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Record Archives for 2004-2005 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.
SUMMER 2005

W
eeks of August 1 and August 8, 2005 (revised 8/5/05)

Fall 2005 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page, which may also be accessed through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '05 link under "Academic term information"). The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically as we receive additional assignments.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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, 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.

Fall 2005 Course Information Updates.
Course information updates for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page, which may also be accessed through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '05 link under "Academic term information"). Some of these changes have been previously announced; further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, will be available shortly outside the third floor cafeteria; online versions are available on the Fall 2005 Term Information page.

Bookstore Hours.
The Bookstore's hours in the coming weeks are linked to this page.

Appellate Courts & Procedure: Consider Taking This Fall Course.
(A notice from Prof. Steinman.) All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review? about who can appeal, when, where, and how? about the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues? Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure, MWTh 9:35-10:30 am. We'll be using brand new materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Joke of the Week. "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." (Emo Philips)

Weeks of August 1 and August 8, 2005

Fall 2005 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2005 courses will be posted on this page and on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '05 link under "Academic term information") no later than Friday, August 5. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically as we receive additional assignments.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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, 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.

Fall 2005 Course Information Updates.
Changes to the Fall 2005 class schedule will be linked to this page shortly. Some of these changes have been previously announced; further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes will be available shortly outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will also be linked to this page.

Joke of the Week. "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." (Emo Philips)

Weeks of July 18 and July 25, 2005

No entries this week.
Weeks of July 4 and July 11, 2005

Notice to Graduates: Deadline for Clearing Out Lockers.
To prepare for the arrival of the new class in the Fall, we need to clear out the lockers of all students who have graduated. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: If you have not yet graduated, you do not need to clear out your locker -- you will keep the same locker until you graduate.

Class Ranks for Spring 2005.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2005 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review 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:

Bradley M. Baglien Benjamin A. Householder
Andrew W. Bateman Shelley D. Keesler
Muniza Bawaney Jonathan R. Lahn
Gina M. Bicknell Robert J. Lapointe
Valerie R. Calhoun Steven A. Markoff
Ian A. Campbell Dean F. Pettinga
Roy Chamcharas Benjamin H. Shanbaum
Aaron Davis Suzanne E. Smith
Joel D. Eagle Daniel S. Stringfield
Scott C. Fanning Craig M. Timm
Kelly L. Gawne Kathryn C. Vikingstad
Adrienne K. Goss Clare Gaynor Willis
Andrew M. Graap Sarah A. Zielinski
Victoria L. Holland  

London Law Consortium Program: Brochures Available.
Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2006 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Orientation Leaders and Mentors Wanted.
Each year, entering students tell us that much of their most informative and valuable information comes from other students. As someone who has been there, your advice can be critical to the success of our incoming class. As an Orientation Leader, your tasks may include leading a lunch discussion with a group of students on the first day of Orientation (Monday, August 15); helping take ID photos; answering questions and giving advice; and whatever other help we end up needing. As a Mentor, you will be paired with one or two first-year students to provide one-on-one advice and guidance about adjusting to the law school experience.

If interested in being a mentor: Fill out the online form linked to this page by August 12, 2005. You will be contacted with your match information during Orientation week.

If interested in being an Orientation Leader: Please e-mail me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu with the following information:

-Name
-Are you available to lead a lunch discussion with a group of students (divided by Legal Writing section) on Monday, August 15, 12:00-1:00? (If so, please provide the name of your first-year Legal Writing professor.)
-Are you available to assist with ID photos on Monday, August 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, and/or 7:20-8:00 pm?
-Are you available for general assistance with Orientation activities on Tuesday, August 16 and/or Wednesday, August 17?

Joke of the Week. Question: Why do stars wake up at night? Answer: Because they have to twinkle. (Thanks to my son Zachary for this joke.)

Weeks of June 20 and June 27, 2005

Addition to Fall 2005 Schedule: Health Care Law--A Strategic Overview.
This new course has been added to the Fall 2005 schedule. You may register for it through the online registration system.

Title: Health Care Law: A Strategic Overview
Instructor: Joan M. Lebow
Course number: 217-071
Credits: 2 credits
Day/time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:50 pm
Exam: Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 pm
Course description: This course, taught by a lawyer with extensive experience in representing health care providers and institutions, introduces the complex health care industry and the legal framework that alternately fosters and inhibits its progress. The course explores the legal issues raised by the changing relationships among consumers/patients, health care providers, insurance companies, and vendors. It also addresses how courts, legislators, and policymakers respond to the various technologies that power change in the industry. Grading: 70% of the grade will be based on a take-home exam; 20% of the grade will be based on a team project you will report on orally to the class (no written report will be required); 10% of your grade will be based on class participation.

Joke of the Week. "The government is telling us in order to avoid West Nile virus that we should not play with dead, infected birds. There go my weekend plans!" (Jay Leno)

Weeks of June 6 and June 13, 2005

No entries this week.

Weeks of May 23 and May 30, 2005

Summer 2005 Term Information.

Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2005 term, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Please note: Bankruptcy will meet in Rm. 520 (not Rm. 170 as previously announced), and Legal Externship will meet in Rm. 305 (not Rm. 355).

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2005 courses is linked to this page, and is also available through the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer 2005 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2005 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2005 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall 2005 link) no later than Friday, August 5. 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.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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.

Joke of the Week.
"On the other hand ... you have different fingers." (Steven Wright)

SPRING 2005

W
eek of May 16, 2005


Have a Nice Summer!
Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. I hope you have a productive and restful summer. For those who are graduating this semester, good luck on the bar and in starting your careers.

Spring 2005 Final Exams.
Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams. If you have not received that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Spring 2005" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu), then scrolling down.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor, as this may compromise your anonymity. 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.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

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.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Summer 2005 Term Information.
Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2005 term, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Please note: Bankruptcy will meet in Rm. 520 (not Rm. 170 as previously announced), and Legal Externship will meet in Rm. 305 (not Rm. 355).

