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Record Archives for 2011-2012 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.

SUMMER 2012

Week of August 13, 2012

Fall 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses is available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page(it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 link). Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your fall courses. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. Initial reading assignments for first-year courses are not included in this list. This list may be updated if we receive additional assignments.

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 page.

Spring 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available your Web for Students account (click on the Spring 2012 link, under Grades and Rank, in the lefthand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

Consider Taking Appellate Courts and Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment?

- Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues?
- Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal?
- Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking?
- Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work?
- Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? 

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure in the Fall. The class will meet Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10:40-11:35 am. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Advanced Legislative Advocacy. Professor William Kling is seeking two to three additional students to enroll in Advanced Legislative Advocacy for Fall 2012.  Students must have taken Legislative Advocacy, or request approval from Professor Kling to enroll. Students who have experience working in the policy/politics arena will be interested. Contact Dean Sowle or Professor Kling (wckling@sbcglobal.net) if you are interested.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.


Weeks of July 30 & August 6, 2012

Fall 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted on Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 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 page.

Spring 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available your Web for Students account (click on the Spring 2012 link, under Grades and Rank, in the lefthand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

Consider Taking Appellate Courts and Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment?

- Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues?
- Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal?
- Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking?
- Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work?
- Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? 

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure in the Fall. The class will meet Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10:40-11:35 am. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Advanced Legislative Advocacy. Professor William Kling is seeking two to three additional students to enroll in Advanced Legislative Advocacy for Fall 2012.  Students must have taken Legislative Advocacy, or request approval from Professor Kling to enroll. Students who have experience working in the policy/politics arena will be interested. Contact Dean Sowle or Professor Kling (wckling@sbcglobal.net) if you are interested.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 6, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when username@kentlaw.edu accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/google-apps.

•Clearing Out Lockers. We are extending the deadline for clearing out lockers to Monday, August 6. 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 16 & 23, 2012

Cashier's Office Closed on Monday, July 16. The Cashier's Office (formerly known as the Bursar's Office) will be closed on Monday, July 16. The office will be open on Thursday, July 19.

Summer 2012 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 Web for Students account and navigating to the Summer 2012 link, under Schedule, in the lefthand menu.

•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.

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. 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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the page. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available your Web for Students account (click on the Spring 2012 link, under Grades and Rank, in the lefthand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

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:

Kamal Al-Salihi Michael Meier
Jacob Berger Ashley Montalbano
John Bickley David Pelsue
Charles Burns Jing Peng
Claudia Cortes Valerie Raedy
Brett Dorn Elizabeth Raki
Robert Double Jessica Ryou
Hanan Erikat Matthew Schock
Odeshoo Hasdoo Carrie Stickel
James Konstantopoulos Sarah Tunney
Scott Lechowicz Brett Weber
Rebecca Lyon  

Consider Taking Appellate Courts and Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment?

- Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues?
- Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal?
- Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking?
- Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work?
- Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? 

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure in the Fall. The class will meet Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10:40-11:35 am. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Advanced Legislative Advocacy. Professor William Kling is seeking two to three additional students to enroll in Advanced Legislative Advocacy for Fall 2012.  Students must have taken Legislative Advocacy, or request approval from Professor Kling to enroll. Students who have experience working in the policy/politics arena will be interested. Contact Dean Sowle or Professor Kling (wckling@sbcglobal.net) if you are interested.

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when username@kentlaw.edu accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/google-apps.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. Have you noticed that, no matter how much you push an envelope, it will still be stationery? (Thanks to Prof. Brill for this week's joke.)


Weeks of July 2 & 9, 2012

Spring 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2012 " link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

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:

Kamal Al-Salihi MIchael Meier
Jacob Berger Ashley Montalbano
John Bickley David Pelsue
Charles Burns Jing Peng
Claudia Cortes Valerie Raedy
Brett Dorn Elizabeth Raki
Robert Double Jessica Ryou
Hanan Erikat Matthew Schock
Odeshoo Hasdoo Carrie Stickel
James Konstantopoulos Sarah Tunney
Scott Lechowicz Brett Weber
Rebecca Lyon  


Law Review Summer Candidacy Program.
For those interested in Law Review but who did not "grade on" based on their acadeic performance, 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 Wednesday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 25. More information and past materials are available at www.cklawreview.com.  There will also be an information session on Monday, July 2, from 8:30-9:30 pm in Rm. C20. For more information, contact Daniel Hantman (dan.hantman@gmail.com), the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review. 

Summer 2012 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 27-July 3. 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 Web for Students account and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 3, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified after the deadline about 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.

•Exam Method Registration: June 27 - July 3. Students have three choices for taking most exams: handwriting 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 Web for Students account and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 3, 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.

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. 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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the page. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when username@kentlaw.edu accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/google-apps.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. I don't like jokes about German sausage - they're the wurst.


