit requirement. 2. Ad Hoc Semester Abroad 24 Georgetown Law also permits students to apply to study abroad for a semester on an “ad hoc” basis by enrolling directly in an overseas law program approved by the Office of Transnational Programs. Such ad hoc programs are generally not permitted in countries where the Law Center has already established a study abroad program. Ad hoc study abroad is permitted during either semester, but students who do so during the semester immediately prior to their scheduled graduation must assume the risk that scheduling conflicts or unforeseen administrative delays at the host school will prevent them from graduating on time, and/or being able to meet certain bar registration deadlines. For further information, please contact the Office of Transnational Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other special procedures, rules, and credit limits apply as described below. Please see the http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/AdHocStudyAbroadPrograms.htm. 3. Transcripts Individual courses taken abroad and the grades received at foreign schools will not appear on the Georgetown Law transcript and the grades will not be factored into the Georgetown Law grade point average (GPA). Students’ transcripts will reflect the number of credits earned and the name of the host institution. This applies to Georgetown Law-sponsored programs with the exception of Georgetown Law’s own London Summer Program and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies. London Summer Program grades are factored into the student’s GPA and appear on the Georgetown Law transcript. Grades earned at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies appear on the Georgetown Law transcript, but are not factored into the Georgetown Law GPA. Transcripts for students who study through non-Georgetown Law- sponsored study abroad programs will show only the number of credits transferred and a notation that the credits were earned in an off-campus program. The grades are not shown on the transcript and are not factored into the Georgetown Law GPA. Students who study at a foreign institution can request transcripts from their host school that show the courses taken and the actual grades received. G. Taking Courses Outside the Part-Time Division 1. Day Courses Part-time students may enroll in as many day courses as they like. Full-time students have priority for seats in some courses offered during the day, but most courses are open equally to full-time and part-time students. The last two numbers of a course number indicate the enrollment priority. Sections 01-04: Courses with priority for J.D. full-time students. Sections 05, 06, 09: Courses open to full-time and part-time students on an equal basis. Section 08: Courses cross-listed with the Graduate Program. The J.D. seats are open to full-time and part-time students on an equal basis. Sections 07, 97: Courses with priority for J.D. part-time students. 2. LL.M. (LAWG) Courses 25 J.D. students may take up to six credits in non-cross-listed courses in Georgetown Law’s Graduate program without permission and on a space available basis. Students must petition an Assistant Dean for the J.D. Program or the Director of J.D. Academic Services if they wish to exceed this limit. 3. Main Campus Courses Upperclass students may take a maximum of 6 credits of Graduate-level coursework on the Main Campus of the University on a seat-available basis. Language classes and Undergraduate courses may be taken on a space-available basis, but will not be credited toward the J.D. degree. Grades for courses taken at other law schools and in graduate programs at other universities are not listed on the Law Center transcript and not included in the computation of the student’s Law Center cumulative grade point average. Grades for courses taken at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies and in the Graduate or Undergraduate programs on the Main Campus are listed on the Law Center transcript but not included in the computation of the student’s Law Center cumulative grade point average. Course descriptions for Graduate and Undergraduate courses may be found in the University course catalog. Students interested in seeking permission to enroll in a course on the Main Campus are encouraged to contact the Office of J.D. Academic Services at 202-662-9039 to schedule an appointment with Tara Sarathy, Director, J.D. Programs, in addition to reviewing the information below. Students do not preregister for Main Campus courses during the Law Center’s preregistration process and may not enroll themselves in Main Campus courses. Students seeking approval to take a Main Campus course in the Graduate or Undergraduate Schools (except for Business School courses) should E-mail their request along with the professor’s permission to Ms. Sarathy at email@example.com by July for Fall courses and by December for Spring courses. Students seeking approval to enroll in a Fall Business School course (Modules 1 and 2), should E-mail their request to Ms. Sarathy by July and by December for Spring a Business School course (Modules 3 & 4). The Business School administration will coordinate their professors’ permission to enroll in their courses. All requests must include the course number, course name, number of credits, and a list of any prerequisite courses and how you believe you meet those prerequisites. For all requests for courses outside of the Business School you must also include the professor’s E-mail permission to enroll in your E-mail. Upon approval, the J.D. Academic Services Office will forward the student’s request to the Law Center’s Office of the Registrar. The Registrar’s Office will forward the request at the beginning of the Main Campus add/drop period to the appropriate academic department for approval to enroll the student in the course on a seat-available basis. The Registrar’s Office will confirm for students their enrollment status. Students may seek to audit a graduate-level or undergraduate-level course on the Main Campus by following the same process for permission to be enrolled on a seat-available basis. Students who audit courses do not complete the course requirement, they receive an “AU” notation on their transcript, and they pay tuition for the credits. All courses, credits, and grades taken in the Undergraduate or Graduate programs will appear on the student’s Law Center transcript, but the grades will not be counted in the student’s grade point average. Up to 6 26 graduate-level credits will be counted toward the J.D. degree. Undergraduate and language credits will not be counted toward the J.D. degree. Students may not take graduate-level courses on the Main Campus on a pass/fail basis and have the credits count toward their J.D. degree. Students may take only undergraduate or language courses on a pass/fail basis and are subject to the Main Campus pass/fail policies. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that final grades are submitted to the Law Center Registrar’s Office by the Law Center grades deadline. The Law Center does not follow the same academic calendar as the Main Campus, and it is the student’s responsibility to determine when a course on the Main Campus begins. Note: The Business School operates on quarters, or modules, and has two modules per semester. Business School classes may follow a different schedule than other schools or departments on the Main Campus. Full-time students may take Graduate courses and Undergraduate courses during the Fall and Spring semesters without additional charge. Part-time students pay for all courses at the applicable Law Center credit hour rate. Full-time or part-time students taking courses in a Main Campus Summer session are billed at the applicable Main Campus tuition rate. Note: Law students register for Main Campus courses on a seat-available basis. Main Campus students have priority for these courses. Law Center students are not permitted to be waitlisted for Main Campus courses or to register for the Main Campus side of cross-listed courses. Law Center students who wish to be enrolled in a Main Campus cross-listed course must follow the Law Center’s add/drop/waitlist process. Law Center students who are enrolled in Main Campus courses are subject to the add/drop and withdrawal policies and grading deadlines of the Main Campus. 4. Courses at Other Local Law Schools There is no consortium agreement among J.D. programs in the D.C. area. Students may, however, submit a request to the J.D. Academic Services Office to take a course at another institution. Such requests are granted only if there is no similar course offered at Georgetown Law. Students who take a course at another D.C. area law school pay tuition to the other institution. 5. Visiting Away at Other Domestic Law Schools In extraordinary circumstances, a student may be granted permission to attend another ABA-approved law school for one or two semesters in a student’s final year of law school, while still earning the Georgetown Law degree. Before applying to the other law school, students must obtain permission from the J.D. Academic Services Office. Georgetown Law reviews and typically grants those requests that are based on a compelling need to visit away. Unlike students participating in semester abroad programs arranged by Georgetown Law, “visiting away” students are not enrolled at Georgetown Law while they are studying elsewhere in the United States and therefore do not pay Georgetown Law tuition. As a result, financial aid is limited to Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and commercial loans. Interested students should consult with the Financial Aid Office. 