Student News

Pumpkin Painting at the Boys & Girls Club

The Illinois State Bar Association invites students to attend a Halloween event at the Boys and Girls Club of Valparaiso (No need for costumes). The event will begin at 4:00 p.m., and we will help, talk to, and most likely be entertained by the boys and girls as they paint pumpkins. If you have any questions, please e-mail IllinoisBarAssociation@valpo.edu.

3v3 Basketball Tournament

3v3 Basketball tournament to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This gives the students an ability to blow off some steam while being active and raising money for a great cause.

2013 Judge Luther M. Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition

Wednesday, November 6th, 4:00 p.m., Duesenberg Recital Hall, VUCA

This year’s problem explores whether a student’s art work was protected by the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause under Tinker and its progeny.

2013 Swygert Justices

The Honorable Michael S. Kanne, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The Honorable Philip Simon, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana

The Honorable John Martin, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Reception following the Oral Argument outside Duesenberg Recital Hall

STUDENT SEATING AT THE EVENT IS GENERAL SEATING

RSVP at valpo.edu/law/swygert-rsvp by November 1st to Reserve Seating

The Professional Moot Court for the Cure

Thursday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m., Wesemann Hall, Tabor Classroom

Judges: Robert Guy, White County, Indiana Prosecutor (class of 1984)

Bernard Carter, Lake County, Indiana Prosecutor (class of 1984)

Stephen Starks

Bill Trowbridge, CEO Michiana Resources (class of 1999)

Roger Bradford, Porter County Superior Court Judge (class of 1973)

Judge Bradford will be serving as the Chief Justice of the judging panel.

Reception with Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to follow.

Bar Exam Registration Information 

Each state has its own bar registration and admission rules. Those who intend to practice law are encouraged to become acquainted with the rules in the state in which they plan to practice, especially those rules relating to registration deadlines and specific courses or course credit hours that might be required during law school. Generally, registration for the bar exam is required during the student’s third-year of law school. However, a few states offer financial discounts and encourage registration for the bar exam prior to the student’s third year:

Alabama:            Law students are encouraged to register within 60 days of starting law school (registration fees increase after the 60 day period)

Florida:               Law students are encouraged to register in the first year of law school (financial discount available if file by January 15 of the first year)

Illinois:               Law students are encouraged to register in the first year of law school (financial discount available if file by the March 1 of first year)

Iowa:                  Law students are encouraged to register by November 1 of the first year of law school (registration fees increase after that date)

Mississippi:          Law students are encouraged to register by October 1 of applicant’s second year of law school (registration fees increase after that date)

North Dakota:     Law students are encouraged to register by October 1 of the second year of law school, or 14 months after the first day of the first year (registration fees increase after this time)

Ohio:                    Law students are encouraged to register by November 15 of the applicant’s second year of law school (registration fees increase after that date)

Oklahoma:          Law students are encouraged to register by October 15 of the second year of law school (registration fees increase after that date)

Please check your state’s board of bar examiners website for additional details.  If you have any question regarding bar registration or bar applications, please contact Bethany Lesniewski or Kim Kass.

Bar Exam Question and Answer Session

Do you have questions regarding the bar exam registration process or just have general questions regarding the bar exam? If so, stop by the student lounge on Wednesday, October 23rd, during chapel break to have your questions answered by your bar prep coaches, Bethany Lesniewski and Kim Kass.

Patent Bar Exam Session

Wednesday, November 6th, 6:00 p.m., Ulbricht Classroom

If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney,

Practicing Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI’s Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Bar Review Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest info on the Patent Bar Exam,
  • Who can take it,
  • How it works, now that it’s on computer and “on demand,”
  • When you should take it (you don’t need to…and probably shouldn’t…wait until you graduate),
  • How the America Invents Act is impacting the Exam, and
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam.

Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.

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