Requirements for Students Traveling Abroad

We realize that many students will be traveling abroad over the course of the year and wish to remind you of the required procedures.  Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) prior to departure to:

register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry.  This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. natural disaster, civil unrest, etc). Registering is required for all students traveling on trips funded or arranged by the University and strongly recommended for everyone.  Students should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date.

review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release

obtain an International SOS membership card and review the program’s services

In addition, HLS students should review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings.  Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must:

complete and submit the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel

consult with Steve Taylor, Associate Director of International Safety and Security

This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel.  Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.

For more information on each of these steps, and traveling abroad in general, please be sure to visit our international travel webpage.

If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs.

We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)
TONIGHT 6-8pm
Austin West & Rotunda, Harvard Law School
– 6-7pm: A conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn.
– 7pm: Q&A from students/audience.
– Reception to follow in Austin West Rotunda with book signing by the COOP
– Watch The Paper Chase in Caspersen South, or The Pub the week before the event
– Check out the Special Exhibit in Caspersen Treasure Room, 4th floor Library

Security Series: RAD Class TODAY

As a continuation of the series of security events we offer, I want to remind you about the following event today:

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program taught by HUPD officers empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making one’s own decisions, and realization of one’s own power. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance self-defense options for women. The classes provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance.

Class is open only to female students, faculty, and staff.  From 3:15-5:15 pm in Milstein East C.  Space is still available so you can attend if you haven’t registered (as long as space permits).

Commencement Email #2

Hi-
As promised, here is the second weekly email about commencement.
Included in this email is information on:
1.     Ticket Ordering
2.     Graduating Students Reception
3.    JD Speaker Selection
4.    Graduation Award Nominations
5.    Disability Accommodations
6.    Yearbooks and Congratulatory Ads
1.  TICKET ORDERING
You will be able to order tickets to the various ceremonies through our on-line reservation system beginning next Monday, April 16.  We will send an e-mail detailing the process next week.
Here’s a quick summary of how the tickets work:
You do not need tickets to any of the events on the Law School campus on Class Day, Wednesday, May 23.
On Commencement Day, Thursday, May 24, you will receive 2 guest tickets for the University’s Morning Ceremony in Harvard Yard (you do not need a ticket as you will be seated with your
class).  This is where President Faust will confer your degree.  The Law School stands as a group and sits – no individual calling of names (that happens at the next ceremony).  This ceremony has about 32,000+ people and is a standing room only crowd.  This is not for the faint of heart
since it takes a long time to get in and out of the ceremony (as a rough example, most guests are in their seats by 7:30 am and the ceremony doesn’t start until 9:45).  We suggest that people who might tire easily or be more sensitive to temperature opt instead to watch the ceremony in air conditioned comfort on the many screens we will have available in the law school classrooms.  Sadly, because the ceremony is so crowded, we cannot give out any additional tickets for this
ceremony so your additional guests are welcome to view the ceremony in the classrooms as well.
After the morning ceremony ends (11:15ish), you return to the Law School for the Luncheon and Diploma Ceremony.  This is where Dean Martha Minow hands out degrees individually by degree and section.  You get 1 complimentary ticket for lunch.  You can purchase additional tickets for lunch ($15 each).  Alternatively, your guests are welcome to attend the Law School ceremony without tickets if they would prefer to just sit at a table and not eat lunch.  The ceremony is held on Holmes Field (in front of Langdell) and involves 5000 people at 500 tables of 10.  The
tables are not reserved so seating is first-come first-served.  Everyone gets a seat.
After the Law School Ceremony, you can return to the Yard for the Afternoon Ceremony which includes speeches by President Faust and the Commencement Speaker, Dr. Fareed Zakaria. You get 3 tickets to this ceremony but there is usually room for additional guests.  Graduating students don’t need a ticket so long as you are still in academic regalia.  This event usually involves 15,000 people.
You will pick up your tickets during the month of May – you will receive an email notifying you.  You must be cleared through the Registrar’s and Student Financial Office before receiving your tickets.
2.  GRADUATING STUDENTS RECEPTION
Dean Martha Minow invites you to the Graduating Students Reception Wednesday, April 18 in Milstein East: 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  An electronic invitation will be forthcoming.

3.  JD SPEAKER SELECTION
If you are planning to submit a speech for consideration for the JD speaker at Commencement, the deadline is extended to Friday April 13th, at 5pm.  JD students wishing to be considered are asked to submit a written speech that is no longer than 3-5 minutes in length. Speeches must be emailed to the Dean of Students Office ( dos at law.harvard.edu) and speeches will be reviewed by a committee of administrators and students.  If you were nominated by your peers through the 3L Marshals poll, please be sure to submit your speech to  dos at law.harvard.edu as well.   The speeches will be selected on the following criteria: originality and creativity, relevance and significance, and appropriateness for ceremony and audience.  Finalists may be invited to present their speech to the committee.  Decisions will be announced by Friday, May 4th.

