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Record Archives for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.
SUMMER 2011

Weeks of August 1 & 8, 2011


Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted on Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

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 Current Students Portal page.

Joke of the Week. "I'm living on a one-way, dead-end street. I don't know how I got there." (Steven Wright)

Weeks of July 18 & 25, 2011

Summer 2011 Exams.


•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You can check your personal exam schedule, and exam room assignments, by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students icon, and navigating to the Summer 2011 link under Schedule.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule.

•Exam Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: We are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2011 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2011 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2011" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2011 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2011 CALI Awards. 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 2011 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

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:

Allison Adams Joshua Horwitz
Dunstan Barnes Peter Kim
Qi Chen Sarah E. Marfisi
Samuel Cook Michael L. Mason
Catherine Cottle Eric Michel
Amanda Del Carlo Samuel D. Mustain
Yu Di Jennifer N. Nimry
Patrick Ferrell Cole Richter
Kylin Fisher Karlin Sangdahl
Kyle P. Gillen Sylvia St. Clair
Daniel Hantman Cecilia Suh
Luke Harriman  

Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program. The problem and research materials for the Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program will be posted at http://summer.chicagokentmootcourt.net/ on Wednesday, July 20. The web site also explains who is elgible to participate in the program. The brief will be due on Monday, August 8. Oral arguments will be held just prior to the beginning of the Fall semester, on Thursday, August 18 and/or Friday, August 19. The website currently contains more information about the competition, as well as last year's problem and rules. For more information, contact either Richard Madison (rmadison@kentlaw.edu), the incoming President of the Moot Court Honor Society, or Professor Kent Streseman (kstreseman@kentlaw.edu), the Director of the Appellate Advocacy Program.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.


Weeks of July 4 & 11, 2011

Spring 2011 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2011 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2011" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2011 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2011 CALI Awards. 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 2011 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

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:

Allison Adams Joshua Horwitz
Dunstan Barnes Peter Kim
Qi Chen Sarah E. Marfisi
Samuel Cook Michael L. Mason
Catherine Cottle Eric Michel
Amanda Del Carlo Samuel D. Mustain
Yu Di Jennifer N. Nimry
Patrick Ferrell Cole Richter
Kylin Fisher Karlin Sangdahl
Kyle P. Gillen Sylvia St. Clair
Daniel Hantman Cecilia Suh
Luke Harriman  

Law Review Summer Candidacy Program. The Law Review's Summer Candidacy Program will run from Tuesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 19. Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook explains the eligibility criteria for participating in the summer program. More information and past materials are available at www.cklawreview.com. For more information, contact Daaron Kimmel (dkimmel@kentlaw.edu), the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review.

Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program. The problem and research materials for the Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program will be posted at http://summer.chicagokentmootcourt.net/ on Wednesday, July 20. The web site also explains who is elgible to participate in the program. The brief will be due on Monday, August 8. Oral arguments will be held just prior to the beginning of the Fall semester, on Thursday, August 18 and/or Friday, August 19. The website currently contains more information about the competition, as well as last year's problem and rules. For more information, contact either Richard Madison (rmadison@kentlaw.edu), the incoming President of the Moot Court Honor Society, or Professor Kent Streseman (kstreseman@kentlaw.edu), the Director of the Appellate Advocacy Program.

Summer 2011 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: June 29-July 5. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 29. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 5, at 5:00 pm. A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours.

•Exam Method Registration: June 29 - July 5. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.) 

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 29. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 5, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: We are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Joke of the Week. "England and America are two countries divided by a common language." (George Bernard Shaw)


Weeks of June 20 & 27, 2011

Spring 2011 GPAs and Class Ranks.
The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2011 semester will be posted the week of June 20. I will send an email when they are available, with instructions for how to access them.

Law Review Summer Candidacy Program. We will notify students the week of June 20 if they qualify for the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on the "grade on" criteria. The Law Review also holds a Summer Candidancy Program to "write on" to the Law Review. Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook explains the eligibility criteria for both grading on and writing on to Law Review. This year’s Summer Candidacy Program will run from Tuesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 19. More information and past materials are available at www.cklawreview.com.  There will also be an information session in on June 29 fro 8:30-9:30pm in Rm. C40. For more information, contact Daaron Kimmel (dkimmel@kentlaw.edu), the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review.

Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program. The problem and research materials for the Moot Court Honor Society Summer Candidacy Program will be posted at http://summer.chicagokentmootcourt.net/ on Wednesday, July 20. The web site also explains who is elgible to participate in the program. The brief will be due on Monday, August 8. Oral arguments will be held just prior to the beginning of the Fall semester, on Thursday, August 18 and/or Friday, August 19. The website currently contains more information about the competition, as well as last year's problem and rules. For more information, contact either Richard Madison (rmadison@kentlaw.edu), the incoming President of the Moot Court Honor Society, or Professor Kent Streseman (kstreseman@kentlaw.edu), the Director of the Appellate Advocacy Program.

Summer 2011 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: June 29-July 5. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 29. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 5, at 5:00 pm. A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours.

•Exam Method Registration: June 29 - July 5. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.) 

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 29. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 5, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: We are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.


Weeks of June 6 & 13, 2011

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Joke of the Week. "I was an only child--eventually." (Steven Wright)


Weeks of May 23 & 30, 2011

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. 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 2011 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.

Summer 2011 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer runs through Friday, May 27. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2011 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Please note: You may purchase your books in the Bookstore prior to the issuing of the initial reading assignments list; the Bookstore receives book ordering information directly from professors and should have all books in stock at the present time.

•Pass/Fail for Summer Classes. Pass/fail elections for the Summer semester must be made online no later than Friday, May 27. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

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 Current Students Portal page.

Institute for Law and the Humanities Paper Prizes. The Institute for Law and the Humanities is pleased to announce the 2011 ILH Paper Prizes for student papers dealing with legal issues from a humanistic perspective. First prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2011, with winning papers to be posted on the ILH website. Eligible papers include those submitted for seminars and for Independent Research during the current 2010-11 academic year (including those from the 2010 fall semester), as well as student law review notes and comments, so long as they were written during the current academic year and are primarily the student's own work. Submissions may be made electronically either to Professor Sheldon Nahmod at snahmod@kentlaw.edu or to Professor Felice Batlan at fbatlan@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the Week. "I was an only child--eventually." (Steven Wright)


SPRING 2011

Week of May 9, 2011

Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those who are graduating this semester, I look forward to seeing you at Commencement -- and I wish you good luck on the bar and in starting your careers. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer.