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2005 courses is linked to this page, and is also available through the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer 2005 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2005 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Fall semester. The Fall 2005 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents, and of the preliminary Spring 2006 schedule, are available through the online registration link and the main Student Portal page.

Please note the following corrections to the Fall schedule:

*Alternative Dispute Resolution: This course will meet Tuesdays, 6:00-7:50 pm (not 4:00-5:50 pm). The course number has been changed to 575-051.

*Personal Income Tax: The evening course grid inadvertently listed the evening section of Personal Income Tax as meeting Mon./Wed. at 6:00. As indicated on the actual schedule (preliminary and final), the class will actually meet Tues./Thurs. at 6:00.

In addition, the charge for student health insurance next year was given incorrectly in the Registration Bulletin. The annual premium will be $885 (not $891).

Fall 2005 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2005 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall 2005 link) no later than Friday, August 5. 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.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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.

Joke of the Week. "Hard work pays off in the end, but laziness pays off now." (Al Lubel)
Week of May 9, 2005

Spring 2005 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams. If you have not received that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Spring 2005" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu), then scrolling down.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor, as this may compromise your anonymity. 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.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

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.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Summer 2005 Term Information.

Classroom Assignments. The Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2005 term, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.

Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2005 courses will be available on Friday, May 13. It will be linked to this page, and available on the main Student Portal page (click on the Summer 2005 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2005 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Fall semester. The Fall 2005 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents, and of the preliminary Spring 2006 schedule, are available through the online registration link and the main Student Portal page.

Please note the following corrections to the Fall schedule:

*Alternative Dispute Resolution: This course will meet Tuesdays, 6:00-7:50 pm (not 4:00-5:50 pm). The course number has been changed to 575-051.

*Personal Income Tax: The evening course grid inadvertently listed the evening section of Personal Income Tax as meeting Mon./Wed. at 6:00. As indicated on the actual schedule (preliminary and final), the class will actually meet Tues./Thurs. at 6:00.

In addition, the charge for student health insurance next year was given incorrectly in the Registration Bulletin. The annual premium will be $885 (not $891).

Fall 2005 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2005 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall 2005 link) no later than Friday, August 5. 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.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials 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.

Joke of the Week.
"I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for thirty-six hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for thirty-six hours." (Rita Rudner)


Week of May 2, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:

Monday, May 2: Monday classess meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 3: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 4 through Sunday, May 8. Exams begin Monday, May 9 and end on Friday, May 20.

Fall 2005 Registration. The final Fall 2005 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '05 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration runs through Monday, May 2. 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 within 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 4. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, May 4 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Please note the following corrections to the Fall schedule:

*Alternative Dispute Resolution: This course will meet Tuesdays, 6:00-7:50 pm (not 4:00-5:50 pm). The course number has been changed to 575-051.

*Personal Income Tax: The evening course grid inadvertently listed the evening section of Personal Income Tax as meeting Mon./Wed. at 6:00. As indicated on the actual schedule (preliminary and final), the class will actually meet Tues./Thurs. at 6:00.

In addition, the charge for student health insurance next year was given incorrectly in the Registration Bulletin. The annual premium will be $885 (not $891).

Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2006 semester is available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Spring '06 link). Print copies are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final schedule will be issued during the Fall 2004 semester, when registration for Spring 2006 classes will also take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5130), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2005 and the January 2006 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2005 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the final Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2005 Final Exams.
Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Registrar's office will notify you by e-mail next week of the classroom assignments for your exams.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. If you missed the initial period for registering to take exams on computer, you may still do so beginning on Monday, May 2, for any exam that still has computer slots available. (Please keep in mind that not all professors allow students to take exams on computer.) You may also change your exam preference from computer to hand-writing. The sign-up system will be available until noon on Friday, May 6. To access the system, log into your Web for Students account and click on the "Register for exams on computer" link under "On Line Forms" (on the left hand menu).

If you take any of your exams on computer, please report to your exam room at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the exam.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor, as this may compromise your anonymity. 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.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

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.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Joke of the Week.
"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." (Jerry Seinfeld)


Week of April 25, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:

Monday, May 2: Monday classess meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 3: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 4 through Sunday, May 8. Exams begin Monday, May 9 and end on Friday, May 20.

Fall 2005 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2005 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '05 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Tuesday, April 26. Registration will take place from Thursday, April 28 through Monday, May 2.

Corrections to the Preliminary Schedule:
*Money Laundering is 3 credits (not 2 credits).
*The Clinical page of the schedule incorrectly listed the work expectations for Summer clinical programs instead of Fall programs. The correct expectations are as follows: "Students are expected to put in a minimum of 224 hours (an average of 16 hours a week for 14 weeks) for 4 hours of credit, a minimum of 168 hours (an average of 12 hours a week for 14 weeks) for 3 hours of credit, and a minimum of 112 hours (an average of 8 hours a week for 14 weeks) for 2 hours of credit."

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program. This program introduces first-year students to the course requirements after the first year, the certificate programs offered by Chicago-Kent, and clinical, externship, and other program opportunities available to upper-level students. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Tuesday, April 26, 12:00-1:30 pm (Auditorium).
Evening Division: Thursday, April 28, 8:30–9:30 pm (Rm. 590).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2005 and the January 2006 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2005 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2005 Final Exams.
Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Registrar's office will notify you later this month of the classroom assignments for your exams.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. See the Registrar's section of the Record for information on signing up to take your exams on computer.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

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 2005 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.
"Sincerity is everything. If you can fake that, you've got it made." (George Burns)

Week of April 18, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:

Monday, May 2: Monday classess meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 3: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)

Read Period runs from Wednesday, May 4 through Sunday, May 8. Exams begin Monday, May 9 and end on Friday, May 20.

Summer 2005 Registration.
Initial registration for Summer 2005 classes is now over. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site, which opened back up on Wednesday, April 13. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the Summer term.

New Financial Services offering: We have added a Graduate Financial Services course to the Summer 2005 schedule: Law 810, Capital Markets: U.S. Debt/Fund Transfer (2 credtis). The course will be taught on Wednesdays, 6:00-9:25 pm. The instructor will be Prof. Susan McCaulay. This course is open to Financial Services LL.M. students. Any J.D. students interested in taking the class should contact Prof. Perritt (hperritt@kentlaw.edu).

