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Weekly Newsletter

Sept. 3, 2013

Message from Dean McGovern

As Dean Oates stated, we have made in the building. Please do not remove any chairs or other pieces of furniture from their locations. They have been placed for a specific reason. This constant movement results in not only additional work for the faculty and staff, but severely impacts the efficiency of our programs. If additional furniture or seating are needed, please contact me. Thank you very much.

We appreciate your cooperation and consideration.

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Congratulations to New Members of the Trial Team

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2013-2014 Trial Team. We saw a large number of applicants and an uncharacteristically large number of call-backs, so we had some incredibly tough decisions to make. We look forward to a successful year!

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Free Access to Online Study Aids

The law school has entered into an agreement with Aspen/ Wolters Kluwer that gives students access to online study aids and bar review materials. Please realize that these are intended as supplements to, not substitutes for, materials assigned for class.

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Fall 2013 News and Info from OSA

Dear Students,

We hope that you had a wonderful Summer! We had a VERY busy one, so please read below about our new projects, as well as the usual reminders.

New Way to View Course Offerings

Our website is in the midst of being redesigned for mobile environments, so we’ve started moving things around. Fall Registration Materials, and all registration materials pages going forward, will now behind a login in Community Property. Note a time change for Bankruptcy that moves it away from Fed Tax. Also of note: there are several seats available in Class Actions, Executive Compensation, Animal Law, Foreign and International Legal Research, and Regulating Patient Safety, among others.

Self-Service Locker Assignment for 2Ls & 3Ls

OSA is gradually going paperless, and you’ll start seeing many of our forms go online. The new locker request form lets upper-level students assign themselves a locker of their choice from all the lockers still available at the time the form is accessed, and it works in real-time. While there is an off-chance someone could be in the system at the same time as you, picking the exact same locker, we expect that will be rare and you will get whichever locker you choose.

The form is now available at On the right side, under “Locker Requests”, click “Request a Locker” to start the form.

OSA Facebook Page

OSA is now on Facebook! This will be our social media spot for posting quick info, OSA events, reminders, maybe a picture or two. Please read the “About” section of the page for guidelines.

Student Deadlines List/Calendar

Certain types of deadlines now appear on the front page of Community Property. This is not meant to be a completely comprehensive list at this point. You'll notice a calendar on the page also, filtered to today’s events. Of course, you can click through to see what’s going on in the future as well.

Focus Group

Speaking of Community Property and the Facebook page, we are interested in hearing your feedback about communication throughout the Law School. OSA will be hosting a focus group on September 25 from 12:15-1:45 PM that will address ways you receive information from all different offices. The facilitator will be a professional or a staff member who does not send a lot of communication, so that you can feel comfortable speaking freely. We want to hear from all types of students – that means you, the student org president! And you, the person who never registers on time! – so please sign up at Space is limited to 35 respondents.

Other Reminders

Independent Studies: If you are doing an Independent Study project, you MUST hand in an approved Independent Study Proposal form to OSA no later than the end of the second week of classes (by September 6) or it cannot be added. This is a FIRM deadline.
December graduation candidates should apply for their degree on DrexelOne no later than Friday, September 13. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.”
Legislative Days: Tuesday, December 3 follows a Thursday schedule and Wednesday, December 4 follows a Friday schedule.
2013-14 Handbook is posted. Print copies are available in OSA.
2Ls & 3Ls need to waive out of health insurance or enroll if you need coverage at Failure to waive out of health insurance by September 30 will result in a charge for the basic Dragon Plan on your bill.
Thanks for reading through all our new developments. We must offer a tremendous thank you to Chad Kealey for doing the overwhelming majority of work on many of them.

As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or concerns.

The Office of Student Affairs

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Academic Skills Announcements

Tuesday, September 3
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Law 340
Presentation by Laura Gordon ‘14
Panel of students from the Intellectual Property Law Society to answer questions about their transition from science to law

First year law students with a science or engineering background are encouraged to attend this workshop to help in their transition to law school.  Laura Gordon ’14, who has a science background and was a Dean’s Scholar last year, worked with Professor Kraybill on an independent study to create this presentation on how scientific and legal inquiry differs and how best to bridge the gap between the two.  Upper level students are also invited to attend.  If you have questions, please contact Professor Kraybill at

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Fall Dean’s Scholar Session Schedule

The Dean’s Scholar Sessions will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  There are two sessions offered each week for each professor.  You only need to attend one of the sessions each week since the same material is covered in both sessions.  The Dean’s Scholars will begin holding office hours the week of September 16.  The office hours schedule will be posted in the next edition of the Newsletter.  If you have questions, contact Professor Kraybill at

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