Spring 2011 Final Exams.


Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information at http://www.kentlaw.edu/clc/exams/instructions.shtml. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2011 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through the end of the first week of the Summer term -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the term. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2011 term is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). A version that includes classroom assignments will be posted shortly.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 16. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Please note: You may purchase your books in the Bookstore prior to the issuing of the initial reading assignments list; the Bookstore receives book ordering information directly from professors and should have all books in stock at the present time.

Fall 2011 Registration. The initial registration period for Fall 2011 classes closed on Friday. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 5 for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 5.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 2), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Fall Schedule:

*Comparative Law (Prof. Gerber): The ending time for the evening section of Comparative Law is now listed as 7:50pm (not 7:25pm). Class will meet some evenings until 7:25pm and some evenings until 7:50pm.
*Labor/Employment Class (Prof. Soliunas): This class will meet Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm (not 5:50pm).
*Legal Writing 3, Section 431-54 (Prof. Brabender): This class has been renumbered to 431-10, and will meet Tues./Thurs. 5:00-5:55pm (not 6:00-6:55pm).
*Nonprofit Law (Prof. Brody): This class will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not 5:50pm).

Note about Legal Writing 3 Sections: Several of the Legal Writing 3 sections were oversubscribed. If you did not get into your preferred section, there are several other sections that currently have seats available. In addition, we expect seats to open up in most or all sections over the Summer, as students learn whether they were selected for Law Review or Moot Court Honor Society (most of those students defer Legal Writing 3 to the Spring).

Family Law LL.M. Schedule: The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. program, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

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 Current Students Portal page.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. 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 2011 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. Clones are people two!

Week of May 2, 2011

Spring 2011 Final Exams.


Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information at http://www.kentlaw.edu/clc/exams/instructions.shtml. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. 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: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2011 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through the end of the first week of the Summer term -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the term. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2011 term is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). A version that includes classroom assignments will be posted shortly.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 16. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2011 Registration. The initial registration period for Fall 2011 classes closed on Friday. The registration system will open back up this Thursday, May 5 for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 5.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 2), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

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 Current Students Portal page.

New Lawyer Training Program. A new lawyer training program will be offered by Greenhorn Legal from August 19-21 and again from September 16-18 at locations in Chicago. Graduating students from Chicago-Kent can receive a discounted price of $599 for the course (the regular price is $899) if they enroll by May 31 with the code KENT3L2011. Click here for more information about the course and how to enroll.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. 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 2011 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. Clones are people two!

Week of April 25, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, April 29 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 3
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 13

Fall 2011 Registration. The final Fall 2011 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '11 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 26 through Friday, April 29. 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 Thursday, May 5. 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 Thursday, May 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period in September, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Additions to the schedule: Please note the following two additions to the Fall schedule since the preliminary schedule was issued:

*Compliance in Financial Institutions (165-81): This new class, taught by Prof. Reitman, will meet Mondays 4:00-5:50pm.

*Genetics and the Law (298-51): This class, taught by Prof. Andrews, will meet Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00-7:25pm.

Spring 2012 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2011 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2012 semester is available on the Fall 2011 Term page. 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 2011 semester, when registration for Spring 2012 classes will take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5282), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Summer 2011 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2011 classes. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site (the only oversubscribed class was Professional Responsibility). The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through the end of the first week of the Summer term -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the term. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

Spring 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information on the Computer Center's Record page. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notice to Intellectual Property Students: Summer I.P. Writing Colloquium. From Prof. Ed Lee: We received word from a number of IP partners at leading Chicago firms that writing a student note that is publishable quality is one thing they look for on a resume. So this summer, we are starting a new Summer IP Writing Colloquium that will teach you how to write a note in IP. By the end of the summer, you will have produced a finished draft that you can send to law reviews in August. The program is open to all 1Ls and 2Ls with an interest in IP, but we have a limited number of slots open. We will provide a list of possible topics, but you can also develop your own idea. Our IP Fellow Scott Salmon will teach the writing course, and you will also be assigned an IP Faculty advisor. Click here for the application form (due April 29). If you have questions, please contact Prof. Salmon at ssalmon@kentlaw.edu.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. 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 2011 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. "Someone actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said 'Parking Fine.'" (Tommy Cooper)

Week of April 18, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, April 29 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 3
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 13

Summer 2011 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2011 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '11 link under "Academic term information") or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will end on Monday, April 18, at 5:00 pm. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 Thursday, April 21. 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 Thursday, April 21 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2011 Class Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2011 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 20, outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

"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. We will videotape both versions of the program for anyone who can't attend. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Thursday, April 21, 11:30-12:30 pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-5:55 pm (Rm. C50)

Spring 2011 Final Exams.

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

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: Beginning last semester, we are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the 2011-2012 Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom (on the first floor). During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to 5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT, and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Fletcher and Morris, a case file in Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. This book may be found in the Library on reserve or in the Bookstore.  Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for either the prosecution or defense, not both. When you come into the room you will be asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for, and which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.)

Joke of the Week. "Someone actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said 'Parking Fine.'" (Tommy Cooper)

Week of April 11, 2011

Summer 2011 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2011 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are now available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '11 link under "Academic term information") or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Monday, April 11 through Monday, April 18, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 11, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 Thursday, April 21. 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 Thursday, April 21 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2011 Class Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2011 semester will be distributed the week of April 18 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

Spring 2011 Final Exams.

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

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: Beginning last semester, we are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library

Program in Environmental and Energy Law: Informational Meeting. The Program in Energy and Environmental Law (PEEL) will hold an introductory meeting for all first-year students on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. in Room C20. Refreshments will be served. Faculty members will explain the program, which begins by enrolling in Environmental  Llaw and Policy 1 in the Fall 2011 semester. We will go over the course requirements, the clinic and externship opportunities, as well as other important aspects of the program. And, of course, we will try and answer all questions that you may have. All students are eligible for the program but must complete all the requirements by graduation to earn a certificate. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to come by Prof. Tarlock's office, Rm. 831, at any time, or if you want to join the program, you can just send Professor Harley, kharley@kentlaw.edu, an email and enroll in Environmental Law and Policy 1.

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. Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, "Olive or Twist?"