27 28 H. J.D./LL.M. Programs An LL.M. is a Master’s degree in law that allows students to acquire specialized expertise. Ordinarily an LL.M. degree requires an additional year (two semesters) of full-time study following completion of the J.D. degree. The joint degree program enables students who take the necessary courses during their J.D. program to complete an LL.M. degree in only one additional semester of full-time study, or in two or more semesters of part-time study. Georgetown offers J.D./LL.M. degrees in Taxation, Securities & Financial Regulation, International Business & Economic Law (IBEL), and National Security Law. Students interested in pursuing a J.D./LL.M. degree should apply in the summer (between May 1 and June 30) following their third (3E) year. If you are considering a J.D./LL.M., you will want to take this into account as you plan your upper class course schedule. Students should try to take the foundational courses for the LL.M. early in their upper class years. Because these foundational courses are prerequisites for most other courses in these specialized curricula, this will assure maximum flexibility in getting the more advanced courses that are necessary to complete the joint degree. Taxation I is a foundational course for the Taxation LL.M. Corporations is a foundational course for both the IBEL and the Securities & Financial Regulation degrees. Securities Regulation, which has Corporations as a prerequisite, is another foundational course for the degree in Securities & Financial regulation. Students can review the specific degree requirements for these degree programs on the Graduate Programs’ webpage at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/graduate/DegreePrograms.htm. I. Transferring Between Programs (Interdivisional Transfers) In Fall 2010, the Faculty voted to restructure the first-year program. In order to better serve the students for whom the part-time program was designed and to remain true to the spirit in which the part-time program was established, students will now be permitted to transfer from the part-time program to the full-time program only in cases of a demonstrated significant change in circumstances. Students seeking to transfer between the part-time and full-time programs must submit a request in writing to the Registrar. The request must include a statement of the student’s demonstrated significant change in circumstances. Any student seeking to transfer must receive written approval from the Associate Dean for the J.D. Program. Note: Part-time students who are approved to transfer to the full-time program after the first semester of their second year will continue to pay tuition on a per-credit basis. A student who transfers from the full-time to part- time status may be subject to a tuition equalization fee. Students must complete all first-year courses, including those normally taken in the second year by part-time students, in the program in which they began (for example, students who transfer to the full-time program after their first year must take Criminal Justice in the evening of the Spring semester in their second year). To meet the residency requirement and graduate after two more years of law studies, students who transfer to the full-time program 29 subsequently need to take four full-time semesters (in which he or she enrolls in 12 academic credits and passes 10 of those credits) plus at least 10 credits over two summer sessions. Students who transfer to the full-time program upon completion of their first year must pay a tuition equalization fee. Part-time students who transfer to the full-time program and pay the tuition equalization charge are entitled to take up to 7 credits in any Georgetown Law Summer program in D.C. and/or in London without paying additional tuition. Summer courses not taken at the Law Center or at the Georgetown Law London Summer Program are not covered by the tuition equalization fee. Students with financial aid concerns should discuss the application procedures and award policies with the Office of Financial Aid to learn what funds might be available. Scholarship funding for upperclass aid applicants is extremely limited because awards are made on a three- year basis to entering students. Once a student transfers between the full-time and part-time programs, the student may not transfer again absent compelling circumstances. Any student seeking to make a second (or additional) transfer between programs must seek and receive written approval from the Associate Dean for the J.D. Program. A student may not transfer to the full-time program in a semester in which the student receives tuition benefits as an employee of Georgetown University, including the Law Center. Students who have questions concerning a transfer between programs should consult with an Academic Advisor or the Registrar to ascertain the required periods of attendance and the earliest date upon which graduation may occur as a result of a transfer. V. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES In the spring of their first year, part-time students also make important decisions about the kinds of activities they will pursue in their upperclass years, such as competing for a position on law journals, moot court teams, and as a law fellow. These activities are explained in further detail below. A. Law Journals There are eleven student-run journals at Georgetown Law: the American Criminal Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, The Georgetown Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, Georgetown Law Journal, The Tax Lawyer, and a new journal called The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. A brief description of each of the journals can be found online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/journals. Each journal has an office on campus. Staff members are typically happy to talk to students about their experience. 30 1. Write On Competition First year part-time students have the opportunity to compete in the Write On competition for staff positions on one of Georgetown Law’s eleven journals. The Write On competition is the primary way to become a member of a journal staff, and students may compete only once, in the spring following their first year. In the spring of each year, generally following one of the large section classes, a combined Town Meeting/Social is hosted by the Office of Journal Administration and the journal editors to explain the Write On process and each journal’s admissions criteria. Students who decide to participate purchase the “packet.” The packet is “closed.” It contains all of the information you may use to write a case comment on the central case at issue. In addition to the case comment, students take an online Bluebook exam and may also need to prepare personal statements for journals that request them. The packet is available for advance purchase online in early May. Students who have purchased the packet may access the materials once the competition starts, usually the Friday after the conclusion of their last exam. Students then have approximately 12 days to complete the competition. Students do not need to be on campus to compete, since all materials can be downloaded – and completed materials uploaded – to the competition web site. Note: The competition dates change from year to year, so please check with the Office of Journal Administration early if you wish to compete and would like to take the dates into account in your summer travel plans. Completed papers are graded by three randomly-selected judges from a pool comprised of members from each law journal. Each journal then applies its own formula to the Write On score, first-year grades, and (for some journals) personal statements. Invitations are extended to those Write On participants who best meet the journal’s qualifications. The specific formula each journal applies is subject to change annually and will be described both in the Town Meeting and in journal “introduction letters,” which are posted online with the other packet materials. 2. Journal Work Journals are student-run, sometimes with the help of a faculty advisor. They publish articles, essays, book reviews, and student work (notes). Some also sponsor academic symposia during the school year at which professors and practitioners exchange views. Students normally serve two years on the staff of a journal. The tasks assigned to journal members vary among the eleven journals. Most staff members are assigned office hour(s) to help with the clerical tasks needed to run a publication. First-year members help to “blue book” the footnotes in articles that are being prepared for publication. This entails checking the cited sources to ensure they support assertions made in the article and putting the citation in the form found in The Bluebook. Journal members may apply in the spring of their first year of journal membership to become a journal editor. Depending on the editorial position, responsibilities may include selecting work for publication, leading editorial teams, organizing symposia or special events, or assisting in the administration of the journal. 31 3. Part-Time Student Editors Over the years, part-time students have served in every type of editorial position on journal staffs. The time commitment required by various positions on the eleven journals varies. However, the work of many editors can largely be done in the evening or over the weekend, and thus working part-time students can fulfill these responsibilities as their other time commitments allow. 