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  1. ACADEMIC PLANNING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FREDERIC G. LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW

  2. The ISIS Registration System • Three phases to registration. • Advanced Registration • Start times are usually at the middle of April for Summer/Fall and the beginning of November for the Spring term. • Schedule Adjustment • Immediately follows advanced registration and flows into drop/add. • Drop/Add • Begins the first day of classes and ends at 11:59pm on the 5th day of classes for spring/fall, the 2nd day of classes for summer.

  3. The ISIS Registration System • Open from 8:00 am to 4:00 am on scheduled dates. • See the law school’s Student Handbook, http://www.law.ufl.edu/students/handbook.shtml, for the registration schedule for specific terms. • Registration start times will be enforced during Advance Registration. • These start times are staggered to manage the overall load on the system and are prioritized based on total credits earned. Students with the same credit hours earned are randomly assigned times.

  4. The ISIS Registration System • Registration start times for each student are assigned and enforced 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • You can find your assigned start time under Registration Prep in the “My Online Services” menu. • You may begin registering at or anytime after your start time in the Advanced Registration period. • You can access the system as many times as you wish until you reach 15 hours, thereafter you can only register/adjust after 5 p.m. and on weekends during the advance registration period.

  5. The ISIS Registration System • Schedule adjustment begins after the Advanced Registration period ends. • After all students’ (all UF) registration start times have passed the system is open to all students for schedule adjustments. • At this time, you may access the system as many times as you wish until the first day of classes. • You must be registered for classes by 5pm before the first day of classes or you will be assigned a $100 late registration fee.

  6. The ISIS Registration System • Drop/Add begins the first day of the semester and typically ends at 11:59pm on the 5th day of the semester (2nd day for summer). For the most accurate dates for drop/add, please refer to the Academic Calendar on the Student Affairs website. • This is the time to make final schedule adjustments. • Lots of scheduling shifting occurs during this period which often enables students to get seats in classes that were formerly closed. • You will not be able to make any schedule adjustments after the last day of drop/add.

  7. The ISIS Registration System • ISIS will access an interactive updated version of the Schedule of Courses with seat availability. • However, you should refer to the Course Schedules that are posted on the law school’s course schedule website, http://www.law.ufl.edu/student-affairs/current-students/course-schedules, when planning your class schedule. This website will provide additional important information about classes that is not available in the ISIS system.

  8. The ISIS Registration System The registration link will be in the My Online Services menu underneath the Register Now section.

  9. ISIS will verify your identity by asking for yourGatorLinkusername and password. The ISIS Registration System

  10. The ISIS Registration System Registration Page • Personal Information • Your Schedule • Search Options You will use this page to register and adjust your schedule.

  11. The ISIS Registration System Your Schedule displays the courses you are currently registered for. Allows you to View your Weekly Planner Schedule.

  12. The ISIS Registration System Most Common Search Options • Search All Courses • Add a Section These will help you find an open seat in a given course.

  13. The ISIS Registration System Add a Section If you know exactly which course section you want to take, use the Add Coursefunction. Enter the section number and the number of credits. Then click the Add this Coursebutton.

  14. The ISIS Registration System ISIS will summarize your requested action. ISIS will then ask you to confirm that action. To confirm, just type in your password and you’re done! If you decide not to add the course, just click on the Cancel button.

  15. The ISIS Registration System ISIS will confirm if the course was added or dropped. The section will also appear or disappear from your schedule.

  16. The ISIS Registration System If the section you want is already full, you can Search All Courses to find an open section.

  17. The ISIS Registration System If you would like to drop a section, click the Drop Button in your schedule next to the section number. You will confirm your Drop with your GatorLink Password exactly as you did when Adding a Course.

  18. Potential Problems • Registration Holds • All Registration Holds list the specific details of the hold including the office to contact to address the hold. • Section Closed • If there are no available seats in a given section, it will display the message “Section is closed” when you attempt to add. • Unable to add a course due to credit hour limitations

  19. Potential Problems • Prerequisite Issues • Departments have the right to restrict enrollment of courses/sections with prerequisites. • Departmentally Controlled • Sections for which the student must have the department’s permission to register.

