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2002 SUMMER SESSION

Weeks of July 29 and August 5, 2002

No headlines.


Weeks of July 15 and July 22, 2002

Fall 2002 Course Information. 
(1) Federal Courts (Prof. Stewart, 370-001) has been canceled due to low enrollment. A complete list of course cancelations and other changes to the Fall schedule can be found at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/acadadm/schf02.html (scroll down).

(2) Commercial Law: Payments Systems (265-051), which was listed as instructor TBA in the final schedule, will be taught by Prof. Philip Hablutzel.

London Law Consortium. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other law schools. Brochures for the Spring 2003 semester have now arrived. The brochures describe the program in detail and contain application forms. If you are interested in obtaining a brochure, contact my assistant, Denise Lang, at dlang@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call a chicken crossing the road? Answer: Poultry in motion.


Weeks of July 1 and July 8, 2002

Chicago-Kent Law Review: New Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance. I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.

                 Brian J. Arnold                          Christopher K. Meyer
                 Matthew A. Bredesen               Alexis L. Michael
                 Patrick R. Casey                       Nicholas C. Oros
                 Ada W. Dolph                          Karla J. Rachwalski
                 Stoytcho Dontchev Draganov    Jeffrey S. Rinkov
                 Jeffrey M. Goldman                  Chad J. Shifrin
                 John W. Guzzardo                     Kevin A. Smith
                 Jeremy R. Holbrook                  Peter N. Surdo
                 Margaret L. Hudgins                 Courtney E. VanLonkhuyzen
                 Chad J. Husnick                        Bradley H. Weidenhammer
                 Ryan J. Liebl                             Kimberly M. Zielinski
                 Robert M. Mellican
                                        
Fall 2002 Course Cancellations. The following courses have been canceled due to low enrollment:

                     Futures Regulation (407-071)
                     Legal/Econ. Transition in Balkans (214-071)
                     Mediation (420-051)
                     Personal Income Tax (eve. section) (276-051)
                     Securities Regulation (day section) (361-001)
                     Telecommunications Law (203-001)

Joke of the Week. Question: What kind of cheese would you use to build a house? Answer: Cottage cheese, of course!


Weeks of June 17 and June 24, 2002

No headlines this week.


Weeks of June 3 and June 10, 2002

No headlines this week.


Weeks of May 20 and May 27, 2002

No headlines this week.


SPRING 2002 SEMESTER

Week of May 13, 2002

Spring 2002 Exams. The final exam schedule is linked to this page. Room assignments for each day's exams will be posted in the main lobby each morning. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080 or 312/906-5684). Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

Fall 2002 Registration - Updates. Initial Fall registration is now complete. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site (go to the Student Portal page and click on the online registration link). Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the online registration site to learn what classes you have been admitted into. The Fall Registration Bulletin, including the final Schedule of Classes, is available oustide the third floor cafeteria; online versions are also linked to this page.

The following changes have been made to the Fall schedule since the final schedule came out:

*Antitrust (Prof. Leslie): The starting and ending times have been adjusted slightly in order to avoid a conflict with Prof. Eglit's section of Constitutional Law. The changed starting/ending times will not create any additional conflicts with other courses. The new schedule is Tues./Thurs. 2:15-3:40 pm (instead of 1:55-3:20 pm).

*Juries, Judges & Trials (Prof. Marder): The exam in this class will be a take-home that will be distributed during the last class session and will be due back approximately one week later.

*Personal Income Tax--Evening section (Prof. Chapman): This course has been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Summer 2002 Initial Reading Assignments. The initial reading assignments we have received thus far are linked to this page. The assignments are also posted on the second-floor bulletin board and at the entrance to the bookstore. Updates will be posted when and if we receive additional assignments. The summer session is short, and many instructors expect students to have read the assignments for the first night of class.

Addition to Summer 2002 Schedule: We have added a section of Criminal Law: Investigatory Process, taught by Prof. Rudstein, to the summer schedule. The course number is 270-071 and is worth 3 credits. It will meet Tues./Thurs. 6:00-8:25 pm. If you would like to register for the course, you may do so through the online registration system, linked to the Student Portal page.

Fall 2002 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall 2002 semester will be posted on the Student Portal page no later than Friday, August 2. If you will not have Internet access in August, please e-mail me (SSOWLE) with the address where you can be reached over the summer, and we will mail a print copy to you. Updates will be posted after August 3 when and if we receive additional assignments.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

London Law Consortium. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other law schools. If you are interested in the London Consortium for the Spring 2002 semester, please contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE) or drop by my office. Information packets will be available shortly.

CALI Award Certificates. Certificates for students who received CALI Awards last academic year and this past Fall will be printed shortly. We plan to distribute them at a student awards luncheon that will be held in the Fall (reviving a former tradition), or we can make them available by mail upon request for those who do not want to wait to receive the certificates (e-mail me at SSOWLE). My apologies for the delay in providing the names to CALI for preparation of the certificates.

Orientation Leaders and Mentors Wanted. Each year, new first-year students tell us that their most informative and valuable information comes from other students. As someone who has been there, your advice can be helpful in easing the transition of new students into the law school experience. The Office of Student Services coordinates the Orientation Leader and Mentor programs each year. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Leader or Mentor (or better yet, both), please send an e-mail to the following address: orientor@kentlaw.edu. The time commitment is minimal and the experience is a lot of fun.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar Exam. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2002 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

Joke of the Week. Question: What did the farmer say when he discovered his tractor was missing? Answer: "My tractor is missing! "


Week of May 6, 2002

Spring 2002 Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. Room assignments for exams will be posted in the main lobby at a later time. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080 or 312/906-5684. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues.; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

Fall 2002 Registration. The Registration Bulletin for Fall 2002, including the final Schedule of Classes, is available oustide the third floor cafeteria; online versions are also linked to this page

To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Registration started on Wednesday, May 1 and continues through Monday, May 6. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 8. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that youwill be admitted to the class -- you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 8 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Summer 2002 Initial Reading Assignments. If you are enrolled in a summer session class, you should periodically check the second floor bulletin board for initial reading assignments. The summer session is short, and many instructors expect students to have read the assignments for the first night of class.

Intensive Trial Advocacy -- August and January Sessions. Please note that registration for both the August 2002 and the January 2003 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2002 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the final Schedule of Classes for details.

