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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Harvard Law School--Junior Deferral Program

Starting in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law School will allow any college junior to submit an application for admission through its Junior Deferral Program (JDP). Under the program, college juniors can be admitted to Harvard Law School on the condition that they successfully finish college and then take a minimum of two years to work, study, or pursue research or fellowship opportunities.
In 2014, HLS began a JDP pilot program, which was open only to juniors at Harvard College. Based on the success of the program, the Law School has decided to make the program available to all juniors (or their international equivalents) at any college or university. The program is intended to encourage students to gain work experience prior to law school. It also aims to encourage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields to consider bringing those skills to the legal profession, which increasingly demands practitioners with high-level technical skills.
All students admitted into the JDP during the pilot phase have accepted their offers of admission. The first students admitted into the program will begin their studies at HLS in the fall of 2017.
In recent years, HLS has taken a number of steps to eliminate barriers to admission for candidates from a diverse range of academic disciplines and personal backgrounds. In 2012 the Law School began conducting interviews via Skype, and in 2015 it eliminated the requirement for a “seat deposit” for accepted students. In March, HLS announced that it would allow applicants to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to be considered for admission to its three-year J.D. program. Students who apply to the JDP will be able to submit either the GRE or the LSAT to be considered for admission.
Information for college juniors interested in applying through the JDP program is available on the HLS Admissions website.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

IMPORTANT: End of the Semester Information

Dear Students,

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through the next few weeks.

We want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.

One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.

FINAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION:

All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule (http://barnard.edu/events/final-examinations-spring-2016). If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four exams witin a 48-hour period, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

DEFERRED EXAMS:

(http://barnard.edu/node/1337/)
Students may defer an exam ONLY in cases of acute illness or personal emergency. If you need to request a deferral, you must:

a) Contact your instructor FIRST
b) THEN Contact  the Dean of Studies Office (212-854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. (There will be staff in the Dean of Studies Office as early as  8am during exam period).
c) You may be asked to provide documentation of your illness; the staff in the Dean of Studies Office can talk with you about how to share documentation.
d) If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the spring term will be administered in September, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website the previous week for the time and location of your deferred exam. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DEFERRED EXAMS CANNOT BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF EXAM WEEK. If you need to make arrangements to take an exam at another time due to circumstances NOT HAVING TO DO WITH ILLNESS, then you must SPEAK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY.

ILLNESS DURING EXAM: If you become ill during an examination:

a) inform the proctor
b)  hand in the exam, and
c) go directly to Health Services.

 If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.

INCOMPLETES:

(http://barnard.edu/registrar/incomplete)
Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site (http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/incomp.frm_.spring16.pdf), and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.)

GRADES:

Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code (http://barnard.edu/dos/honorcode) in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is NEVER, EVER the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice(http://barnard.edu/node/41201). PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT ANY MISREPRESENTATION OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN EXAM DEFERRAL OR AN INCOMPLETE IS A VIOLATION OF THE HONOR CODE.

ACADEMIC PROBATION or SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS WARNING:

Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. For more information, see the Dean of Studies webpage: http://barnard.edu/dos/academic-advising/policies-procedures-academic-standing.