Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Registration for Spring 2014

Registration for Spring 2014 will open on MyNiu on Monday, November 25, at 7:00 a.m. for all students who will have completed at least 72 hours by the end of this fall semester. Registration will open on MyNiu at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, for all other students who will have completed at least 20 hours by the end of this semester. Part-time students who have not yet completed all first-year courses must do so by the end of their fourth semester. If you are a part-time student and still need to take one or more first-year courses, you must see Dean Coles to get registered in those courses because you cannot register yourself for first-year courses in MyNiu. However, part-time students must register for their upper-level courses in MyNiu. A course schedule was e-mailed to all upper-level students on November 20, 2013. If you did not receive the e-mail, please contact the faculty secretaries.

Law Library Hours for Finals and the End of the Semester

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY DAVID C. SHAPIRO MEMORIAL LAW LIBRARY 
Schedule of Hours 
December 2, 2013 – January 12, 2014 

The Law Library will be open Monday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 17, 2013 as follows: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a. m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - midnight.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - midnight
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 CLOSED

Thursday, January 2, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 3, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 4, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, January 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, January 12, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

CHANGES IN LAW LIBRARY ACCESS DURING THE FINAL EXAM PERIOD 
December 2, 2013 - December 17, 2013 
The Law Library will be open to university and community patrons from opening until 6:00 p.m. each day beginning December 2, 2013 through December 17, 2013. Each night at 6:00 p.m., access to the law library will be available only for College of Law St udents, Faculty and Staff. At 6:00 p.m., non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Subjects That May Be Tested on the Illinois Bar Examination

Subjects That May Be Tested on the Illinois Bar Examination 
(See Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704(e) ):

Administrative law
Agency
Business organization
Commercial paper
Conflict of laws
Contracts*
Criminal law & procedure*
Domestic relations
Equity jurisprudence, including trusts and mortgages
Evidence*
Federal constitutional law*
Federal jurisdiction & procedure
Federal taxation
Illinois procedure
Personal property, including sales and bailments
Real property*
Secured transactions
State constitutional law
Suretyship Torts*
Wills & administration of estates

* Currently tested on the multi-state multiple choice exam (MBE). Federal jurisdiction and civil procedure will be added to this group effective in 2015. All MBE subjects may also be tested on the essay portion of the Illinois bar examination.

Administrative Announcements from the Dean's Office

  • Evening and Weekend Student Lounge Access: The external door to the student lounge is locked each weekday evening at 6:30 p.m. The lounge door into the law library is unlocked at that time. Students seeking lounge access after 6:30 p.m. should go through the north wing of the library. From Friday evening until Monday morning, access to the lounge is only through the north wing of the library. Please note that during finals the lounge doors may be locked or unlocked later due to a modified schedule. 
  • Library Hours: The schedule of hours for the law library is posted on the last page of this week's edition of the Docket. There has also been a change in policy regarding access to the library during the exam period. Under that policy, the law library will be open to university and community patrons from opening until 6:00 p.m. each day beginning December 2, 2013 through December 17, 2013. Each night at 6:00 p.m., access to the law library will be available only for College of Law students, faculty and staff. At 6:00 p.m., non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave. 
  • Course Selection and Loads: Any students who would like to discuss course selection or their schedules should contact Dean Coles to set up an appointment. Students are also reminded that course loads of fewer than 12 hours or more than 16 hours require the approval of Dean Coles, which can be obtained by filing a Petition for Special Consideration. Petition forms are available from Barbara Manning in Room 276 or on the law school website under “Current Students – Forms”. 
  • Graduating 3Ls: Any 3Ls planning to graduate in December should check the information concerning bar loans and graduation e-mails described in the announcements from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Office of Budget and Records contained later in this edition of the Docket. 
  • Handbook and Student Code: The Student Handbook is currently undergoing extensive revisions. Until those revisions are completed, all academic policies in the 2012 Student Handbook continue to remain in effect, as modified or expanded in addenda posted in August 2012 and April 2012. The new edition of the Student Handbook will be issued in January 2014. The University’s Student Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all students at the College of Law, is no longer being published in booklet form. You can visit the NIU website for a copy of the current code

BLSA/ACS Exam Writing Workshop

On Tuesday, November 26, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society are co-hosting an exam-writing workshop designed to help 1Ls learn how to write a high quality exam answer. The featured presenter, Craig Boston,’09, is a BLSA alumnus and an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County. Although it is a brown bag event, desserts and drinks will be provided! All are welcome to attend this event.