Orientation Leaders and Mentors Wanted. Each year, new first-year students tell us that their most informative and valuable information comes from other students. As someone who has been there, your advice can be helpful in easing the transition of new students into the law school experience. The Office of Student Services coordinates the Orientation Leader and Mentor programs each year. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Leader or Mentor (or better yet, both), please send an e-mail to the following address: orientor@kentlaw.edu. The time commitment is minimal and the experience is a lot of fun. 

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get when you combine a bird, a car, and a dog? Answer: A flying car-pet!


Week of April 29, 2002

Academic Calender Reminder -- Last Week of Classes. The class schedule for the last week ofthe semester is as follows:

                Monday, April 29: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
                Tuesday, April 30: Wednesday classes meet (Professionalism Day make-up)
                Wednesday, May 1: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

The last day of classes is Wednesday, May 1. Exams begin on Tuesday, May 7.

Spring 2002 Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. Room assignments for exams will be posted in the main lobby at a later time. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080 or 312/906-5684. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues.; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online bygoing to http://www.infoctr.edu/studentservices.html, clicking on Exam Database, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Fall 2002 Class Schedule and Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for Fall 2002 is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page. The Registration Bulletin and final class schedule will be distributed on Thursday and will also be available on the Student Portal page.

To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Registration will take place starting next Wednesday, May 1 and will continue through Monday, May 6. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 8. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that youwill be admitted to the class -- you must check the online registration site on or after Wednesday, May 8 to learn what classes you have been admitted into. 

I will hold meetings with first-year students on Monday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. (Day Division students) and 5:15 p.m. (Evening Division students) in the Auditorium to discuss course selection for the Fall and suggestions for planning your legal education. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (906-5130), or by stopping by my office (320C). Upper-level students with comments on the preliminary schedule should also feel free to contact me.

Corrections to the preliminary schedule: (1) Prof. Stewart's section of Constitutional Law will meet 9:15-10:30 a.m. (not p.m.) on the days indicated in the schedule. (2) The day section of Evidence taught by Prof. Baker is worth 3 credits, not 4 credits. (3) Commercial Law: Payment Systems will be offered on Tues./Thurs. (not Mon./Wed.), 8:00-9:25 p.m.

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the ship that ran aground with a cargo of red paint and black paint? The whole crew was marooned. 


Week of April 22, 2002

Academic Calender Reminder -- Last Week of Classes. The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:

                Monday, April 29: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
                Tuesday, April 30: Wednesday classes meet (Professionalism Day make-up)
                Wednesday, May 1: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

The last day of classes is Wednesday, May 1.

Spring 2002 Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. Room assignments for exams will be posted in the main lobby at a later time. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080 or 312/906-5684. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues.; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://www.infoctr.edu/studentservices.html, clicking on Exam Database, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Fall 2002 Registration. We have experienced delays in finalizing certain aspects of the Fall 2002 schedule, but it will be available soon! Look for the preliminary schedule outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Student Portal page of the Law School's web site.

Joke of the Week. A guy goes to his doctor complaining that his arm hurts. The doctor rolls up the guy's sleeve and is surprised to hear the arm say, "Hi, doctor, could you lend me $20? I'm desperate!" The doctor turns to his patient and says, "I see the problem -- your arm is broke!"


Week of April 15, 2002

Summer 2002 Registration. The Registration Bulletin, including the schedule of classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Student Portal page of the Law School's web site. Registration will take place from Friday, April 12 through Monday, April 15. You may register at any time on those days. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Friday, April 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to. 

Fall 2002 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall semester, when finished, will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Student Portal page of the Law School's web site.

Additional CALI Winners. Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the Fall 2001 courses indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced earlier this semester; that list is linked to this page.

                Consumer Health Benefits (Prof. Kraus): Mark E. Turek
                Family Law (Prof. Greene): Allison A. Krumhorn
                Legal Writing 1 (Prof. Henning): Ryan J. Liebl
                Trial Advocacy 2 (Prof. Kottaras): Jon R. Neuleib

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions regarding the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until after the grades for the courses are recorded. 

Joke of the Week. A guy wakes up after surgery and notices that the blinds are drawn. When he asks why, his doctor says, "There's a big fire across the street and we didn't want you to wake up and think the operation was a failure.


Week of April 8, 2002

Summer 2002 Registration. The Registration Bulletin, including the schedule of classes, will now be available on Monday, April 8, outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Student Portal page of the Law School's web site. (We hoped to issue the schedule earlier, but are still trying to confirm some anticipated course offerings.) Registration will take place from Friday, April 12 through Monday, April 15. You may register at any time on those days. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Friday, April 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2002 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall semester will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Student Portal page of the Law School's web site during the week of April 15.

Notice About Legal Drafting. For a number of years, Legal Drafing has been offered during the summer term. The upcoming 2002 summer term, however, probably will be the last time the course will be offered during the summer. Because the summer term is only eight weeks long, the class meets for 3.5 hours a week. This is a less than ideal schedule for a writing course, especially given the fact that most students who take the course also are working and/or taking another course. It is difficult to cover as much material on this schedule compared with a regular semester term, and missing only one or two classes means missing a significant fraction of the term. The eight-week timetable also makes the spacing of assignments difficult, as the professors have a hard time returning assignments, with meaningful comments, before the next assignment is due. For these reasons, the Legal Research and Writing Program decided several years ago to stop offering Advanced Research during the summer term. In light of these considerations, and because we are committed to providing students with the best possible research and writing instructions, we likely will not offer Legal Drafting after the 2002 summer term. Please plan your course scheduling accordingly.

Joke of the Week. A young boy decided to surprise his mother by bringing her a cup of coffee in bed. He'd made the coffee himself and was very proud. His mother tasted the coffee and almost spat it out, it was so bad. As she forced down the last sip, she discovered three little toy soldiers at the bottom. When she asked about this, her son said, "you know, mom -- 'the best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!'" 


Week of April 1, 2002

Summer 2002 Registration Bulletin. The Summer 2002 schedule of classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Law School's web page late in the week of April 1.

Joke of the Week. A man calls the hospital, saying frantically, "My wife is in labor -- please send an ambulance!" The nurse tells the man to relax and asks, "Is this her first child?" The man responds, "No! This is her husband!" 


Week of March 25, 2002

No new entries this week.


Week of March 18, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break runs from Saturday, March 16, 12:00 noon to Sunday, March 24. Classes resume on Monday, March 25.

