Administrative Announcements November 9 - November 16, 2015

Administrative Announcements November 9 - November 16, 2015

Clinics

Spring 2016 Clinics Application Deadline  has been extended to November 13, 2015 by 5:00pm (subject to change)The following Law School In House Clinics are still accepting applications, which are available at Room 211. Please contact the Clinics Administrator at415-422-6752 or lawclinic@usfca.edu CRIMINAL & JUVENILE JUSTICE CLINIC: Second and third-year certified law students represent indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings from arraignment through trial and appeal. Clinic activities include interviewing clients, investigations, writing and responding to motions, case management, and court appearances. INTERNET AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY JUSTICE CLINIC:  Students will be certified to practice before the USPTO to handle all aspects of national trademark registration. Students will also work with Bay Area startup companies on intellectual  property needs of these companies.INVESTOR JUSTICE CLINIC: Students work with Bay Area start up companies.  Students will  advise on entity choice and governance, operating agreements, employment issues and equity arrangements.  Students will also participate in business plan advice and intellectual property needs of new companies.  The Clinic also handles securities arbitration in FINRA cases representing investors, generally seniors and disabled, against brokers and brokerages. MEDIATION CLINIC:  Students, after training, will be courtroom mediators for the San Francisco Small Claims Court.  Clinic students also work on divorce mediations for Marin residents and may handle founder mediations and criminal mediations.  RACIAL JUSTICE CLINIC: Students will learn about the history and importance of bail motions, study bail motions written by various attorneys, and research, write, and argue bail motions in the four preliminary hearing courtrooms at the Hall of Justice.   

Externships

Spring 2016 Externship Applications are due Thursday, December 3, 2015. Updated Spring 2016 Externship Applications will be available online and in the Externship Programs Office (KN 235) in early October.Questions, please call 415-422-4467 or email akgreen@usfca.edu.

International Summer Externships

Summer 2016 International Externship Information Session

Monday, November 23rd from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in KN100.  USF’s international summer externship programs help you develop an understanding of how to do business and pursue justice in today’s global society.  Last summer, 32 students secured externships in China, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Mexico and in cities across Europe.  Students externed at NGOs, courts and government agencies, the UN, multi-national businesses, and at local and U.S. based law firms.  The first hour of the information session will provide an overview of the programs and the last 30 minutes will be Q&A with faculty and students who participated in the program last summer.  A light meal will be provided. 

Please RSVP to lawsummerabroad@usfca.edu. Questions, please contact Esther Sprague, Coordinator, at esprague@usfca.edu or 415.422.6280 or stop by KN342.

Office of the Registrar

Registration with the Committee of Bar Examiners as a First Year Law Student
All first year law students attending school in the state of California must register with the State Bar of California within the first 90 days of beginning the study of law (if you’re planning on taking the bar examination in California).   To Register:
1. Go to www.calbar.org 
2. Choose the “Future Lawyers” tab at the top of the page.
3. In the top right corner, click the “Register with the State Bar” link.
4. Read the information on the page and at the bottom of the screen you’ll see the link to begin your application(click that).
5. Create an account as a first-time user (unless you have already done so).  Note: Creating an account is not actually registering – there are additional steps, below, to complete
6. Once your account has been created, you will receive a confirmation email from the State Bar at which point you can log-in and complete the application to register.  There is a registration fee of $108.00
7. You will receive an acknowledgement in the mail once your registration has been processed – be sure to hold on to this confirmation.
8. Registering allows you to begin tracking your eligibility towards taking the bar examination and outstanding documents that need to be submitted during your time in law school.  

If you have any questions please contact the California State Bar directly at (415) 538-2300.  Additionally, printed step-by-step CA State Bar registration instructions are also available in the Registrar’s Office (Kendrick 220).

Spring 2016 Registration Period 
The Spring 2016 preliminary registration period opens on Monday, November 9th, in order of priority, for all eligible students, and closes on December 2, 2015.

Spring 2015 Registration Appointment Times (Dates & Procedures)

Students are assigned specific appointment times (a 3 hour window on a specific date and time) when they may register online according to their year of study and division.  NOTE: Please pay close attention to the time frames during which you can add and drop classes, as well as the notes column which indicates what type of courses (all, restricted only to evening courses, etc.) that your class can enroll in on that date.  Registration for classes will be completed online through myUSF.   


Students who do not have holds but will be unable to enroll during their appointment time (due to traveling abroad and/or have a conflict with their registration appointment time) should email the Law Registrar’s Office from their USF email account (only) stating:
    1) that they cannot enroll during their priority time due to a conflict (and stipulate what that is)

    2) that they wish to be enrolled in the following courses (and list the course titles and CRNS, as well as any alternates (in order of priority).

