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Weekly Newsletter

Nov. 24, 2014

Important Exam Software Information

UPDATE ON MAC OSX YOSEMITE
Due to an unusually small number of changes impacting Exam4 operation, the review process was quicker than expected and we can now support OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Please keep in mind, however, that the short review period in this case does not change our policy for future operating system version releases issued close to exam season. As a matter of security, we cannot certify the operating system from developer pre-releases and must review the final public release, dates of which are often uncertain. In addition, our process must allow adequate time for detailed review, possible modification, and thorough testing.

Although Exam4 now supports Yosemite, the adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ comes to mind. Any time you alter your computer environment, you open yourself to the possibility of unexpected, and occasionally undesirable, results. In our testing, we have not seen any unexpected behavior – but we are testing on machines that receive a great deal of maintenance. In any event, it is highly recommended that you test the exam software in each mode (closed, open laptop/network, takehome) that pertains to your exam schedule. A list of exam conditions may be found here.

Windows 10 Technical Preview STILL NOT supported.
The developer pre-release of the upcoming Windows 10 Technical Preview operating system will not be supported this semester, and the public release expected in April 2015 will most likely be too late for Spring 2015 exams on the same basis as above.

Students planning to use their laptop for exams SHOULD NOT upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview, nor buy a new laptop with Windows 10 Technical Preview, until we announce support.

Students who upgrade, intentionally or otherwise, will not be able to use their laptops to take exams. Due to the potential for system instability, LawTech will not provide assistance with ‘rolling back’ or support for students who have upgraded and ‘rolled back’ to an earlier operating system.

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On Campus Events

Law School Ambassador Positions Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 25
5:30 pm
Room 140

Interested in being a Law School Ambassador (LSA)?  Well, you're in luck!  The Admissions Office has six 1L LSA positions available for the spring semester.  To find out more information about the LSA program, please join us for an information session next Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Room 140.  Current LSA members will be on hand to answer questions and share their insight about being an LSA.  All 1Ls are welcome.  Pizza will be provided!

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Off Campus Events

Inventing the Future of Health
Tuesday, Dec. 2
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Join Keynote speaker Marty Cetron, Director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for The Atlantic’s Inventing the Future of Health event on Tuesday, December 2. Cetron’s participation is timely as he’ll discuss how he uses health tech in his mapping of global breakouts, especially while addressing the current Ebola epidemic. He’ll be joining a line-up of topical experts, including:

  • Stephen Downs Chief Technology and Information Officer Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Raina Merchant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Pennsylvania
  • Matt Mohebbi Co-Inventor; Co-Founder Google Flu Trends; Iodine
  • David Sontag Professor, Computer Science Department New York University

Click here to submit your RSVP and please do share this invitation with any colleagues or friends who may be interested in attending.

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Law Schools (GPALS)
Annual Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair

Friday, February 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Temple University - Center City Campus
1515 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA

The PIPS Career Fair brings dozens of employers from Philadelphia and beyond to interview law students from Drexel, Penn, Penn State, Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Villanova, and Widener for summer internships or permanent positions. Students from all class years will have the opportunity to register and bid on interviews with employers beginning in early December 2014. Employers are expected to include public interest organizations and government agencies. Further information on registered employers as well as the student registration and application process will be distributed via email in late November or early December, but please save the date now!

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Student Organization Announcements

SBA General Body Meeting Schedule

The SBA Meeting Schedule for the Fall Semester are on the following Monday nights:

11/24

All meetings are at 8pm in Room 301 and open to the student body. Please join us!

Law Students for Reproductive Justice - General Body Meeting
Monday, Nov. 24

12 p.m.
Room 250

The Law Students for Reproductive Justice will discuss their plans for next semester. Lunch will be provided.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Law Schools (GPALS)
Annual Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Career Fair
Friday, February 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Temple University - Center City Campus
1515 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA

The PIPS Career Fair brings dozens of employers from Philadelphia and beyond to interview law students from Drexel, Penn, Penn State, Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Villanova, and Widener for summer internships or permanent positions. Students from all class years will have the opportunity to register and bid on interviews with employers beginning in early December 2014. Employers are expected to include public interest organizations and government agencies. Further information on registered employers as well as the student registration and application process will be distributed via email in late November or early December, but please save the date now!