Weeks of June 18 & 25, 2012

Spring 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2012 " link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

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:

Kamal Al-Salihi MIchael Meier
Jacob Berger Ashley Montalbano
John Bickley David Pelsue
Charles Burns Jing Peng
Claudia Cortes Valerie Raedy
Brett Dorn Elizabeth Raki
Robert Double Jessica Ryou
Hanan Erikat Matthew Schock
Odeshoo Hasdoo Carrie Stickel
James Konstantopoulos Sarah Tunney
Scott Lechowicz Brett Weber
Rebecca Lyon  


Law Review Summer Candidacy Program.
For those interested in Law Review but who did not "grade on" based on their acadeic performance, 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 Wednesday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 25. More information and past materials are available at www.cklawreview.com.  There will also be an information session on Monday, July 2, from 8:30-9:30 pm in Rm. C20. For more information, contact Daniel Hantman (dan.hantman@gmail.com), the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review. 

Summer 2012 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 27-July 3. 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 Web for Students account and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 27. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 3, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified after the deadline about 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.

•Exam Method Registration: June 27 - July 3. Students have three choices for taking most exams: handwriting 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 Web for Students account and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, June 27. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Tuesday, July 3, 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.

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. 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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the page. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when username@kentlaw.edu accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the portalid@kentlaw.iit.edu email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/google-apps.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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 2012 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.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.


Weeks of June 4 & 11, 2012

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the upcoming transition to Google Apps for Education, the Center for Law and Computers will be sending out important information regarding the transition soon. Please read emails sent by clc-announce@kentlaw.edu carefully for further information.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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 2012 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.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.


Weeks of May 21 & 28, 2012

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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the upcoming transition to Google Apps for Education, the Center for Law and Computers will be sending out important information regarding the transition soon. Please read emails sent by clc-announce@kentlaw.edu carefully for further information.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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 2012 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 2012 Term Information.


•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will close on Friday, May 25, at 11:00pm. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that time. If you drop a class after May 25, you will not receive a tuition refund.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2012 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2012 courses is available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail for Summer Classes. Pass/fail elections for the Summer semester must be made online no later than Friday, May 25, at 11:00pm. 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.

•Summer U-Pass. U-Passes are available in the Registrar's office for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective from May 21 (the first day of Summer classes) through July 18 (the end of Summer exams). If you registered for Summer 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.

Fall 2012 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2012 classes closed on Saturday, April 28. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 3 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 7, at 5:00pm). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may now do so.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Constitutional Law Wait Lists. Although we do not normally keep wait lists, we are maintaining manual wait lists for the Fall 2012 Constitutional Law sections. If you wish to be registered for a closed section, please contact Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.edu). For Prof. Stewart's section, preference will be given to students who registered during the initial registration period but were closed out.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 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 page.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Joke of the Week. Does the name "Pavlov" ring a bell?


SPRING 2012

Week of May 7, 2012


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 2012 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here.

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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the screen. 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.

•Take-Home Exams. If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:

Mondays, 8:30am - 6pm
Tuesdays, 8:30am - 7pm
Wednesdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Thursdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Fridays, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on Saturdays or Sundays. Please arrive at the Registrar's Office at least 15 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning an exam.

•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. 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.

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. 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. Network accounts: will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the upcoming transition to Google Apps for Education, the Center for Law and Computers will be sending out important information regarding the transition soon. Please read emails sent by clc-announce@kentlaw.edu carefully for further information.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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 2012 Term Information.


•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will close on Friday, May25, at 11:00pm. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that time.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2012 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 14. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2012 Term Information.


•Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2012 classes closed on Saturday, April 28. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 3 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 7, at 5:00pm). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may now do so.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Constitutional Law Wait Lists. Although we do not normally keep wait lists, we are maintaining manual wait lists for the Fall 2012 Constitutional Law sections. If you wish to be registered for a closed section, please contact Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.edu). For Prof. Stewart's section, preference will be given to students who registered during the initial registration period but were closed out.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 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 page.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

U-Pass for Summer 2012 Term. U-Passes will be distributed for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective starting the first day of the Summer term through the last day of Summer exams.

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 2012 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. "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." (Emo Philips)


Week of April 30, 2012

Spring 2012 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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the screen. 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.

•Take-Home Exams. If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:

Mondays, 8:30am - 6pm
Tuesdays, 8:30am - 7pm
Wednesdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Thursdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Fridays, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on Saturdays or Sundays. Please arrive at the Registrar's Office at least 15 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning an exam.

•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. 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.

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. 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.

Summer 2012 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, Registration Bulletin, and related information.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule 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 14. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer '12 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2012 Registration.
The initial registration period for Fall 2012 classes closed on Saturday. The registration system will open back up this Thursday, May 3 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 7, at 5:00pm). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 3.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Domestic Violence Courthouse Practicum. This Fall class will meet Fridays, 12:00-2:00pm (not Thursdays, as listed on the final schedule).

IP Management and Markets Classes.
IIT offers a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets (IPMM). J.D. students in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program may petition to take one of the following Fall 2012 IPMM courses: IPMM 502, IP Assessment; or IPMM 503, Acquiring IP. Course descriptions are available here. If you are a certificate student and are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Prof. Ed Lee. Please note that, if you receive approval to take one of these classes, the credits will count toward your J.D. degree, but the grades will not appear on your J.D. transcript or count toward your GPA.

