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77 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1983-1984)

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SEPTEMBER 16, 1983


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Cast members (I. to r.) James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, John
Houseman and Jane Kaczmarek with one paper they didn't have to
Registrar Praises New
Registration System

By Mike Isbell
The ability of second- and third-
year students to state their course
preferences at the beginning of the
preregistration process represented
a striking improvement over the
system used in previous years, ac-
cording to Registrar Sue Robinson.
The change was adopted last year
by the Administrative Board.
Students registering for this
year's courses last spring listed
courses in order of preference on a
single sheet of paper. Course sched-
ules were made available to stu-
dents in May. Previously, the
Registrar's office coordinated pre-
registration by using thousands
of computer punch cards. Students
initially signed up for courses with-
out listing the classes according to
priority. After a preliminary com-
puter run, students were given the

list of oversubscribed courses. After
going through a second registration
for oversubscribed courses, students
received their course schedules over
the summer.
Less Game Playing?
The difference [which resulted
in the improvement this year] may
have been made by the priority sys-
tem itself, Robinson said. People
tended to sign up for what they
really wanted. They stated their
preferences more clearly with the
new system. Because the faculty
prepared the examination schedule
earlier, people could also take a look
at the exam schedule [before going
through preregistration].
The end result, according to Rob-
inson, is that fewer cases of students
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VOL. 77, NO. 1

School Seeks
to Improve
By Brad Hudson
A common criticism of Harvard
Law School is that it affords too few
opportunities for discussion between
students and faculty members out-
side of the classroom walls. With
the arrival of students for a new
fall semester, several new programs
have been announced that will in-
crease the opportunities for com-
munication between the students
and the faculty.
These programs include a series
of open faculty-student meetings
entitled Inquiries, numerous ca-
reer-oriented presentations for ILs,
and two day-long seminars aimed
at second- and third-year students.
Inquiries is a series of monthly
student-faculty meetings designed
to explore diverse perspectives on
legal theory and practice. The first
session, entitled What is Law? was
held on Wed., Sept. 14. It was led
by Profs. Phillip Areeda, Elizabeth
Bartholet, Morton Horwitz and Hal
The program is a result of the
efforts of a small group of faculty
members: Scott, Martha Minow and
Charles Nesson, According to Scott,
he had long thought about the need
for having regularly scheduled stu-
dent-faculty meetings to discuss big
picture subjects. During the sum-
mer, when he discussed this theory
with various faculty members, he
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