Week of April 4, 2011

Summer 2011 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2011 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available on Wednesday, April 6, in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '11 link under "Academic term information") or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Monday, April 11 through Monday, April 18, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 11, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 Thursday, April 21. 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 Thursday, April 21 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Spring 2011 Final Exams.

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

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 30 - April 8. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 30; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 8, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exams Method Registration: March 30 - April 8. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.) 

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 30; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 8, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: Beginning last semester, we are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here.

Joke of the Week. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

Week of March 28, 2011

Change of Division Requests: March 23-April 1. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 23. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and then click on the link (in the left-hand menu) entitlted, "Request to change division." The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 1, at 5:00 pm. Changes are permitted on a space-available basis. If all students can be accommodated, all will be permitted to change divisions; if all students cannot be accommodated, a lottery drawing will be held to determine which students will be permitted to change. We will notify you as soon as possible after April 1 whether your request is approved.

Spring 2011 Final Exams.

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

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 30 - April 8. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 30; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 8, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exams Method Registration: March 30 - April 8. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.) 

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 30; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 8, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: Beginning last semester, we are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Free Online Subscriptions for Students. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is offering free online subscriptions to law students. The Law Bulletin provides comprehensive coverage of significant legal stories in Illlinois, including decisions by state and federal courts located in the state. The Associated Press and The New York Times furnish regional and national legal stories. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

Joke of the Week. If all the world is a stage ... then where is the audience sitting?

Week of March 21, 2011

Change of Division Requests: March 23-April 1.
Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 23. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and then click on the link (in the left-hand menu) entitlted, "Request to change division." The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 1, at 5:00 pm. Changes are permitted on a space-available basis. If all students can be accommodated, all will be permitted to change divisions; if all students cannot be accommodated, a lottery drawing will be held to determine which students will be permitted to change. We will notify you as soon as possible after April 1 whether your request is approved.

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 March 14, 2011

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

Week of March 7, 2011

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

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer Activity in Honor of Charles Koziol. Help honor the memory of Charles Koziol and benefit the Chicago community by volunteering for Windy City Habitat for Humanity. The Build Day will be Saturday, July 16, 2011, 9:00-4:00 p.m.; the minimum donation is $100. Please contact Samantha Lloyd at slloyd@kentlaw.edu for more information.

Bar Preparation Class: Audio Tapes Available. As announced earlier this semester, we are offering a no-credit, free bar preparation class for graduating students through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI. If you were unable to sign up for the class due to its meeting time (Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm) or for any other reason, we are making audio recordings of the sessions available in the Library, at the circulation desk.

Joke of the Week. One advantage of bowling over golf is that you rarely lose the ball.

Week of February 28, 2011

Certificate Programs: Informational Session.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, February 28, 4:15-5:45 pm, in the 10th Floor Event Room. Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack! All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

-Criminal Litigation
-Environmental & Energy Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-International & Comparative Law
-Labor & Employment Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

Joke of the Week. "Television: a medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done." (Ernie Kovacs)


Week of February 21, 2011

Certificate Programs: Informational Session.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, February 28, 4:15-5:45 pm, in the 10th Floor Event Room. Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack! All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

-Criminal Litigation
-Environmental & Energy Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-International & Comparative Law
-Labor & Employment Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

Additional Fall 2010 CALI Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following students for earning CALI Awards this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Alternative Dispute Resolution (Profs. Labinski & Byrne): Amanda N. Hart
-Health Care Law: Strategic Overview (Profs. Lebow & Carroll): Margaux L. Birdsall
-Torts (Prof. Wright): Joshua Horwitz and Christopher J. Riley

Week of February 14, 2011

Fall 2010 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 Fall 2010 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2010 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2010 semester are available by clicking here.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program: Informational Meetings.
The Access2Practice Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program that enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern? To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. Many students aren’t fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity — that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the US Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process: Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2011 are available in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

Informational Meetings: Professor Gross will conduct informational meetings on the following days and times:

Wednesday, February 16
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 210

Wednesday, February 23
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 510

Tuesday, March 1
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 580

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page: www.kentlaw.edu/externships. You may also contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

Bar Preparation Class.Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 24, in Rm. 590. The class is geared toward general bar preparation (not just Illinois), and it is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students graduating in May who plan to take a bar exam this summer or next winter.  The class will be taught by Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at barprepclass@gmail.com. In your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

Joke of the Week. Laughter is the best medicine - unless you're really sick. Then you should call 911.


Week of February 7, 2011

Fall 2010 GPAs and Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2010 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Fall 2010" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). Note: Class ranks are calculated only for students who have been at Chicago-Kent for at least two semesters. First-year students, and students who transferred into Chicago-Kent at the start of the Fall 2010 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2011 semester.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program: Informational Meetings.
Students interested in participating in Access2Practice Legal Externship Program for Summer/Fall 2011 should plan to attend an informational meeting to learn about the program. Professor Gross will talk about what the program entails, who is eligible, how to apply, and answer questions.

Informational meetings will be offered on the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 580

Wednesday, February 9
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 510

Wednesday, February 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 210

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the later part of February and in early March.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 11. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections; many courses are not available for the election.

You may make pass/fail elections starting Tuesday, January 18. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Joke of the Week. "What exactly is viewer discretion? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air." (George Carlin)


Week of January 31, 2011

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program: Informational Meetings.
Students interested in participating in Access2Practice Legal Externship Program for Summer/Fall 2011 should plan to attend an informational meeting to learn about the program. Professor Gross will talk about what the program entails, who is eligible, how to apply, and answer questions.

Informational meetings will be offered on the following days and times:

Tuesday, February 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 580

Wednesday, February 9
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 510

Wednesday, February 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 210

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the later part of February and in early March.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 11. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections; many courses are not available for the election.

You may make pass/fail elections starting Tuesday, January 18. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Academic Support Program. Information about the Academic Support Program for first-year students, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is available by clicking here. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Monday, January 31. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Illinois Bar Informational Sessions: DVD Available. If you were unable to attend one of the Illinois bar examiners' sessions last week for first-year students and graduating students, a DVD recording of the sessions is available from Dean Sowle.

Writing Contests. This is a reminder that a separate section of the Record provides information about writing contests open to law students. Many contests allow students to submit papers written for class. This can be a great way of earning a nice credential, and many of the contests have monetary or other prizes.