4. Journal Note Part of the journal experience is writing a student note. Journals should provide a substantial research and writing experience for their student members. In turn, all journal staff members are expected to spend considerable time writing, re-writing, and editing. Most journals require students to submit individual student notes, while others have students working together on longer projects. In addition to their note projects, students on some journals assist in preparing “annual review” volumes on substantive areas of law. 5. Deferral of Service Journal members serve two years. Some journals allow part-time students to defer their service to begin in their third year instead of their second. The Editor-In-Chief of each journal has the discretion to approve or deny requests for deferrals. Note: Part-time students report that beginning your service in your second year assures that any editorial board role you assume would be in your third year while you are applying for jobs. This is an advantage because students in a three-year law school program typically apply for permanent jobs before they assume any board position. 6. The Pros and Cons of Journal Membership The obvious reason to join a journal is that it is viewed as an honor both within the law school and by the profession at large. A journal affiliation is a good addition to your resume and considered important by law firms and other employers. The substantive reason for joining a law journal is that it provides additional experience in legal writing and, for those who hold editorial positions, valuable exposure to current legal thinking and experience in legal writing and editing. Student editors also gain valuable management and planning experience and can work on interesting projects with their colleagues on the journal and with Georgetown Law faculty. One big question about journal membership is, of course, whether you have enough free time to do it. The answer is an individual one. Some part-time students have chosen to pursue only one “big” extracurricular activity – for example, law journal, law fellow, or moot court. If you choose not to join a journal, you may be interested in ways to address this issue with employers; see the discussion in the career services section below. 32 Student Notes: 1) I did the Write On and then the following year became one of the senior editors of my journal not just so I could put it on my resume but because I believed work on the journal would provide me with one of the best educational opportunities available in law school. As a part-time student, this has required some sacrifices. In the end, it has been more than worth it not only for what I have learned by being exposed to some of the most important legal debates of our day, but also for the friends I have made and the sense of accomplishment in watching an issue that I worked on come off the press. 2) The journal experience has its pros and cons. Much of the work first year staff members do is tedious and not particularly intellectually stimulating. However, my work on the journal definitely strengthened my legal research skills and I did master the Bluebook. I also really enjoyed working collaboratively with other journal members. The part-time student experience can be somewhat isolating because so many of us don’t have much time to interact with our peers. Being on a journal provides an opportunity to be a part of a team. If you choose to work as an editor in your third or fourth year, you will have additional opportunities to do more interesting work with the scholarly articles published by the journals. 3) I did not do journal for several reasons. A.) I was too tired to do Write On at the end of first year; I got the packet but ended up not writing anything. B.) As someone with several years of complex professional work experience, I questioned how important having journal would be for attaining future employment (note, however, that I did/do not aspire to clerk or become an academic). C.) I couldn’t really justify taking more time away from my personal life (especially my partner); they were suffering enough through my working full-time and going to school. While I have slight regrets whenever I open my Bluebook and acknowledge that doing journal would have made working in a legal job a little easier initially, overall, I would make the same decision again. I did not have any trouble getting a summer associate position because my grades were good (and they might not have been so good had I overextended myself doing journal), and because of my professional experience. Not only was working full time an adequate excuse for not doing journal, but most interviewers did not even bother to ask me the question, since it was so obviously the answer. I actually have not done any extracurricular activities, not law fellow, moot court or mock trial, and my comments here apply equally to those. On one level, I wish I could have done them because I would have learned from them, but I knew that I would have to give up certain things to survive as a part-time student, and I felt that I had other priorities. It was hard, at the end of first year, to walk away from all of that - the subtle pressure to do extracurriculars can feel pretty intense, but I am glad that I resisted, and, so far, haven’t faced serious problems for choosing not to participate. B. Law Fellow The law fellow program offers upperclass students the unique opportunity to work with professors and students in the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program. For their 33 participation in the year-long seminar and program, law fellows earn five credits and receive credit for the upperclass writing requirement. The seminar is a graded course. The responsibilities of a law fellow include the following: (1) attending Legal Writing Seminar: Theory and Practice for Law Fellows; (2) attending the first-year Legal Research and Writing classes; (3) responding to student papers through written comments and individual conferences; (4) writing a substantial paper; and (5) working closely with their professors. In addition, most law fellows hold office hours for at least one hour each week throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Legal Writing Seminar: Theory and Practice for Law Fellows explores substantive law, learning theory, and rhetoric as applied to legal analysis. In the seminar, law fellows work closely with a professor of legal research and writing to prepare for the first-year class. Law fellows are required to research the legal issues assigned to their students, critique students’ papers, and provide written and oral comments on students’ drafts. On average, law fellows may spend approximately ten hours per week fulfilling their out-of-class responsibilities. During weeks when law fellows are required to provide written comments on students’ papers, the time commitment may reach as many as 40 hours. Applications for the law fellow program are usually due at the end of March. The law fellow application process occurs each year. Students may not defer their acceptance. To be eligible for the program, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the beginning of the academic year of their appointment. In addition, students are not eligible to be law fellows during any year in which they will be attending more than 20% of their classes off campus. Finally, all law fellows must be available to attend a mandatory training program the week before fall semester classes begin. Special Considerations for Part-Time Students: Law fellows in the part-time division have similar responsibilities as law fellows in the full-time division. The law fellow program offers part-time division students the academic benefit of a second year of legal research and writing instruction as well as an outstanding opportunity to work closely with a professor and to become more involved in the law school community. Many part-time division students who work full time have participated in the law fellow program with great success. Most have found the workload to be manageable, even considering the time spent commenting on papers. Student Notes: 1) I thoroughly enjoyed being a law fellow. I like “hands-on” learning, and law fellow provides an opportunity to get away from the lecture courses and into something real and practical. You always learn more from teaching, and I wanted to improve my legal research and writing skills (the most important skills you learn in law school). I was a law clerk at a firm this year and the law fellow experience helped me a lot. My employers were very impressed with my writing skills, and I firmly believe it enhanced my employability. Also, I enjoyed working with first year students; it=s so nice to meet new people and have a chance to enhance their 1E experience. Being a law fellow is very time consuming. Some weeks it takes about 10 hours. When 34 commenting, it can require 20-30 hours a week. I had to take off work, or use entire weekends from Friday night to late Sunday night to get the comments written. Nonetheless, I would encourage anyone to do it. It has been my favorite law school experience. 2) The law fellow experience is extremely time consuming, but extremely rewarding. Not only do you hone the skills you learned in your first year by teaching them to others, but you have the opportunity to form a bond with a group of talented and interesting students. Helping them grow intellectually during the year is very satisfying, and it helps you to grow as well. Should you choose to pursue this experience, however, it is very important to plan a light schedule that year. C. Moot Court/Mock Trial/Alternative Dispute Resolution Participating in Georgetown Law’s moot court or mock trial competition is an excellent way to develop real world litigation skills. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for part- time students, many of whom are unable to participate in a clinic. The Barristers’ Council oversees the mock trial, moot court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs at Georgetown Law. 1. Mock Trial Mock trials involve trial advocacy. Competitors are lawyers in hypothetical cases held before judges and juries who score advocates based on their skills. The trials are simulated to be as realistic as possible. Participants present evidence, examine witnesses, and give opening and closing statements. The William H. Greenhalgh Mock Trial Competition: The Greenhalgh Competition is held in the spring for all students who will return to Georgetown Law as students the following year. Started in 1991 to give students at Georgetown Law an opportunity to gain trial experience, it is named in honor of the late Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic who distinguished himself as an advocate and teacher. The competition involves opening and closing statements, direct and cross examination, and full trials in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. Competitors who reach the quarter-finals, typically between 16 and 20 students, are offered positions on Georgetown Law’s national mock trial teams. 2. Moot Court Moot court involves appellate advocacy. Competitors write a brief and argue their case before a panel of judges, who score them based on their skills. It is similar to the oral advocacy exercise completed in all first year legal research and writing courses. Robert J. Beaudry Moot Court Competition: This competition is only open to first-year students, and is generally held from mid-March through mid-April (including spring break). As a “closed packet” competition, students are provided all materials necessary to submit a brief and argue the case. Competitors are 35 assigned one side in the case - either respondent or petitioner. Competitors advance to subsequent rounds based on a combination of brief and oral argument scores, and must be prepared to argue both “on” and “off” brief (for and against the side for which you wrote your brief). The final round is scored based solely on oral argument. All semifinalists are guaranteed a spot as an advocate on one of Georgetown Law’s moot court teams (which will compete the following academic year). A few of the competitors who advance but are not offered advocate positions will be chosen for alternate or assistant coaching positions. The winner’s name is inscribed on the Beaudry Cup, which is on display outside the moot court room (Hart Auditorium Lobby). The William E. Leahy Moot Court Competition: The Leahy Moot Court Competition takes place in the fall semester in early October. Leahy is open to all upperclass law students. The competition rules are similar to those of Beaudry. Semi-finalists and competitors who advance far enough will compete on national moot court teams that same academic year. The name of the Leahy Competition winner is inscribed permanently on the Roll of Best Advocates on the wall outside the moot court room (Hart Auditorium Lobby). 3. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) The ADR division of the Barristers’ Council runs Georgetown Law’s negotiation, arbitration, mediation, and client counseling programs. The Everett Bellamy ADR competition is held in the spring, and the competition is open to all Georgetown Law students. Competitors are asked to negotiate a problem in teams, based on a closed packet. Those who advance to a certain level are invited to join the Barristers’ Council and represent Georgetown Law in a national or international ADR competition. Finalists argue before well-known practitioners of alternative dispute resolution. The Barristers’ Council is also the host of the National ABA Negotiation Competition, held each fall. Part-Time Student Participation Part-time students are members of moot court, mock trial, and ADR teams every year. Students report that the time required as a team member is fairly concentrated. For a good part of the year, team members have no obligations, but they spend a lot of time preparing during the two months prior to their competition. Practices are often scheduled in the evening and on weekends not only to accommodate part-time student participation but because many coaches are practicing attorneys and are not available during the work day. The amount of time spent practicing varies from team to team. Some competitions may require out of town travel for up to three days. 36 In addition, members of the Barristers’ Council are expected to assist with the administration of Georgetown Law’s intramural competitions. Student Notes: 1) Competing with Georgetown’s trial team has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of law school! Preparing for a trial competition involves countless hours developing opening statements, cross-examinations, etc., with other team members and coaches, but that investment of time and energy pays off by helping develop valuable trial techniques. Since our coaches are successful trial attorneys in the D.C. area, being on a trial team also gives you the opportunity to build a network of mentors who can offer career advice and introduce you to potential employers. 2) I did the Beaudry Competition (for moot court) and probably would have been better off if I hadn’t done it. I spent my entire Spring Break doing it, and then another week preparing for the orals. Since I work full time, this meant that I fell two weeks behind in my schoolwork, which was a bad situation to be in, especially since there wasn’t much time left in the semester to make it up. I then topped it off by bombing my oral argument. I had had a rough day at work and was assigned to argue at 9:45 that night, which meant I had to hang around for another hour after my two hours of class. By the time I finally got up to argue, I was so worn out that I just wasn’t functioning on all four cylinders. The up side was that it was excellent practice for Journal Write On and left me feeling much less intimidated about that competition. It was a worthwhile writing exercise in and of itself, and I would recommend it if you have the spare time for it, but it was more of a time commitment than I should have taken on. 3) I competed for a position on the Alternative Dispute Resolution team in my first year. The only problem was that I failed to factor in the amount of time I would need to be truly prepared given the tight five day window between distribution of the packet and the competition. I received the packet on a Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. and had to compete the following Saturday morning. Working full time and attending classes every night did not leave much time to prepare. If you are working full time, I suggest waiting and competing in a year when you will have sufficient time to juggle this competition and your other commitments or trying another competition that might be more accommodating to your schedule. I highly recommend checking with the ADR Division for details on the timeline for Spring. D. Subject Matter Tutors Each year, the Dean of Students Office hires upperclass tutors to be made available to students in particular first year subject areas. Tutors are assigned after a meeting between the requesting student and Elizabeth Ewert or Dean Bailin in the Dean of Students Office Tutors are paid the student wage of $16.00/hour. Interested students should contact the Dean of Students Office at (202) 662-4066. 37 E. Part-Time Student Organizations and Student Governance 1. Student Organizations A list of more than 90 existing student organizations at Georgetown Law can be found on the Student Organization OrgSync Portal at http://georgetownlaw.orgsync.com. Organizations are encouraged to schedule evening meetings and events to permit part-time students to participate. This is not always possible because part-time students do not have a lot of free blocks of time during which these events can be scheduled. However, you should contact the leadership of any group that interests you because most student organizations will make a concerted effort to accommodate part-time students who want to be active participants. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at (202) 662-9292. 2. The Student Bar Association The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government of Georgetown Law. All students are voting members and elect the officers and delegates annually. Evening students have delegates in the SBA for each year as well as an Evening Vice President who is on the SBA Executive-Board. The SBA allocates money to be used solely for part-time students. This money is administered by the Evening Student Affairs Committee of SBA. Please note, most SBA meetings are scheduled at 9:00 p.m., after evening classes. Committee Service: The Student Bar Association appoints student members to faculty-student committees. Committee service is an excellent opportunity to influence Georgetown Law’s decision-making process and to assure that a part- time division perspective is heard. The SBA office can provide you with a list of committees. The SBA will accept applications early in the fall semester. Watch for notices or contact the SBA Office at (202) 662-9268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 3. Part-Time Student Socials The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), sometimes in conjunction with the Evening Student Association, hosts after-class socials each semester. Watch What’s Happening! and the Student Life Office bulletin board for dates. The SBA also will send out emails regarding evening student activities and receptions. These events are a great opportunity to get to know your classmates and faculty. Student Notes: 1) Georgetown Law will make an impact on me; I wanted to make an impact on it. Serving as officer in the Student Bar Association has allowed me to meet a lot of people from all over the country and the world. I’ve also gotten to know full-time students, and to understand what life is like from their perspective. This not only broadened my perspective, but also my social circle. The most satisfying aspect of my work with SBA is knowing I’m representing and serving other 38 part-time students. I think it’s important for part-time students to make some noise and to plan and organize. I’m really proud of being a part-time student because we juggle work, school, family, personal