Fall 2005 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2005 semester will be distributed no later than Thursday, April 21, outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued the following week.

Spring 2005 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Registrar's office will notify you later this month of the classroom assignments for your exams.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. See the Registrar's section of the Record for information on signing up to take your exams on computer.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Teaching Evaluations.
Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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 grades are turned in.

Joke of the Week.
"China has a population of a billion people. One billion. That means even if you're a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you." (A. Whitney Brown)

Week of April 11, 2005

Summer 2005 Registration.
The Summer 2005 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes and information about applying for Summer clinical programs, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '05 link near the top), or by clicking here. (Note: Remedies has been confirmed for the Summer term, so you may disregard the note in the original schedule indicating that it might be canceled.)

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 7 through Monday, April 11. You may register at any time during that period. 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. Applications for Summer clinical programs are due by Tuesday, April 5.

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. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Wednesday, April 13. 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 Wednesday, April 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2005 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2005 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 18 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued the following week.

Spring 2005 Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Registrar's office will notify you later this month of the classroom assignments for your exams.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up.
See the Registrar's section of the Record for information on signing up to take your exams on computer.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Teaching Evaluations.
Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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 grades are turned in.

Joke of the Week.
"Robert DeNiro...supercool. Guitars...always cool. Robert DeNiro holding a guitar...surprisingly uncool." (Tina Fey)

Week of April 4, 2005

Law Week Activities.
The Student Bar Association has a great line-up of events for Law Week, starting with a Kick-Off Celebration (including the Dean's annual State of the Law School Address) on Monday, April 4 and culminating with the Barrister's Ball on Saturday, April 9. Click here for details.

Piper Lecture.
Faculty and students are encouraged to attend the 27th annual Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 5, at 11:30 am in the Auditorium. The program’s focus is “The Aging of the American Workforce.” The lecturer will be Dr. Sara Rix, Senior Policy Advisor to the AARP Foundation and one of the foremost experts on aging and the workforce. She will discuss such issues as whether employers will face labor shortages as the workforce ages that will prompt them to find ways to attract and retain older workers, whether available jobs will appeal to older workers and the legal and institutional barriers that older workers face. Commentary will be provided by David Kadue, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw, and Shaun O’Brien, the Assistant Director of Public Policy for the AFL-CIO. Click here for details.

Summer 2005 Registration.
The Summer 2005 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes and information about applying for Summer clinical programs, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '05 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 7 through Monday, April 11. You may register at any time during that period. 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. Applications for Summer clinical programs are due by Tuesday, April 5.

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. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Wednesday, April 13. 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 Wednesday, April 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Chicago-Kent Law Review: 2005-2006 Board of Editors. Congratulations to the members of the 2005-2006 Board of Editors for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. A list of the new editors is linked to this page.

Joke of the week.
"I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it." (Mitch Hedberg)

Week of March 28, 2005

Theft of KJF Fundraising Money.
The proceeds from the recent Kent Justice Foundation wine event were stolen on the night of the event or in the several days that followed. (For details, see the most recent issue of the Commentator.) This kind of behavior is intolerable and, if the offense was committed by a law student, constitutes not only a crime, but a serious breach of ethics. To anyone who has information that might help identify the thief, I request that you contact me. To the thief, I request that you return the money by putting it in an envelope in my Kent mailbox (on the second floor).

Summer 2005 Schedule. The Summer 2005 schedule of classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal web page on Thursday, March 31.

London Law Consortium: Informational Session. Chicago-Kent is a member of the London Law Consortium, a program that provides students at Chicago-Kent and six other American law schools the opportunity to study in London every Spring. If you would like to learn about the program that will be offered in Spring 2006, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, March 30, at 3:00 p.m., in Rm. 345. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium, will discuss the program and answer questions. A student who participated in the program last Spring will also discuss her experience. The program is open to 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls.

Joke of the week.
"A band of 937 yodelers in Germany set a new world record for the largest simultaneous yodel by holding their melody for a full minute. The yodelers inadvertently set another world record, for Worst Minute." (Jimmy Fallon)

Week of March 21, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
All Law School classes are canceled on Friday, March 25, for Good Friday.

July 2005 Bar Exam: Deadline Extended Again. The Illinois bar examiners have extended the deadline again for submitting July 2005 bar exam applications, this time to April 1, 2005. For details, please go to the bar examiners' web site at http://www.ibaby.org.

London Law Consortium: Informational Session.
Chicago-Kent is a member of the London Law Consortium, a program that provides students at Chicago-Kent and six other American law schools the opportunity to study in London every Spring. If you would like to learn about the program that will be offered in Spring 2006, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, March 30, at 3:00 p.m., in Rm. 345. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium, will discuss the program and answer questions. A student who participated in the program last Spring will also discuss her experience. The program is open to 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls.

Joke of the week.
"Last night I went to a 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, 'Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours.' He goes, 'Not in a row!'" (Steven Wright)

Week of March 14, 2005

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 21.

Joke of the week.
A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells, "You should have been here at 8:30!" The guy replies, "Why? What happened at 8:30?"

Week of March 7, 2005

No new headlines this week.

Week of February 28, 2005

Additional CALI Winners for Fall 2004.
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; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

Advanced Evidence: Stephanie Hovanec
Constitutional Law (Prof. Stewart): Luke T. Shannon
Intellectual Property Litigation: Melissa G. Freeman
Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 (August session): Andrew D. Cherkasky
Professional Responsibility (evening section): Matthew A. Argenti
Religion and the Law: Bradley C. Johnson
Torts (Prof. Wright): Jonathan R. Lahn
Trial Advocacy 1 (Prof. Firnstein): Orley J. Moskovits
Trial Advocacy 1 (Prof. L. Wolfson): Monique S. McLaughlin

Trial Superstars Series: The "Girl X" Case. The Chicago Bar Association and Chicago-Kent College of Law will present "Trial Superstars Series: The 'Girl X' Case" on Tuesday, March 1, 11:45-12:45, in Rm. 520. Learn about one of Chicago's most sensational trials. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. Pizza will be served. If you will be attending, please e-mail Denise Lang at dlang@kentlaw.edu.