ACS Gift Card Raffle

Just in time to buy books for Spring! The American Constitution Society is raffling off a $200 Visa gift card from skyo.com! Use the card on skyo.com or anywhere else to make your Spring semester purchases easier on your wallet!

Ticket prices are:
$1 for 1 ticket
$5 for 6 tickets
$7 for 10 tickets

Those purchasing multiple tickets (for $5 or $7) will be entered into a separate drawing for skyo.com gifts, including t-shirts, towels, pizza cutters and a zip-up hoodie! The raffle will be held on Tuesday, 11/26 at 1 pm in Room 188, after the Exam Writing Workshop co-sponsored by the ACS and BLSA. You do not have to be present to win. Contact any of the ACS Board members to purchase tickets.

We will be selling tickets in the Marshall Gallery at these times:

Monday, 11/18 (today!), noon-1 pm
Wednesday, 11/20, noon-1 pm and 2-3 pm
Thursday, 11/21, noon-1 pm

To check out great deals on textbook purchases and rentals, go to http://www.skyo.com/.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadline for This Week

The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Women of Color, Business Law, Financial Need, Academic Merit, Community Service
Criteria: Application, Short Essay, 2.5 minimum GPA, transcript, and can provide a demonstrated commitment to community. Restricted to second and third year law students.
Award: $3,000 (five scholarships available)
Deadline: November 28, 2013
More Information: http://leadingwomenofcolor.org/scholarships/

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mental Health Day

The SBA invites all faculty and students to stop by the Marshall Gallery on December 3rd from 9am-3pm to get some free healthy snacks, *pet some therapy dogs, pick up some extra highlighters/pens/post-its, and learn some yoga moves all in an effort to reduce the stress that comes along with final exams.

Note that everything is FREE, so you might as well take a break from studying and see what can benefit you:)

*Extra thanks to NIU COL SALDF for bringing in the animals for this event!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Externship Opportunity for Spring 2014

Interested in working in state and local government and/or legislation? Apply for the new Chicago-based legislative externship and spend Spring semester with the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus, a group of Chicago aldermen including Ald. John Arena (45); Ald. Bob Fioretti (2); Ald. Toni Foukes (15); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5); Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22); Ald. Ameya Pawar (47); Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6); Ald. Nick Sposato (36); and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32). The extern(s) will be expected to be in Chicago for 12 hours a week, and participate in a weekly civil externship seminar. Possible projects include writing research and policy memos on issues affecting Chicago, examining and cataloging how other cities have approached areas of interest to the aldermen, drafting model language for possible bills, attending committee meetings and working with the aldermen on other aspects of ongoing projects. Possible policy areas include voting rights, privacy rights, land use, education, and more. To be eligible to apply, students must have taken Professional Responsibility or be concurrently enrolled in it. Applications are available in the office of the faculty secretaries, Swen Parson 190.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Agen Program Informational Meeting RESCHEDULED

AGEN (FRANCE) SUMMER SESSION INFORMATION MEETING:  Because of the conflict with the ASP meeting, the INFORMATION MEETING has been rescheduled for Tuesday, NOV. 19, at 12:15 in Room 188.  All interested 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend to learn about this 6-credit summer offering from the College of Law.

Deadline Extended for Client Counseling Competition

As previously announced, the NIU College of Law will sponsor a team of two students at the regional competition of the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition to be held on February 15, 2014 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL. To select the team to represent NIU, we are holding an internal competition for which all second and third year students are eligible and invited to participate. The competition will be conducted through the submission of a recorded client consultation, which will be reviewed by a panel of from two to three judges.

The topic of the counseling competition this year is the First Amendment. Upon registration, each team will be given a one- or two-sentence description of a prospective client and the basic nature of the client’s matter. Teams will also be given the name and contact information of the person who will play their “client”. Each team is responsible for making their own arrangements for recording the interview session, which must be completed and submitted by Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information concerning the conduct of the competition is contained in the Internal Client Counseling Competition Rules, a revised edition of which was sent to students by e-mail on November 5, along with a registration form. For guidance, you may also watch recordings of client consultation sessions from the championship rounds of the National Client Counseling Competition, several copies of which are on reserve in the library.