Joke of the Week. "What exactly is viewer discretion? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air." (George Carlin)


Week of January 24, 2011

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions.
The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. (Please note: This is a change from their earlier plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area students on January 27, at a location outside the Law School.) The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students. All sessions will be held in Rm. 590.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process; (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process; or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

See my Record archives for January 17 for more information on bar registration process for first-year students, and for the application process for the July 2011 bar exams for graduating students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 26 programs.

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.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 11. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections; many courses are not available for the election.

You may make pass/fail elections starting Tuesday, January 18. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Academic Support Program. Information about the Academic Support Program for first-year students, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is available by clicking here. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Monday, January 31. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass, they are available in the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ. If there is no U-Pass for you but you believe you qualify for one, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu).

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Counseling Center Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-5900. There is no charge for counseling services. You may also visit http://www.iit.edu/counseling_center for more information.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

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 university 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. "I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place." (Steven Wright)


Week of January 17, 2011

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.

U-Pass Distribution.
Distribution of Spring 2011 U-Passes will take place as follows:

*Thursday, January 13, 2:00-3:30pm, Front Lobby
*Friday, January 14, 12:00-1:30pm, Front Lobby
*Tuesday, January 17, 11:30-1:00pm and 3:00-4:30pm, Front Lobby

After Tuesday, January 17, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

You will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period if you registered for classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system. In either of those cases, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu) to explain your situation, and we will put you on our supplemental order list after we confirm your status.

Note to International LL.M. students and visiting students: You qualify for a U-Pass if you are registered for at least 12 credit hours for the Spring semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

Spring 2011 Semester Information. The Spring 2011 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Spring semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Spring '11 link under "Academic term information." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. The list of assignments has been revised from its initial version as follows:

New assignments added 1/9/11: Antitrust (Prof. Hannay); Civil Procedure (Prof. Laser); Copyright Law (Prof. Buccafusco); Environmental Law & Policy 2 (Prof. Stern); Estates and Trusts (Prof. Decatorsmith); Federal Courts (Prof. Stewart); Land Use (Prof. Stern); Law and Human Behavior (Prof. Buccafusco); Property (Prof. Perritt); Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar (Prof. Morris); Tax Procedure (Prof. Decatorsnith).

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments)
Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby before classes start.

Course Information Updates
This document lists all changes to the final Spring class schedule to date. The current version of the class schedule posted online reflects these changes.

Trial Advocacy 1 Section Assignments
If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Trial Advocacy 2 Section Assignments
If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Exam Schedule.
Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Bookstore Hours

2010-2011 Academic Calendar

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 11. This deadline is firm. Please review § 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections; many courses are not available for the election.

You may make pass/fail elections starting Tuesday, January 18. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

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.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. ABA accreditation rules and Law School regulations provide that full-time Day Division students may not be employed for more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. If a full-time Day Division student must work more than 20 hours per week, the student must transfer to the part-time Day Division or the Evening Division.

Taking Courses at the Stuart School. Upper-level Chicago-Kent students are allowed to take up to two non-law, graduate-level courses, with my permission, including courses offered at the Stuart School of Business. Please contact the Registrar's office for information about the Stuart School's Spring schedule.

Fall 2010 Grade Submissions. Grades for the Fall semester are due no more than five weeks from the date of the exam or, for non-exam courses, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Exams ended on Monday, December 20, so all Fall grades should be in by Monday, Janaury 24.

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Extended Departmental Hours on Tuesday Nights. To assist evening students in transacting administrative business, the following deparments will be open until 7:00 pm every Tuesday night: the Registrar's Office, the Bursar's Office, the Office of Financial Aid, the Career Services Office, the Admissions Office, and the Computer Center Help Desk. Evening appointments with the Office of Students Services may be made by appointment with Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu) or me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu).

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions - Revised Announcement. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. (Please note: This is a change from their earlier plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area students on January 27, at a location outside the Law School.) The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students. All sessions will be held in Rm. 590.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process; (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process; or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

See below for more information on bar registration process for first-year students, and for the application process for the July 2011 bar exams for graduating students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 26 programs.

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 are due by March 1, 2011. 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 substantial additional fees if you register at any point after March 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 Chicago-Kent this month (see announcement above) to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application.

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 2011 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2011 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2011. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but 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 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 at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit Chicago-Kent this month (see announcement above) to answer questions concerning the bar application process.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpr. The deadline for applying for the March 5 exam is Janaury 18 (the late deadline is February 3).

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education 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.

Fire Safety Reminder.
In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

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.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

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.

Joke of the Week.
I wondered why the baseball appeared to be getting bigger and bigger. Then it hit me.


FALL 2010

Week of December 20, 2010


Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Spring 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2011 courses is posted on the Spring 2011 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. The list of initial assignments may be updated periodically if we receive additional assignments.

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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Spring 2011 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Agency Law (277-51)
Civil RICO & High-Profile Lawyering (279-51)
International Trade (evening section) (384-51)
Reproductive Technology (643-81)

Addition to the schedule:

Litigation Technology: A second section of this class has been added to the Spring schedule, meeting Fri. 8:30-12:00 noon.

Corrections/Changes:

Antitrust: This class was incorrectly listed as ending at 7:50pm on Mon/Wed. The actual ending time is 7:25pm.
Justice & Technology Practicum: This class will meet Tues. 1:55-2:45pm (not Mon. 4:00-5:50pm).
Law & Human Behavior: There will be no final exam in this class.
Public Interest Law & Policy: There will be a take-home exam in this class.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Joke of the Week. Question: What did the gingerbread man put on his bed? Answer: A cookie sheet! (Thanks to Anita Laurencell for this week's joke.)

Week of December 13, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder. Read period runs from Saturday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 8. Exams start on Thursday, December 9 and end on Monday, December 20.

F
all 2010 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information on the Computer Center's Record page. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2011 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Agency Law (277-51)
Civil RICO & High-Profile Lawyering (279-51)
Reproductive Technology (643-81)

Addition to the schedule:

Litigation Technology: A second section of this class has been added to the Spring schedule, meeting Fri. 8:30-12:00 noon.

Corrections/Changes:

Antitrust: This class was incorrectly listed as ending at 7:50pm on Mon/Wed. The actual ending time is 7:25pm.
Justice & Technology Practicum: This class will meet Tues. 1:55-2:45pm (not Mon. 4:00-5:50pm).
Law & Human Behavior: There will be no final exam in this class.
Public Interest Law & Policy: There will be a take-home exam in this class.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2011 courses will be posted on the Spring 2011 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, December 20. Assignments not received by December 20 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions - Revised Announcement. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. (Please note: This is a change from their earlier plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area students on January 27, at a location outside the Law School.) The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process; (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process; or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

See my Record archives (the September 6 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2011 and July 2011 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 26 programs.