Notice to Business Law Certificate Students. Securities Regulation is a required course for the Business Law Certificate and will likely be offered only in the Fall semester. If you intend to earn the certificate and are graduating in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, you must take Securities Regulation in the Fall 2012 semester (if you have not already taken it).

Fall 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 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 page.

U-Pass for Summer 2012 Term. U-Passes will be distributed for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective starting the first day of the Summer term through the last day of Summer exams.

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 2012 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."I was taking the motorway out of London. A policeman pulled me over and said, 'Put it back.'" (Tommy Cooper)


Week of April 23, 2012

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 27 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 28 - Tuesday, May 1
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 11

Fall 2012 Registration. The final Fall 2012 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be available on Monday, April 23, by clicking here or by going to the Current Students page (click on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide link). Print copies will be available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration will take place from Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28, at 5:00pm. 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 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 Thursday, May 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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.

IP Management and Markets Classes.
IIT offers a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets (IPMM). J.D. students in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program may petition to take one of the following Fall 2012 IPMM courses: IPMM 502, IP Assessment; or IPMM 503, Acquiring IP. Course descriptions are available here. If you are a certificate student and are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Prof. Ed Lee. Please note that, if you receive approval to take one of these classes, the credits will count toward your J.D. degree, but the grades will not appear on your J.D. transcript or count toward your GPA.

Notice to Business Law Certificate Students. Securities Regulation is a required course for the Business Law Certificate and will likely be offered only in the Fall semester. If you intend to earn the certificate and are graduating in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, you must take Securities Regulation in the Fall 2012 semester (if you have not already taken it).

Summer 2012 Registration.The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2012 classes. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site. 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 2013 Preliminary Schedule.
To help with planning your Fall 2012 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2013 semester will be available prior to the start of Fall registration on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page.

Spring 2012 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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the screen. 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. 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.

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. 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.

U-Pass for Summer 2012 Term.
U-Passes will be distributed for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective starting the first day of the Summer term through the last day of Summer exams.

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 2012 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 16, 2012

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 27 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 28 - Tuesday, May 1
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 11

Summer 2012 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin is available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page (click on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will end on Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. 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 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Thursday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2012 Class Schedule.
The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2012 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 18, in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page.

Spring 2012 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.

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.

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. 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.

Summer I.P. Writing Class. From Prof. Ed Lee: The Summer I.P. Writing Class is open to current first-year and second-year students. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a topic in intellectual property law.  Students who wish to publish a note with a law review are encouraged to apply.  Last year, two students were successful in receiving offers of publication from outside journals.  No prior experience with I.P. law is required. The class will meet once a week at a time so as not to conflict with any of the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement.  Applications are due Monday, April 23, at 5:00 pm.  Space is limited. Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail). For more information and submission of your application, email Prof. Grant Shackelford: gshackelford1@kentlaw.edu.

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.

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

Joke of the Week. Question: Why don't penguins fly? Answer: Because they're not tall enough to be pilots.


Week of April 9, 2012

Summer 2012 Class Schedule and Registration:
The Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin is available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page (click on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 11 through Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 11, go to the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Thursday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2012 Class Schedule.
The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2012 semester will be distributed the week of April 16 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Current Students page.

Spring 2012 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.

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. 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.

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

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get if you cross an elephant with a kangaroo? Answer: Big holes all over Australia.


Week of April 2, 2012

Summer 2012 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available on Thursday, April 5, in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Current Students page (click on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 11 through Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 11, go to the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 19. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Thursday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Spring 2012 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 28 – April 6. 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 28; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 6, 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 28 – April 6. 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, March 28; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 6, 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.

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. 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.

Student Session With External Review Team. On Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4, an External Review team will be visiting the Law School as part of an IIT initiative to solicit evaluations of the university’s various programs from outside experts. Team members will be visiting classes on Wednesday morning, so you may see strangers coming in and out of any classes you may have that morning. In addition, the team will hold an open meeting with students on Tuesday, April 3, from 4:15 to 5:00pm in Rm. C40. We encourage you to attend if possible.

Trial Team Tryouts. [Message from Judge Erickson:] Tryouts for the 2012-2013 Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. You must be a full-time student, in good standing, to try out.  First-year students may try out, and are encouraged to do so.  This will be an open tryout, and 6-10 students will be invited to join the Trial Team.  We will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 4, at 5:00pm in the Marovitz Courtroom.

As you may know, Chicago Kent is one of the top Trial Advocacy programs in the country. Currently ranked third by U.S. News & World Report, we have consistently been in the top ten and are the highest ranked program at Chicago Kent.  Kent has been regional champions 24 of the last 31 years, winning three national titles (in 1988, 2007, and 2008). In the last six years, we have made four appearances in the final four round of the National Trial Competition.  Additionally, Kent has produced four National Best Advocates. In 2010, Kent also won the prestigious NITA Tournament of Champions, and will be hosting The Tournament of Champions this year, bringing the top 16 schools to Chicago to compete this November.

We have assembled an excellent coaching faculty consisting of experienced civil and criminal trial lawyers and judges. Our goal each year as a faculty is to provide students with the highest caliber of instruction possible. If you are selected to join the team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of your time to practice sessions. In these sessions, you will work individually and in groups with our faculty to develop and perfect your trial advocacy skills. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers. The relationships you form with faculty and alumni will be invaluable in your future careers, and the skills you will develop will help prepare you for a successful career as an attorney.