If you and a teammate are interested in participating in the competition, there is still time to register. As announced in an e-mail to 2Ls and 3Ls on November 5, the deadline has been extended to Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Please submit a registration form to Professor King or the faculty secretaries on or before that date. If you would like additional information about the internal competition, please contact Professor King at yking@niu.edu.

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:00 p.m. in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for This Week

Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Women and the Law
Criteria: Essay on a topic related to women and the law. Entries are encouraged from people regardless of age, experience, qualifications, or place of residence. The only requirement is that candidates should never have had their essays published in journals or as non-fiction books.
Award: £250
Deadline: November 20, 2013 
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/k9zx687

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: International Law
Criteria: Write on any area of public or private international law.
Award: $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York State Bar Journal, the New York International Law and Review, and/or the International Law Practicum.
Deadline: November 22, 2013 
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/m7lszco

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner

The Black Law Students Association will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. They will serve ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, greens, dressing, corn, corn bread, dessert and a drink. This event is a chance for BLSA to educate and inform students, faculty and staff about the African-American culture through food, fellowship, and informative talk. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hesed House Homeless Shelter. We encourage everyone to attend. Tickets will be $10 and are available from any BLSA member, although walk-ups are also welcome.

Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S.

Did you ever feel like Alice in the rabbit hole when you try to figure out what is going on with same sex marriage in the United States and around the world? Even the simple question “Are you married?” can have different answers and meanings depending on context. Join us as we discuss the legal aspects of marriage for same sex couples and sort out this wonderful, confusing and evolving new world of marriage equality. Professor Boudreau will be speaking on “Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S.” at the LGBT Studies Third Thursday Lunch Series on Thursday, November 21, at 12:00 noon in the Blackhawk Cafeteria Annex of the Holmes Student Center. The event will be sponsored by the NIU LGBT Studies Program.

Latino Law Student Association Salsa Night

LLSA will be hosting a Salsa Night in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tapas and beverages will be served. Board members will be selling tickets until right before the event and the cost will be $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $13 at the door.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LLSA Salsa Night

Enjoy dancing, drinks and tapas with the Latino Law Student Association on Thursday night, November 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Don't forget to join us for Bar Review right afterwards! Tickets are $10 for LLSA members, $12 in advance for non-members, and $13 at the door.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Clinic Students Highlight Benefits of Clinic Experience - Applications for Spring Clinics Being Accepted Now

On November 6, 2013, students who have taken a clinical course at the NIU College of Law discussed the benefits of participating in a clinic and shared how their work in the clinic has provided them with valuable experience representing clients and acting as lead counsel in their cases. Clinical faculty provided information about each of their clinics and answered questions about the application process.

To learn more about the College of Law's clinical program and to hear what NIU law students are saying about their clinic experience, you can watch video of the event.

This Fall, the College of Law has doubled its clinical offerings and allows students to begin their clinical education in the second year of law school. Students who have completed 45 credit hours are eligible to apply for a Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Student License, with the Dean's approval. Although a 711 license is required for three of the clinics, it is not required to participate in the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic.

The College of Law offers the following four clinics:

Civil Justice Clinic
711 License, Lawyering Skills, and Professional Responsibility Required

Foreclosure Mediation Clinic
711 License and Professional Responsibility Required

Juvenile Justice Clinic
711 License, Lawyering Skills, and Professional Responsibility Required

NIU College of Law Medical-Legal Partnership
711 License Not Required
Professional Responsibility Required

More information about each of NIU's four clinics can be found at on the NIU Law Clinical Program website.

The clinic application and related 711 license forms are also available online.