Academic Calendar for 2011-2012. The academic calendar for next academic year (2011-2012) is available here.

Joke of the Week. "When I die, I'm going to leave my body to science fiction." (Steven Wright)

Week of December 6, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Read period runs from Saturday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 8. Exams start on Thursday, December 9 and end on Monday, December 20.

F
all 2010 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule.
The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information on the Computer Center's Record page. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2011 Registration.
The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page) 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.

Please note the following changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Agency Law (277-51)
Civil RICO & High-Profile Lawyering (279-51)
Reproductive Technology (643-81)

Addition to the schedule:

Litigation Technology: A second section of this class has been added to the Spring schedule, meeting Fri. 8:30-12:00 noon.

Corrections/Changes:

Antitrust: This class was incorrectly listed as ending at 7:50pm on Mon/Wed. The actual ending time is 7:25pm.
Justice & Technology Practicum: This class will meet Tues. 1:55-2:45pm (not Mon. 4:00-5:50pm).
Law & Human Behavior: There will be no final exam in this class.
Public Interest Law & Policy: There will be a take-home exam in this class.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2011 courses will be posted on the Spring 2011 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, December 20. Assignments not received by December 20 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Website Survey - Thank You to All Students Who Participated. We received 260 submissions for the survey of students for the Chicago-Kent website redesign project. Thank you! Your input will be valuable in determining various features of the new website. Of the 260 submissions, 228 students provided their names and e-mail addresses to be eligible for the Starbucks gift card drawing. The winners are:

  • Yin Lu
  • Nicholas McIntyre
  • Sam Castree
  • Laura Dickson
  • Alyssa Graber
The winners will receive an e-mail to their kentlaw.edu accounts today from John Young in the Office of Public Affairs about where to pick up their Starbucks cards.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions - Revised Announcement. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. (Please note: This is a change from their earlier plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area students on January 27, at a location outside the Law School.) The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process; (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process; or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

See my Record archives (the September 6 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2011 and July 2011 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 26 programs.

Academic Calendar for 2011-2012. The academic calendar for next academic year (2011-2012) is available here.

Joke of the Week. "When I die, I'm going to leave my body to science fiction." (Steven Wright)


Week of November 29, 2010

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

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Wednesday, December 1: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Thursday, December 2 (last day of regular classes): Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Friday, December 3: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 8. Exams start on Thursday, December 9 and end on Monday, December 20.

Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration Bulletin.
The final Spring 2011 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2011 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '11 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration instructions appear below.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2011 schedule. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (section 432-55): This section of Legal Writing 4, scheduled for T/Th 6:00-7:25pm, will not be offered.
-Multinational Business Bankrupcy & Reorganizations: This class, listed as a regular course in the Spring schedule, will also be offered for seminar credit. To take the class as a regular course, register using 157-51. To register for seminar credit, register using course number 908-51.
-Advanced Legal Ethics (Family Law LL.M. class): The course number for this class was omitted from the Spring schedule. It is 866-51

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. through Tuesday, November 30, 11:00 p.m. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2011 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

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 Friday, Decmeber 3. 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 Friday, December 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Reminder: There's Still Time to Fill Out the Student Website Survey.
The Law School is undertaking a complete redesign of the main Chicago-Kent website, and we’re now in the "discovery" phase of the project. On Thursday, November 18, I sent an e-mail to all students inviting participation in a website survey that will provide information and feedback for this process. The survey runs from November 18 through December 2, and you’ll have a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card if you provide your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey. Find out more and access the survey here.

Counseling Center Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-5900. There is no charge for counseling services. You may also visit http://www.iit.edu/counseling_center for more information.

Fall 2010 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. 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 after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

•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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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 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.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information on the Computer Center's Record page. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash immediately before or during an exam), as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.


Week of November 22, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 24, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration Bulletin.
The final Spring 2011 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2011 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '11 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration instructions appear below.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2011 schedule. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (section 432-55): This section of Legal Writing 4, scheduled for T/Th 6:00-7:25pm, will not be offered.
-Multinational Business Bankrupcy & Reorganizations: This class, listed as a regular course in the Spring schedule, will also be offered for seminar credit. To take the class as a regular course, register using 157-51. To register for seminar credit, register using course number 908-51.
-Advanced Legal Ethics (Family Law LL.M. class): The course number for this class was omitted from the Spring schedule. It is 866-51

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. through Tuesday, November 30, 11:00 p.m. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2011 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

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 Friday, Decmeber 3. 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 Friday, December 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2011, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Student Survey to Improve Kent's Website.
The Law School is undertaking a complete redesign of the main Chicago-Kent website, and we’re now in the "discovery" phase of the project. On Thursday, November 18, I sent an e-mail to all students inviting participation in a website survey that will provide information and feedback for this process. The survey runs from November 18 through December 2, and you’ll have a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card if you provide your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey. Find out more and access the survey here.

Fall 2010 Final Exams.

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

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. The Computer Center has circulated information about this process. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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. (An oldie but goody for Thanksgiving) Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!

Week of November 15, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 24, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

F
all 2010 Final Exams.

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

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. The Computer Center has circulated information about this process. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2011 Schedule. The Spring 2011 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2010 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized.

The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Thursday, November 18, and will be posted here and on the main Student Portal page. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 23, through Tuesday, November 30.

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. Question: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Answer: Because 7  8  9.

Week of November 8, 2010

Fall 2010 Final Exams.

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

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: November 3 - 12.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).


Exams Method Registration: November 3 - 12.
Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Beginning this semester, we are able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with the new version of SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you do not need to do so this semester.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams.
Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2011 Preliminary Schedule.
The Spring 2011 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2010 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule early in the week of November 15.


Week of November 1, 2010

Change of Division Requests: October 26 - November 5.
Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a request through the Chicago-Kent Web for Students site. (Log into Webmail, click on the Web for Students icon, and then select "Request to change division" on the left-hand menu.) Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2010 Final Exams.