During tryouts, you will be asked to present the following for the case of STATE OF LONE STAR V. ROBERT DUFFIE (NTC/TYLA 2010-2011 regional problem):

-Opening Statement (3-5 min)
-Closing Argument (3-5 min)
-Direct Examination (3-5 min)
and
-Cross Examination (3-5 min)

You may access the entire ROBERT DUFFIE problem at:
http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/ (scroll down to the Archived Information section).

You do not need to read the entire problem; you need only read the depositions of Terry Glenn and Robert Duffie. These will be the two witnesses you may cross examine or direct.

You may also pick up the abbreviated tryouts version of the problem containing only Terry Glenn and Robert Duffie’s depositions. These packets will be available at:
            The table outside the Spak
            In the Marovitz Courtroom
            On the desk outside of Judge Erickson’s Office - #705

Please prepare an opening statement and closing argument for only one side of the case, either for the prosecution or the defense. You do not need to prepare one for both sides.

DO NOT WORRY IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH HOW TO WRITE OPENINGS, CLOSINGS, DIRECTS, AND CROSSES.  WE WILL EXPLAIN THESE IN DETAIL AT THE INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ONE-ON-ONE HELP AT ANY TIME. Email Rachel Remke (rremke2@gmail.com) if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like help preparing for tryouts, or if you still have questions after the informational session.  She can put you in touch with members of the team who would be happy to help.

When you come into the tryout room, you will be asked to perform part of the opening statement you prepared, part of the closing argument, and part of one direct and one cross.

You may sign up for the Friday afternoon session (1:30pm to 4:30pm) or the Friday evening session (5:30 until finished). You must stay until the end of your session, when you will be informed if you move on to the call back round on Saturday.

The Saturday session will start at 9:00am. Plan to stay for the entire session. We will announce those selected for the team on Saturday.

Please email Rachel Remke (rremke2@gmail.com) to sign up for tryouts and with your morning or afternoon session request.

Joke of the Week. "Flowers are one of the few things we buy, bring home, watch die, and we don't ask for our money back." (George Carlin)


Week of March 26, 2012

Change of Division Requests: March 21-March 30. 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 21. 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, March 30, 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 March 30 whether your request is approved.

Spring 2012 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 28 – April 6. 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 28; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 6, 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 28 – April 6. 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, March 28; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 6, 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.

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. 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.

E
xtended Building Hours on Saturday, March 31. In order to assist first-year students working on their Legal Writing appellate briefs due on April 2, the building will stay open until 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 31. The Library will close at 5:00 pm that day.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): New Illinois Rule. We just learned that, effective immediately, law students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school. Previously, students had to wait to take the MPRE until they had completed two-thirds of the credits required for graduation.

Joke of the Week. Diet: A short period of starvation preceding a gain of five pounds.


Week of March 19, 2012

Change of Division Requests: March 21-March 30. 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 21. 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, March 30, 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 March 30 whether your request is approved.

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xtended Building Hours on Saturday, March 31. In order to assist first-year students working on their Legal Writing appellate briefs due on April 2, the building will stay open until 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 31. The Library will close at 5:00 pm that day.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): New Illinois Rule. We just learned that, effective immediately, law students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school. Previously, students had to wait to take the MPRE until they had completed two-thirds of the credits required for graduation.

Joke of the Week. What did 0 say to 8? "Nice belt!"


Week of March 12, 2012

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 10, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 19.

Extended Building Hours on Saturday, March 31. In order to assist first-year students working on their Legal Writing appellate briefs due on April 2, the building will stay open until 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 31. The Library will close at 5:00 pm that day.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): New Illinois Rule. We just learned that, effective immediately, law students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school. Previously, students had to wait to take the MPRE until they had completed two-thirds of the credits required for graduation.

Joke of the Week. Writer: "What's your opinion of my novel?" Critic: "It's worthless." Writer: "I know, but I'd like to hear it anyway."


Week of March 5, 2012

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 10, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 19.

Informational Session for All J.D. Certificate Programs.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, March 5, 4:30-5:45 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:

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

ISCOTUS Panel.
Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) will present a panel presentation on Wednesday, March 7, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 590 entitled, "Struck by Lightning: What to Do When the Supreme Court Takes Your Case." The panelists will be Fay Clayton (class of 1978) and James Koch (class of 1979), both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court. All are welcome to attend.

Joke of the Week. "I lost 20 pounds. Unfortunately, I was in England at the time." (Daniel Lybra)


Week of February 27, 2012

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 10, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 19.

Informational Session for All J.D. Certificate Programs.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, March 5, 4:30-5:45 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:

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

Academic Resource Library.
The Office of Student Services maintains a resource library of study aids and other materials for first year classes and for many upper-level classes. Students can borrow materials for a three-day period. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310A. Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles.

Joke of the Week. "We've begun to long for the pitter-patter of little feet - so we bought a dog. Well, it's cheaper, and you get more feet." (Rita Rudner)


Week of February 20, 2012

Informational Session for All J.D. Certificate Programs.
For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Monday, March 5, 4:30-5:45 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:

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

Additional Fall 2011 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.