Fall 2001 Grade Distributions -- Correction. A corrected list of grade distributions for Fall 2001 courses are linked to this page. The revised list eliminates pass/fail and other non-letter grades from the percentage calculations.

Joke of the Week.  Two guys were discovered shouting "together! together!" in the woods. When asked what they were doing, one of the guys responded, "we were lost, and we thought we'd have a better chance of being found if we yelled together." 


Week of March 11, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break runs from Saturday, March 16, 12:00 noon to Sunday, March 24. Classes resume on Monday, March 25.

Fall 2001 CALI Award Winners. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Fall 2001 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the professor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record as we receive them.

Fall 2001 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions for Fall 2001 courses are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week.  Jane: Where does your mother come from? Joe: Alaska. Jane: Don't bother, I'll ask her myself. 


Week of March 4, 2002

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs.  The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2001 semester are linked to this page.

Joke of the Week.  Why is the alphabet in that order -- is it because of that song?


Week of February 25, 2002

Joke of the Week.  If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 


Week of February 18, 2002

No new entries this week.


Week of February 11, 2002

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve.  A list of Spring 2002 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page

Joke of the Week.  Question:  How many Dadaists does it take to change a lightbulb?  Answer:  To get to the other side.


Week of February 4, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.  All law school classes (day and evening) are canceled on Wednesday, February 6, for Law as a Profession Day.  Second-year students are required to attend the program.

Joke of the Week.  Patient:  Doc, I think my tonsils need to be taken out.  Doctor:  Fine, I'll make the reservations -- dinner and a movie OK?


Week of January 28, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.  All law school classes (day and evening) are canceled on Wednesday, February 6, for Law as a Profession Day.  Second-year students are required to attend the program.

Volunteers Needed for Law as a Profession Day.  Student volunteers are needed for the upcoming Law as a Profession Day program (see above).  First-year students -- if you're interested in helping out with registration and other miscellaneous duties; and upper-level students -- if you're interested in escorting speakers to their rooms (possible networking opportunities!), please e-mail profday@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the Week.  Shouldn't there be a shorter word for "monosyllabic"?


Week of January 21, 2002

Academic Calendar Reminder.  In observance of Dr. King's Birthday, there will be no classes on Monday, January 21.

New Policy on Adding Classes.  Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Joke of the Week.  Question:  Why did the dog lie down in the shade?  Answer:  He didn't want to be a hot dog.  Question:  Why did the cat lie down in the shade?  Answer:  She wanted to be a cool cat.  (Thanks to Philipe Couloute for this week's joke.)


Week of January 14, 2002

Welcome Back! Congratulations to all first-year students on completing your first semester of law school, and to upper-level students for making it one semester closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break and that your Spring semester is productive and interesting.

Academic Calendar Reminder.  In observance of Dr. King's Birthday, there will be no classes on Monday, January 21.

New Policy on Adding Classes.  Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Spring 2002 Initial Reading Assignments.  Initial assignments for many Spring 2002 courses are linked to this page.

Spring 2002 Classroom Assignments. Classroom assignments for Spring courses are posted in the front lobby.

Spring 2002 Schedule Changes.  A list of additions and other changes to the Spring schedule is linked to this page.

Spring 2002 Trial Advocacy Section Assignments.  Assignments for the Spring 2002 sections of Trial Advocacy 1 and Trial Advocacy 2 are linked to this page.

Spring 2002 Final Exams.  The final exam schedule for the Spring semester is linked to this page.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.  If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact me.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners.  Registration packets are available in the Registrarís office.  The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2002. The forms and instructions are also available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/.  Because the forms are now available online, the bar examiners have provided us with fewer application packets than in past years. We will distribute them as long as supplies last. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.  If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam.  The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain.  I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as they are available and begin working on it. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school.  Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission.  You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms.  You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements.  Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrarís office and in my office. 

July 2002 Illinois Bar Application. The July 2002 Illinois bar applications are available in the Registrar's office.  Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2002.  The forms and instructions are also available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/.  Because the forms are now available online, the bar examiners have provided us with fewer application packets than in past years. We will distribute them as long as supplies last. Please note:  Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a ďCertificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal EducationĒ to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in May, so you may discard the one included in the application materials. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school.  Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our  Application for Admission.  You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms.  You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).  The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois.  The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on March 9, 2002, are available in the Registrar's office.  The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 29, 2002 (the late deadline is February 14).

Joke of the Week.  A guy goes into a bar and says, "Give me a drink before the trouble starts."  The bartender gives him a drink.  After the guy finishes the drink, he says again, "Give me a drink before the trouble starts."  This happens a couple of more times, and finally the bartender asks, "When is the trouble going to start?"  The guy responds, "The trouble starts as soon as you realize I don't have any money."


FALL 2001 SEMESTER

Week of December 10, 2001

Good Luck and Happy Holidays.  I wish all of you the best of luck on your exams, and a joyous holiday season.

July 2002 Illinois Bar Application. The July 2002 Illinois bar applications have finally arrived and are available in the Registrar's office.  Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2002.  The forms and instructions are also available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/.  Because the forms are now available online, the bar examiners have provided us with fewer application packets than in past years. We will distribute them as long as supplies last. Please note:  Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet.

Fall 2001 Exams.  Final exams for the Fall semester run from Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 21.  The final exam schedule is linked to this page

Room Assignments and Exam Procedures. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams; if you have not received your exam schedule, please contact the Registrar's office.  Room assignments will also be posted in the front lobby. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5130) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
Consulting Laptops During Exams.  Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note:  This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Important Information About Taking Exams on Computer.  If you will be taking one or more of your exams on computer (either a lab computer or your own laptop computer), please review the announcement recently e-mailed to students by the Center for Law and Computers; the announcement is linked to this page.

Spring 2002 Registration -- Updates.  We have had to cancel several Spring courses, most due to inadequate enrollment.  The courses are listed below.
Comparative Tort Law (Prof. Wright): 652-051
Estate Planning (Prof. Rosenberg): 414-051
Gift & Estate Tax (Prof. Brzezenski): 368-051
International Business Transactions (Prof. Lavin): 387-051
Legal & Economic Transition in Southeastern Europe & the Balkans
      (Prof. Gordon): 285-071
State Constitutional Law (Prof. Koehler): 629-001
Spring 2002 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester will be posted on the Student Portal page on Thursday, December 20. If you will not have Internet access in August, please notify us that you would like a paper copy mailed to you by sending me an e-mail (SSOWLE) with the address where you can be reached over the summer; or fill out the bottom portion of a form that will be available outside the third floor cafeteria. Assignments not received by December 20 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as they are received. 