Details: On January 9, 1997, in the early morning hours, a young nine-year old girl was found in the stairwell of the Chicago Housing Authority complex at 1121 North Larabee. The young girl was unconscious and had been assaulted. The brutal nature of the assault became not only local but national news. The girl became known to the public as "Girl X." A Cook County jury found Patrick Sykes guilty of the heinous crime, for which he was sentenced to 120 years imprisonment. The prosecutors on the case, Chief Deputy Anita Alvarez and now Judge William O'Brien, will discuss the prosecution of the case. Kevin Durkin, Second Vice President of The Chicago Bar Association and a partner with the Clifford law Offices, represented Girl X in the civil case that ensued and he will discuss that aspect of the case.

Barnes & Noble to Take Over Bookstore Operations. Barnes & Noble will be taking over Chicago-Kent's bookstore operations from Follett on March 1, 2005 and will open for business on Thursday, March 3. The bookstore will be closed from Monday, February 28 through Wednesday, March 2, to ensure a smooth transition. The following is a message from Barnes & Noble:

Barnes & Noble would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve the faculty, staff and students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with each of you. Barnes & Noble is the county's largest academic retailer and was recently named the #1 brand for quality for the third year in a row by Harris Interactive.

Barnes & Noble currently serves the students at the main campus of Illinois Institute of Technology and strives to meet the needs of the students and make their journey in education as rewarding as possible.

Textbooks are our #1 focus and priority. We make every effort to offer a wide array of textbook services that directly benefit the students at the Chicago-Kent campus. We empower our store managers to work for you. They will make every textbook decision, taking direction from the faculty to ensure that your campus receives exactly the service it needs.

We know how critical it is to have the right textbook on the first day of class and we are meticulous in making sure that the right book gets on the shelf at the right time. We want the students and faculty to concentrate on the learning experience, instead of dealing with administrative frustrations.

No one beats us in used textbooks. We are the nation's largest distributors of new and used textbooks and we are the only company to have established a dedicated department for used textbooks. Students are always seeking more used books, which are less expensive and offer more value than new texts. Our inventory control system has been designed expressly to access the complex used text marketplace. Within our own company, we have access to nearly 6 million used books, including those books used on all the campuses we serve nationwide.

Please stop by the bookstore and let us know what we can do to better serve you. We value your thoughts and ideas and it is our pleasure to be a part of the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Joke of the week. "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." (Hunter S. Thompson)

Week of February 21, 2005

Fall 2004 CALI Award Winners.
The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Fall 2004 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 an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2004 Grade Distributions. The grade distributions for Fall 2004 courses are linked to this page.

Exam Correction: Civil Procedure.
The times of Prof. Marder's Civil Procedure exam and Prof. Steinman's Civil Procedure exam have been changed. Both exams will still be given on Monday, May 9, but Prof. Marder's exam will be given at 8:30 am (not 1:15 pm), and Prof. Steinman's exam will be given at 1:15 pm (not 8:30 am). A revised copy of the Spring exam schedule is linked to this page.

Joke of the week.
A barrel of rainwater weighs twenty pounds. What must you add to make it weigh fifteen pounds? (Click here for answer.)

Week of February 14, 2005

Mexico Summer Program: Informational Meeting.
Professor Eglit will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 16, from 3:00 – 4:00, in Rm. 510, to discuss the Chicago-Kent Summer-Abroad-in-Mexico Program, and to answer questions about it. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend to find about this really great (both substantively and financially) program.

Certificate Programs: Informational Meeting.
There will be meeting on Wednesday, February 16, from 4:15 - 5:45, in Rm. 590, for students interested in learning about one or more of the following certificate programs: Labor and Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, and Enviromental and Energy Law. Snacks will be served.

Joke of the week.
"When I was a little kid we had a sandbox. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child ... eventually." (Steven Wright)

Week of February 7, 2005

Important Updates About the Bar Application Process.
Due to problems with the new electronic filing requirements, the Illinois bar examiners have extended the deadline for both bar registration applications by first-year students and July 2005 bar applications by graduating students. The new deadline for bar registration forms (first-year students) is May 1, 2005. The new deadline for July 1005 bar applications (graduating students) is March 1, 2005. All applications must be submitted both electronically and in print form. The one exception is the examination application card for the July bar application. This card (available in the Registrar's office) must be submitted with your printed application; there is no electronic version of the card. For more details about the bar registration and bar application requirements, see the January 17, 2005 entry in my Record archives.

Class Ranks and GPA Cut-Offs. Fall 2004 class ranks, and cumulative GPAs including Fall 2004 grades, are now available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2004" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). The GPA cut-offs for upper-level students as of the end of the Fall 2004 semester are linked to this page. Please note: First-year students and transfer students are not ranked until the end of their first full year at Chicago-Kent.

Elective Courses Subject to the Mandatory Curve. A list of Spring 2005 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 story told about Calvin Coolidge, known as "Silent Cal": A young woman won a trip to Washington as a prize. She was introduced to President Coolidge; as she shook hands with him, she said, "Mr. President, my father bet me ten dollars I wouldn't get three words out of you." The President looked at her and said, "Dad wins."

Week of January 31, 2005

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A With Bar Examiners.
(Note: Attending this program could save you $350!) Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, February 1, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Rm. C50, and from 5:00 to 5:50 pm in Rm. 590, to answer questions from first-year students concerning the completion of your bar registration materials, which are due by March 1. (See my Record entry for January 17 for details about the bar registration process for first-year students.)

Joke of the week. "Some sad news from Australia. The inventor of the boomerang grenade died today." (Johnny Carson)

Week of January 24, 2005

Adding and Dropping Classes.
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. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A With Bar Examiners. (Note: Attending this program could save you $350!) Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, February 1, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Rm. C50, and from 5:00 to 5:50 pm in Rm. 590, to answer questions from first-year students concerning the completion of your bar registration materials, which are due by March 1. (See my Record entry for last week for details about the bar registration process for first-year students.)