Please RSVP on Symplicity for all CSO events so we can plan accordingly.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Preparing for Exams

Read completely the Exam Policies in Section I.D. of the Student Handbook.

  1. View the Fall Exam Conditions to find out about your specific exams.
  2. Get your Exam ID for the current term. You must first complete the Exam Policies Verification Form and then your Exam ID will display under "My Current Term Exam ID" to the right, and be emailed to you. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING YOUR EXAM ID CONFIDENTIAL.
  3. Download the latest version of Exam4 from Drexel's Exam4 page. This is a DIFFERENT version than you used for midterms.
  4. Complete a valid Practice Exam 5:00 PM on the last day of classes (December 3, 2014).  Students who do not complete a valid Practice Exam before the stated deadline will not be eligible for technical assistance during exams.  For the practice exam to be valid, it must be submitted:
      1. using your 5-digit anonymous exam ID
      2. before the stated deadline (5:00 PM the last day of classes, December 3)
      3. with the current version of the software (the finals version, in this case).

Students seeking exam accommodations must submit their Office of Disability paperwork to Prof. Coleman no later than the last day of classes (December 3, 2014).

A Reminder from Dean Oates

Students with scheduled exams should not plan to travel until the end of the exam period due to the possibility of weather rescheduling or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk

Amanda Diamond

photo available on LRC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DULawLRC

Amanda is a new work-study Circulation Assistant at the Legal Research Center.  She is pursuing a degree in Political Science at Drexel and hopes to eventually attend law school.  This native of Boca Raton, Florida, enjoys practicing yoga, visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and reading books in her spare time.  Amanda looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!

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Dean's Scholars Sessions

DS SESSIONS

Con Law (Prof. Abu El Haj):

Thursday 10:45 – 11:45 (Room 230)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury):

Tuesday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 240)
Thursday 12:10 – 1:10 (Room 240)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders):

Monday 4:30 – 5:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 (Room 112 ISB)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 440)
Thursday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 440)

Contracts (Prof. Boss):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 240)

Torts (Prof. Furrow):

Tuesday 12:15 – 1:15 (Room 240)
Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 (Room 112 ISB)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger):

Monday 12:45-1:45 (Room 240)
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 (Room 240)

DS OFFICE HOURS (Held in the second floor study rooms, as noted below.)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury)

Melanie: Wed, 3:30-5:30 & Fri, 11:20-12:20 (222)
Stacey: Mon, 12:30-1:30 (222)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders)

Candice: Tues, 9:15-10:15 (221)
Emily: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (222)

Constitutional Law (Prof. Abu El-Haj)

Marc: Wed, 1:30-3:30 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Boss)

Erika: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (221)
Rachel: Mon, 12:00-2:00 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino)

Alen: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kate: Fri, 2:00-4:00 (221)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger)

Alice: Mon, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kyle: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (222)

Torts (Prof. Furrow)

Ben: Thurs, 12:00-1:00 & 4:50-5:50 (221)
Erin: Fri, 12:00-2:00 (221)

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

FELLOWSHIPS:

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2015

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection. 

Learn More »

SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: Dec. 1

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, annually provides three, $3,000 scholarships through its James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two of the scholarships are specifically designated for support of historically underrepresented minority law students.

The awards are based upon financial need, academic achievement and a student’s potential for making a significant contribution to society in general and the legal profession in particular. Students must affirmatively demonstrate their interest by completing the application form and submitting a 250-500-word essay about how they meet the eligibility criteria, proof of academic progress and good academic standing, proof of Pennsylvania residency, a resume, and up to two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, professor, dean, employer or lawyer. Applications are due no later than December 1, 2014. More information about the program may be found at: http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Deadline: Dec. 1 (entries must have been written or published between Nov. 15, 2013 and the deadline date)

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Competition PDF »

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015

The FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Competition PDF »

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

Learn More »

Animal Law Writing Contest
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.

Learn More »

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

Learn More »


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Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Because the law school is such a busy place, social media are useful tools for keeping tabs on the student, faculty and alumni community.  If you haven’t already begun following the law school through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main law school page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the law school feed focuses on2w1 faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the law school group is open to all students and alumni, making it an easy way to build your professional network.  Notices of immediate job openings will sometimes appear there.
  • YouTube: View all of our videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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