March 4, 2014
As graduation approaches, you risk being swamped with forms to complete. (Thank you to those of you who have completed the 3L survey! You others, please complete ASAP!)
I’d like to help in any way that I can. The University Registrar and I will send you via e-mail all the information you need for graduation. Beyond the information to come later, and in the hope of reducing your headaches, I would like to alert you to common obstacles that interfere with applications for admission to the bar. You should:
1. Complete all of the bar forms as soon as possible. Read the forms carefully, with special attention to any deadlines and required signatures. Leave the forms to be completed by the Law School with me now, and no later than April 15, so that those forms may be completed and signed in a timely manner once you graduate. Students whose bar forms are submitted by April 15 will be assured that their forms will be given priority. Late forms submitted to me after the deadline will not have the guarantee of timely completion. Please remember that a number of us plan vacations to begin shortly after Commencement. If you wait until the last minute to submit the bar forms, I cannot guarantee that they will be sent to the bar examiners on time. If you do need something sent in a hurry, be sure to give me a written note telling me the deadline.
2. Be certain that all debts are paid to the University (this includes any separate debts owed to the Law School). If your account is not clear, the University will not allow you to have a degree transcript or diploma. You may participate in the graduation ceremonies, but you will receive an empty diploma tube (so as not to embarrass you). The University does not consider an account to have been settled until the check has cleared the bank. If you have any questions about whether your account is clear, you should contact the Office of Student Accounts, 116 Main Building, 631-7113. If you have payment issues, it is far better to discuss matters with an officer in Student Accounts now rather than later.
3. Be certain that we and the University Registrar have your correct mailing address for the summer and thereafter. If your diploma is delayed, or if you are awarded an honors change at graduation, the University will send you a replacement diploma in late summer. If we need information for the bar examiners, we will email you or write to the permanent address on the University’s computer system, unless you tell us of a different address.
4. If you need an official transcript enclosed with your bar form, you must request it online via the transcript link at www.inside.nd.edu from the University Registrar. The University Registrar will not honor a request from anyone at the Law School without your online request. You may send transcripts directly to the bar examiners unless it states the transcripts should be included with degree certification forms. If so, it will help if you have the transcript addressed to me in Suite 1100 Eck Hall of Law to avoid confusion with transcripts sent by applicants for admission to the Law School. NOTE: As an alumnus or alumna, after your netID is no longer active, you will need to pay for transcripts. See the transcript web site for details: http://registrar.nd.edu/alumni/transcripts_alum.php
Let me know if you have questions.
Law School Registrar
February 19, 2014
Graduation Day is quickly approaching! Plans are in progress for the many graduation-related events that will take place on the weekend of May 17 and 18. With regard to those events, you need to be aware of a crucial jurisdictional distinction. Some of the graduation weekend events are University-wide events. (The most noteworthy of these are the Commencement Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and the Commencement Ceremony that starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.) Over those events, the University Registrar has jurisdiction. His office will e-mail you information about those ceremonies. You will need to complete the online procedures that he requests in the email. Here is the link to the University Commencement page:
Some of the graduation weekend events and requests are Law School specific. First of all is the exciting news that the 3L survey may now be completed online. You will receive an email invitation from Institutional Research to complete the Third-year Law Student Survey. Please complete this survey promptly. You will not be issued graduation prayer service tickets or brunch tickets unless you complete the survey.
We have ticket procedures for some events. Please complete the ticket form that you will find at the bottom of this page and return this email to me (reply to sender). It is essential that I have the information in question by the close of business on Friday, Feb. 28. Attached is the Law School schedule of graduation events. At this time, we need to know the number of guests you expect to actually attend the Law School commencement ceremonies so we may order sufficient chairs and food. Please note on this ticket form your name and the number of guests you expect to attend the Law School prayer service, brunch, and hooding and diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 17. We ask that you try to have an accurate count of your guests to assist in the Law School’s planning. Law graduates and families will join the deans and faculty for Saturday’s hot brunch which is conveniently located in Eck Hall. Payment will be collected in April. Already I have received phone calls from families who are looking forward to attending these activities with you, their graduates!
We have asked the official photographer to take photographs of law graduates and family photos in Eck Hall (possible backgrounds include the Dome, the Courtroom and Eck Hall) on Friday afternoon, May 16. There would be no charge to the graduates for the session and proofs. Please indicate your interest in Friday photographs by checking the box below. Note: The University official photographer will take individual pictures during the Law School diploma ceremony on Saturday.
Indicate the number attending by including yourself EXCEPT on the prayer service and hooding and diploma ceremonies. After the figures are tallied, an announcement will be made of any limits on Saturday’s prayer service in the Basilica. More information will be sent to you in late March.
If you have a relative who is in a wheelchair or needs special accommodations, please indicate on the ticket request forms for both the University Registrar and for the Law School.
________I am interested in the Friday photo session for graduates and families in the Courtroom
________Saturday’s prayer service tickets desired (allocation to be determined) EXCLUDE yourself
________Saturday’s hot buffet brunch (approx $7.50 or $8.00 per person; INCLUDE yourself)
________Saturday’s hooding and diploma ceremony (open seating; EXCLUDE yourself)
Phonetic pronunciation of my name ___________________________________________
Your name (please print)
Special Accommodations needed for family member
February 17, 2014
Dear Third-Year Students:
Do you have a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or fiancé who is (1) a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, (2) a University faculty member or academic officer, (3) a member of the judiciary, or (4) a law professor, current or retired, whether at Notre Dame or elsewhere? If yes, would you be interested in having him/her “hood” you at the Law School hooding and diploma ceremony during Commencement Weekend? Please let me know by Friday, March 7, if you would like to take part in this unique experience. Also, please let me know who will perform the hooding and what year he/she graduated from NDLS, what position he/she holds with the University, in what court he/she is a judge, or at what law school he/she is or was a professor.