-Employment Litigation (Profs. Strubbe & Casazza): Katherine G. Cisneros
-Legal Writing 3 (Prof. Boulware): Ryan Thoma and Daniel Zapata
-Torts (Prof. Wright): Kirstin L. Jerzy

ISCOTUS Panel. Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) will present a panel presentation on Wednesday, March 7, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 590 entitled, "Struck by Lightning: What to Do When the Supreme Court Takes Your Case." The panelists will be Fay Clayton (class of 1978) and James Koch (class of 1979), both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court. All are welcome to attend.

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


Week of February 13, 2012

Fall 2011 CALI 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 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.

Fall 2011 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2011 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 2011" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). Please 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 2011 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2012 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Fall 2011 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs.The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2011 semester are available by clicking here.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BARBRI, 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 16, in Rm. 210. 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 BARBRI.  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. Middle age is when you choose a breakfast cereal for its fiber content, not the free toy.


Week of February 6, 2012

Fall 2011 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2011 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 2011" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). Please 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 2011 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2012 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BARBRI, 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 16, in Rm. 210. 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 BARBRI.  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.

Pass/Fail Elections.
Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 10. 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.

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. Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?


Week of January 30, 2012

Pass/Fail Elections.
Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 10. 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.

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 30. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

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. In democracy, it's your vote that counts. In feudalism, it's your count that votes.


Week of January 23, 2012

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 10. 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.

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.

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 2012, 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 Wednesday, February 1, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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 30. 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 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.

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 are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 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.

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, 2012. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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 2012 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2012 bar exam must be submitted by February 15, 2012. (Please note: The bar examiners just recently changed the due date from February 1 to February 15.) You may file a late application up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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.

Dean's Certificate: 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.

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 17 exam is January 31 (the late deadline is February 16).


Week of January 16, 2012

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.

Building Closed Monday, January 16.
Classes will not be held on Monday, January 16, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 17).  Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 16.

U-Pass Distribution.
Distribution of Spring 2012 U-Passes will take place as follows:

*Thursday, January 12, 2:00-3:00pm, Front Lobby
*Friday, January 13, 12:00-1:00pm, 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.

All full-time day students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) are automatically issued U-Passes each semester; a charge will appear on your tuition bill. 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 2012 Semester Information. The Spring 2012 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 '12 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 1/11/12: Contracts (Prof. Batlan); Entrepreneurial Law (Prof. Harper); Evidence (Prof. Kling); Legislation (Prof. Shapiro); Negotiations (Prof. Schoenfield); Patent Law (Prof. Schwartz); Patent Litigation (Prof. Schwartz); Public Interest Law & Policy (Prof. Shapiro).

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

2011-2012 Academic Calendar

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring must be made no later than Friday, February 10. 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 17. 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 2012, 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 Wednesday, February 1, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Business Law Certificate Program. Students graduating in May 2012 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit the Application for the Certificate in Business Law within the first two weeks of the semester. May 2012 graduates do not have to submit the Notice of Intent to Pursue the Certificate form. Other students interested in the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent to Pursue the Certificate in Business law sometime during the semester. Information about the Certificate and its requirements is available here.

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 2011 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 Saturday, December 17, so all Fall grades should be in by Saturday, January 21.

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 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. 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 Thursday, January 19, 2012. The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students, in Rm. 590; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students, in Rm. 590; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students, in C50.

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 2012 or July 2012 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 Williams 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 2012 bar exams for graduating students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at https://www.ilbaradmissions.org before the January 19 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, 2012. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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 2012 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2012 bar exam must be submitted by February 15, 2012. (Please note: The bar examiners just recently changed the due date from February 1 to February 15.) You may file a late application up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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.

Dean's Certificate: 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.

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 17 exam is January 31 (the late deadline is February 16).

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.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get when a judge catches poison ivy? Answer: Rash decisions.


FALL 2011

Week of December 19, 2011

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

Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students icon, then clicking on the Fall '11 link under the Grades and Ranks heading.

Spring 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2012 courses is posted on the Spring 2012 Term Page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring '12 link).

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 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.

Spring 2012 Registration. The initial registration period for Spring 2012 classes closed last week. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 2, 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 Spring add/drop period, which will extend through the end of the second week of Spring classes. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now.

Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 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 contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Spring 2012 Schedule:

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-81): This seminar has been moved to Thurs. 1:55-3:45pm.
-International Patent Law (269-51 &687-51): This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-Patent Office Practice: Prerequisite for this course is Patent Law completed, or permission of instructor (not Patent Law completed or taken concurrently).
-Semester Law Firm Associate Program: This class will meet Wed. 5:00-5:55pm (not Wed. 4:00-4:55pm).
-The Corporation & the Constitution: This class may be taken either as a regular course, or as a seminar. The listing for the regular course version was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 203-51, and the class meets Wed. 7:35-9:25pm (2 credits).
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Student Complaint Procedures. In comformance with a new ABA accreditation rule, we have adopted a policy for students to follow if they wish to raise issues or concerns about the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with ABA standards of accreditation. The new policy is contained in section 14.19 of the Student Handbook.

