Save the Date to Complete your Substance Abuse Lecture Required by the Ohio Bar

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

All students are REQUIRED to take a one-hour substance abuse lecture before they are permitted to take the Bar Exam in the State of Ohio.  We offer FREE substance abuse lectures to the entire law student body.  You do not need to be a graduating student to attend;  you just need to attend a one-hour lecture while you are in law school.

Please plan to attend the Substance Abuse Lecture on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room TBA

No R.S.V.P. Necessary

Each Session Begins and Ends Promptly

More details to follow closer to the date!

Substance Abuse Lectures are offered once during the fall semester, and once in the spring semester.   The next lecture after January 20 will not be offered until fall 2015.

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Important Examsoft Information


The download period for exams is well under way.  If you have not downloaded SofTest and your exams, please do so as soon as possible.  This semester we are trying something a little different.  We are not putting a deadline on the download period.  In the past, it has proven to be a bad decision because students waited until the very last minute to download and had issues.  Please do not let history repeat itself.  Also below are a few things to remember about Examsoft.

  1. Most professors have a default of 10 questions on every Examsoft exam file that you download.  That means you could potentially have blank questions when you submit the exam or not have enough questions in the software.  If the latter is the case, then most professors ask students to just specify the number of the question within the answer.
  2. Do not leave the room after your exam until you receive the screen that has the green check mark congratulating you on a successful upload.
  3. Be sure to have your computer’s power plugged in.
  4. PC users will not have to input their student ID when starting an exam.  However Mac users will.
  5. Show up to your exam at least 15 minutes early.

If you have any questions, please contact or stop by our office.  Thanks and good luck with exams!!

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New Externship Opportunity

The Reentry Clinic was recently named one of the top 15 innovative clinics in the country. The clinic has been awarded funding to share its model with other sites across the state. The Reentry Clinic seeks a student interested in doing a credit externship for the Spring 2015 semester. The student who chooses to do the externship will be involved in the following: 1) Traveling to Youngstown, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo to train and to supervise reentry clinics; 2) Preparing a report to the Ohio legislature on the success of the remedies used in the clinic; and 3) Educating employers on the benefits of hiring ex-offenders. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Professor Joann Sahl,

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International Business Transactions and Conflict of Laws will definitely be offered next semester

To: Upper Division Students

We understand there is some concern that the law school may not be offering two of our international-related courses next semester due to possible low enrollments, so several of you have either dropped the courses or changed your plans to enroll. That concern is unfounded. The law school is committed to strengthening international law and business as a major center of excellence. We will definitely be offering both Interstate Practice: Conflict of Laws (which involves conflict of laws across both state and international boundaries and is also a subject tested on many bar examinations outside of Ohio) and International Business Transactions. In fact, we expect to supplement these offerings going forward with additional courses and working with law schools in Asia, Canada, and possibly even Europe. This is the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and work closely with faculty members who can prepare you for an international career either here in Ohio, across the U.S., or around the world. If you are interested in these areas, we urge you to register for this course is a soon as possible.

Bill Jordan
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and C. Blake McDowell Prof. of Law
University of Akron School of Law

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OASP and Sum & Substance- Circulation Changes for Finals

The circulation period and overdue fines for OASP and Sum and Substance materials will change for Reading Period and Finals. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 29, these materials will circulate for only 1 day (instead of 72 hours) and no renewals will be allowed.  Overdue fines for these materials will increase from $1.00 per day to $5.00 per day.

These changes provide access to the materials for a greater number of students. If you have questions regarding these changes please stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with Ms. Nevins or a librarian.

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