Academics News

Spring 2014 Low Enrollment Courses

Students were previously advised that certain Soring courses with low initial enrollments may be canceled for lack of student interest.  This is a reminder that the University registration system re-opens on Monday, November 25 - students interested in any low enrollment courses are advised to register for those courses early next week, as decisions will need to be made regarding any course cancellations before the Thanksgiving break.

Law School Bad Weather Policy

  As winter approaches, please keep in mind that occasionally classes may be canceled or delayed for weather-related reasons.   The Law School's policy is in general to follow the lead of the University - we will not ordinarily make our own determinations of when to cancel or delay classes as a unit.  Students may sign up for the University's Alert system at in order to receive text messages of any weather-related cancellation or delay.  

The Law School's official policy is available in our Student Handbook and is reproduced for your information below. 

Student Handbook - Chapter 5: Bad Weather Schedule

The School of Law follows the University's lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays. Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways: A notice at the top of the University home page (; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their official university e-mail accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555.
1. If the University cancels classes for the entire day, all School of Law classes are cancelled.
2. If the University delays the start of classes, the following rules apply:
a. All classes scheduled to end at or before 10:15 a.m. are cancelled,
b. All classes scheduled to begin at 10:25 a.m. will meet at their normal time, and
3. If the university cancels evening classes, all School of Law classes beginning at or after 4:15 p.m. are cancelled.
4. Notwithstanding the prior rules, if any delay or cancellation affects only the Belknap campus, Law Clinic and Law Clinic II will meet as scheduled, unless the Clinic Director indicates otherwise.

NCBE Releases a Fourth Online Practice Exam

Attention Students Taking a February 2014 or July 2014 Bar Exam:

Several years ago the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) launched its Online Practice Exam (OPE) initiative - taking retired test MBE questions, having designated members of the test drafting committees write annotations explaining why each of the four options were correct or incorrect, and packaging the material in a 100-item format that simulates an actual half-day of MBE testing.  A fourth OPE is now availablePlease note the addition of a fourth OPE on the handout in your Bar Exam Folder that you received during the Candor Program on November 5.

Each of the four OPEs is offered on a subscription basis; that is, the individual student purchasing a subscription is entitled to revisit the content an unlimited number of times over the course of one year.  Because the test is delivered online, it has interactive features that deliver useful feedback.

Authentic test preparation is available on the NCBE website at a modest cost of $50 per OPE. 


If you are planning to take a make-up exam this FALL semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 25.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Spring 2014 Mediation

Students are advised that, as in the past, the Spring 2014 course in Mediation will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  The course was coded into the University database incorrectly and may show up as a graded course when you register.  This error in the University database will be corrected in the near future.


If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 25.

Spring 2014 Prerequisites

Students are advised that the following two Spring courses have pre-requisites as follows.  Previous versions of the Spring schedule listing these courses without pre-requisites are in error.


Business Planning:

Prerequisites: All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course
and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Basic Federal Income Tax and Business


Mergers and Acquisitions:

Prerequisite: All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course
and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Business Organizations. 

Professor Ray Nimmer to Speak

Professor Ray Nimmer will provide a 1-hour presentation on the "Intersection of Commercial and Intellectual Property Law and Practice in the 21st Century.”  The presentation will  take place  at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at 6:00 P.M. on November 14th.    A reception at 5:00 will precede the presentation.  Faculty, students, and practitioners are encouraged to attend the reception. Professor Nimmer is the outgoing dean of University of Houston Law Center and co-director of the Houston Intellectual Property and Information Law Institutes.  He is the author of over twenty-five books and numerous articles, including a three-volume treatise on Information Law, a multi-volume book on the Law of Computer Technology, a treatise on Modern Licensing Law, and a multi-volume treatise on The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions.

Interdisciplinary Course Opportunities

Law students are reminded that they may, with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, take up to six hours of course work in other graduate departments towards their 90 hour requirement for the JD.  In particular, please take note of the following opportunities which the law school is aware of.  Students wishing additional information about these or other graduate courses may contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Associate Dean Hall.


1.  The Psychology Department invites law student registration in Forensic Assessment, PSYC 687-75.  This course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm in Room 133 of the Life Sciences CenterSchool of Edica. 


Course format will primarily consist of case studies and reenactments of actual forensic interviews to allow for appreciation of how best practice forensic reports are generated for criminal, civil, and family courts.  Case studies and reenactments will reflect a cross section of the various types of forensic evaluations (such as Competency, MSO/Mental Status at the Time of Offense, Violence and Sex Offender Risk Assessments, Parental Capacity, Child Custody, and Fitness for Duty).  


Prior to presentations of cases, a framework will be provided, allowing students to appreciate basic aspects of the legal system and the adjudicative process; relevant case law; the distinction between therapeutic and forensic assessment; common ethical pitfalls when working in the forensic arena; the components of best practice forensic evaluation; and appropriate use of psychometric tests relevant to specific legal inquiry. Practical applications such as communicating with the Courts, report writing, and expert testimony will also be reviewed. 


There will be no formal exams in this course.  Rather, grades will be determined based upon mid-term and final written reports of cases presented, in actual Court-based format. These reports will necessarily require identification of diagnoses and clinical formulation.


[Law students, of course, would have different mid-term and final assignments]


2.  The College of Education and Human Development sent us notice of two courses which law students may find of interest:


Legal Issues in P-12 Education, ELFH 620 (Saturdays 9-11:30am)

Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education, ELFH 622 (Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm).



Registration for Courses with Prerequisites

Students registering for courses for the Spring semester are reminded that they should read all Course Notes and ensure that they have satisfied the prerequisites for all courses for which they intend to enroll before attempting to register for Spring courses.  Courses with prerequisites beyond the first year curriculum are marked on the course schedule with a "P," and specific course prerequisites are listed in our Course Catalog.