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 Thursday, January 19, 2012. 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. The room assignmenst will be announced later.

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 (see my Record archives for August 29 for more information about this 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.

Joke of the Week. Question: Why was Santa's helper depressed? Answer: Because he had low elf-esteem.


Week of December 12, 2011

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students icon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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. 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.

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. 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.

Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students icon, then clicking on the Fall '11 link under the Grades and Ranks heading.

Spring 2012 Registration. The initial registration period for Spring 2012 classes closed last week. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 2, 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 Spring add/drop period, which will extend through the end of the second week of Spring classes. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now.

Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 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 contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Spring 2012 Schedule:

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-81): This seminar has been moved to Thurs. 1:55-3:45pm.
-International Patent Law (269-51 &687-51): This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-Patent Office Practice: Prerequisite for this course is Patent Law completed, or permission of instructor (not Patent Law completed or taken concurrently).
-Semester Law Firm Associate Program: This class will meet Wed. 5:00-5:55pm (not Wed. 4:00-4:55pm).
-The Corporation & the Constitution: This class may be taken either as a regular course, or as a seminar. The listing for the regular course version was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 203-51, and the class meets Wed. 7:35-9:25pm (2 credits).
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Spring 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2012 courses will be posted no later than Monday, December 19. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2012 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring '12 link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring 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.

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 Thursday, January 19, 2012. 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. The room assignmenst will be announced later.

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 (see my Record archives for August 29 for more information about this 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.

Joke of the Week. I was flying recently, and the flight steward asked if I wanted dinner. I said, "what are my choices?" He replied, "yes or no."


Week of December 5, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 7. Exams start on Thursday, December 8 and end on Saturday, December 17.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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. 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.

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. 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 2012 Registration. The initial registration period for Spring 2012 classes closed last week. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 2, 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 Spring add/drop period, which will extend through the end of the second week of Spring classes. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now.

Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 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 contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Spring 2012 Schedule:

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-81): This seminar has been moved to Thurs. 1:55-3:45pm.
-International Patent Law (269-51 &687-51): This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-Patent Office Practice: Prerequisite for this course is Patent Law completed, or permission of instructor (not Patent Law completed or taken concurrently).
-Semester Law Firm Associate Program: This class will meet Wed. 5:00-5:55pm (not Wed. 4:00-4:55pm).
-The Corporation & the Constitution: This class may be taken either as a regular course, or as a seminar. The listing for the regular course version was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 203-51, and the class meets Wed. 7:35-9:25pm (2 credits).
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Spring 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2012 courses will be posted no later than Monday, December 19. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2012 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring '12 link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring 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 Business Law Certificate Program. On Tuesday, November 22, the facutly approved a new Business Law Certificate Program. Details are available here. Current students are eligible for the certificate if they meet the requirements by the time they graduate. If you plan to pursue the certificate, please submit a Notice of Intent form; if you are entering your last semester and wish to apply for the certificate, please submit an Application for the certificate. Please contact Prof. Howard Chapman (hchapman@kentlaw.edu) if you have questions.

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 Thursday, January 19, 2012. 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. The room assignmenst will be announced later.

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 (see my Record archives for August 29 for more information about this 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.

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the two antennae that got married? The ceremony was pretty boring, but the reception was great.


Week of November 28, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 23, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Thursday, December 1 (last day of regular classes): Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Friday, December 2: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 7. Exams start on Thursday, December 8 and end on Saturday, December 17.

Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2012 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2012 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '12). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2012 schedule. A revised version of the schedule, incorporating these changes, has been issued.

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-01): This seminar has been moved to Tues. 4:00-5:50pm.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2012 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

After the end of the initial 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, December 2. 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 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 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 contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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.

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. 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.

Joke of the Week. My favorite Thanksgiving joke: Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!


Week of November 21, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 23, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Thursday, December 1 (last day of regular classes): Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Friday, December 2: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 7. Exams start on Thursday, December 8 and end on Saturday, December 17.

Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2012 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2012 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2012 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '12). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2012 schedule.

-Criminal Litigation Externship (596-01): The meeting time for this externship has been moved to Wed. 4:00-4:55pm.
-Graduate (LL.M.) Int'l I.P. Law (681-01): This seminar has been moved to Tues. 4:00-5:50pm.
-Law, Markets & Globalization: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 917-01.
-The U.S. Supreme Court: The course number was inadvertently omitted from the schedule. The course number is 915-81.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2012 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

After the end of the initial 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, December 2. 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 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 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 contact me by email no later than the end of the Spring add/drop period in January, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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.

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. 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.

Joke of the Week. My favorite Thanksgiving joke: Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!


Week of November 14, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 23, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). 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.

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. 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 2012 Schedule. The Spring 2012 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2011 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule during the week of November 14.

The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Thursday, November 17, and will be posted here and on the main Student Portal page. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, through Tuesday, November 29.

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."The more fonts in a document, the less content it has." (Guy Kawasaki)
Week of November 7, 2011

Change of Division Requests: October 27 - November 7.
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 Thursday, October 27. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 7, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 27 – November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 7, 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: October 27 - November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 7, 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.

