December Graduation and bar matters

Greetings:  Item (1) below is for all third-years; items (2), (3) and (4) are for December graduates.

(1) The WI Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) has asked that all third-years be reminded that, re the Diploma Privilege Information & Filing Instructions, at the top of page two (under the heading "Filing of an Application") are some specific guidelines.  These must be read & complied with.  The BBE reports that students have been submitting applications without the proper form of payment and/or without the Authorization and Release Form.  Note that the Filing Instructions must be exactly followed for an application to be considered filed.

(2) Reminder: Deadline to file.  Per my e-mail of October 17th, the conferral date for December JD degrees will be December 21, 2008; thus, the deadline for submitting an application is at the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.  Note that the BBE does not recognize postmarks.

(3) Federal Bar Admission (Western District of WI).  On Friday, a packet of information was placed in December graduate hang-files; complete & return (following all directions) by January 9th if you wish to be admitted in the Western District.  (Note that the large-group swearing-in date at both the WI Supreme Court and the Western District of WI is Thursday, January 22nd.)

(4) Curricular Concentration Certification.  If you believe you have fulfilled the requirements for a Curricular Concentration and wish to have this fact documented by the Law School (by issuance of a certificate), you need to do the following by the end of the Final Exam Period (that is, by no later than December 19th):
a. print out the appropriate Concentration web-page that lists the pertinent requirements;
b. check off the courses that you have completed (or will have completed);
c. submit the page to the Faculty Advisor along with an unofficial transcript;
d. along with the above, provide a post-graduation mailing address.

Also, if you have any questions re the particular Concentration requirements, direct all such questions to the Faculty Advisor concerned.  The Faculty Advisor will then review the submitted materials & verify whether you have completed the Concentration requirements (to include whether you have done so with "Honors").  The Faculty Advisor will then submit student names (with addresses) to the Dean's Office, which will prepare certificates and/or letters for mailing out as soon as possible.  As you probably know, the five individual Curricular Concentration web-pages are linked from this page:    The respective Faculty Advisors for the five Concentrations are as follows:

Criminal Law (Professor Dickey);
Family Law (Professor Brito);
Labor & Employment Law (Professor Clauss);
International Law (Professor Klug);
Estate Planning (Professor Erlanger)

Thank you for your attention.

K. M. Kelly

Submitted by Kevin Kelly on December 10, 2008

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