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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, November 6th during chapel break to have your questions answered by your bar prep coaches, Bethany Lesniewski and Kim Kass.

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

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.

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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