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

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: November 3 - 12. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exams Method Registration: November 3 - 12. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Beginning this semester, we are able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with the new version of SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you do not need to do so this semester.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-3:50 pm (Rm. 590). The program will be offered twice for evening students, on Tuesday, November 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510), and again on Thursday, November 4, 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 510). Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why was the archeologist depressed? Answer: His career was in ruins.
Week of October 25, 2010

Change of Division Requests: October 26 - November 5.
Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a request through the Chicago-Kent Web for Students site. (Log into Webmail, click on the Web for Students icon, and then select "Request to change division" on the left-hand menu.) Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available beginning Tuesday, October 26. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2010 Final Exams.


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

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: November 3 - 12. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exams Method Registration: November 3 - 12. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, November 3; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, November 12, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Beginning this semester, we are able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with the new version of SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you do not need to do so this semester.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-3:50 pm (Rm. 590). The program will be offered twice for evening students, on Tuesday, November 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510), and again on Thursday, November 4, 5:00-6:00 pm (Rm. 510). Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 27, 2011. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 21 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

The informational sessions for ALL Chicago first year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third year applicants for the February and July 2011 bar examinations are scheduled to be held Thursday, January 27, 2011, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

The first session will begin at noon and will be held for third year students, the second at 5 pm for first year students, and a third at 7 pm again for third years. First year students not available to attend the 5 pm session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions because although the noon and 7 pm sessions will be tailored to third years, the basic information regarding character and fitness is the same. There is no fee, and advance registration is not required.

See my Record archives (the September 6 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2011 and July 2011 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 27 program.

Joke of the Week. Question: What happened when the dog went to the flea circus? Answer: He stole the show.


Week of October 18, 2010

Fire Drill Follow-Up.
We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill, especially in light of the technical issues we experience with the alarms sounding only intermittently (this problem has since been resolved). Despite the technical problems, we were pleased with everyone's cooperation in complying with verbal announcements, where necessary, to clear the building. We would also like to pass along a few reminders:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

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.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to leave the building promptly, or failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel, may subject a student to a Code of Conduct charge.

Joke of the Week. Question: What geometric shape is like a parrot? Answer: A polygon! (Thanks to Joanna Greenberg for this week's joke.)

Week of October 11, 2010

Flu Shots.
IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 12, from 3:00-7:00 pm in Rm. 700 (this is a new classroom on the 7th floor, just around the corner from the elevator bay). This year's flu shot covers both seasonal flu and H1N1. Shots will cost $20. You may pay by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology), or you can prepay on the Student Health Services web site by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. Question: How do you kill a circus? Answer: Go straight for its juggler! (Thanks to Trish Abbott for this week's joke.)

Week of October 4, 2010

Flu Shots.
IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 12, from 3:00-7:00 pm in Rm. 700 (this is a new classroom on the 7th floor, just around the corner from the elevator bay). This year's flu shot covers both seasonal flu and H1N1. Shots will cost $20. You may pay by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology), or you can prepay on the Student Health Services web site by clicking here.

ASP Workshop on Outlining: The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium). The program will be offered twice for evening students (given their different schedules), on Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510), and again on Thursday, October 7, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Reminder About IIT's Policy on Political Activity on Campus. With the 2010 elections approaching, the Office of General Counsel would like to remind employees and students about the university's policy regarding political activity on campus. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School.

As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is legally prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign of behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office and has an affirmative obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university'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. To this end, an individual should not identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT, and if he or she is identified as such, he or she should, prior to any speech or as part of any writing, indicate that his or her comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or IIT email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Political candidates may use or rent IIT facilities only if all candidates are allowed the opportunity to use or rent such facilities on equal terms and conditions.

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT's tax exempt status; however, no such invitation should be extended without the extending party first discussing the invitation with the General Counsels Office, so as to ensure that the invitation complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel's Office.

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. "Chicago is an October sort of city even in the Spring." (Nelson Algren)

Week of September 27, 2010

Flu Shots.
IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, October 12, from 3:00-7:00 pm in Rm. 700 (this is a new classroom on the 7th floor, just around the corner from the elevator bay). This year's flu shot covers both seasonal flu and H1N1. Shots will cost $20. You may pay by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology), or you can prepay on the Student Health Services web site by clicking here.

ASP Workshop on Outlining: The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium). The program will be offered twice for evening students (given their different schedules), on Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510), and again on Thursday, October 7, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Elevator Maintenance. A full inspection of the building elevators was recently completed, resulting in the recommendation that the hoist ropes on all of the passenger elevators be replaced (not including the internal Library elevator). Although there are no safety concerns at this time, we will be proceeding with the work in the coming weeks.

The work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 28, and should be completed by Friday, November 5. One elevator car will be taken out of service each week. It will take approximately 4-5 days to replace the ropes on each elevator. Work will be done Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm each day. Otis Elevator will be accessing each elevator to do the work on the Concourse and 10th floor. On those two floors, there will be barricades placed in the area around the elevator being serviced. There will be some noise in the elevator vestibules (mostly vacuuming and hammering).

We encourage you to use the stairs whenever possible since there will be increased wait times for elevators until the work is completed.

Family and Friends Day. Please join us for the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, October 9, from 9:00 am to 12:45 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. The program will include mini-classes taught by Prof. Rudstein (Criminal Law), Prof. Batlan (Contracts), and Prof. Buccafusco (Torts), as well as a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. If you would like to attend, please complete the response form (click here) no later than September 30. If you have any questions, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu).

Joke of the Week. Question: What do pirates shop for at the Apple store? Answer: The iPatch. (Thanks to Steven Kuptsis for this week's joke!)


Week of September 20, 2010

Family and Friends Day. Please join us for the Family and Friends Day program on Saturday, October 9, from 9:00 am to 12:45 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. The program will include mini-classes taught by Prof. Rudstein (Criminal Law), Prof. Batlan (Contracts), and Prof. Buccafusco (Torts), as well as a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. If you would like to attend, please complete the response form (click here) no later than September 30. If you have any questions, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu).

Joke of the Week. "The shortest distance between two points is always under construction."


Week of September 13, 2010

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students on Tuesday, September 14, in the Student Lounge from 8:45-9:30 am and 5:00-5:45 pm. Come and share your thoughts about the law school or to ask questions. Refreshments will be available at both events.

