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READ THIS FIRST! is a collection of practical information about the UW Law School. It is intended to provide you with the answers to some common questions, and some guidance about how to find answers to the less common ones. It is important that, when you have a question, you check to see if the answer is here.

Please take the time to look through Read This First; knowing what’s in it could save you time and make life at the Law School easier for you. Read This First! is the place to start when you have questions, but it is only a start. You can get more detailed information through the Law School Web site (www.law.wisc.edu) and through individual consultations with the Director of Student Life, the Registrar, the Office of Career and Professional Development, and other administrators or faculty. This is particularly true in regard to graduation requirements and career planning. In addition, it may from time to time be necessary to check the Law School Rules, which are available online at the Law School's Web site under "Information for Current Students.”

This guide is designed to answer many questions students have as they begin their legal education, and it is also a useful reference as students continue through their degree program. Please consult this guide frequently as questions arise in the next few years.

Please let us know if there are things we can do to make the next edition of READ THIS FIRST! more helpful. Send ideas and corrections to registrar@law.wisc.edu.

Scattered throughout this guide are some examples of humor concerning law and a few quotations. The quotations are meant to be provocative. They were not chosen by a committee. They are not consistent-even those from the same author.

We hope you have a successful year.

READ THIS FIRST! IS CONTINUALLY UPDATED.  The most up-to-date version is available at www.law.wisc.edu/current

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have.” Emile Chartier

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