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the holiday break.  If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605.  In addition, you may order your course books over the web by clicking on the bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Joke of the Week.  Customer:  Could I have a Game Boy for my son?  Clerk:  I'm sorry, we don't do exchanges.


Week of December 3, 2001

Flu Shots -- Additional Day Scheduled.  The Counseling and Health Services office has scheduled an additional day for flu shots: Wednesday, December 5, 12:00-5:40 p.m., in Rm. 590. No appointment is necessary. The shots cost $15 each; you may pay by check or cash. 

Academic Calendar Reminder. The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, December 3:   Monday classes starting 4:00 and after only meet (day classes do not meet)
Tuesday, December 4:  Thursday classes meet
Wednesday, December 5:  Tuesday classes meet (last day of classes)*

* Make-up day for class cancellations on Tuesday, September 11.

Read period runs from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9.  Exams start on Monday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 21. 

New Policy on Adding Classes. Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Fall 2001 Exams.

Exam Schedule.  The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page

Consulting Laptops During Exams.  Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note:  This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Important Information About Taking Exams on Computer.  If you will be taking one or more of your exams on computer (either a lab computer or your own laptop computer), please review the announcement recently e-mailed to students by the Center for Law and Computers; the announcement is linked to this page.

Spring 2002 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester will be posted on the Student Portal page on Thursday, December 20. If you will not have Internet access in August, please notify us that you would like a paper copy mailed to you by sending me an e-mail (SSOWLE) with the address where you can be reached over the summer; or fill out the bottom portion of a form that will be available outside the third floor cafeteria. Assignments not received by December 20 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as they are received. 

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the holiday break.  If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605.  In addition, you may order your course books over the web by clicking on the bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Joke of the Week.  A guy once entered a pun contest.  He send in ten different puns, hoping that at least one of the puns would win.  Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.


Week of November 26, 2001

Flu Shots.  Flu shots will be available to Law School faculty, staff, and students on Monday, November 26, from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 305, and on Thursday, November 29, from 12:00 - 5:40 p.m. in Rm. 580.  No appointment is necessary.  The shots cost $15 each; you may pay by check or cash.

Academic Calendar Reminder.  The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Week of November 26:
All classes meet as usual, except that on Wednesday, November 28, the only classes that meet are classes starting 4:00 and after (day classes do not meet).

Week of December 3:
Monday, December 3:   Monday classes starting 4:00 and after only meet (day classes do not meet)
Tuesday, December 4:  Thursday classes meet
Wednesday, December 5:  Tuesday classes meet (last day of classes)*

* Make-up day for class cancellations on Tuesday, September 11.

Read period runs from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9.  Exams start on Monday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 21.

Spring 2002 Registration. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Tuesday, November 27. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Tuesday, November 27 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Correction: If you plan to add Employment Relationships with Professor Leader during the add/drop period, please note the following correction:  the course number is 391-051 (not 365-051).  If you have already registered for the course, you do not need to do anything further; we have made the necessary corrections in the system.

New Policy on Adding Classes.  Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Fall 2001 Exams.

Exam Schedule.  The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.  The deadline for signing up to take your exams on computer is Friday, November 30.  You may sign up online to take exams on computer by going to http://webmail.kentlaw.edu and logging in.  After logging in, click on the link for Web for Students; at that page, click on the link entitled Register for Exams on Computer. You will be allowed to register to take an exam on computer only if the professor has authorized this option. If the option is not available for a certain course, the professor has not returned the request form or does not allow exams on computer. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams.  Many professors make their old exams available for students to review.  Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.  Exams after 1992 are available in the Document Center on the 9th floor of the Library.

Joke of the Week.  Question: What's bright orange and sounds like a parrot?  Answer: A carrot!
Week of November 19, 2001

Academic Calendar Reminder.  The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Week of November 26:
All classes meet as usual, except that on Wednesday, November 28, the only classes that meet are classes starting 4:00 and after (day classes do not meet).

Week of December 3:
Monday, December 3:   Monday classes starting 4:00 and after only meet (day classes do not meet)
Tuesday, December 4:  Thursday classes meet
Wednesday, December 5:  Tuesday classes meet (last day of classes)*

* Make-up day for class cancellations on Tuesday, September 11.

Read period runs from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9.  Exams start on Monday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 21.

Spring 2002 Class Schedule and Registration. The Registration Bulletin for Spring 2002, including the final Schedule of Classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page. To register, go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Registration runs from Friday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 20. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each studentís registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Tuesday, November 27. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Tuesday, November 27 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Correction: There will be no exam in Legal & Economic Transition in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Spring 2002 Registration for First-Year Students.  First-year students must register for Spring classes despite having fixed schedules. Please be sure to register for the courses listed for your current section. Notice to Day Division students in Section B:  Students in Section B who have Professor Bauer or Professor Current for Legal Writing should register for Professor Stewartís B1 section of Civil Procedure; students in Section B who have Professor Henderson or Professor Pingree for Legal Writing should register for Professor Marderís B2 section of Civil Procedure.

List of Recommended Courses:  A list of recommended upper-level courses adopted by the faculty is linked to this page.

New Policy on Adding Classes.  Under a new policy adopted by the faculty, you may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester.

Notice About Gift & Estate Tax Course -- The Estate Tax Has Not Been Repealed:  A message from Professor Sherman: If you think you no longer need to understand federal estate taxes in order to counsel people regarding wills and estates, think again! Congress has raised the exemptions and lowered the tax rates somewhat, but last springís tax legislation keeps the estate tax in place until the year 2010, at which time the estate tax will be replacedófor one year onlyówith an income tax rule that still requires knowledge of the pre-2010 estate tax statute. And one year later, in 2011, the estate tax will come back into full force as before, unless Congress passes a new statute permanently canceling the estate tax. The federal gift tax has been left largely untouched by the recent legislation; we will continue to have a gift tax, even in 2010 and beyond.

If you want to assist clients with planning their estates, you must be acquainted with the material covered in the Gift and Estate Tax course.  Estate planning is not just for the rich.  The current $1 million exemption may seem immense, but for most business or professional people all it takes is a house, a pension, and some life insurance and youíve reached the $1 million threshold.  Itís true that the number of people who end up having to pay estate tax is much smaller than the number of people who pay income tax, but thatís because itís much easier to avoid estate tax:  with proper planning.  And weíll be discussing planning techniques as part of the course.

IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPROs).  Students may obtain one credit of independent research by joining a university-wide team to work on projects furnished by industry. Information about one IPRO, sponsored by the Law School, appears below. Information about other IPRO opportunities is available at http://ipro.iit.edu (click on the IPRO Listings link). If you would like to register for an IPRO, contact Dean Krent. All IPROs are one credit hour.
     Ukraine E-Commerce Project: Students will research different legal aspects of e-commerce to prepare commentary and case studies for inclusion on a wegb site devoted to explaining and demystifying legal problems encountered by e-commerce entrepreneurs. Contact Dean Krent for more information.

Fall 2001 Exams.

Exam Schedule.  The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.  The deadline for signing up to take your exams on computer is Friday, November 30.  You may sign up online to take exams on computer by going to http://webmail.kentlaw.edu and logging in.  After logging in, click on the link for Web for Students; at that page, click on the link entitled Register for Exams on Computer. You will be allowed to register to take an exam on computer only if the professor has authorized this option. If the option is not available for a certain course, the professor has not returned the request form or does not allow exams on computer. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams.  Many professors make their old exams available for students to review.  Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.  Exams after 1992 are available in the Document Center on the 9th floor of the Library. 

Joke of the Week.  A patient says to his therapist, "I've had this strange feeling that I'm actually a bridge."  The therapists remarks, "That's odd -- what's come over you?"  The patient responds, "So far, five cars, two trucks, and a bus."
Week of November 12, 2001

Spring 2002 Schedule and Registration.  The preliminary schedule of classes for Spring 2002 is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page. The Registration Bulletin and final class schedule will be distributed next week and will also be available online.

To register, go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School. Registration is tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 20. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each studentís registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the registration web site on or after Tuesday, November 27. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guaranteed that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Tuesday, November 27 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.  You may sign up online to take exams on computer by going to webmail.kentlaw.edu and logging in.  After logging in, click on the link for Web for Students; at that page, click on the link entitled Register for Exams on Computer. You will be allowed to register to take an exam on computer only if the professor has authorized this option. If the option is not available for a certain course, the professor has not returned the request form or does not allow exams on computer. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Teaching Evaluations.  Teaching evaluations will be distributed during the week of November 26 to elicit students' opinions regarding the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until after the grades for the courses are recorded.

Trial Advocacy Team Tryouts.  A message from the directors of the Trial Advocacy Program:  Tryouts for the 2001-2002 Chicago-Kent National Trial Advocacy Team and for the 2001-2002 Kent ATLA Team will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2001. All interested students should be in the school courtroom at 5:00 p.m.  All students who are taking at least 9 hours this semester are eligible to try out. This will be an open competition. We will pick four to six students to participate in the two regional competitions.

The regional competitions will be held in February and March of 2002. The regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The regionals for the ATLA Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals of the National Trial Competition will proceed on to the National Finals in Austin, Texas, in April. The winners of the ATLA Regionals will compete in Chicago in March. The school is sponsoring both teams. We have assembled two excellent coaching staffs made up of experienced faculty and trial practitioners to serve as coaches for both teams. Judge Erickson will be the head coach for the National Trial Competition Team and Adjunct Professors Patti Sudendorf and Isreal Desierto will be the head coaches for the KATLA Team.

The National Trial Competition is the largest such competition for law schools in the country. It begins with more than 255 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 18 years, Chicago-Kent has been one of the most successful Trial Advocacy programs in the country. Chicago-Kent has been the Regional Champion in 14 of the last 18 years. The National Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and West Publishing Company. The ATLA Competition is the largest specialized bar association competition of its kind in the country. It is national in scope, in that teams from across the country compete against each other in all 11 federal regions. Over 200 teams from 100 law schools will be competing. Our goal as a coaching faculty will be to provide the students on both teams with the highest caliber of instruction possible.

Four to six positions are open on the two teams. Those who are chosen will begin practicing in November. If you are selected for the team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of your time preparing for the competition. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers.

During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3-5 minutes of an opening statement, 3-5 minutes of a closing argument, one direct examination, and one cross-examination. We will be using the State vs. Fletcher and Morris case file, in the Mauet and Wolfson Trial Advocacy Problems book. The witnesses will be Richard Edwards and Samuel Green. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for one side, not both sides. When you come into the room, you will be asked for which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument, and which witness you wish to cross and direct. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross-examination.) We will announce the new team members on the night of the tryouts, so please be prepared to wait until the decisions have been made by the coaching faculty as to all of the positions. (This process usually takes the entire evening, so be prepared.)

If you have any questions, please call Judge David A. Erickson at 312/603-346.

Joke of the Week.  Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?  The food is great, but there's no atmosphere.


Week of November 5, 2001

Spring 2002 Preliminary Schedule.  The preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2002 semester will be distributed next week outside the third floor cafeteria.  The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued the following week.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.  You may sign up online to take exams on computer by going to webmail.kentlaw.edu and logging in.  After logging in, click on the link for Web for Students; at that page, click on the link entitled Register for Exams on Computer. You will be allowed to register to take an exam on computer only if the professor has authorized this option. If the option is not available for a certain course, the professor has not returned the request form or does not allow exams on computer. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.  (Please note:  if you previously checked the registration system and did not find one or more of your courses listed, you should check back now, as additional classes were added to the list in the past few days.)

Law as a Profession Day: A Message from the Dean.  Dean Perritt recently issued this announcement about the upcoming Law as a Profession program:

I am pleased to announce the Chicago-Kent College of Law Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession program for the 2001-2002 academic year.  A graduation requirement, attendance at this program is mandatory for all 2L Day and Evening Division students. This year's program will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. 

Law as a Profession was created by the law school in 1995 to supplement other aspects of the curriculum and to reinforce our emphasis on professionalism.  In 1997 the program won the E. Smythe Gambrell Award from the American Bar Association, recognizing it as a model for other law schools around the country.  Through its content, we expose you to issues that will confront you in practice and better prepare you for the expectations of both legal employers and clients. I encourage you to participate enthusiastically.  In doing so, you will get a sense not only of the challenges that you will face after law school, but also of the fun you can have, the power you will have as a change agent and champion of justice, and of the personal fulfillment you can realize.