4.  GRADUATION AWARD NOMINATIONS
We are soliciting nominations for some graduation awards:
The Dean’s Awards for Community Leadership recognize a number of graduating students who contribute time and energy to making the HLS community a better place through involvement in student organizations, community service groups and individual efforts.
The David Westfall Memorial Award for Student Citizenship is awarded annually to one graduating student for contributions to creating community within the first-year section and class.
The Frank Righeimer Jr. Student Prize for Citizenship is awarded annually to one graduating student to recognize exceptional citizenship within the Law School community through involvement in student organizations, community service groups and individual efforts.
The William J. Stuntz Award, recognizing the graduating student who, in his or her time at Harvard Law School, has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to justice, respect for human dignity, and compassion.
To nominate graduating students for these awards, please email a short statement in support of their nomination to  dos at law.harvard.edu by Friday, April 20.  Awards will be announced at the Class Day ceremony.
Nominated students will automatically be considered for all of these awards (unless you indicate otherwise).  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

5. DISABILITY ACCOMODATIONS
If you or one of your guests is in need of disability accommodations, please be in touch with Natalie Rios ( nrios at law.harvard.edu) in the Dean of Students Office, as soon as possible.  The accommodation tickets for the University ceremonies are on a first come, first served basis and are limited.
6. YEARBOOKS AND CONGRATULATORY ADS
If you haven’t already purchased your 2012 yearbook, go to: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A034275… to personalize and order! Your yearbook will be shipped to you later during the summer and will include memories from the 2011-2012 school year, Class Day, and Commencement. Follow this link http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/ybk_cp_… for more information on purchasing a congratulatory ad for this year’s yearbook to personalize and upload text and photos. Ads are a great way for you, your family, and your friends to memorialize your time at HLS, so feel free to forward this link on to those you love. And it’s still not too late to upload photos of your student organization, journal, events, parties and HLS memories: https://images.jostens.com/login?user=40… If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 400135497 and password: harvardlaw – browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload. (minimum recommended resolution of 400X600pixels). Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information. Click “Save Details”. It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!
*Please note that the Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used in the book.
Any questions? Email  dsaylors at law.harvard.edu
There will be more info to come in the next few weeks about tickets and other important graduation details so please check your email and the Commencement 2012 website regularly.  Thanks and enjoy the last weeks of classes!

 hlscommencement.com

Commencement Email #1

Hi-

We have to convey a lot of information about graduation and we have tried (and failed) at several formats.

We sent it early but it was too early and nobody cared or we sent it later and people were distracted by warm weather and paper deadlines.

Here is the plan.  From now until graduation, you will receive an email each Monday from our office.

We’ll try to keep you on track for deadlines as they approach.  You can always get more detailed info at:

 http://hlscommencement.com/

If you haven’t forwarded this link to your friends and family who will attend graduation, you should do that now. It will save you from answering questions as the big day draws close.

Included in this email is information on:
1.            Graduating Students Reception
2.            Academic Regalia
3.            JD Speaker Selection
4.            Graduation Award Nominations
5.            Disability Accommodations
6.            Yearbook

1.  GRADUATING STUDENTS RECEPTION
Dean Martha Minow invites you to the Graduating Students Reception Wednesday, April 18th in Milstein East: 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  An electronic invitation will be forthcoming.

2.  ACADEMIC REGALIA
The deadline to order academic regalia (consisting of a cap, gown, and hood) is Wednesday, April 4th.  To order, graduating students can go to The Law Coop on the first floor of Wasserstein and complete a form with information on size and degree.  The hours for reserving regalia Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The cost of reserving regalia is $81. Students must pay when reserving their attire. Checks, cash, Crimson Cash, and credit cards will all be accepted at The Law Coop.

Inquiries about reserving your cap and gown can be directed to Josh Feldman –  bksharvardlaw at bncollege.com / 617-499-3255

The good news is that graduating HLS students will be able to pick up their regalia in Wasserstein 1010 between May 21-24.  Additional information about regalia pick up and drop off can be found: http://hlscommencement.com/academic-atti…

3.  JD SPEAKER SELECTION
If you are planning to submit a speech for consideration for the JD speaker at Commencement, the deadline is Wednesday April 11th, at 5pm.  JD students wishing to be considered are asked to submit a written speech that is no longer than 3-5 minutes in length. Speeches must be emailed to the Dean of Students Office ( dos at law.harvard.edu) and speeches will be reviewed by a committee of administrators and students.  If you were nominated by your peers through the 3L Marshals poll, please be sure to submit your speech to  dos at law.harvard.edu as well.   The speeches will be selected on the following criteria: originality and creativity, relevance and significance, and appropriateness for ceremony and audience.  Finalists may be invited to present their speech to the committee.  Decisions will be announced by Friday, May 4th.

4.  GRADUATION AWARD NOMINATIONS
We are soliciting nominations for some graduation awards:

The Dean’s Awards for Community Leadership recognize a number of graduating students who contribute time and energy to making the HLS community a better place through involvement in student organizations, community service groups and individual efforts.