Joke of the week. "We need a twelve-step group for compulsive talkers. They could call it On Anon Anon." (Paula Poundstone)

Week of January 17, 2005

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.

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes will not be held on Monday, January 17, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day. Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 18. Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday for the first time this year, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on January 17.

Spring 2005 Semester Information. You may access initial reading assignments, course information updates, classroom assignments, Trial Advocacy section assignments, and other Fall semester information by following the links provided below, or by going to the Spring 2005 Term Information page. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information").

Course Information Updates. A list of changes to the Spring schedule (additions, cancellations, and other changes) is linked to this page.

Classroom Assignments and Final Spring Schedule. A revised copy of the Spring 2005 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Classroom assignments are also posted in the front lobby.

Initial Reading Assignments. Initial reading assignments for many Spring courses are linked to this page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted.)

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are linked to this page. Please note that the bookstore will not be open on Monday, January 17, due to the Law School's observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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

Academic Calendar. The academic calendar for the Spring semester is linked to this page.

Adding and Dropping Classes. 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. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

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. 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

U-Pass Distribution. Spring U-Passes will be distributed in the front lobby on Tuesday, January 18, from 11:30-1:00 and 4:30-6:00 pm. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the Student Services section of the Record.

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. The registration materials must be submitted by March 1, 2005. Effective immediately, all registration applications must be submitted electronically. The forms and instructions required for electronic filing will be available later this month on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org. 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 $350 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 begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 Registrar’s office and in my office.

July 2005 Bar Exam. Applications for the July 2005 Illinois bar exam must be submitted no later than February 21, 2005 (extended from the original deadline of February 1). Beginning with this exam, all applications must be submitted electronically. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still submit a final application by February 21. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. 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 “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in May. 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 12, 2005, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/mpre.htm. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1, 2005 (the late deadline is February 17).

Weather Closing Information. Flyers with information about emergency weather closings are available on the table outside the third-floor cafeteria. As explained in the flyer, you may find out whether the Law School is closed due to severe weather in any of the ways listed below. Please note: Information for the Law School will be listed under "IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law."

Radio: WGN 720 AM; WBBM 780 AM.
TV: CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN, Fox 32, CLTV News.
Phone: 847/238-1234.
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IIT’s General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the university’s 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 IIT’s 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 candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Joke of the week. Question: How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? Answer: A buccaneer.


FALL 2004

W
eek of December 13, 2004


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

Fall 2004 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You should have received an e-mail from the Registrar's office with room assignments for your exams. If you have not received that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Fall 2004" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu). Room assignments will also be posted in the front lobby.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jamie Lake (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. 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 just above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Spring 2005 Registration.
Changes to Class Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2005 schedule:

Gift & Estate Tax: Personal Income Tax must be completed or taken concurrently.

International Organizations: The course number was listed incorrectly in the schedule. The actual course number is 315-001.

Legal Writing 3 (section 431-004, Tues./Thurs. 4:30): This section has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Adding and Dropping Classes. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester. The Spring 2005 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents and access to the online registration system are available here and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Spring '05 link).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester will be posted on the Student Portal page (under the Spring '05 link) on Tuesday, December 21. Assignments not received by December 21 will be posted as we receive them.

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.

Academic Calendar for 2006-2007: Correction. A corrected version of the Academic Calendar for 2006-2007 is linked to this page. (The original version contained some mismatched dates and days.)

Joke of the week. Question: Why did the chicken Jim Morrison cross the road? Answer: To break on through to the other side.


Week of December 6, 2004

Fall 2004 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

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 that information, you can find it by logging into your Web for Students account and clicking on the "Fall 2004" link under "Schedule" (on the left hand menu). Room assignments will also be posted in the front lobby.

Exams on Computer. If you missed the initial period for registering to take exams on computer, you may still do so for any exam that still has computer slots available. (Please keep in mind that not all professors allow students to take exams on computer.) You may also change your exam preference from computer to hand-writing. For both of these options, log into your Web for Students account and click on the "Register for exams on computer" link under "On Line Forms" (on the left hand menu).

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jamie Lake (312/906-5247) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. 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 just above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Spring 2005 Registration.
Changes to Class Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2005 schedule:

Gift & Estate Tax: Personal Income Tax must be completed or taken concurrently.

International Organizations: The course number was listed incorrectly in the schedule. The actual course number is 315-001.

Legal Writing 3 (section 431-004, Tues./Thurs. 4:30): This section has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Adding and Dropping Classes. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester. The Spring 2005 Registration Bulletin, which includes the final schedule of Fall classes and course and exam grids, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions of these documents and access to the online registration system are available here and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Spring '05 link).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester will be posted on the Student Portal page (under the Spring '05 link) on Tuesday, December 21. Assignments not received by December 21 will be posted as we receive them.

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. "I like dogs. I do. But they're not that bright, really. Let's examine the dog mind. Every time you come home, he thinks it's amazing. He can't believe that you've accomplished this again. You walk in the door. The joy of it almost kills him. 'He's back again. It's that guy! It's that guy!'" (Jerry Seinfeld)


Week of November 29, 2004

Spring 2005 Registration.

Final Spring 2005 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2005 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2005 link), or by clicking here.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place Monday, November 22 through Sunday, November 28. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (click here and follow the instructions). 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.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Correction: Gift & Estate Tax: Personal Income Tax must be completed or taken concurrently.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. Classes resume Monday, November 29. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 2: Friday classes meet, and Wednesday classes starting
4:00 and later meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 7. Exams start on Wednesday, December 8 and end on Friday, December 17.

Fall 2004 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is Friday, November 26. All students should have received an e-mail explaining the procedure for signing up for exams. If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2004. The grade distributions for Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2004. 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 Summer 2004 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New Smoking Policy for Front of Building. Beginning Monday, November 15, smoking will be permitted in front of the building only on the Jefferson Street side (the west side of the building, away from the lake). Smoking will not be permitted in front of either revolving door or to the east of the doors (toward the lake). Signs have been posted designating the smoking and non-smoking areas. If you witness a violation of the new policy, please inform the security officer at the front desk.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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 grades are turned in.

