The Final Stretch, Graduation & Bar Exam

Posted by Rochelle Dechowitz on December 22nd, 2011 :: Filed under Student Services  
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LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY
This is the law school ceremony for the CLS class of 2012. Each student’s name is read as they process across the stage.
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 3:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Students will need to be need to report to the law school at approximately 1:45, and gates for guests will open at approximately 2:00pm.  More information will be provided later on in the semester.
Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus
Reception: Immediately following the ceremony on the East Lawn
Tickets: Each graduate will receive six tickets for the Law School ceremony. Additional tickets can be requested in April through a lottery process and will be distributed the first week of May.
Caps and Gowns: Required. The rental cost (approximately $165) is paid for by the Dean of Students’ office if and only if all requirements are completed and regalia is ordered by the corresponding deadlines.

UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT
This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all 2012 graduates across the entire University.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Students will need to be need to report to the law school at approximately 8:45 am.
Location: Morningside Campus
Tickets: Each graduate will receive four tickets for the Commencement ceremony. Additional tickets can be requested in April and will be distributed by lottery the first week of May.
Caps and Gowns: Required
Diplomas: Diplomas will be available to graduating students directly after the Commencement program in Jerome Greene Hall. For a week or two after University Commencement, they will be available for pick-up at the Diploma Desk in 210 Kent Hall. Diplomas not picked up will be mailed to students at the address indicated on their degree application.

Accommodations for guests can be referred to on the Columbia University Commencement website at http://www.columbia.edu/content/parents-friends-family-2.html

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

For those of you in need of one, here is a quick review of the graduation requirements and corresponding deadlines:

83 academic credits (minimum)
6 terms of full-time residence at the Law School. To maintain term residence, you must have 12 to 15 points each semester (although you may petition to take one 11-point semester – see Registration Services before the end of the Add/Drop period for the Spring 2012 term)
Satisfactory completion of all required 1L foundation courses (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Moot Court, Legal Methods, Legal Practice Workshop I and II, Property, Torts and a First Year Elective)
Satisfactory completion of a course in the area of professional responsibility.
Major Writing Credit and Minor Writing Credit — registered for and completed
·    The Major Writing Credit should have been registered for by now.  The first draft is due no later than February 1, 2012 and the final draft is due by April 1, 2012 (for students expecting to graduate in May 2012).
·    The Minor Writing Credit must be registered for no later than the end of the Add/Drop period for the Spring 2012 term and must be completed by April 1, 2012 (for students expecting to graduate in May 2012).
Mandatory Pro Bono service of a minimum of 40 hours — registered for and completed

Please Note: There are various limits on the number of credits that may be counted toward the graduation minimum where those credits do not represent “regularly scheduled class sessions” (for example, clinics, externships, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, supervised research, non-law school courses, and more).
IF YOU’RE NOT SURE WHETHER YOU’VE REACHED THESE LIMITS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT JOEL KOSMAN AT THE ADDRESS BELOW.  A more detailed description of these limits — as well as the requirements for major writing credit and minor writing credit — may be found at the following link or in your Student Handbook: Rules

If you have any questions about academic graduation requirements, please contact Joel Kosman at Student Services (jkosma@law.columbia.edu).  If you have any questions about the mandatory pro bono requirement, please contact Stephanie Samaha at SJI (stephanie.samaha@law.columbia.edu).

Below, we’ve listed application deadlines and test dates for various states’ bar exams, as well as information about your next two opportunities to take the MPRE.  The MPRE is taken separately from the bar exam, and may be taken either before or after you take the bar.  We’ve also provided links to websites corresponding to the exams to enable you to obtain more detailed information about application costs and procedures.  We are providing this information as a service, but as good lawyers, you should not rely on this e-mail exclusively and should confirm all application deadlines and test dates independently.

BAR EXAM AND MPRE

MPRE
Saturday, March 17, 2012 (There is a process to request to take the test on Sunday, March 18, if precluded from taking the test on a Saturday due to religious beliefs)
Regular application deadline – January 31, 2012
Late application deadline (fee increased) – February 16, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012
Regular application deadline – June 26, 2012
Late application deadline (fee increased) – July 12, 2012

New York Bar Exam NY Bar
July 24 and 25 (MBE Exam Date), 2012
Application filing period: April 1 – April 30, 2012

California Bar Exam CA Bar
July 24, 25 (MBE Exam Date) and 26, 2012
Application availability: March 1, 2012
Timely Filing: April 2, 2012
Final Filing Deadline: June 15, 2012 (with increased fee)

Connecticut Bar Exam CT Bar
July 24 and 25 (MBE Exam Date), 2012
Filing deadline not yet determined

Illinois Bar Exam Ill Bar
July 24 and 25 (MBE Exam Date), 2012
Regular filing deadline: February 1, 2012
Late filing deadline: May 31, 2012 (with increased fee)

Massachusetts Bar Exam Mass Bar
July 25 (MBE Exam Date) and 26, 2012
Filing deadline not yet determined (but typically approximately 75 days from date of exam)

New Jersey Bar Exam NJ Bar
July 25 (MBE Exam Date) and 26, 2012
Application filing period: March 1 – May 15, 2012 (with escalating fee)

Pennsylvania Bar Exam PA Bar
July 24 and 25 (MBE Exam Date), 2012
Timely filing: April 15, 2012
Final filing: May 30, 2012 (with increased fee)

Texas Bar Exam TX Bar
July 24, 25 (MBE Exam Date) and 26, 2012
Timely filing deadline: January 30, 2012
Late filing deadline: March 30, 2012 (with increased fee)

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