Program Registration Information:
More details regarding the program can be found on the dedicated Record page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/profday/record.html.  Because each student must indicate break-out session preferences, pre-registration is required and may be completed on-line using the registration link on the listed web-page. The registration deadline is November 16, 2001.  If you have attended this program in a previous year and have received this e-mail in error, or should you have any questions, please send an e-mail message to: profday@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the Week.  A guy walks into his doctor's office.  He has a sausage sticking out of his ear, a waffle stuck under his arm, and bacon lodged in his nose.  He asks worriedly, "Doc, what's wrong with me!"  The doctor replies, "the problem is clear -- you're not eating properly!"

Week of October 29, 2001

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2001.  The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each graded course. The CALI Award winners for Summer 2001 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Academic Calendar for 2002-2003.  The Academic Calendar for 2001-2002 is linked to this page.

Fall 2001 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.  If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact me no later than Friday, November 9, 2001. 

Intensive Trial Advocacy: January 2002 Session.  Although there currently are no open seats in the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy, it is possible that some seats may open up between now and early January.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list for the course, please contact the Registrar, Chris Matheny (e-mail: CMATHENY).  For details about the course, see the Fall 2001 Schedule of Classes. If you are currently registered for the course and decide to drop it, you should also contact Chris Matheny, to avoid incurring a tuition penalty and a WP (Withdraw Passing) grade appearing on your transcript.

Panel Discussion: Introduction to Islam.  A panel discussion entitled "Introduction to Islam" will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at St. James Parish Hall (29th and Wabash in Chicago).  The panelists will be Professor Marcia Hermansen (Islamic Studies, Loyola University of Chicago), Professor Aminah McCloud (Islamic Studies, DePaul University), and Imam Frederick Thaufeer al-Deen.  The moderator will be Professor Scott C. Alexander (Islamic Studies, Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies, Catholic Theological Union).

Debt Management Seminar.  A seminar on debt management will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2001, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room C25.  The seminar will help you learn how to manage your debt -- a skill that can help you take out loans, buy a house or car, rent an apartment, and allow you to have more money to spend on whatís really important to you. Refreshments will be served and prizes given away.

Joke of the Week.  Question: Why are jack-o'-lanterns usually smiling? Answer: If you had the contents of your head scooped out, you'd have a stupid grin on your face too!


Week of October 22, 2001

Funds Raised to Assist Victims of September 11.   The following funds were raised here at the Law School through the efforts of Rebecca Kohn and others:

International Association of Firefighters:  $1,088
American National Red Cross:  $955
United Way of New York, September Eleventh Fund:  $952
Availability of Professors' Old Exams.   Many professors make their old exams available for students to review.  Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.  Exams after 1992 are available in the Document Center on the 9th floor of the Library.

Joke of the Week.  Question:  What's black and white and green, and black and white?  Answer: Two zebras fighting over a pickle.


Week of October 15, 2001

NATO Briefing. Two senior military officers from the NATO headquarters of Allied Command Atlantic and Allied Command Europe will speak in the Ogilvie Auditorium on Monday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m.  Lieutenant Colonel Peter W. Reynolds and Lieutenant Commander Nick Hammond MBE will discuss current issues facing NATO, including NATO's role in the aftermath of September 11th, NATO's strategy for managing peace and dealing with crises, the costs and benefits of NATO enlargement, Bosnia, Kosovo, and NATO's role in the 21st century. A reception will follow in the lobby. The event is co-sponsored by the Stuart Graduate School of Business and Chicago-Kent College of Law. For more information, contact Lydia Lazar, Assistant Dean for International Law and Policy Development at Chicago-Kent (e-mail: LLAZAR; phone: 312/906-5012).

Joke of the Week.  Doctor:  My word, what happened to you? You look awful.  Patient:  Well, doctor, you told me to take this medicine for three days, then skip a day -- and all that skipping really wore me out!


Week of October 8, 2001

Update: Bar Registration Forms for First-Year Students.  The Illinois bar registration packets for first-year students are available in the Registrar's office.  We are still awaiting the arrival of the application packets for third-year students. For more details about the registration and application procedures, see my Record entry for last week.

Forum on Article 51 of the U.N. Charter: The Use of Force in Response to the Events of September 11.  A brown-bag lunch (drinks provided) featuring Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr., and Professor Bartram Brown will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. in Rm. 305 to discuss Article 51 of the United Nations Charter in the wake of the events of September 11.  Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar will moderate the event.  Chapter VII, Article 51 of the Charter provides as follows:

"Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defense shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security."
What kinds of limits does Article 51 place on the ability of nations to respond to acts of terrorism? What types of actions by the United States would fall within or outside the scope of this Article and hence the UN Charter as a whole?  If you plan to attend the event, please RSVP to Christa Garcia either by phone (312/906-5235) or e-mail (cgarcia@kentlaw.edu).

NATO Briefing. Two senior military officers from the NATO headquarters of Allied Command Atlantic and Allied Command Europe will speak in the Ogilvie Auditorium on Monday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m.  Lieutenant Colonel Peter W. Reynolds and Lieutenant Commander Nick Hammond MBE will discuss current issues facing NATO, including NATO's role in the aftermath of September 11th, NATO's strategy for managing peace and dealing with crises, the costs and benefits of NATO enlargement, Bosnia, Kosovo, and NATO's role in the 21st century. A reception will follow in the lobby. The event is co-sponsored by the Stuart Graduate School of Business and Chicago-Kent College of Law. For more information, contact Lydia Lazar, Assistant Dean for International Law and Policy Development at Chicago-Kent (e-mail: LLAZAR; phone: 312/906-5012).

Joke of the Week.  Historical evidence shows that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all of the relevant league records were destroyed long ago in a fire.  Thus, we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.


Week of October 1, 2001

Elective Course Subject to Mandatory Curve: Correction.  Comparative Law is not subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses.  (The list of courses that are subject to the curve was published in the September 10 issue of the Record and is linked to this page.)

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy.  IITís General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the universityís obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IITís tax-exempt status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT.  In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or IIT e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidates fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students.  First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners.  Registration packets will be available in the Registrarís office next month (watch for an announcement here).  The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2002.  Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.  If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam.  The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain.  I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as they are available and begin working on it. For more information, visit the bar examiners' web site at http://www.ibaby.org/law_student_registration.html.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements.  Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrarís office and in my office. 

July 2002 Illinois Bar Application.  The July 2002 Illinois bar applications will be available in the Registrarís office office next month (watch for an announcement here).  Applications must be postmarked by Feburary 1, 2002Please note:  Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1.  If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet. For more information, visit the bar examiners' web site at http://www.ibaby.org/applying.html.

