Volume 4, Issue 2, August 30, 2013



What’s Going On

August 29: 

Simplicity Training, Lunch & Learn (Career Services)

September 2:

Labor Day (No School)

September 5: 

Thinking Strategically: Creating your Brand/Marketing Yourself, Lunch & Learn (Career Services)

September 10:

Clinical Information Session

September 11: 

Clinical Information Session

September 11 & 12:

Dean Ray's Job Search Strategies, Lunch & Learn (Career Services)

September 20: 

Professionalism Day for 1L Students

Important Bar Examination Application Information for Students Sitting for the February or July 2014 Florida Bar Examination
If you plan to take the Florida bar examination in February or July 2014, it is time for you to review the status of your bar application. If you previously filed a student registration, you must now convert that student registration into an application to sit for the bar exam. The form to convert your registration to an application may be found at the website of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners at the following location: Convert a Student Registration or CLI Registration to Pursue Admission to The Florida Bar. Print the checklist for converting your student registration, and follow the directions provided in that checklist. The cost of converting your student registration to a bar exam application is $600.

If you did not previously file a student registration, you must file a new application to sit for the bar. The checklist for filing a new application may be found at the following location on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners website: File a Bar Application. The cost of filing a new application to sit for the bar exam is $1,000.

Please contact Assistant Dean Hernandez or Assistant Dean Singer if you have any questions about converting your student registration or filing a bar exam application.

Bar Admission Process for First Year Law Students
You can begin the bar admission process and pursue clearance for eligibility to participate in the Certified Legal Internship program. To maximize your savings, file your Registrant Bar Application no later than January 15, 2014, and you will pay the $100 student registrant fee. In your third year of law school, you will pay the converter fee to convert your student registration. The Registrant Bar Application is available online at www.floridabarexam.org

Any student seeking in-class or examination accommodations, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must make a formal request for such as soon as practicable. The law school will need adequate time to evaluate documentation and work out the specific accommodation. Requests for exam accommodations for the final examinations for the Fall 2013 semester must be made no later than Friday, October 18, 2013. In some circumstances, accommodations may be granted on a provisional basis, and the student will be required to timely submit additional documentation. If a student does not submit the additional documentation within the time frame established, he or she will lose the provisional accommodation and will have to reapply for an accommodation when he or she has additional documentation.

Students who seek accommodations or alterations in standard academic procedures because of a physical, learning, or mental disability must contact the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible after enrollment at St. Thomas University School of Law. It is the responsibility of the student requesting such accommodation to do so in a timely fashion in accordance with the requirements as set forth in the Disability Accommodations Guidelines.

Students need not make their disabilities known, unless they want to request an accommodation. If seeking an accommodation, the student has the affirmative duty to inform the School of the disability and request the accommodation. Information about a student’s disability is treated as confidential under applicable federal and state laws, and law school policies. This information is provided only to individuals who are privileged to receive such information on a need-to-know basis. Faculty members who are informed of a student’s disability are advised this information is confidential.

Once a student’s request has been granted, it is the responsibility of the student to request a modification of the accommodation should such modification be needed. For additional information and to read the complete Disability Accommodations Guidelines Handbook, please visit http://www.stu.edu/IMG/pdf/DisabilitiyGuidelineweb.pdf

Professional Responsibility Class Restructured

The Professional Responsibility Class has been restructured. We have changed the way this class is structured and when students have to take it. Now, the class is structured to be completed in ten weeks (in the fall and spring) and to be completed immediately before taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Students will take and complete the Professional Responsibility class, take the final for that class and then about ten days later, take the MPRE. This will all be completed before the reading and final examination period begins for the regular semester classes. Almost all state jurisdictions require that you pass the MPRE as a prerequisite to admission to the state bar. Students now must take Professional Responsibility in the summer semester after the first year or the fall semester of the 2L year or the spring semester of the 2L year. A student should take Professional Responsibility in the semester in which he or she plans to take the MPRE. If you take Professional Responsibility in the summer you should take the MPRE in August. If you take Professional Responsibility in the fall, you should take the MPRE November. If you take Professional Responsibility in the spring, you should take the MPRE in April. Students can visit the MPRE website for more information about the examination or see Assistant Dean Barbara Singer or Assistant Dean John Hernandez. The MPRE score is good for two years. So, once you take (and pass) the MPRE you must take (and pass) the other components of the state bar examination. In preparing for the MPRE, students should not only complete the course but also avail themselves of review materials from BARBRI, Kaplan, Themis, and the other bar review programs. All of these materials are provided free of charge..

Faculty Announcements
The Reverend Professor Raúl Fernández-Calienes, Ph.D., has published “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” in the Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment, which was produced in Washington, DC, by CQ Press and SAGE Publications.

Professor Leonard Pertnoy’s article entitled “Lions, Tigers, and Motions to Disqualify . . . Oh My!” is being published in 4 installments in the Friendly Passages Magazine starting with the July/August 2013 edition.