Week of November 22, 2004

Spring 2005 Registration.

Final Spring 2005 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2005 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2005 link), or by clicking here.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place Monday, November 22 through Sunday, November 28. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (click here and follow the instructions). 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.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Correction: Gift & Estate Tax: Personal Income Tax must be completed or taken concurrently.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. Classes resume Monday, November 29. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 2: Friday classes meet, and Wednesday classes starting
4:00 and later meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 7. Exams start on Wednesday, December 8 and end on Friday, December 17.

Fall 2004 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Rescheduling Exams. 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is Friday, November 26. All students should have received an e-mail explaining the procedure for signing up for exams. If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2004. The grade distributions for Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2004. 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 Summer 2004 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New Smoking Policy for Front of Building. Beginning Monday, November 15, smoking will be permitted in front of the building only on the Jefferson Street side (the west side of the building, away from the lake). Smoking will not be permitted in front of either revolving door or to the east of the doors (toward the lake). Signs have been posted designating the smoking and non-smoking areas. If you witness a violation of the new policy, please inform the security officer at the front desk.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about 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 grades are turned in.

Joke of the week. "I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night." (Steven Wright)

Week of November 15, 2004

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. Classes resume Monday, November 29. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 2: Friday classes meet, and Wednesday classes starting
4:00 and later meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 7. Exams start on Wednesday, December 8 and end on Friday, December 17.

Fall 2004 Final Exams.
The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page.

Rescheduling Exams. 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is Friday, November 26. All students should have received an e-mail explaining the procedure for signing up for exams. If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Spring 2005 Schedule and Registration. The final Spring 2005 schedule and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria on Thursday, November 18. Online versions will be available through the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2005 link) or by clicking here. Registration will take place Monday, November 22 through Sunday, November 28. 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 within your registration priority group. Note to first-year students: Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A With Bar Examiners.
Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Wednesday, November 17, 3:00-4:00 pm (for day students) and 5:00-6:00 pm (for evening students) in Rm. 590 to answer questions from third-year students concerning the completion of your bar application. A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students.

As announced in previous issues of the Record, first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should submit a registration application, which must be postmarked by March 1, 2005. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site at http://www.ibaby.org/. 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 $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2004.
The grade distributions for Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2004.
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 Summer 2004 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New Smoking Policy for Front of Building.
Beginning Monday, November 15, smoking will be permitted in front of the building only on the Jefferson Street side (the west side of the building, away from the lake). Smoking will not be permitted in front of either revolving door or to the east of the doors (toward the lake). Signs have been posted designating the smoking and non-smoking areas. If you witness a violation of the new policy, please inform the security officer at the front desk.

Week of November 8, 2004

Spring 2005 Preliminary Schedule.
The Spring 2005 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: This preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2004 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized. The first-year schedule for the Spring will be published in the final schedule. The final schedule will be issued early in the week of November 15.

Fall 2004 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Please see the Registrar's section of the Record for details about the procedure for signing up.

ASP Program on Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 9, 11:30-12:30 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, November 10, 5:00-5:45, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE).

Joke of the week. Two cows are in a field. One turns to the other and says, "I'm worried about getting mad cow disease." The other cows replies, "Don't worry, we're giraffes!"

Week of November 1, 2004

Fall 2004 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Please see the Registrar's section of the Record for details about the procedure for signing up.

ASP Program on Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 9, 11:30-12:30 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, November 10, 5:00-5:45, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE).

Joke of the Week. A guy took his cross-eyed dog to the vet and asked, "Is there anything you can do for him?" The vet picked the dog up and peered into his eyes. "I'm going to have to put him down," the vet said finally. "Just because he's cross-eyed?" asked the owner. "No, because he's heavy," said the vet.

Week of October 25, 2004

Fall 2004 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 circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Joke of the Week. "One good reason to maintain only a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim." (George Carlin)


Week of October 18, 2004

Fire Drill.
We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill. Although we were generally pleased with how the drill went, we would like to pass along a few reminders:

*Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building -- do not use the elevators.

*Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings. This is where we had the biggest problem this year. Keep in mind that your delay in leaving also delays (and thus endangers, in the event of a real emergency) the staff members assigned to clear that floor.

*Once you exit the building, please move eastward down the sidewalk (toward the lake) so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not cross the street or step into traffic.

Counseling Services for Downtown Campus. The IIT Counseling Center is now providing services here at the Downtown Campus on Thursdays, 2:00-5:00 pm, in Rm. 447. Please see the Student Services section of the Record for details.

Trial Team Success. Congratulations to the Chicago-Kent Trial Team for making it to the semi-finals in the Buffalo Niagra Invitational Mock Trial Competition, the largest invitational Trial Advocacy competition in the nation. The team of Andrew Cherkasky, Anthony Lucafo, Ida Nassar, and Susan Song (three of whom were competing for the first time) was one of the "final four" out of a total of 35 teams from 20 schools. They defeated four teams without losing a single judge's vote on their way to the semi-finals, where they fell to Temple in a 3-2 decision. Congratulations also to the team coaches: Judge David Erickson, Margaret Firnstein, and Nicholas Caputo.

Joke of the Week. There once was a mendicant holy man who walked barefoot most of the time, which gave him large callouses on his feet. He also ate very sparingly, which made him frail, and his odd diet gave him bad breath. In other words, he was a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis!


Week of October 11, 2004

Joke of the week.
"When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father, 'I'm very sorry. We did everything we could...but he pulled through.'" (Rodney Dangerfield -- In Memoriam)

Week of October 4, 2004

Academic Calendars for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.
The Academic Calendars for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 are linked to this page.