Clinic applications for the Spring 2014 semester are due on December 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after December 18th, if space is still available.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Administrative Announcements from the Dean's Office

  • Work on the course and exam schedule for Spring 2014 is underway, but for logistical reasons it is anticipated that the schedule will not be available until the last few days of classes. Any students who would like to discuss course selection or their schedules should contact Dean Coles to set up an appointment. Students are also reminded that course loads of fewer than 12 hours or more than 16 hours require the approval of Dean Coles, which can be obtained by filing a Petition for Special Consideration. Petition forms are available from Barbara Manning in Room 276 or on the law school website under “Current Students – Forms."
  • Any 3Ls planning to graduate in December should check the information concerning bar loans and graduation e-mails described in the announcements from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Office of Budget and Records contained in this week's edition of the Docket
  • The Student Handbook is currently undergoing extensive revisions. Until those revisions are completed, all academic policies in the 2012 Student Handbook continue to remain in effect, as modified or expanded in addenda posted in August 2012 and April 2012. The new edition of the Student Handbook will be issued in January 2014. 
  • The University’s Student Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all students at the College of Law, is no longer being published in booklet form. You can visit the NIU website for a copy of the current code.

Civil and Criminal Externship Program Informational Session

On Monday, November 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the College of Law will host an informational session on civil and criminal externships. With registration for spring classes coming up, this is your opportunity to come learn about the process of enrolling in the externship programs and how to secure an externship placement site. Lunch will be provided!

Class Composite Pictures This Week!

Attention 3Ls! Our class composite pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A sign-up sheet is in the SBA glass case. There will be a sitting fee of $25. Please dress in business-professional attire. If you have any questions, please let Emily Perkins or Emily O’Connor know. Thank you.

Springfield Legislative Externship information session

Interested in spending spring semester in Springfield as a full-time legislative extern? Come hear Professors Maddali and Widman discuss this exciting new opportunity for students (3Ls, although 2Ls are welcome to come learn about it and plan ahead!) to gain experience drafting laws, working with legislators and other state policy-makers, attending legislative sessions and other committee meetings, and generally learning about the world of legislative lawyering. Even if you think you want to go into criminal law or other trial work, an experience drafting criminal laws and learning the policy implications behind the laws is invaluable. Applications, requirements, and more general info to be discussed Tuesday, November 12th, at 12:15, in Room 186. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!

SBA Town Hall Meeting

The SBA will hold a Town Hall Meeting for all students on Wednesday, November 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. At the meeting, there will be a presentation on the Academic Excellence Fee and how it benefits the students, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. Bring a brown bag or buy pizza from PILS for lunch and come to the meeting!

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (bottom floor of Swen Parson) on Wednesday, November 13, during the noon hour.

President Baker's Inauguration

The SBA would like to encourage all to attend President Baker’s Inauguration on Wednesday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. The ceremony will be followed by a reception (food provided), and then students and staff are invited to head over to the football game at 7:00 p.m. against Ball State. The game will be aired on ESPN, so the school really wants to encourage students to come and fill the stands. We hope to see you all there — Go Huskies!

First Year Professionalism Series: Reminder

Attorney Jeffrey Colman will give the final lecture of the Murer Professionalism Series for the fall semester from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in the Holmes Student Center Heritage Room. Attendance is mandatory for all first year law students. The lecture is entitled "Guantanamo:  Representing the Unseen Client."  Mr. Colman is a partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block. He has spent 38 years litigating civil and criminal cases, and he is the co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Professional Responsibility Practice. Mr. Colman has also received numerous awards for his extensive pro bono and public service activities. As a result of his commitment to reforming the law, he was selected to chair the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission in 2012. Immediately following the lecture, 1Ls are also invited to a “Continue the Conversation” over dinner in the Marshall Gallery at the law school.

CLS Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will be holding a meeting on Thursday, November 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188. The meeting will include a general discussion on topics relevant to Christian and non-Christian law students. All are welcome to attend this meeting! People of different faiths are especially encouraged to attend.

GSA Brew & View

Come join the NIU Law Gay Straight Alliance and watch the 2008 documentary "Trinidad," an exploration of what it means to be transsexual, on Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 188. Enjoy free beer, wine, and food, provided by GSA. All are welcome.