life and spiritual life. For these reasons, I love planning an event and celebrating it with my fellow part-time students. We as part-time students need to give ourselves these opportunities to get together and laugh because if we lose our perspective and focus only on the seriousness of it all, we’ll never make it through. All this said, there are some challenges. I am unable to commit to things other SBA members can. I know they don’t understand my time constraints and think I’m just being lazy. It is a challenge not to alienate full-time representatives and instead gain their support for the “part-time student cause.” It is nearly impossible for a part-time student to become the driving force behind the SBA because we’re simply at a disadvantage due to constraints on our time. 2) I met my first friends at a social event planned for evening students. These events have helped me reconnect with friends who I no longer take classes with. As an evening student, my time is limited so I normally cannot go out for long meals at places off-campus. The social events have been very accommodating of difficult schedules. I found the SBA to be very active and involved with students concerns, so I became an evening delegate. As part of the SBA, I have gotten to speak with different administrators and plan various events that are specifically geared toward evening students’ needs and schedules. VI. CAREER PLANNING Many part-time students face unique challenges with respect to their career planning. One of the biggest challenges is a lack of time to pursue opportunities that could enhance their competitiveness in the legal employment market. Below are some general guidelines and suggestions about career planning that are of particular relevance to part-time students. No specific path is right for everyone, however. One of the best and earliest steps you can take in your career planning is to meet with an Office of Career Services (OCS) or Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) advisor to discuss your particular situation and career goals. OCS is open until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings during the academic year. When possible, both OCS and OPICS try to schedule appointments outside of business hours to accommodate your schedule. The two offices also record many of their programs, allowing you to watch the programs on video or webcast at your convenience. A. Getting Legal Experience If at all possible, you should try to obtain legal experience while in law school. The degree to which such experience is valued varies greatly by employer, but most employers will expect that you have worked in some type of law-related capacity during your law school years. Although many graduates of the part-time division have found rewarding post-graduate legal jobs without gaining legal experience during law school, you will be more competitive for more positions if you are able to spend some time with a legal employer while you are at Georgetown Law. 39 With some long-range planning, many part-time students have found creative ways to gain legal experience without giving up their regular jobs. Some possibilities include taking a leave of absence, using accumulated vacation time, or temporarily going part-time. If your job or other demands are such that you simply cannot pursue a legal position, consider other ways to make yourself more marketable to future potential legal employers. Possible options include working on a legal project in your current job or in your employer’s legal department if it has one, participating in a clinic, joining a law journal (especially if its subject matter is relevant to your career goals), writing a publishable paper on a relevant topic, participating in moot court, getting involved in your local bar association, joining organizations such as the American Inns of Court that may be helpful in developing contacts, or working as a research assistant for a professor who teaches in your areas of interest. OCS and OPICS also receive many inquiries from legal employers seeking evening students to work full-time. Please check Symplicity for these job postings, or consult your OCS or OPICS advisor. B. Interviewing Various kinds of legal employers will interview and hire law students for summer and permanent positions along timelines that are often predictable. Detailed information on job search timelines and patterns for a range of legal employers can be found in the Career Planning Manual, available on the OCS web page and the OPICS Public Sector Manual, available on the OPICS web page. We also encourage you to discuss various recruitment programs and job fairs with the counselors in OCS and OPICS. Students in the part-time program have some unique opportunities when interviewing for legal positions, as they have three summers in which to explore legal work settings. If your non- legal work obligations make it impossible to devote all of your summers to gaining legal experience, try to find other opportunities, such as academic year internships or moot court, to demonstrate an interest in a particular practice area or setting. Small law firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations put great emphasis on relevant experience. To be competitive with these employers, you should try to obtain as much relevant substantive legal experience as possible while in law school. All other things being equal, part-time students who decide to pursue legal experience only one summer during their law school career typically do so for the summer following their third year. Please consult with an OCS or OPICS advisor to explore pathways to particular employers that interest you. If you are interested in working for a large law firm after graduation, it is particularly important to work for a large law firm during your third summer. The model that most large firms traditionally employ is to hire summer associates who are one summer away from graduating, and at the end of the summer, extend an offer of an associate position to members of their program. As a result, only a very small minority of the large law firms will have additional openings for new associates that are not filled by summer associates at that firm, so students who wait until their last year of law school to interview with large law firms greatly reduce their chances of obtaining associate positions with such firms. 40 C. Preparing a Writing Sample Employers frequently ask to see a writing sample prior to making a decision on your candidacy. Your writing sample should be an example of legal writing, not another type of professional writing. Always submit the best possible example of your legal writing when an employer requests a writing sample and indicate that permission was given on the writing sample. If you have questions about your writing sample, you should schedule a consultation at Georgetown Law’s Writing Center. Many students use writing samples prepared for the Legal Research and Writing class. If you believe your written work from this class is not an accurate reflection of your writing ability and have no other written legal work to submit, consider taking a paper from your Legal Research and Writing class to the Writing Center to work on improving it. If you wrote something at your previous summer job or in another position that you would like to use as your writing sample, be sure to get permission from your employer before using it. You will probably have to redact names and other identifying information in the document. Regardless of the source of your writing sample, it should be something that shows your ability to research and write about legal issues. It should not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. The sample you submit should demonstrate both your competence and your care as a legal writer. D. Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Employment Opportunities Employers often value extracurricular activities such as moot court, involvement in student groups, and law journal. As with legal experience, the degree to which they value such activities varies greatly by employer. You should discuss with your OCS or OPICS advisor the importance placed on each of these activities by employers in whom you are interested. Part-time students often wonder particularly about the importance of law journal membership. Some employers value such membership highly and journal membership may be particularly important for those who seek certain judicial clerkships. Other employers give it little weight. If you are not on a law journal, some employers may ask why; be prepared to give an explanation and discuss other ways you have developed your writing skills (e.g., publishing an article, being a law fellow, entering a writing competition, taking numerous writing seminars). VII. FINANCIAL AID A. Financial Aid Guidebook The Financial Aid Guidebook is a comprehensive guide to Georgetown Law’s financial aid policies. The Guidebook also describes aid application procedures, provides tools for financial management, and explains federal and institutional aid requirements. The Guidebook is available online at www.law.georgetown.edu/finaid. Remember, you must apply for aid every year (including a renewal FAFSA, online Georgetown Law Financial Aid Application, and applicable loan renewal requirements). 