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. 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 Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). Although the programs aremainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Spring 2012 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2012 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2011 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule during the week of November 14.


Week of October 31, 2011

Change of Division Requests: October 27 - November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 7, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 27 – November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 7, 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: October 27 - November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 7, 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.

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. 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 Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). Although the programs aremainly 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. You don't need a parachute to skydive. You need a parachute to skydive twice.


Week of October 24, 2011

Change of Division Requests: October 27 - November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 7, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2011 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into your Webmail account, clicking on the Web for Students incon, and navigating to the Fall 2011 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 27 – November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 7, 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: October 27 - November 7. 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 Thursday, October 27; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 7, 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.

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. 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 Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). Although the programs aremainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Flu Shots.
IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, October 24, from 4:00-8:00 pm, in Rm. 510. 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. "An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell overture and not think of the Lone Ranger." (Dan Rather)


Week of October 17, 2011

Flu Shots. IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, October 24, from 4:00-8:00 pm, in Rm. 510. 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. "An onion can make people cry but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh." (Will Rogers)


Week of October 10, 2011

Flu Shots. IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, October 24, from 4:00-8:00 pm, in Rm. 510. 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.

Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium: October 13-14.
The Law Review will be co-hosting a symposium on Women’s Legal History: A Global Perspective on October 13-14. There will be a brief introduction and keynote address on Thursday, beginning at 5 pm, and panels all day Friday, beginning at 8:45 am. Panel discussions will include: Law, Gender, and Politics in the “Old World”; Law and Women’s Activism in an International Context; Women Professionals, Law, and the Creation of International and Interdisciplinary Dialogues; and Women’s Bodies and the Body Politic. For more information on who will be speaking, please click here.

Dean Harris’ Annual C-K Futbol Match. J.D. and LL.M. students are invited to join the Office of International Law and Policy at its annual “futbol match” on Saturday, October 15, at 1:00 pm at the IIT Main Campus field located on the corner of 31st and Michigan. Share cross-cultural experiences over soccer and hot dogs. Come prepared to play! There is room for approximately 32 players with subs. Please bring both a white and black shirt (and cleats if you have them!). Please RSVP to Britney MacDonald at bmacdonald@kentlaw.edu if you plan to attend.


Week of October 3, 2011

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 4, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). 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.

Dean Harris’ Annual C-K Soccer Showdown. J.D. and LL.M. students are invited to join the Office of International Law and Policy at its annual “soccer showdown” on Saturday, October 15, at 1:00 pm at the IIT Main Campus field located on the corner of 31st and Michigan. Share cross-cultural experiences over soccer and hot dogs. Come prepared to play! There is room for 32-34 players with subs. Please bring both a white and black shirt (and cleats if you have them!). Please RSVP to Britney MacDonald at bmacdonald@kentlaw.edu if you plan to attend.

Joke of the Week. If you melt dry ice, can you swim without getting wet?


Week of September 26, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 and after, and on Thursday, September 29.

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 4, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). 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.

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. "I was forced to go to a positive thinking seminar. I couldn't stand it. So I went outside to the parking lot and let half the air out of everybody's tires. As they came out I said, 'So ... are your tires half-full or half-empty?' " (Adam Christing)


Week of September 19, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 and after, and on Thursday, September 29.

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students on Wednesday, September 21, 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.

Summer 2011 CALI 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.

Joke of the Week. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad.


Week of September 12, 2011

Constitution Day Observance. Each year the university commemorates "Constitution Day" in recognition of the signing of the Constitution and in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. This year, we are very please to host United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer to celebrate the launch of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
 
An Afternoon with Justice Stephen G. Breyer
"Making Our Democracy Work - A Judge's View"
Monday, September 12, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

Justice Breyer’s talk will be webcast live both online and within the Law School in designated classrooms (there will be signs in the lobby directing attendees to the rooms). All members of the IIT community are invited to attend. For more information about the event or to watch the webcast on September 12, go to: www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/justicebreyer.

Consider Contributing to the Commentator. The Commentator is looking for reporters, contributors, columnists, copy editors, section heads, photographer, web manager, illustrators, etc.  Working for the paper is a great opportunity to use your voice and strengthen the voice of our community while having great flexibility in what you contribute and how much time you commit.  Email comment@kentlaw.edu or jdarragh@kentlaw.edu for more information.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available.
Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2012 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. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the Week. Question: What word is always pronounced incorrectly? Answer: Incorrectly!


Week of September 5, 2011

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Classes are canceled on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day, and the building will be closed that day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, September 3 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) and Sunday, September 4 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm). The Library will be closed all three days.

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 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).

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 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.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available.
Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2012 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. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Joke of the Week. Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors and lawyers call what they do "practice"?


Week of August 29, 2011

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Classes are canceled on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day, and the building will be closed that day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, September 3 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) and Sunday, September 4 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm). The Library will be closed all three days.

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 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.

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.

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.

Academic Resource Library.
The Office of Student Services maintains a resource library of study aids and other materials for first year classes and for many upper-level classes. Students can borrow materials for a three-day period. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310A. Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles.