U.S. District Court: "Courtroom as Classroom" Event. The United States District Court is offering a program, "The Courtroom as Classroom," for Chicago-Kent students on Wednesday, October 13, 3:30-5:00 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Denise Lang (DLANG) so that we can provide a rough estimate of attendance to the District Court. Although the program is open to all students, first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. The program provides an introduction to federal court practice and procedures. Each law school in the district is given its own day to send students to hear from a variety of speakers drawn as much as possible from graduates of the law school. Speakers typicially include a U.S.District Judge; U.S. Magistrate Judge; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and Federal Defender Program Staff Attorney.

The program will be held in the Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Rm. 2525, on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street. The Dirksen Building is within walking distance; transportation will not be provided. (Walk east on Adams Street to Dearborn Street; the Dirksen Building is on the southeast corner of Adams and Dearborn.) You should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, as it can take time to get through the security checkpoint. You should then proceed directly to the 25th Floor. Please bring a photo ID with you, but do not bring cameras or any personal protection devices (weapons, pocket knives, pepper spray, etc.).

Joke of the week. "In my next life I want to come back as a weatherman. That way I can be dead wrong 80 percent of the time and not get fired." (Tony Kornheiser)

Week of September 27, 2004

ASP Program on Outlining.
The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, September 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, September 29, 5:00-5:45, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature professors and upper-level students sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend.

U.S. District Court: "Courtroom as Classroom" Event. The United States District Court is offering a program, "The Courtroom as Classroom," for Chicago-Kent students on Wednesday, October 13, 3:30-5:00 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Denise Lang (DLANG) so that we can provide a rough estimate of attendance to the District Court. Although the program is open to all students, first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. The program provides an introduction to federal court practice and procedures. Each law school in the district is given its own day to send students to hear from a variety of speakers drawn as much as possible from graduates of the law school. Speakers typicially include a U.S.District Judge; U.S. Magistrate Judge; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and Federal Defender Program Staff Attorney.

The program will be held in the Parsons Memorial Courtroom, Rm. 2525, on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street. The Dirksen Building is within walking distance; transportation will not be provided. (Walk east on Adams Street to Dearborn Street; the Dirksen Building is on the southeast corner of Adams and Dearborn.) You should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, as it can take time to get through the security checkpoint. You should then proceed directly to the 25th Floor. Please bring a photo ID with you, but do not bring cameras or any personal protection devices (weapons, pocket knives, pepper spray, etc.).

Joke of the week. After a long and fruitful life, Angus MacDonald died. His widow called the local paper, requesting that a death notice be published. Ever frugal, she asked that the notice simply state, "Angus is dead." The newspaper editor told her that death notices had to be a minimum of six words. "Fine," she replied. "Make it: 'Angus is dead; Volvo for sale.'"

Week of September 20, 2004

New Chicago-Kent Registrar.
Jerry Seaton, until recently the Manager of Registration for the Stuart Graduate School, has become Registrar and Director of Records and Exams for the Downtown Campus. Jerry brings a number of years of experience in both the Stuart School and the Law School to his new position. Welcome back to the Law School, Jerry!

Family and Friends Day. Please join us at the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, October 2, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The program is intended to give spouses, partners, parents, children, and other important people in students' lives the opportunity to visit the Law School and get a taste of what their loved ones are experiencing as law students. We anticipate that the program will include a continental breakfast, mini-classes taught by me and Prof. Brill, and a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. (The exact schedule of events is subject to change.) If you would like to attend, please complete the response form linked to this page no later than September 28. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE).

London Law Consortium: Spaces Still Available. We have been informed that there are still spaces available in the London Law Consoritum program for the Spring 2005 semester. If you are interested in applying, please contact me as soon as possible. For details about the program, see my Record archives (scroll down to the August 30, 2004 entry).

Joke of the week. Two hydrogen atoms are walking together. One says, "I've lost my electron." The other one says, "Are you sure?" The first one replies, "Yes, I'm positive."

Week of September 13, 2004

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Wednesday, September 15, 4:00 and later, and on Thursday, September 16.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): Availability of Application Forms. Printed application forms for the MPRE are no longer being made available by the National Conference on Bar Examinations. You may register online by going to the NCBE web site. For more information about the MPRE, see my Record entries for August 30 and September 6.

Elective Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve. A list of Fall 2004 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

Fire Safety Reminder. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. You should assume that there is a real fire whenever the fire alarms go off and should immediately take the nearest enclosed stairwell to the first floor and exit the building -- do not use the elevators, and do not take valuable time collecting up your possessions or stopping by your locker. Once you exit the building, please move eastward down the sidewalk (toward the lake) so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not cross the street or step into traffic. Failure to leave the building promptly, or failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel, may subject you to a Code of Conduct charge.

Recognition for Adjunct Professor Marshall Hartman. Marshall Hartman, a long-time member of Chicago-Kent's adjunct faculty, was recently awarded an Professional Achievement Citation by the University of Chicago, which honors "alumni who have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University and benefit to their communities through their vocation." Professor Hartman was recognized for his long service to the public defender movement, including his years as head of the Capital Litigation Division of the Illinois State Appellate Defender Office.

Joke of the week. "Last night I was having dinner with Charles Manson, and in the middle of dinner he turned to me and said, 'Is it hot in here, or am I crazy?'" (Gilbert Gottfried)

Week of September 6, 2004

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 6.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): UPDATE. We have learned that the MPRE, beginning with the March 2005 exam, will contain 10 more questions than currently (60 questions rather than 50 questions). Exam takers will not, however, be given additional time to take the exam. The 10 additional questions apparently will be not be scored, but it is not known currently whether these questions will be identified or not. The next administration of the MPRE will be on November 12, 2004, and will be the last exam in the current 50 question format. The registration deadline for the November exam is October 5, 2004 (the late deadline is October 21). Applications are available in the Registrar's office. For more details about the MPRE, including when you are eligible to take the exam, please see my Record entry for last week (August 30).

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Team will be held on Thursday, September 9, at 5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Details are linked to this page.

Private Area for Prayer. If you would like a private area in the Library to use for prayer, please contact the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk.