41 B. Aid for Summer School A large percentage of students enrolled in summer school are part-time students. Thus, the financial aid policies that affect summer study are of particular interest to part-time students. Keep these details in mind: Federal regulations dictate that federal funds for summer study are available only to students enrolled at least half-time (three or more credits). Thus, if you take a two- credit summer seminar or course, you will have to borrow from the very few private lenders that lend to students enrolled less than half-time. If you are thinking about applying for loans to cover the costs of summer school, contact the Financial Aid Office in early March for details and deadlines. C. Federal Work-Study Program Part-time students may be eligible for Federal Work-Study funds. However, the maximum number of hours a student can work during the academic year is 15 per week unless approved for a higher amount by the Associate Dean for Research. Thus, work-study income will not replace income you may have earned from a regular job. Part-time students can work up to 40 hours per week on campus during the summer. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. D. Money-Saving Tips 1. Only Borrow What You Need To Meet School-Related Expenses Most part-time students, even those who are working, can qualify for loans in excess of tuition and books. Graduate PLUS loans are the most common source of living expense funding, and with a fixed interest rate of 7.9% and a 2.5% fee, these loans should be used sparingly. Don’t borrow just because it’s available. Financial aid counselors are available to review your borrowing and general spending plans for four years so you know what your overall debt and repayment is likely to be. This way, you will avoid being surprised by your loan debt at graduation. 2. Bargain Books Shop around for the best price on new and used texts and consider selling your books back at the end of the semester. Purchasing new and used books online can save you a significant sum, but make sure that you plan for the delivery time required. Most practicing attorneys will tell you that they did not use their casebooks to prepare for the bar or in their practice. The bookstore buys back used books on an ongoing basis. This works much like it did in undergraduate school. You get the most money for books that a faculty member has committed 42 to using the following semester. Thus, if you think the book is a relatively new edition and yet no faculty member has ordered it for the following semester yet, it may be to your benefit to hold onto it and try again the following semester. In addition, student-initiated book exchanges have occurred in prior years, so watch for information regarding this possibility. 3. Take Advantage of Student Discounts Don’t forget that you are once again a student. Your student ID can save you money on movies, haircuts, computer hardware and software, and many other items and services. Student Advantage, available with your GOCard, provides pre-negotiated discounts with companies such as Amtrak, National Car Rental and drugstore.com. If you use your GOCard to purchase food or beverage items in any of our food service areas then your purchase is tax free – a 10% discount. In addition, Student Bar Association membership also includes some valuable savings opportunities. VIII. BAR EXAMINATIONS Georgetown Law’s Ethics Counsel, Professor Michael Frisch, produces a booklet entitled What You Need to Know about the Bar Admissions Process. This booklet is available online (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/bar.html) and in the Office of the Registrar. A video presentation on the bar admission process facilitated by Professor Frisch is also available online on the Registrar’s web page at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/. The video provides comprehensive information about how to access what you need to know for bar admission. The best source of current information about bar admissions and requirements is the Web site of the National Conference of Bar Examiners: www.ncbex.org. In addition, Professor Frisch is available to assist students on an individual and confidential basis with questions relating to the bar admission process. A. Registering for the Bar Certain state Bars have lower fees for students who register during the first year of law school. In general, there is usually a financial penalty for failing to register as a student by a particular state=s deadline. It is your responsibility to check with the pertinent state Bar to ensure you meet all of its requirements and deadlines. Georgetown Law cannot advise as to the requirements and applicable deadlines of each state’s bar and bar admissions criteria. You should check the requirements early in your law school career of all the state Bars to which you may apply (see National Conference of Bar Examiners Web site at www.ncbex.org). B. MPRE All states except Maryland and Washington State require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in addition to their state bar exam. Students typically take this exam during their final year of law school and after they have taken a course in Professional 43 Responsibility. The exam is usually given in March, August, and November. Applications can be found online at www.ncbex.org. You must have taken the MPRE if you wish to waive in to the District of Columbia Bar from Maryland. C. Registering for a Bar Review Course There are several benefits to registering for a bar review course well before you graduate and sit for the bar exam. For example, Bar/Bri, one of the largest bar review companies, locks in your tuition rate for your bar review course when you put down a deposit. Once registered, these companies generally provide outlines and review lectures for some law school courses. If you are unsure which bar exam you will ultimately take, consult with one of the companies’ representatives. They often advise students to select a bar exam and pay the deposit to lock in the tuition rate for the course because the “tuition lock” can be applied towards the tuition of any bar review course you ultimately take. Representatives from Bar/Bri and other bar review companies are on campus often. You can generally find them outside the Chapel on the first floor of McDonough Hall. IX. SURVIVAL TIPS A. GOCard The Georgetown One Card (GOCard) is the official identification card of Georgetown Law. All students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Georgetown Law need to carry the GOCard for identification as well as for accessing buildings on campus. In addition, it can be used to pay for your campus purchases and it allows you to take advantage of the D.C. law exempting students from the 10% prepared food tax at on-campus food service facilities. You can use it to purchase items in the bookstore and in vending machines, and use it to purchase your locker, course materials, event tickets, photocopying, and parking as well as purchases at several off- campus merchants (see Web site for current list). If your GOCard is lost or stolen, you should deactivate it as soon as possible. You can deactivate your GOCard online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/gocard or you may report the lost or stolen card at the GOCard Satellite Office in 101A McDonough Hall or by calling (202) 662-9915. To receive a replacement card, you will need to go to the Satellite Office. Replacement cards cost $25. There are three ways to add money to the GOCard. The Satellite Office accepts deposits of cash, checks and credit cards. The Deposit Stations can be used to add cash to your debit account, and there are five located around campus. There is one station on the first floor of McDonough Hall, first floor of Gewirz, second floor of the Sport and Fitness Center Building, 3rd floor Wolff Library and the 3rd floor station in the E.B. Williams Law Library. Finally, credit card deposits can be made directly to your account through the Web site, www.law.georgetown.edu/gocard. 44 B. Getting To and From Georgetown Law 1. Parking Georgetown Law has very limited on-campus parking. Daily student spaces are on the P2 level of McDonough garage. The garage is entered from the corner of 1st and F Street. Student spaces are often full by 8:30 a.m. with modest relief after 5:00 p.m. when students can park in the staff areas on P1 as well. Parking in the garage is free weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and all-day on the weekends by using your GOCard. You must obtain special permission from the parking office to leave your car overnight. Students pay for their daily parking through their GOCard account. When you arrive at the parking booth, have your GOCard easily accessible and out of any protective badge holder, wallet, case, purse, book bag, etc. Swipe your GOCard (with the magnetic strip to the right) on the DAILY card reader by the parking booth and the gate arm will lift up once payment has been accepted. The parking rate is $7.70 per entry. All student vehicles parking in the garage must be registered with the parking office and have Georgetown Law-issued hangtags visible at all times. This will avoid any unnecessary parking tickets. Students may register their vehicle and receive their hang tag during Orientation and Registration at the Parking and Locker registration desk in the Hart Lobby, August 22- September 2, 2011. Check the Orientation schedule for dates and times. Students may also park at meters on the streets surrounding Georgetown Law. Be sure to pay the meter. Enforcement officers ticket heavily in the area surrounding Georgetown Law right up until 10:00 p.m. after which you don’t have to pay the meter. 