Constitution Day Talk by Prof. Steven Heyman.
In observance of Constitution Day, Professor Steven Heyman will speak this Thursday, September 16, at 3:30 pm in Rm. C20. His topic will be: "How Should We Think About Free Speech? Justice Holmes, Justice Brandeis, and the First Amendment." All are welcome.

Summer 2010 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 Summer 2010 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Lecture by Dean Bryant Garth on "Colonialism, the Cold War, and the Rule of Law in Asia." Bryant Garth, Dean of the Southwestern Law School, will speak this Tuesday, September 14, at 12:00 noon in the Marovitz Courtroom. The topic of his lecture will be "Colonialism, the Cold War, and the Rule of Law in Asia." All are welcome.

London Law Consortium: 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 2011 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 September 20. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Student Health Insurance Cards. Student health insurance cards have been mailed to your home address (the address listed as your local address in the IIT system). If you do not receive your card, we are expecting additional cards to be mailed directly to Chicago-Kent after September 15. When they arrive, we will let you know when and where you may pick them up. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 312-567-7550.

Some of you may receive cards even if you waived the student health insurance -- if so, please check your student account to make sure that the insurance fee has been removed. If you waived the insurance but received a card, you can dispose of the card.

Suggestions for the Spakateria. If you have any comments or suggestions for the Spakateria, you may email them to cafespak@kentlaw.edu.

Joke of the Week. Question: What does a dog do that a person steps into? Answer: Pants.


Week of September 6, 2010

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes are canceled on Monday, September 6, for Labor Day, and the building will be closed that day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, September 4 (8:30 am - 1:00 pm) and Sunday, September 5 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm). The Library will be closed all three days.

Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 and after; and on Thursday, September 9.

Fire Safety Reminder.
In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

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.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

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.

Security Reminder: Watch Your Valuables!
We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables to avoid the risk of theft. Please do not leave your possessions unattended in the Library or any other part of the building, even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run.

Extended Departmental Hours on Tuesday Nights.
To assist evening students in transacting administrative business, the following deparments will be open until 7:00 pm every Tuesday night: the Registrar's Office, the Bursar's Office, the Office of Financial Aid, the Career Services Office, the Admissions Office, and the Computer Center Help Desk. Due to an impending leave for the Director of Student Services, extended hours for that department will be done by appointment (please contact me if you would like an evening appointment).

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education 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.

London Law Consortium: 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 2011 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 September 20. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Student Health Insurance Cards. Student health insurance cards have been mailed to your home address (the address listed as your local address in the IIT system). If you do not receive your card, we are expecting additional cards to be mailed directly to Chicago-Kent after September 15. When they arrive, we will let you know when and where you may pick them up. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 312-567-7550.

Some of you may receive cards even if you waived the student health insurance -- if so, please check your student account to make sure that the insurance fee has been removed. If you waived the insurance but received a card, you can dispose of the card.

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 are due by March 1, 2011. 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 substantial additional fees if you register at any point after March 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 Chicago area later this semester or 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.

February 2011 and July 2011 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2011 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2010. Applications for the July 2011 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2011. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but 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 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 at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester.

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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). The next exam will be given on November 6, 2010. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpr. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 28 (the late deadline is October 14).

Concrete Renovation Work.
The remainder of the concrete work is now scheduled to be completed as follows:

Adams Street Side: The concrete work has been completed; remaining items include planting trees in the two new planters on the west side of Adams and installation of decorative fencing around all of the tree beds.

Jefferson Street Work: Tuesday, September 7 - Friday, September 10. During this time period:

  • Tuesday through completion - Pouring concrete and finishing details.
  • The shuttle bus will continue to drop-off/pick-up at the northeast corner of Quincy and Jefferson.
  • Parking on the Jefferson street side of the building will be prohibited.

Work Hours (these remain the same): The City has given the contractor permission to do work as follows (including weekends):

  • 8:00 am thru 8:00 pm - work that would generate noise
  • 8:00 pm thru 8:00 am - other types of work such as staging equipment, relocating barriers, walkways, etc.
Joke of the Week. A bookstore customer asked a clerk to show her the self-help section. The clerk replied, "If I did, that would defeat the whole purpose."

Week of August 30, 2010

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Classes are canceled on Monday, September 6, for Labor Day, and the building will be closed that day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, September 4 (8:30 am - 1:00 pm) and Sunday, September 5 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm). The Library will be closed all three days.

Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 and after; and on Thursday, September 9.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 1, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Extended Departmental Hours on Tuesday Nights.
To assist evening students in transacting administrative business, the following deparments will be open until 7:00 pm every Tuesday night: the Registrar's Office, the Bursar's Office, the Office of Financial Aid, the Career Services Office, the Admissions Office, and the Computer Center Help Desk. Due to an impending leave for the Director of Student Services, extended hours for that department will be done by appointment (please contact me if you would like an evening appointment).

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education 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.

U-Pass and ID Distribution.
If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass (for all full-time students) or ID card (if you are a first-year student), they are available in the Registrar's office.

Concrete Renovation Work.
Due to unforeseen delays with City of Chicago permitting and more recent discoveries underneath the pavement, the concrete work is now scheduled to be completed as follows:

Adams Street Side: Should be completed Friday, August 27. During this time period:
  • Sewer connections and street paving will be done
  • The shuttle bus will continue to drop-off/pick-up at the northeast corner of Quincy and Jefferson.

Jefferson Street Work: Friday, August 27 - Monday, September 6. During this time period:

  • Friday, 8/27 - Removal of signage and general prep work
  • Monday/Tuesday, 8/30 and 8/31 - the contractors will be saw cutting the old concrete during this phase and lifting it out with a forklift to keep noise at a minimum
  • Wednesday, 9/1 to completion - Pouring concrete and finishing details
  • The shuttle bus will continue to drop-off/pick-up at the northeast corner of Quincy and Jefferson.
  • Parking on the Jefferson street side of the building will be prohibited.

Work Hours (these remain the same): The City has given the contractor permission to do work as follows (including weekends):

  • 8:00 am thru 8:00 pm - work that would generate noise
  • 8:00 pm thru 8:00 am - other types of work such as staging equipment, relocating barriers, walkways, etc.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is offering free subscriptions to law students for its online version. To sign up, go to http://www.lawbulletin.com/students.

Joke of the Week. "The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life." (George Carlin)

To Entering Students:

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program will be offered twice for evening students (given their different schedules), on Tuesday, August 31, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and again on Thursday, September 2, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).. All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and Thursday, October 7, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-3:50 pm (Rm. 590)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and Thursday, November 4, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).