Upon receipt, the Registrar’s Office will do their best to enroll the student as quickly as possible, during the student’s registration appointment time start; which may be delayed due to work demands.

Registrar’s Office Hours during Preliminary Registration:
The Law Registrar’s Office will extend their hours until 8pm, (Monday, Nov 9th – Wed, Nov 11th) to be available to equally assist day and evening students during their registration priority appointment time.  Beginning November 12th , the office will resume normal business hours of 8:30am– 5:00pm.

Registration Resources:
Spring 2016 First Year Course Schedule – Course schedule for First-Year JD students.  
Spring 2016 Course Schedule - Upper division course schedule for JD, LLM (ICL, IPTL & Tax) students
How to Register for Classes (Step-by-step instructions for registering on myUSF -- adding/dropping courses and adding to a closed course’s waitlist).
Academic Calendar – Spring 2016 (includes academic deadlines, holidays, and administrative dates).  
Spring 2015 Final Exam Schedule – the final exam schedule in grid format.

Graduation Worksheet ( a degree self-audit).  Please review your transcript and plot out your course schedule, comparing them to the self-audit to ensure that you choose courses that will help you remain on track to graduate.  ***Please note that the degree evaluation tool available on myUSF is still a work in progress for law students and is currently incomplete.  Do not use this evaluation to determine your registration or graduation progress.***
Guide to the Second Year & Beyond  When planning your curricular choices, we encourage you to refer to the Guide, and particularly to the “Course Clusters”.   As noted in the Guide, the electives grouped within each of the clusters have common fundamental substantive or conceptual elements and can help provide some guidance whether you are seeking to diversify or concentrate your selections.  The course clusters are found on pp. 8-18 of the Guide.

 

To Dos - Prior to your Registration Date:

1.      Check the registration appointment times and pay special attention to the start & end times and which courses (day, evening, or all) you can register for during your registration appointment time.  These are the only times during that date that you can enroll in the courses specified.  Anyone who misses their appointment time can register for classes during the open registration period.

2.      Be sure to check your registration status on myUSF (the student tab) prior to your registration date and contact our office if you notice any discrepancies.

3.      Check and clear any holds on your myUSF account prior to registration.  *Some holds will block your registration.*  Outstanding tuition or fee balances will block registration and must be cleared and paid by contacting One Stop at: (415) 422-2020.

4.      Finally, please review the “how-to add yourself to the wait-list” instructions located within the Registration Policies and Procedures link to ensure that you know how to add yourself to the waitlist of a closed course. (Waitlisted courses do not count against your total unit maximums until you have been offered a seat in the course. i.e. a full-time student can enroll in 15 units (maximum) and add him/herself to the wait list of a 3 unit course).


HOLDS on myUSF 
All current students are eligible to enroll in courses on myUSF as long as there are no University HOLDs on their student account. Some holds may prohibit registration and must be resolved in advance of registration.  Lack of registration will delay the financial aid process for borrowers.  Please proactively ensure that your account is clear.

To check to see if you have holds:

Go to www.myUSF.usfca.edu

Select “Student” under the orange Self-Service tab

2.     Select Student Records

4.     View Holds. 


       **Important*** 

Financial Holds:   Students that have financial holds (owe money) must pay the past due fees before being allowed to register.

The fastest way to remove a (past money owed hold) financial hold (same-day) is to bring the proper payment in the form of a money order or cashier’s check to the OneStop office (on main campus) and ask them to immediately remove the hold. 

The slow way to remove a (past money owed) financial hold (which will prohibit registration for 7-10 days while the money is verified and cleared by the bank) is to pay the amount owed via your myUSF or via a personal check (at OneStop).  OneStop will wait for the funds to be certified by your Bank before removing the hold, which takes 7-10 business days before the hold can be cleared.

Spring 2016 Wait List 
Adding Your Self to a Wait List (Queue) of A Closed Course

If you are unable to enroll in a course, because all seats have been taken, you may place yourself on the course’s wait list.  This will notautomatically happen, there are specific steps that must be taken to be added to the wait list. Step-by-step instructions on how to add oneself to a closed course’s wait list are available online.  Wait-listed course units do not count towards your total class units (i.e. a full-time student could register for 16 units and also add themselves to the wait-list of three, 3 unit courses and/or a part-time student could be enrolled in 12 units and add themselves to the wait list of five, 3 unit courses).

Note: Once a course first reaches its enrollment capacity and the first person adds themselves to a wait list for the course, the course will remain closed. Any other students who attempt to enroll in the course after this transpires will only be able to add themselves to a wait list and will not be able to bypass the wait list to directly add what appears to be an open seat, should one of the original enrollees drop the course. 