Upcoming Scholarship and Writing Contest Deadlines

ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Securities Law
Criteria: Essay on any subject within Securities Law (no length requirement)
Award: 1st Place $5,000, 2nd Place $3,000, 3rd Place $2,000
Deadline: November 15, 2013
More Information: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/STUDENTS/x15562.xml

ABA Haiku Contest for Law Students
Areas of Interest: All Students/Poets Interested In Con Law
Criteria: Take a break from your studies and write a haiku for a chance to win prizes. Each entry must address a recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision (2012-2013 or 2013-2014 terms) or the U.S. Constitution. Entrants may submit up to three unpublished poems.
Award: 1st Place $300 Apple Store Gift Card; Runners-Up $100 Apple Gift Card
Deadline: November 15, 2013 
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/awards_scholarships/haiku_contest_for_law_students.html

Marine Corps Judge Advocate General Informational Session

All NIU Law students are invited to an informational session with information pertaining to serving in the Marine Corps as a Military Judge Advocate.  The session will be held Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chessick Classroom (Swen Parson 150) (Please note: The date for this event has been changed from Monday, November 11).  For more information, please contact Captain Frank Swan at (847) 354-9857 or go to www.MarineOfficer.com

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:00 p.m. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. The program will be held in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

BLSA/ACS Exam Writing Workshop

On Tuesday, November 26, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society are co-hosting an exam-writing workshop designed to help 1Ls learn how to write a high quality exam answer. The featured presenter, Craig Boston (’09), is a BLSA alumnus and an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County. Although it is a brown bag event, desserts and drinks will be provided! All are welcome to attend this event.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Marriage Equality Presentation by Prof. Boudreau

Ever feel like Alice in the rabbit hole when you try to figure out what is going on with same sex marriage in the U.S. and around the world? Even the simple question "Are you married?" can have different answers and meanings depending on context. Join us as we discuss the legal aspects of marriage for same sex couples and sort out this wonderful, confusing and evolving new world of marriage equality.

Professor Boudreau will be speaking on "Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S." at the LGBT Studies Third Thursday Lunch Series on Thursday, November 21 at Noon in the Blackhawk Cafeteria Annex of the Holmes Student Center. Sponsored by the NIU LGBT Studies Program.

Events Calendar Reminder

The College of Law Events Calendar can be found on our website, by clicking on "Current Students" from any page on the site and looking under "Calendars" in the center column. There you will see a main calendar made up of three smaller calendars: one each for Student Events, Alumni Events, and School Events. Be sure to check out all three and use them to inform your scheduling decisions (particularly student organizations!). If you have an event coming up, please send the name of the event and your sponsoring organization, its date, time, and location, and a brief description to Jacob Imm at jimm@niu.edu, or give him a call at 815- 753-9486. Postings on the website calendar will also be included in the Docket.

Congratulations to Becky Leneau!

Rebecca Leneau of the Office of Career Opportunities has been voted Employee of the Season in appreciation for her dedication to students and the NIU Law Community. Becky is the first recipient of this award, which was voted on by the NIU Law staff. Please stop by and congratulate Becky for her outstanding contributions to the law school.

Client Counseling Competition - Deadline to Sign Up Monday, November 4th!

The NIU College of Law will sponsor a team of two students at the regional competition of the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition to be held on February 15, 2014 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL. To select the team to represent NIU, we are holding an internal competition for which all second and third year students are eligible and invited to participate. The competition will be conducted through the submission of a recorded client consultation, which will be reviewed by a panel of from two to three judges.

The topic of the counseling competition this year is the First Amendment. Upon registration, each team will be given a one- or two-sentence description of a prospective client and the basic nature of the client’s matter. Teams will also be given the name and contact information of the person who will play their “client”. Each team is responsible for making their own arrangements for recording the interview session, which must be completed and submitted by Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information concerning the conduct of the competition is contained in the Internal Client Counseling Competition Rules, which were sent to students by e-mail on October 21, along with a registration form. For guidance, you may also watch recordings of client consultation sessions from the championship rounds of the National Client Counseling Competition, several copies of which are on reserve in the library.

If you and a teammate are interested in participating in the competition, please register by or before Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. by submitting a registration form to the Professor King or the faculty secretaries.

If you would like additional information about the internal competition, please contact Professor King at yking@niu.edu.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students 
Areas of Interest: Intellectual Property Law, Academic Merit, Leadership Qualities, Member of a historically under-represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability).
Criteria: Application Form, Resume, Transcripts, References, Essay
Award: $5,000
Deadline: November 6, 2013 
More Information:   http://www.linninn.org/marktbanner.htm

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
Areas of Interest: Naturalized Citizens, Recent Immigrants
Criteria: A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country); Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline; Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support
Award: Amount Varies for the 30 fellowship winners (up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition)
Deadline: November 8, 2013 
More Information:  http://www.pdsoros.org/

Coffee with the Deans

Deans Rosato, Gaebler and Coles invite all law students to enjoy “Coffee with the Deans” on the morning of November 6 between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please come by for coffee, breakfast treats, and conversation on your way to and from class.