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 (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We have emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Wednesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

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 are due by March 1, 2011. 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 substantial additional fees if you register at any point after March 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 Chicago area later this semester or 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.

To Returning Students:


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.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 3. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, if you take fewer than 12 credits hours, please contact the Registrar, Jerry Seaton, so he can make sure you are still coded as full-time in the registration system.

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 3, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

London Law Consortium: 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 2011 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 September 20. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

February 2011 and July 2011 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2011 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2010. Applications for the July 2011 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2011. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but 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 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 at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester.

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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). The next exam will be given on November 6, 2010. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpr. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 28 (the late deadline is October 14).


Week of August 23, 2010

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 1, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

IIT Emergency Notification Service.
The university provides a self-service, web-based, mass notification system, known as iitalert, that enables the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff, no matter where they are. This system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email, and/or RSS reader. This system complements IIT's existing communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing the university to reach the IIT community at a moment's notice.

Click here to register for iitalert. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute. All you need to do is choose a user name, input your phone/PDA number, and indicate you status (faculty, staff, or student) and what campus(es) you are associated with. (Alerts will be sent out on a campus basis.) If you do not have a cellular phone, pager, or PDA, you can register an alternative, non-IIT email address.

Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in law school activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact Jenna Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or office 310A).

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-5900. There is no charge for these counseling services.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm pleased 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:

Brandi D. Archer Daaron V. Kimmel
Travis M. Bayer Kacy L. King
Shannon L. Beebe John A. Kresl
Jeffrey D. Blake Lewis C. Little
Katherine G. Cisneros Joshua E. Lurie
Jeffrey M. Cisowski Margaret K. Master
Erin E. Edwards Andrew P. Medeiros
Lauren M. Emery Kelly Noonan
Katherine L. Goyert Thea E. Potanos
Christopher B. Grubb Bradley E. Puklin
Richard E. Gutierrez Alexander F. Rabanal
Jacquelyn M. Hill Rachel A. Remke
Katherine Y. Hutchison Matthew B. Rudolph
Michael R. Johnson Charles M. Spiekerman
David G. Jorgensen Grant K. Swanson
Brian L. Kebbekus Caroline A. Teichner
John K. Kennedy James R. Vergara
Benjamin P. Kidder Jonathan R. Walton

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available here; 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.

Notice About Recording of Classes. Please do not record any of your classes without seeking permission through your professor. Under Illinois state law, no recordings may be made without the consent of all of those present.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. ABA accreditation rules and Law School regulations provide that full-time Day Division students may not be employed for more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. If a full-time Day Division student must work more than 20 hours per week, the student must transfer to the part-time Day Division or the Evening Division.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2010-2011 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ. If you have any questions or problems with respect to student health insurance, contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5005.

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

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education 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.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

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 university 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.

Smoking Outside the Building. This is a reminder that the City of Chicago prohibits smoking within 15 feet of the building entrance. Smokers should use the designated outdoor smoking area to the east of the building entrance (past the second column).  Thank you for your cooperation. 

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

Joke of the Week. "Doctor, doctor, I can't stop my hands from shaking!" "Do you drink a lot?" "Of course not, I spill most of it!"

To Entering Students:

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct (located at the end of 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 (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We have emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Wednesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

ID and U-Pass Distribution. You may pick up your ID card and your U-Pass on Monday, August 23, 11:00-2:00pm in the front lobby. After that, the ID cards and U-Passes will be available for pick-up in the Registrar's office.

About the U-Pass Program: The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. All full-time day students will receive a U-Pass card valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (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.

Immunization Records.
If you have not yet supplied your immunization records to IIT, please do so as soon as possible. You may have a hold placed on your registration if you do not submit the proper documentation.

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@kentlaw.edu).

Fall 2010 Semester Information.
The Fall 2010 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '10 link under "Academic term information." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.

The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted, and it may be updated again if we receive additional assignments. Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days before classes start.

Course Information Updates

This document lists all changes to the final Fall 2010 class schedule to date. The current version of the class schedule posted online reflects these changes.

Trial Advocacy 1 Section Assignments

If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Trial Advocacy 2 Section Assignments
If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Exam Schedule
Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Bookstore Hours


2010-2011 Academic Calendar


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.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 3. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

Spring 2011 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2011 semester is available on the Fall 2010 Term Information page. 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 Spring 2009 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

U-Pass Distribution.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will take place in the front lobby at the following times:

*Thursday, August 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 23, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 23, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.

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 U-Passes valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (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. If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm your status, we will order one for you. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Spring 2010 CALI Awards.
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 2010 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2010 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.
The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2010 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2010" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2010 semester are available by clicking here.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits.
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, if you take fewer than 12 credits hours, please contact the Registrar, Jerry Seaton, so he can make sure you are still coded as full-time in the registration system.

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 3, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).


Week of August 16, 2010

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 1, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in law school activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact Jenna Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or office 310A).

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 (320C), or e-mail me (ssowle@kentlaw.edu). 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 registration packets when you arrive. In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web site for entering students with links to lots of useful information. (A password is required for access to this site; contact the Office of Admissions if you don't have a password.)

Academic Support Program.
You will receive information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We will be sending invitations to selected students before the start of the regular semester to join these sessions. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which should be submitted to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Wednesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

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. All full-time day students will receive a U-Pass card valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (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.

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@kentlaw.edu).

Fall 2010 Semester Information.
The Fall 2010 Term Information page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the main Student Portal page and click on the Fall '10 link under "Academic term information." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.

The list of initial assignments has been updated since it was first posted, and it may be updated again if we receive additional assignments. Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days before classes start.

Course Information Updates

This document lists all changes to the final Fall 2010 class schedule to date. The current version of the class schedule posted online reflects these changes.

Trial Advocacy 1 Section Assignments

If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Trial Advocacy 2 Section Assignments
If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Exam Schedule
Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Bookstore Hours


2010-2011 Academic Calendar


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.

Spring 2011 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2011 semester is available on the Fall 2010 Term Information page. 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 Spring 2009 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Fall U-Pass Distribution.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will take place in the front lobby at the following times:

*Thursday, August 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 23, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 23, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.

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 U-Passes valid from August 23 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (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. If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm your status, we will order one for you. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Spring 2010 CALI Awards.
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 2010 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

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