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University of New Hampshire Law Review

Abstract

[Excerpt] "If you have ever attempted to prepare a law school class schedule— juggling curricular needs, classroom sizes, professorial whims—you will know how hard a task is involved. If you bother the person in charge of the schedule too much, he or she might unleash the powers of the scheduler upon you. Next year you may find yourself teaching “Legal Spelling” on Saturday mornings at 8:00 A.M.1 Just like other educational institutions, law schools must schedule courses by taking into consideration student needs, faculty resources, and logistical support such as classroom size and equipment needs. Course scheduling is an administrative function, typically handled by an Assistant Dean or an Associate Dean, who works with the faculty and the registrar to balance these considerations in advance of the registration process. Usually, the entire academic year is scheduled in advance, although the spring semester may be labeled tentative until registration begins for that semester. It’s hard to imagine, but some schools even publish a two-year schedule of upper-division courses so that students can plan their entire law school career in advance. In order to give assistance to those academics involved for the first time in the scheduling process, this article discusses the law school scheduling process and how a scheduling software package has worked to successfully automate what has been seen as one of the most abysmal administrative tasks of an Associate Dean. We first provide a background to course scheduling at a typical law school. We then present a review of the tools for, and literature on, course scheduling, followed by a discussion of how technology can be applied to course scheduling in general, and our outcomes of applying this technology in a law school environment. We close with a brief summary."

Repository Citation

Shelley Saxer & Gary M. Thompson, Optimizing a Law School’s Course Schedule, 1 PIERCE L. REV. 181 (2003). Available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol1/iss3/5

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