The David Westfall Memorial Award for Student Citizenship is awarded annually to one graduating student for contributions to creating community within the first-year section and class.

The Frank Righeimer Jr. Student Prize for Citizenship is awarded annually to one graduating student to recognize exceptional citizenship within the Law School community through involvement in student organizations, community service groups and individual efforts.

The William J. Stuntz Award, recognizing the graduating student who, in his or her time at Harvard Law School, has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to justice, respect for human dignity, and compassion.

To nominate graduating students for these awards, please email a short statement in support of their nomination to  dos at law.harvard.edu by Friday, April 20.  Awards will be announced at the Class Day ceremony.

Nominated students will automatically be considered for all of these awards (unless you indicate otherwise).  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

5. DISABILITY ACCOMODATIONS
If you or one of your guests is in need of disability accommodations, please be in touch with Natalie Rios ( nrios at law.harvard.edu) in the Dean of Students Office.

6. YEARBOOKS AND CONGRATULATORY ADS
If you haven’t already purchased your 2012 yearbook, go to: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A034275… to personalize and order! Your yearbook will be shipped to you later during the summer and will include memories from the 2011-2012 school year, Class Day, and Commencement. Follow this link http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/ybk_cp_… for more information on purchasing a congratulatory ad for this year’s yearbook to personalize and upload text and photos. Ads are a great way for you, your family, and your friends to memorialize your time at HLS, so feel free to forward this link on to those you love. And it’s still not too late to upload photos of your student organization, journal, events, parties and HLS memories: https://images.jostens.com/login?user=40… If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 400135497 and password: harvardlaw – browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload. (minimum recommended resolution of 400X600pixels). Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information. Click “Save Details”. It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!
*Please note that the Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used in the book.
Any questions? Email  dsaylors at law.harvard.edu

There will be more info to come in the next few weeks about tickets and other important graduation details so please check your email and the Commencement 2012 website regularly.  Thanks and enjoy the last couple week of classes!

 http://hlscommencement.com/

Catalog and Registration Updates

To all Rising 2Ls and 3Ls:
The 2012-2013 Course Catalog is now available on the Curriculum web page. http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cur…
Registration information can be found on the web at the following link. http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/reg…

Mark your calendars…
o   Clinical, Legal Profession*, and Multi-section Courses (Full Year):
o   Opens Wednesday, March 28 at 9am
o   Closes Monday, April 2 at 11:59pm
o   Results will be available in HELIOS on Thursday, April 5 at 5:00pm

o   Fall Elective Courses:
o   Opens Monday, April 9 at 9:00am
o   Closes Monday, April 16 at 11:59pm
o   Results will be available in HELIOS on Thursday, April 19 at 5:00pm

*IMPORTANT:  Legal Profession courses will not be open to rising 2Ls in this registration period.   Instead you should plan to register for available Legal Profession seats through add/drop and the Spring 2013 elective registration that will take place next fall.

The Registrar’s Office is offering HELIOS training sessions on the following dates:
o   Thursday, March 22 from 12pm – 1pm in Milstein East B
o   Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in Milstein West A
In addition, information about using HELIOs can be found by following the HELIOS link on the Registrar’s webpage.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any further questions. ( registrar at law.harvard.edu)
Thank you,
Lisa Burns

Lisa Burns I Registrar I Harvard Law School | 1585 Massachusetts Ave. Suite 4007, Cambridge, MA 02138 I (617-495-5440
*  lburns at law.harvard.edu I Office of the Registrar Web Page

February HUHS Announcements

Health Insurance Waiver Deadline: 2/28
Waiver application deadline for spring 2012 is February 28. Students with comparable health insurance who wish to waive HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan must submit applications online prior to the deadline in order to remove term bill charges. Info: http://hushp.harvard.edu/waive

Dependent Health Insurance Deadline: 2/28
Dependent insurance enrollment and renewals for the 2012 spring term must be submitted by February 28 in order to be eligible for coverage. Applications after this date will not be accepted. Info: http://hushp.harvard.edu/hushp-student-d…

Health Insurance for Graduating Students
The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) expires on July 31. Plan ahead early in order to secure insurance coverage for August 1. More information on options for graduating students:
 http://hushp.harvard.edu/graduating-stud…

After Hours Urgent Care: Schedule appointments online
Visit HUHS Patient Login to view available times and schedule a same-day appointment for non-routine care in our After Hours Urgent Care Clinic. Appointments from 6:00-11:00PM are available to book online beginning at 3:00PM, Monday-Friday. HUID required.

Reading and Study Strategies (Spring 2012)
Harvard Reading/Study Strategies Course: 2 weeks, morning or afternoon sessions, February 6-17 at Science Center, Lecture Hall E. To register, go to Bureau of Study Counsel at 5 Linden St. or call 617-495-2581. More info: http://bsc.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keywor…