Wait List Seat Offer Process:
The complete Spring 2016 Wait List  procedures are posted online.  which includes complete instructions about how and when seat offers are advertised, acceptance instructions.  It is each student’s responsibility to read through, and understand the wait list instructions and procedures. Not knowing or being aware of the wait list procedures does not warrant an exception. 

NOTE: Once a course closes and a wait list begins, the course remains closed until seats are offered via the published wait list (even if students drop the course and additional seats appear to be available). Students should not drop themselves from a wait list in order to register for what appears to be an open seat. Adding from wait lists takes place during open registration (November 12 – Dec 2, 2015) and through the last day to add classes during the Add/Drop period, (January 7 – January 25, 2016). Wait lists are administered by the Law Registrar's Office which offers available seats to students in the order listed.

Wait lists become final and will be posted after the registration period closes. During the open registration period (11/12/2015-12/2/2015) and through the last day to add classes during the Add/Drop period (1/7/2016 – 2/1/2016), students on wait lists will be offered seats via the online posted wait list if and when they become available. Students must check the posted wait list online daily (after 10am) to see if you have been offered an available seat at: http://www.usfca.edu/law/registrar/. If you are offered a seat, you will have until the date and time deadline indicated on the wait list (no weekends or holidays) to claim the space in the class [and drop any unwanted classes] by contacting the Registrar's Office (via email or in-person) to accept the seat. Students must contact the Registrar's Office by the posted date and time listed on the wait list. Wait lists will remain active during the 2-3 week period in which students may add courses.  Please contact the Registrar’s Office directly with any questions. We will be more than happy to help explain the process to you.

Potential JD/MBA Students
If you are a second year student and you intend to enter the JD/MBA concurrent degree program, you must take Corporations by Spring 2016, in order to remain eligible for the program.

Students who would like to participate in the concurrent program must and complete all of the first and second year required JD curriculum in good academic standing and have had a cumulative grade point average greater than 2.50 at the end of the spring semester of their second year, to be eligible for the program. A student who completed the spring semester of the first year JD program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or below is not eligible to participate in the JD/MBA concurrent degree program even if his or her cumulative grade point average thereafter increases to greater than 2.50.


Residence Requirements for Graduation

·       Full-time student must complete 6 regular (fall or spring) semesters in which they enroll in a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 units.

·       Part-time students must complete 8 regular (fall or spring) semesters in which they enroll in a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 units.

·       Part-time students wishing to accelerate their graduation must complete 7 regular semesters (fall or spring) and at least 8 units taken in 2 or more summer sessions.   Part-time students wishing to accelerate their graduation must file a notice of intention to accelerate with the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day to add classes during the fall semester of their third year. 

UC Hasting Course Opportunity
For the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 trial period, USF and UC Hastings have agreed to allow our students to take a course at UC Hastings through our personal two-school agreement. Students can elect to take an elective course at UC Hastings. There are a few conditions:

1)     Only one course is permitted per fall/spring term.

2)     Only classroom courses, letter-graded courses with availability, may be taken (i.e. internships or clinics, etc., are not permitted),

3)     It is the student’s responsibility to request and pay for an official transcript, if needed by the home-institution.

4)     Tuition and fees are paid to the home-institution.

If interested, students must go to the Law Registrar’s Office and complete the necessary paperwork, which will be submitted to UC Hastings.  Students must enroll by the appropriate add deadline.  Questions? Contact the Law Registrar’s office at:lawregistrar@usfca.edu.

Withdrawing from USF
We hope that you stay with us!   However, students who do not want to register for spring courses must notify the Law Registrar's Office of their intent to withdraw from the University by emailing lawregistrar@usfca.edu using their USF email and must complete a Petition to Withdraw from the University form.  Withdrawal from all classes (the University) must be completed by January 25, 2016.

Work Statement: 
The American Bar Association (ABA) standards require that full-time students not engage in outside work in excess of 20 hours per week during the regular (fall/spring) semesters.  By registering for the term, full-time students are certifying that they are not employed, in aggregate, for more than 20 hours per week.

Submit Fall 2015 Exam Conflict Petitions
The fall final exam schedule is available online at: http://myusf.usfca.edu/law/registration/exam-information#schedule.  Students should not contact or otherwise discuss rescheduling an examination with the instructor or other students as doing so may be an exam violation. Questions about a conflict should be addressed with the Law Registrar’s Office (only). Discussing the nature of the conflict with the professor may allow the professor to know/remember the dates and nature of the conflict identifies the student, the dates of their conflict, and thus may reveal the student’s identity to the professor.