Federalist Society Debate

On Wednesday, November 6, beginning at 11:50 a.m., please join the Federalist Society for a complimentary lunch and debate featuring a live demonstration. Brian Morris will argue in favor of admissibility of polygraph results while Professor Cain will argue against it. The event will be held in the Riley Courtroom (170) in Swen Parson Hall at the law school.

BLSA General Meeting

The Black Law Students Association will hold a general meeting on Wednesday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in Room 187.

Clinic Informational Session

The clinic will be holding an informational session on Wednesday, November 6th at noon in Room 290 C in the Library. Come learn about all of our clinical offerings and hear about the experiences of clinical students who are currently enrolled in one of the clinics. Lunch will be provided.

Moot Court Society meeting

The Moot Court Society will hold an informational meeting on November 6 at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Barbri will be sponsoring the event and lunch will be provided. For all 2Ls who are interested in competing in the Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition in the spring semester, this is the meeting to attend. General information will be discussed, as well as important upcoming dates.

Presentation by Judge Judith Brawka

Judge Judith Brawka, the Chief Judge of Illinois' 16th Judicial Circuit, will be speaking on "Public Service and the Changing Landscape of the Law and Courts" in the Riley Courtroom on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at noon. Judge Brawka is the first female Chief Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. Recently, she has been instrumental in developing the Kane County Foreclosure Mediation Program, where law students in the NIU Foreclosure Mediation Clinic will be providing mediation advocacy for pro se homeowners. Judge Brawka's presentation is sponsored by the College of Law Clinical Programs. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation on Future of Public Sector Labor Law

Please join us on Friday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 186 as two NIU Law graduates, Khristian Parker and Alice Johnson, lecture on the future of public sector labor law. Ms. Parker and Ms. Johnson both work for the Illinois Nurses' Association, where Ms. Johnson is former General Counsel and current Executive Director. Following their talk, there will be a reception in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery.

Externship Informational Program

On November 11th from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the College of Law will host an informational session on civil and criminal externships. With registration for spring classes coming up, this is your opportunity to come learn about the process of enrolling in the externship programs and how to secure an externship placement site. Lunch will be provided. (Please note that this date has been changed from that previously announced.)

3L Class Composite Pictures

Attention 3Ls! Our class composite pictures will be Tuesday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A sign-up sheet will be in the SBA glass case this week. There will be a sitting fee of $25. Please dress in business-professional attire. If you have any other questions, please let Emily Perkins or Emily O’Connor know. Thank you.

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. The program will be held in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

Bar Loan Applications for December Grads

December Graduates: If you are planning on graduating in December and taking the February bar, bar loan applications are available on-line. Bar study loans are specifically designed for law students who are about to take the bar exam. A bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed as part of the application process. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, and living expenses.

If you have not borrowed the maximum amount of Federal Stafford Loans, you may want to use the balance to fund your bar exam preparation. Start your research on bar loans early, so that you get the best interest rate possible, because a bar loan cannot be consolidated with your current Stafford Loans.

Bar loans allow applicants to borrow a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000. You may apply for a bar study loan through your current student loan lender, or you may use a completely different lender. You may begin the bar loan application process online and submit your application directly to your lender. Bar loan applications will be certified by the University Student Financial Aid Office (Swen Parson Room 245). Most lenders have moved to an electronic certification process and will contact SFAO on your behalf to certify your enrollment status. You should contact your lender with specific questions regarding their certification process and inquire whether they have any additional paperwork to complete.

You should begin the application process at least 2-3 weeks before you need to have the first disbursement. The following are some of the private lenders that are still providing bar loans. As you do research, consider the following: loan eligibility, interest rates, co-signers, origination fees, length of grace period, length of repayment, cumulative debt limit, borrowing maximum and other incentives your lender may offer. Research additional lenders via the web and compare their interest rates before you sign. 

  • Sallie Mae Law Student Loan Program
  • Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan 
  • Fifth Third Bar Study Loan 
  • PNC Bar Study Loan 
  • Discover Bar Exam Loan