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. "What happens if you get scared half to death twice?" (Steven Wright)

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 Monday, August 29, 3:15-4:15 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). 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 4, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

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, 2012. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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 2. 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 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. 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 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 Friday, September 2, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

February 2012 and July 2012 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2012 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2011. Applications for the July 2012 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2012. 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: https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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.

Dean's Certificate: 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.

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 5 2011. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpr. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 20 (the late deadline is October 6).


Week of August 22, 2011

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 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 happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition:

Allison Adams Jeffrey R. Grimyser
Adam M. Altman Daniel Hantman
Ali F. Ammoura Luke Harriman
Jennifer L. Baader Joshua Horwitz
Alexander Banzhaf Brittany L. Kaspar
Dunstan Barnes Sarah E. Marfisi
Teresa Becvar Michael L. Mason
Chris A. Bowers Eric Michel
Emily P. Chase Samuel D. Mustain
Qi Chen Katryn A. Newton
Samuel Cook Jennifer N. Nimry
Catherine Cottle Andrew Oppenheimer
Amanda Del Carlo Cole Richter
Yu Di Karlin Sangdahl
Patrick Ferrell Vladimir Shuliga
Kylin Fisher Phillip D. Skaggs
Kyle P. Gillen Sylvia St. Clair
Jason Gluskin Cecilia Suh

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 2011-2012 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 are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 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.

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:

14. 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.

15. 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.

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 Monday, August 29, 3:15-4:15 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). 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 4, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. You may pick up your ID card and your U-Pass on Monday, August 22, 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 22 (the first day of classes) through December 17 (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 2011 Semester Information.
The Fall 2011 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 '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 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.

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.

Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Classes
Students this semester who are on Law Review, or who are taking Appellate Advocacy (Moot Court Honor Society), Pretrial Litigation, Criminal Litigation 2, or who are doing Judicial Externships, may satisfy the Legal Writing 4 requirement either by taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring, or by taking a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester. If you take a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, you may take Legal Writing 3 in either the Fall or the Spring. Note: You must register for one of the two sections of Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, in addition to participating in the qualifying activity (e.g., Law Review), in order to place out of taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring - it is not sufficient just to participate in the qualifying activity.

IP Management and Markets Classes.
IIT offers a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets (IPMM). J.D. students in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program may petition to take one of the following Fall 2011 IPMM courses: IPMM 502, IP Assessment; or IPMM 503, Acquiring IP. Course descriptions are available here. If you are a certificate student and are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Prof. Ed Lee.

Consider Taking Appellate Courts & Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues? Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae?

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts & Procedure, Mon. & Wed. evening, 6-7:25 pm. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

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


2011-2012 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 2. 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 2012 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2012 semester is available on the Fall 2011 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 2012 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Fall U-Pass Distribution.
The remaining U-Pass distribution is today (Monday, August 22) from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Front Lobby. After Monday, August 22, 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 22 (the first day of classes) through December 17 (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.

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 Fall semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

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 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 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 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. 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 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 Friday, September 2, 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 15, 2011

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 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 happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition:
Allison Adams Jeffrey R. Grimyser
Adam M. Altman Daniel Hantman
Ali F. Ammoura Luke Harriman
Jennifer L. Baader Joshua Horwitz
Alexander Banzhaf Brittany L. Kaspar
Dunstan Barnes Sarah E. Marfisi
Teresa Becvar Michael L. Mason
Chris A. Bowers Eric Michel
Emily P. Chase Samuel D. Mustain
Qi Chen Katryn A. Newton
Samuel Cook Jennifer N. Nimry
Catherine Cottle Andrew Oppenheimer
Amanda Del Carlo Cole Richter
Yu Di Karlin Sangdahl
Patrick Ferrell Vladimir Shuliga
Kylin Fisher Phillip D. Skaggs
Kyle P. Gillen Sylvia St. Clair
Jason Gluskin Cecilia Suh

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 2011-2012 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 are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 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.

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, August 31. 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 22 (the first day of classes) through December 17 (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.

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 Fall semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

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 2011 Semester Information.
The Fall 2011 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 '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 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.

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.

Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Classes
Students this semester who are on Law Review, or who are taking Appellate Advocacy (Moot Court Honor Society), Pretrial Litigation, Criminal Litigation 2, or who are doing Judicial Externships, may satisfy the Legal Writing 4 requirement either by taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring, or by taking a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester. If you take a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, you may take Legal Writing 3 in either the Fall or the Spring. Note: You must register for one of the two sections of Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, in addition to participating in the qualifying activity (e.g., Law Review), in order to place out of taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring - it is not sufficient just to participate in the qualifying activity.

IP Management and Markets Classes.
IIT offers a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets (IPMM). J.D. students in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program may petition to take one of the following Fall 2011 IPMM courses: IPMM 502, IP Assessment; or IPMM 503, Acquiring IP. Course descriptions are available here. If you are a certificate student and are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Prof. Ed Lee.

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


2011-2012 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 2. 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 2012 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2012 semester is available on the Fall 2011 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 2012 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 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 22, 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 22 (the first day of classes) through December 17 (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.

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 Fall semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

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 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 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 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. 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 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 Friday, September 2, 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).



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