2. Metro/Shuttle Bus Many part-time students travel to and from Georgetown Law by Metro. Georgetown Law is between the Judiciary Square and Union Station stops on the Red Line. You should not walk to the Metro alone after class. Arrange to walk to the Metro with classmates. Alternatively, Georgetown Law runs a free daily shuttle to and from Union Station and Capitol Hill/NE D.C. in the evenings between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (with the exception of a 30 minute driver break from 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), is the safest and best way to travel to and from Union Station and Capitol Hill/NE D.C., especially at night. On weeknights, the shuttle leaves from the McDonough Hall 2nd Street driveway at 9:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. to accommodate students getting out of evening classes. At other times, the shuttle bus departs from the McDonough Hall 2nd Street driveway every 30 minutes and picks-up and drops-off passengers at the following locations: Union Station, near the stop sign on Columbus Circle, near the escalators leading to the Metro station, and makes drop-offs before returning to Georgetown Law at: 45 Third and F Streets, NE (in front of Martin’s Mini-Market); The corner of Sixth and F Streets, NE, and; Sixth Street and Maryland Avenue, NE (across from the Imani Temple). Union Station shuttle schedules are available at the 2nd Street Security Desk in McDonough Hall and on the bus. During hours of darkness, DPS officers are happy to escort members of Georgetown Law community to any area(s) on campus, to their cars parked in the immediate vicinity of the campus, and to the taxi stand located in front of the Washington Court Hotel. Simply call the DPS Command Center at (202) 662-9325 or make your request known to the officer at the DPS 2nd Street Security Desk, McDonough Hall ((202) 662-5079). An officer on patrol will be summoned to your location to provide the requested escort. 3. Biking Bike racks are located on the Quad between the Library and McDonough Hall, as well as in the Tower Green between McDonough Hall and the Sport and Fitness Center Building. Students may also register their bikes with Campus Security and gain access to a secure bike cage in the parking garage below Gewirz. Bikes should be well secured with a “U” lock, and quick release wheels and seats should be removed or locked to the frame. C. Food Services 1. Market Café Bon Appetit Management Company operates the food services program at Georgetown Law. The Market Café is located on the first floor of McDonough Hall. It features a variety of menu selections, including hot entrees, pizza, a full salad selection, grab-and-go, sandwiches and salads, a deli bar, sushi, and a full grill. A variety of beverages are offered, including gourmet- flavored coffees and an assortment of bottled beverages and juices. Hours of operation are posted at the entrance to the Café. Menus are posted weekly online at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/foodsvcs/marketmenu.html. Students who use the GOCard for purchases at on campus dining facilities will be exempt from the 10% prepared food tax. For more details on how to deposit money to your GOCard debit account, please visit the GOCard Web page at www.law.georgetown.edu/gocard. 2. Peets Coffee & Tea Just outside of the Market Café in McDonough Hall is an espresso bar featuring cappuccinos, mochas, coffees, teas, pastry items and more. 46 3. Catering The catering office provides a variety of services at Georgetown Law, from coffee breaks to formal dinners. Contact the Catering Director, at (202) 662-9046, to place a catering order or stop by the food service office (located in the main dining area in McDonough Hall) to discuss catering needs. Student pricing is available on select items. For more information, please visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/foodsvcs/documents/BonAppetitCateringMenu.pdf. 4. Vending The vending service is open 24 hours and offers beverage, cold food, and snack machines in several locations: the Market Café seating area, in the kitchen next to the Faculty Lounge on the fifth floor of McDonough Hall, on the first floor of the E.B. Williams Law Library, and in the TV lounge located in the Gewirz Student Center. Additional vending is located in the Sport and Fitness Center Building, on the third & fourth floors and in the Hotung International Building on the first and sixth floors. D. Sport & Fitness Center This 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility features a 4 lane lap pool, fitness area with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, 8,400 square feet of multi-purpose court space for basketball and volleyball, two group exercise studios, and a spinning studio, two racquet ball courts, massage rooms, and locker rooms with whirlpools. A variety of programs and classes are offered as well as personal training and massage packages. Group exercise classes and day use lockers in the fitness center are included with your student membership, but long-term locker rentals (inside the facility), specialty classes, personal training, and massages are available at an extra charge. Student spouse memberships are also available for purchase by semester. You must complete a membership agreement before using the facility. Visit www.law.georgetown.edu/fitness for additional information, including hours of operation, programs and services offered and membership eligibility. E. Lockers Students will be able to obtain a locker in either McDonough Hall or the Hotung/Fitness* building. *These new, large lockers are not in the Fitness Center, but are just outside the locker rooms on the 1st floor, north corridor. Locker Registration is held Monday through Friday in the Hart Auditorium Lobby, August 22 - September 2, 2011. Students who pre-registered for a locker in May 2010, will also pick-up their locker assignment, key or combination in the Hart Auditorium Lobby as well. There are limited lockers available for year-long rental at the Sport and Fitness Center. Students who would like to obtain a locker at the fitness center can do so by going to the front desk as early on in the semester as possible. These lockers are assigned very quickly so don’t delay. If you miss out, there are other lockers available for daily use inside the locker rooms. 47 With these daily lockers be sure to remove all your items before the fitness center closes - the Center will cut locks on any daily use locker that are left overnight, and the cost of the lock will not be reimbursed. 48 Appendix A GEORGETOWN LAW OFFICE HOURS Hours may vary when classes are not in session. Bookstore Career Services, Room 328 (202) 662-9676 Assistant Dean Gihan Fernando (202) 662-9300 Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Thu 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Note: Bookstore hours are typically extended one hour daily during the first two weeks of class. Summer hours are abbreviated. Clinical Programs, Room 352 Office of the Dean of Students(ODOS), Assistant Dean Rachel Strong Room 210 (202) 626-9100 Dean of Students Mitchell Bailin Director, Elizabeth Ewert (202) 662-4066 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Other times by appointment Financial Aid, Room 335 Gewirz Front Desk Assistant Dean Charles Pruett (202) 662-9290 (202) 662-9210 (off campus housing information available here) Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Other times by appointment Weekends 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. J.D. Academic Services, Room 352 Office of Public Interest Assistant Dean Sarah Hulsey (202) 662-9041 and Community Service, Room 212 Assistant Dean Sally McCarthy (202) 662-9041 Assistant Dean Barbara Moulton Assistant Dean Rachel Strong (202) 662-9100 (202) 662-9655 Director, Tara Sarathy (202) 662-9041 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registrar, Room 315 Satellite GoCard Office, Room 101A Registrar Denise Sangster (202) 662-9915 (202) 662-9220 Monday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:00 -6:00 p.m. Sport and Fitness Center Student Accounts, Room 581 (202) 662-9294 (202) 662-9057 Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Student Life, Room 171-171 Technology Reference Desk, EBW Library Director of Student Life Amy Garrison Room 304 (202) 662-9292 (202) 662-9284 Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Appendix B FIRST YEAR PART-TIME PROGRAM TIMELINE The following schedule is for the Fall 2011 semester only. A Spring 2012 timeline of important events will be distributed early in the spring semester to all first year students. You will want to integrate the due dates from your Legal Research and Writing Syllabus into this overview. You should also consult the job search timetable in the Career Planning Manual on the OCS website. 1E: FALL 2011 Early September Continuing Academic Orientation Program, (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on Understanding the Law School Classroom: Strategies for Reading, Class Interaction, and Note-Taking Late September Continuing Academic Orientation Program, (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on Synthesizing the Material: Pulling the Course Materials Together for Studying and Exam- Taking Early October Continuing Academic Orientation Program, 3:30-5:00 p.m.: First Monday in October: A Preview of the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Term Mid October OCS and OPICS Orientations by Section – Dates and Times TBD Career Orientation Program, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.: World Of Choices: Forum on Careers in the Law (This program will take place on a Saturday.) End of October Some state bars have reduced registration fees for students who register within the first 60 or 90 days of their program. Early November Apply for Spring Financial Aid if you did not apply previously for the academic year. Continuing Academic Orientation Program, (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on Preparing for and Taking First Year Law School Exams: Exam-Taking Strategies November TBD LRW in-class exam; students pick up take-home exam. November TBD LRW take home exam DUE. Thanksgiving This is a crucial study time. Exams start a week to 10 days after Thanksgiving weekend. December 6 Constitutional Law I Exam December 12 Contracts Exam Appendix C GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER POLICY FOR AUDIO-RECORDING OF CLASSES ADOPTED BY THE FACULTY, APRIL 25, 2008 A. STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS 1. Recording by Students: Consistent with our mission of training lawyers who act with the highest standards of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness, and with respect for the legitimate interests of others, students are not permitted to record a class themselves by any means without prior express authorization of the faculty member. Violation of this rule may be deemed a violation of the Student Disciplinary Code. 2. Recording by Georgetown Law: Georgetown Law will record classes and make those recordings available to students only under the following circumstances and only if permitted by the faculty member: a. Recording by Georgetown Law for Individual Students: All students are expected to attend class regularly and to miss class only in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, Georgetown Law will record classes for individual students only for the reasons set forth below and only with the approval of the appropriate Georgetown Law administrator. Recording for individual students will be authorized only in the following situations: (1) serious medical situation or family emergency; (2) religious observance; (3) to provide reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability, after consultation with the Associate Director of Disability Services;2 (4) sanctioned participation in a Georgetown Law approved moot court event held out of town; (5) appearance in court in connection with a clinic in which the student is enrolled; (6) rescheduled class; (7) other comparably urgent reasons, and not including job interviews, vacation plans, minor illness, or work conflicts. Students submit requests for the audio-recording of classes through the online request form located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/ (click on the link then select Audio Recording of Classes on the left). These requests are directed to the office of J.D. 1. Notwithstanding the Standards for Faculty set forth in the next section, the Law Center will audio-record even without faculty permission, with prior notice to the faculty member, where audio-recording is required by law as a reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities. Due to concerns about client confidentiality and attorney- client privilege, the recording of clinical classes will be handled slightly differently. Clinic classes will be recorded through the use of either video tape or MP3 technology in the classroom, rather than through a centralized computer recording system. Clinical faculty will handle the distribution of any recordings to students and will supervise the storage and “shredding” of any recordings containing privileged information. Academic Services or LL.M. Academic Services, as the case may be. Recording that is done pursuant to an approved request of an individual student will be made available only to that student in streaming audio format. Students who receive or are provided access to a Georgetown Law recording of a class under this section are prohibited from downloading3 the recording to a computer or other electronic device, or distributing the recording or any portion thereof to anyone. b. Recording by Georgetown Law for the Entire Class: On occasion, Georgetown Law will record a class or classes and make the recording available to all students enrolled in that class. Such recording may be done at the request of an appropriate Georgetown Law administrator on occasions when severe weather or similar conditions make it difficult for large numbers of students safely to come to Georgetown Law. Such recording may also be done at the request of the faculty. When classes are recorded under this provision, the recording will be made available to all students enrolled in the course in streaming audio format, but students are prohibited from downloading the recording to a computer or other electronic device, or distributing the recording or any portion thereof. 3. Distribution of Recordings Made by Students—Permission, Downloading and Distribution: If a student receives permission from a member of the faculty to record a class using equipment not provided by the law school, downloading such a recording to a computer or other electronic device, distributing such a recording to any other person or using the recording for any purpose other than the student’s own education is not allowed without express permission of the relevant member of the faculty. Unauthorized downloading or distribution of all or any portion of a permitted recording may be deemed a violation of the Student Disciplinary Code. 4. Retention of Recordings Made by Georgetown Law: The default rule is that class recordings made by the institution are only available to authorized students for 28 days after the date of the original recording. Recording will be retained for longer periods: a. if a faculty member requests that a recording or recordings not be destroyed for some period of time; or b. if the original circumstance for recording the class continues to exist AND the student asks the appropriate administrator at least three days before the recording would normally be destroyed to retain the recording. Retention under this provision may be allowed for no more than 14 additional days. 5. Recordings Authorized by a Member of the Faculty: Nothing in this policy bars a member of the faculty from authorizing any of her or his classes to be recorded either by students or by Georgetown Law, streamed to students, downloaded or distributed. If a member of the faculty authorizes any such actions, she or he may impose restrictions on the classes to be recorded, the students given access to the recordings, the extent of downloading and distribution allowed and the length of time the recordings will be retained. In the absence of any express limitation imposed by a member of the faculty, no recording of a class may ever be made available to any person not registered in the course. 2. Throughout this policy, “downloading” means “receiving and saving” the recording instead of receiving the recording via audio format for the purposes of listening. Caveats: Recording may be limited by available technology or demand, by equipment failure or human error; this policy is not a guarantee of successful recording. Recordings will be provided or made available under the circumstances, in the manner and for the time period to be specified by Georgetown Law. B. STANDARDS FOR FACULTY 1. Default Rule for Recordings Made by Georgetown Law: This policy limits unauthorized student recording, downloading and distribution of class recordings. Under the policy, IST will audio record a class when authorized and students will be provided with a recording of a class session(s) in streaming audio format only under certain limited circumstances. The policy is an “OPT-IN” system for faculty. That is, classes are recorded by Georgetown Law and the recording is released to a student only with the affirmative agreement of the relevant member of the faculty. In the absence of a statement allowing recording of classes, the default position is that classes will not be recorded.4 2. Online Implementation: Unless a member of the faculty has requested that a class or a series of classes be recorded, the policy for institutional recording of classes at the request of a student will be implemented online. As noted above, students go online to request that a particular class be recorded. If permission is granted the student is notified and given authority to access a particular recording. Similarly every member of the faculty will be asked to fill out a recording preference form online each semester. The online faculty preference form will contain these options: 1. All the class meetings of your course(s) will be recorded, but Georgetown Law will only approve the release of a recording(s) to enrolled students meeting one of the limited circumstances set forth in the Recording Policy for Students (e.g., serious medical situation, religious observance or family emergency). 2. Georgetown Law will only record class meetings of your course(s) in response to a student request which Georgetown Law has determined meets one of the limited circumstances set forth in the Recording Policy for Students. 3. All the class meetings of your course(s) will be recorded and your students will have access without needing to seek approval from Georgetown Law. 3. Notwithstanding the Standards for Faculty set forth in this section, the Law Center will audio-record even without faculty permission, with prior notice to the faculty member, where audio-recording is required by law as a reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities. As noted above, due to concerns about client confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, the recording of clinical classes will be handled slightly differently. Clinic classes will be recorded through the use of either video tape or MP3 technology in the classroom, rather than through a centralized computer recording system. Clinical faculty will handle the distribution of any recordings to students and will supervise the storage and “shredding” of any recordings containing privileged information. 4. No class recordings will be made, except for those class meetings that conflict with a religious observance. 5. NO class recordings will be made for any reason. No recordings will be made for classes that conflict with a religious observance or for any of the other reasons for which students may request access under this policy. 3. Recording at Request of or With the Permission of a Member of the Faculty: Nothing in this policy bars a member of the faculty from authorizing any of her or his classes to be recorded by either students or Georgetown Law, provided to students in streaming audio format, downloaded or distributed in accordance with paragraph 5 of the student policy described above.
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