  20. Solutions • If you have a Registration Hold, please follow the instructions in the hold to address the issue. • If you have a problem registering due to prerequisites, departmental control or closed sections, contact the department offering the course directly. • If you have a problem registering due to credit hour limitations, you may need to complete an overload petition to take more than 16 credit hours. 17 credit hours is the absolute maximum number a student may take in a Fall/Spring term. 8 hours is the maximum during the summer term.

  21. Additional Registration Questions & Problems Contact the Office of Student Affairs in 164 Holland Hall 352-273-0620

  22. Academic Programs/Policies JD Curriculum • Degree Requirements • Course Requirements • Seminars/Advanced or Elective Courses • Advanced Writing Requirement • Independent Study • Co-curricular Activities • Skills Training/Clinics • Externships

  23. Academic Programs/Policies Degree Requirements Completion of a minimum of 88 credit hours that include: • Required courses • Completion of the advanced writing requirement • Completion of advanced courses/electives

  24. Academic Programs/Policies Required Course Progression First Year Required Courses: • Contracts 5000 4 • Criminal Law 5100 3 • Torts 5700 4 • Legal Writing 5792 2 • Introduction to Lawyering 5755 2 • Legal Research 5803 1 • Civil Procedure 5301 4 • Constitutional Law 5501 4 • Property 5400 4 • Appellate Advocacy 5793 2 Second Year Required Courses: • Legal Drafting 6955 2 • Professional Responsibility 6750 3

  25. Academic Programs/Policies Advanced Writing Requirement • Each student must satisfy the advanced writing requirement in order to graduate from the College of Law. A student may do so through the completion of a seminar course (LAW 6936) or through the completion of an Independent Research—Advanced Writing Requirement course for 1 or 2 credit hours. All seminars shall afford enrolled students the opportunity to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement that is a condition to graduation from the College of Law.

  26. Academic Programs/Policies • Advanced Writing Requirement • the research standard for certification of the advanced writing requirement shall be, “…a major, finished, written product which shows evidence of original systematic scholarship based on individual research under close faculty supervision.”

  27. Academic Programs/Policies REGISTRATION PRIORITY * Registration-priority courses. These courses are not required, but the faculty recommends them for the designated term. Registration for these courses will be allowed in the term of priority. Registration in any other term is subject to space availability after Advance Registration. Note: Certificate program students have registration priority for some classes.

  28. Academic Programs/Policies SECOND AND THIRD YEARS Second Year – Registration Priority • Estates and Trusts 3 • Evidence 4 • Corporations 3 • Unincorporated Business Enterprises 3 • Business Enterprises Survey 5 • Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation 3 Third Year – Registration Priority • Trial Practice* 6363 4

  29. Independent Study • An Independent Study is designed to be an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member who has a special interest in the area. The student must obtain the consent of the faculty member and agreement on the number of credits to be awarded prior to registering for the course. The project must include per credit reading and writing components at least commensurate with those of a law school seminar, and shall be graded in accordance with general law school standards. Independent studies cannot be used to fulfill the seminar requirement. • Student’s may complete a maximum of 4 credit hours of Independent Study during their law school career; 2 hours maximum per semester. • Completed Independent Study Forms can be found on the Student Affairs website and should be returned to the Office of Student Affairs.

  30. Graduate Course Option • Students may take courses specified in the Graduate Course Option only if the student, through the exercise of due diligence, cannot take a course containing substantially the same subject matter at the College of Law. With advance approval, students may enroll in up to two courses in the UF Graduate School and/or UF undergraduate foreign language programs for up to six credits toward law school graduation. Although the grade is not computed in a student's grade point average, a "B" or higher must be earned to receive credit. Students on academic probation are not eligible for the option. Students enrolled in the Joint Degree Program are not eligible for this option. (Transfer or transient students who have received more than 23 credit hours for work at their previous law school may not be eligible for the option and should contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.)

  31. Academic Programs/Policies Certificate Programs • Criminal Justice • Environmental and Land Use Law • Estates and Trusts Practice • Family Law • Intellectual Property Law • International and Comparative Law **For specific information pertaining to each program, please access the College of Law website: http://www.law.ufl.edu/academics/concentration

  32. Academic Programs/Policies Skills Training/Clinics • The Levin College of Law faculty-supervised, advice/representation clinics integrate the college’s nationally-ranked scholarship with applied lawyering and problem-solving skills developed through simulation courses and by legal services provided in a fully-operational legal aid clinic. As a proven method of teaching law, clinical scholarship places case book theory within the context of counseling and representing real clients working towards resolution of real legal problems. Moreover, clinical interns contribute to a societal need by representing indigent clients within the local community.