Students who have a final exam conflict should complete the Petition to Reschedule Exam form to the Law Registrar’s Office as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, November 13, 2015.

An exam conflict is defined as:

  • two examinations are scheduled for the same time and date
  • there are four or fewer hours between the scheduled end of one examination and the scheduled commencement of the next examination.
  • three examinations scheduled on two consecutive calendar days.

The Registrar will review (not guaranteed to be approved) a medical emergency/ or other extenuating circumstances (which require documentation). Note: personal vacation plans will not be considered. Please note: In order to preserve anonymity, students should never contact their professor(s) with any exam conflict questions, but direct these inquiries to the Law Registrar’s Office.

The Registrar will begin to evaluate submitted Petitions for an Individual Examination in mid-November and will confirm the final decision via USF email.

For more information, please contact the Law Registrar’s Office at (415) 422-6778, or lawregistrar@usfca.edu .

Office of Student Affairs

Community Announcements
The Student Services page of myUSF has been updated to include announcements from the school of law student organizations, as well as announcements from the Bay Area legal community at large. This information can be found here, or under the Student Affairs heading on the Student Services tab of the School of Law page. This page will be continuously updated to have the most recent announcements.

Law Library

Zief LIBRARY REMINDERS:

NOISE - Zief Law Library seeks to provide a quiet study and research environment for our patrons.

  • We ask that patrons and building occupants respect the needs of those who seek a quiet place to study by keeping conversations and other unnecessary noise to a minimum.
  • The law library fulfills many functions for patrons with diverse needs. Research consultations, Circulation Desk activities, the Student Commons Area, the lower-level Academic Support and Moot Court work spaces, and use of computers will unavoidably generate some noise on the main and lower levels.
  • The top floor is the quietest floor of the law library. The second floor’s Club '59 room is specifically designated as a quiet, no conversation, study space. Laptops and keyboards are allowed in Club ‘59.We ask that patrons and building occupants make a special effort to maintain a quiet study environment on the entire second floor.
  • Free ear plugs are available at the Circulation Desk.

 

CELLPHONES & HEADPHONES

  • All patrons should set their phones to "vibrate" when entering the library in order to avoid disturbing other library patrons. All cell phone calls should be received and transmitted outside of the library building.
  • If you listen to music when you study, please be aware of the noise your headphones generate and keep the volume low. 

 

FOOD AND DRINK POLICIES - Zief Law Library wants to provide all patrons with a comfortable and welcoming study environment.

  • Library users who consume food or drinks in the law library must do so in a manner that maintains a clean, safe library and that minimizes the risk of damage to library books, equipment and other property.
  • We allow beverage consumption in the law library so long as beverages are in containers with tops, lids, or caps.
  • We allow "judicious” food consumption in the entire library. Please use good judgment and be respectful and considerate of other patrons when consuming food in the library. Patrons may not consume hot, noisy, smelly, or messy foods in any area of the law library; such items should be taken to the Kendrick student lounge.
  • The law library staff reserves the right to require that a patron consume food outside of the library if that patron’s food consumption is disturbing the study environment for other library patrons.
  • Please discard all wrappers and empty containers, clean up after yourself, and report any food or beverage spills to library staff so that we can alert our maintenance crews.

 

GROUP STUDY ROOMSA group is 2 or more students.  There are eight group study rooms available for student use. All study rooms are for the exclusive use of USF law students, law faculty and law staff.

  • A current, valid USF Law School ID is required to sign out a group study room key. The group study room keys and sign-up sheets are located at the circulation desk. USF law students may also call the circulation desk at 415-422-6679 to reserve a group study room. Students must provide at least two names in order to reserve a group study room.
  • When signing up, the last name of the person checking out the key for the group must be indicated legibly on the sign-up sheet. That person is responsible for returning the key on time.
  • A group of two or more students may reserve a group study room for a maximum of a single two-hour block of time per day. No group or any members of a group may sign up for a group study room for more than two hours per day.
  • A group may remain in a room beyond the two-hour limit if no other group has signed up for that room.

LLM in Tax Program

LLM in Tax Information Sessions

An LLM in Tax can be a great way to bolster your credentials in the legal market, whether you are seeking a career in tax, estate planning, finance, corporate transactions, family law, government, or even immigration and non-profit work. Spring registration is coming up - there's time for you to register for tax courses that can be applied toward the degree. (We can transfer up to 12 units for tax courses.)

Information sessions to learn more will be held on: November 12 at 12:30 pm (KN 240) AND November 17 at 5:30 pm (KN 240). 

Food will be served!