Joke of the week. "They say that exercise and proper diet are the keys to a longer life. Oh, well." (Drew Carey)

Week of August 30, 2004

Academic Calendar Reminder.
In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 6.

Spring 2004 Class Ranks/GPA cut-offs.
The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2004 semester are linked to this page.

ASP Program: How to Prepare For and Get the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program will present a program next week on how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 11:30-12:30 in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, September 1, 5:00-5:50 pm in Rm. C50 (for evening students). All students are invited to attend, but first -year students are particularly encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are linked to this page. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Chicago-Kent Law Review: Updated List of 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, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition. I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.

Adam M. Burns Ashlee B. Mehl
Matthew S. Burns Andrew F. Merrick
Kevin Case John G. New
Scott A. Cole Kevin A. O'Connor
Michael G. Congiu Matthew C. Oesterle
Claire M. Forster Tressa A. Pankovits
Diana E. Fridman Benjamin D. Panter
Steven D. Garden Jared B. Pinkus
Patrick B. Haggerty Joy L. Powers
Darrin R. Halcomb Stephen J. Rice
Christian B. Hennion Tracey L. Schielie
Cherish M. Keller Luke T. Shannon
Marjorie Ruth Kohls Matthew V. Topic
Nicholas J. Logan Ryan M. Wilson
Jason T. Manning Sheri L. Wong
Stacy A. Manning  

London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2005 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my 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 10, 2004. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

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. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2005. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. 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 $350 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 begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. 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 Registrar’s office and in my office.

February 2005 and July 2005 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2005 bar exam must be postmarked by September 1, 2004; applications for the July 2005 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2005. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but substantial penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. 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 “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or 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 November 12, 2004, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the November exam is October 5, 2004 (the late deadline is October 21).

Cafeteria: Now Accepting Credit Cards. The cafeteria now accepts credit or debit charges (VISA and MasterCard only) for orders of $5.00 or more.

Joke of the week. "Somewhere on the globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped." (Sam Levenson)

Week of August 23, 2004

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 24, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

CTA U-Pass Program. Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass also qualifies holders for discounts of up to 50% at over 750 merchants throughout Chicago. All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 18 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. For more details, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards.

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is linked to this page; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page and from the Record web pages (see, e.g., the link to the right on this page). This site brings together the following different calendars: the Academic Calendar, Admissions Calendar, Alumnae/i Calendar, Events Calendar, Student Administrative Calendar, and Student Organizations Calendar. You can view events in calendar or list format; by day, week, month, or year; and may look at one specific kind of calendar or all calendars together.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2004-2005 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Services section of this week's Record, and the Student Health Insurance FAQ.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Educational Records. The Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies regarding access to educational records. Please review sections 14.4 and 14.5, which are linked to this page. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information," which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion, and the information published in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IIT’s General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the university’s 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 IIT’s 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 candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Furniture in the 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.

To Entering Students:

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct, included in the Handbook. For future reference, there is a permanent link to the Handbook on the main Student Portal page.

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 (if any), 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:

16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or nolo contendere to, or received a period of supervision for, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violation, or is any charge now pending against you concerning such an offense? (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.) You must disclose each instance regardless of whether a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged.

17. 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?


Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic Support Program section of the Record for more information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups. Information about the program and study resources is also available on the ASP web site.

To Returning Students:

Fall 2004 Semester Information. You may access initial reading assignments, course information updates, Trial Advocacy section assignments, and other Fall semester information by following the links provided below, or by going to the Fall 2004 Term Information page. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information").

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted.)

Course Information Updates. Changes to the Fall 2004 class schedule are linked to this page. Some of these changes have been previously announced. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page.

Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of 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. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall 2004 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Classroom assignments are also be posted in the front lobby.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2004 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 Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are linked to this page.

2004-2005 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2004-2005 is linked to this page.

Spring 2005 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2005 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other changes made before the schedule is finalized.

At this point, we anticipate adding the following courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: E-Commerce (in the day); Education Law; Energy Law (in a 4:00 slot); and Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing.

In addition, the following courses listed on the preliminary Spring schedule will not be offered: Civil Procedure 2; Computers & Legal Reasoning; Law, Economics & Justice seminar; and Topics in E-Commerce seminar. The final Spring 2005 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2005 classes will also take place.

Spring 2004 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 Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2004 Class Ranks/GPA cut-offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2004 semester will be linked to this page shortly.

London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2005 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise Lang outside my 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 10, 2004. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the week. "While driving I had an accident with a magician. It wasn't my fault, the guy came out of nowhere." (Auggie Cook)

Week of August 16, 2004

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 24, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

CTA U-Pass Program. Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass also qualifies holders for discounts of up to 50% at over 750 merchants throughout Chicago. All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 18 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. For more details, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards. Details about when and how the cards will be distributed will be sent to students by e-mail, and will appear in next week's Record.

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 supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I oversee 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 (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE). 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.

Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you arrive on August 16. 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 (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).

Fall 2004 Semester Information. You may access initial reading assignments, course information updates, Trial Advocacy section assignments, and other Fall semester information by following the links provided below, or by going to the Fall 2004 Term Information page. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student Portal page, under "Academic term information").

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page. (Please note: The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted, and may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.) 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 Internet through the Follett's Bookstore web site.

Course Information Updates. Changes to the Fall 2004 class schedule are linked to this page. Some of these changes have been previously announced; further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes is available outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page.

Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of 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. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall 2004 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby.

Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2004 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 Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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.

Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are linked to this page.

2004-2005 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for 2004-2005 is linked to this page.

Spring 2005 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2005 semester is linked to this page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other changes made before the schedule is finalized.

At this point, we anticipate adding the following courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: E-Commerce (in the day); Education Law; Energy Law (in a 4:00 slot); and Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing.

In addition, the following courses listed on the preliminary Spring schedule will not be offered: Civil Procedure 2; Computers & Legal Reasoning; Law, Economics & Justice seminar; and Topics in E-Commerce seminar. The final Spring 2005 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring 2005 classes will also take place.

Spring 2004 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 Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

Joke of the week. "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" (Steven Wright)

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