Joke of the Week.  Question:  How many narcissists does it take to screw in a light bulb?  Answer: One. He holds the bulb while the world revolves around him.


Week of September 24, 2001

Academic Calendar Reminder.  Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes 4:00 and later on Wednesday, September 26; and no classes in either the Day or Evening Division on Thursday, September 27.


Week of September 17, 2001

Make-Up Day for Class Cancellations.  A make-up day for last Tuesday's canceled classes will be held on Wednesday, December 5, which was originally scheduled to be the first day of Read Period.  Exams will begin as previously scheduled on Monday, December 10.

Statement of Unity from IIT President Collens.  University President Lewis Collens issued the following statement on Friday, September 14:

Together, we have shared a great tragedy this week. We are a community of many religions, nationalities and races. We value each other and understand that the actions of individuals on the religious fringe do not speak for all. I know that we all embrace the wonderful words of our campus minister:
"We are members of the community of IIT, of Chicago, of the United States, of the world. We mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York. Washington and Pennsylvania. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of those victims in their time of grief and pain. We will not give in to fear or confusion or division. We will not allow innocent members of our community to be harassed because of misperception or prejudice. We will not let terrorism win. We go forth offering our support to one another and pledging to be a living symbol of unity for all to see."
--Eric Schwister, campus minister
As we go forth I find comfort in the words of Emily Dickinson: 
Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
and never stops at all. 
Counseling & Health Services Event: "Coping With the Tragedy." Carol Yoken, the Director of Counseling for IIT, and other members of the counseling staff will hold an event next Wednesday, September 19, to discuss with members of the Chicago-Kent community their reactions to last week's terrorist attacks and ways of coping with the aftermath of the attacks.  The event will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 580.  Counseling staff will also be available after the event to talk with people either individually or in groups.

How to Give Blood.  Information for donating blood is linked to this page.

Donations to the Victims.  You may donate money to various organizations responding to last week's events at a table set up in the Law School's main lobby.

Academic Calendar Reminder (Part 1).  Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes 4:00 and later on Monday, September 17; and no classes in either the Day or Evening Division on Tuesday, September 18.

Academic Calendar Reminder (Part 2).  Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes 4:00 and later on Wednesday, September 26; and no classes in either the Day or Evening Division on Thursday, September 27.


Week of September 10, 2001

Academic Calendar Reminder.  Due to a religious holiday, there will be no classes 4:00 and later on Monday, September 17, and no classes on Tuesday, September 18.

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve.  A list of Fall 2001 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

Joke of the Week.  A guy rushes into his doctor's office and shouts, "Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!"  The doctor calmly responds, "Please settle down.  You'll just have to be a little patient."


Week of September 3, 2001

Academic Calendar Reminder.  In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 3.

More CALI Award Winners for Spring 2001.  Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated.  A list of other CALI Award winners, announced in previous issues of the Record, is linked to this page.

Business Entity Transactions (Prof. G. Brown): Marc J. Mangoubi
Civil Procedure (Prof. Laser): Kelly M. Neff
Employment Discrimination (Prof. Eglit): Molly Joyce
Legal Writing 2 (Prof. D. Warner): Michael S. Shapiro
Scientific Evidence (Prof. Nance): Nicole M. Loucks
Chicago-Kent Law Review -- Updated List of New Members.  Iím happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summerís write-on competition.  I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.
 
William A. Beckman
David F. Benson
Patricia Boye-Williams
Jason R. Braswell
M. Renee Burek
Lauren A. Cohen
Alison A. Dieterichs
Theresa M. Gavin
Ryan A. Horning
Svetlana Kelmanson
Allison Kirk
Suzanne L. Lindbergh
John P. McCorry
Nicholas R. Mitchell
Kelly M. Neff
Scott R. Paccagnini
Daniel R. Paulsen
Thomas J. Posey
Seth M. Rosenberg
Michael S. Shapiro
Linnea Stack
Edward J. Staudacher
Andrew R. Stolfi
Cindy S. Stuyvesant
Adwait S. Talathi
Christopher L. Tichenor
Michael P. Tomlinson
Jennifer L. Warta
Sofia M. Zneimer

London Law Consortium Program -- Update.  All available spaces allotted to Chicago-Kent for the Spring 2001 London Law Consortium have now been taken.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case any existing participants relinquish their spaces, please contact me.

Joke of the Week.  A guy goes to his doctor for a check-up.  After conducting a thorough examination, the doctor says, "I have some bad news.  You're dying and you don't have much time left."  "Oh no, that's terrible! How long have I got?" asks the patient. "Ten," says the doctor.  "Ten? Ten what? Months? Weeks? What?!" the patient asks desparately. The doctor continues, "...nine, eight, seven...."


Week of August 27, 2001

Academic Calendar Reminder.  In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 3.

Additional Seats Added to Two Seminars. We have added additional seats to two seminars taught by Professor Lori Andrews: Genetics, Law & Public Policy (683-071); and Reproductive Technology (643-071).  You can add either seminar through the web registration system.

More CALI Award Winners for Spring 2001.  Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated.  Other CALI Award winners were announced in last week's Record; that list is linked to this page.

Civil Procedure (Prof. Lien): Jennifer L. Rubin
Conflict of Laws (Dean Perritt): Mark D. Brookstein and Patrick B. Markey
Constitutional Law (Prof. Nahmod): Kristen A. Baugher and Michael Francis Hughes
Current Issues in Patent Law (Prof. Holbrook): Kamyar Jabbari and Edward J.
    Staudacher
Jurisprudence (Prof. Samar): Ryan P. Nestor
Legal Drafting & Research for the Litigator (Prof. E. Greenberg): Michael J. Griffin
Litigation Technology (Prof. Rogers): Cameron M. Nelson and Cynthia J. Pruim
Philosophy of the Criminal Justice System (Prof. Hartman): Marisa T. Cipolla,
    Stuart M. Dorf, and Scott L. Spiegel
Practice Before the Federal Circuit (Prof. Hulbert): Naser Baseer and Eric E. Karch
Professional Responsibility (Prof. Gross): David E. Harvey
School Law (Prof. N. Hablutzel): Denise Williams
Health Insurance Deadline.  Continuing students who were enrolled in the university's student health insurance program last year and who are currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and new students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in the basic health plan for the 2001-2002 academic year, unless they have waived coverage by submitting the proper forms.  If you would like to enroll in the comprehensive plan, you must do so by August 31, 2001. To examine the differences in the two plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services Office website at http://www.iit.edu/~chs/index2.htm.  You can enroll in the comprehensive insurance plan by contacting Reshecoa Flanders (312/808-7132; flanders@iit.edu) in the Counseling and Health Services Office no later than the August 31 deadline.  (Note:  This contact information is different from the contact information provided in last week's Record.)