  33. Academic Programs/Policies Skills Training/Clinics • Full Representation Clinic • Gator TeamChild/Juvenile Law Clinic • Family Law Pro Se/Unbundling Clinic • County Court Mediation Clinic • IPVAC Clinic • Prosecution Clinic/Defense Criminal Clinic • Conservation Clinic For additional information please see the Clinic website on the College of Law’s website: http://www.law.ufl.edu/centers/clinics.shtml

  34. Academic Programs/Policies Skills Training/Clinics • All Clinics except Mediation Clinic require intern certification by the Florida Supreme Court (CLI). Clinic staff will assist you in preparing your application for certification and must submit all paperwork to the Florida Supreme Court at least a month prior to the first day of the Clinics requiring CLI. NOTE: The CLI application requires a Florida Board of Bar Examiners “Clearance Letter” which MUST accompany your certification paperwork. If you have not received the letter already, you must register for CLI Registrant Status with the FBBE (“Student Registration” provides both CLI Clearance and pursues bar admission) or complete your Florida Bar application early enough to receive the FBBE background clearance letter in time for your CLI application. NOTE: Interns in the two-semester clinics need this letter one month prior to the second semester of the clinic. • The CLI background check takes approx. 3-6 months to produce the mandatory FBBE clearance letter, which you must provide to us no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of your practice clinic.

  35. Academic Programs/Policies Co-curricular Activities • Trial Team • Moot Court • Law Review • Journals

  36. Academic Programs/Policies Externships • The Levin College of Law’s Externship Program offers a “real world” experience not found in the classroom and exposes students to a variety of opportunities in the legal profession, while they earn academic credit. Placements are available at government agencies; in judges’ chambers; and with nonprofit legal institutions. • Externships help students develop the practical skills, poise and confidence necessary to be effective practitioners in the courtroom and the law office, and expose them to particular areas of interest. Externships also provide insight into professional responsibility and the operation of the legal system. Additionally, the externship experience enhances the legal resume, and provides important networking opportunities • Students may earn a maximum of 6 externship credits during their law school career.

  37. Academic Programs/Policies Degree Audits • Students are responsible for tracking their academic progression towards the JD degree. Requirements for the degree can be found in online or in your student handbook received at Orientation. The ISIS student records system allows students to track their progression using the University's online degree audit program.  The degree audit will show credits earned, requirements met, requirements outstanding, etc.  The degree audit also contains your official law school GPA used for official and unofficial rankings.

  38. Academic Programs/Policies How To View Your Degree Audit • Log in to ISIS • Click on Degree Audit on the left-hand menu to reveal links below. • Click on the Degree Audit link. • Log on by entering your GatorLink username and password. If you need assistance with your username and/or password you may call 352-392-HELP. • Under Degree Audits, click on View Complete Degree Audit.

  39. Academic Programs/Policies How To Read Your Degree Audit • The first section lists all required law courses. A plus sign (+) or check mark indicates the requirement has been met or is in progress. A minus sign (-) or X indicates the requirement still needs to be met for the degree. A minus sign (-) noted next to the Advanced Writing Requirement will remain until the semester is completed and satisfaction of the requirement is certified by the professor. • The next section lists all elective law courses. • The next section lists all credits transferred in from another law school. • The next section lists all credit hours earned and in progress (up to 88) that will count towards the JD degree. This must total 88 in order for you to graduate (less for combined degree students). Note: The GPA listed here is not your official law school GPA because it may include non-law courses. • The last section is your official law school GPA. This GPA is cumulative and reflective of UF law courses only. This is the GPA that is used to determine class rankings.

  40. Academic Advising Questions • Contact the Office of Student Affairs • Contact a specific professor whose expertise is in a particular area. You may find a listing of professors on the College of Law website under Faculty and Staff. Here, you will find information regarding their interests and expertise.

  41. Additional Questions Regarding Academic Policies Contact the Office of Student Affairs in 164 Holland Hall 352-273-0620 Students may also access the student handbook online at http://www.law.ufl.edu/students/policies.shtml