Students who do not meet the 12 credit hour threshold for automatic enrollment may elect to receive coverage by completing the necessary documents and paying the insurance fee.

The 2001-2002 health plan brochure and all relevant information are available at the Counseling and Health Services Office web site, or by contacting the office at 312/808-7132.  An Adobe Acrobat version of the brochure can be viewed and printed.

Notice to Evening Division students: If registering for Intensive Trial Advocacy  brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12 hours, you will automatically be billed for health insurance unless you waive coverage.

London Law Consortium Program.  Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other schools.  If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2002 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office (Suite 320C).  Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 14, 2001

Intensive Trial Advocacy: January 2002 Session.  There are several spaces available in the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy; for details about the course, see the Fall 2001 Schedule of Classes.  If you add the course after the second week of the Fall semester, you will have to contact the Registrar, Chris Matheny, to register you (e-mail: CMATHENY).  If you are currently registered for the course and decide to drop it after the second week of Fall classes, you should also contact Chris Matheny, to avoid incurring a tuition penalty and a WP (Withdraw Passing) grade appearing on your transcript.

Joke of the Week.  A patient says to his doctor, "You've got to help me.  I keep dreaming that I'm Donald Duck, then the next night I dream I'm Mickey Mouse.  What's going on?"  The doctor replies, "That's very interesting -- how long have you been having these disney spells?"


Week of August 20, 2001

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials for Advanced Courses.  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and changes to the Fall class schedule).  Initial reading assignments received after August 3 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

Health Insurance Deadline.  Continuing students who were enrolled in the university's student health insurance program last year and who are currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and new students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in the basic health plan for the 2001-2002 academic year, unless they have waived coverage by submitting the proper forms.  If you would like to enroll in the comprehensive plan, you must do so by August 31, 2001. To examine the differences in the two plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services Office website at http://www.iit.edu/~chs/index2.htm.  You can enroll in the comprehensive insurance plan by e-mailing Babette Jenkins (jenkins@iit.edu) in the Counseling and Health Services Office no later than the August 31 deadline.

Students who do not meet the 12 credit hour threshold for automatic enrollment may elect to receive coverage by completing the necessary documents and paying the insurance fee.

The 2001-2002 health plan brochure and all relevant information are available at the Counseling and Health Services Office web site, or by contacting the office at 312/808-7100.  An Adobe Acrobat version of the brochure can be viewed and printed.

Notice to Evening Division students: If registering for Intensive Trial Advocacy  brings your total credit hours for the Fall semester to at least 12 hours, you will automatically be billed for health insurance unless you waive coverage.

Fall Course Information -- Updates.  A list of all changes to the Fall 2001 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page.

Fall Classroom Assignments.  A revised copy of the Fall 2001 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.  A copy is also posted in the front lobby.

Fall Exam Schedule.  A copy of the Fall 2001 exam schedule is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.  Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.  If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny in the Registrar's office.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments.  If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is linked to this page.

CALI Award Winners for Spring 2001.  The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Spring 2001 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record.  Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2001.  The grade distributions for Spring 2001 courses are online. (Note: this may load slowly in Netscape Navigator.)

London Law Consortium Program.  Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other schools.  If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2002 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office.  Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 14, 2001.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2002 Semester.  A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page.  Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

First Year Students: Amendments to Your Applications for Admission.  The Illinois bar examiners reserve the right to check information you disclose to them on your bar application for consistency with the information you provided on your application for admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their own investigations to ensure that you disclosed all relevant information on your bar application and your law school application.  Some students have had considerable difficulty in the past when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information disclosed to them and the information on their law school applications, or when they discovered relevant information omitted from both.

I recommend that you review your answers to the questions asked on our application for admission and amend your application if any relevant information was excluded.  You can amend your application by sending a memo to my attention describing the omitted information and explaining why you did not include the information on your application.  In some cases, disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate.  But it is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer whatever consequences may ensue, than to be called before the bar examiners three years from now to explain a discrepency or omission.

Most problems in the past have arisen with respect to the following two questions on the application:

17. Have you ever been found guilty of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or is any charge now pending against you concerning any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violation? (A "minor traffic violation" is a violation for which only a citation was issued, e.g., speeding. You must report any other traffic offense, including any offense in which acting under the influence of a drug or alcohol was an element of the offense.)

18. Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic or social probation or warning, or otherwise disciplined by any college or university for any reason?

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.  The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2001 semester are linked to this page.

Furniture in Classrooms.  If you have any reason to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them promptly.  Missing furniture can cause serious inconvenience to instructors and students.

Joke of the Week.  A guy complains to his psychiatrist that he's been having strange dreams.  "One night I dream I'm a Porsche, the next night I dream I'm a Trans Am -- every night, I'm some kind of sports car.  It's really starting to get to me."  The psychiatrist responds, "Relax, you're just having an auto-body experience."


Week of August 13, 2001

To Entering Students:

Welcome to Chicago-Kent! For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community.  You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does.  In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student.  I work closely with the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records.  In addition, I supervise the Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations.  More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible.  If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5130), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE; or click on the link at the top of this page).  If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction.  My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by.  I wish you the best of luck at the start of an exciting year.

Orientation Week:  The schedule for Orientation week is linked to this page.  In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web page for entering students with links to lots of useful information.

To Returning Students:

Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year.  If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me at 906-5130, come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE; or click on the link at the top of this page).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and changes to the Fall class schedule).  Initial reading assignments received after August 3 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you.  If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 312/906-5605.  In addition, you may order your course books over the web by going to the Follett's Bookstore site for Chicago-Kent (http://www.iit-kent.bkstr.com).

Fall Course Information -- Updates.  A list of all changes to the Fall 2001 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page.

Fall Classroom Assignments.  A revised copy of the Fall 2001 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.

Fall Exam Schedule.  A copy of the Fall 2001 exam schedule is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time.  Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.  If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny in the Registrar's office.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments.  If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is linked to this page.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2002 Semester.  A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page.  Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.


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