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Record Archives for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.

SUMMER 2014

Weeks of August 4 and August 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.  A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2014 upper-level courses will be posted on Thursday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide link). Initial assignments for first-year courses will be sent to entering students by the Admissions Office.

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.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Fall 2014 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes open to upper-level students. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

Summer 2014 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You can find your personal exam schedule, including classroom assignments for your exams, by logging into Web for Students and navigating to the Summer 2014 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester).

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (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/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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.

Exam Method Notices.

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.

Joke of the Week. A statistician is someone who tells you, when you've got your head in the refrigerator and your feet in the oven, that -- on average -- you're very comfortable.


Weeks of July 21 and July 28, 2014

Additional Spring 2014 CALI Winner. Congratulations to the following student for earning a CALI Award this past Spring. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Trial Advocacy 2 (Prof. LaSpisa): John Chambers

Spring 2014 Class Ranks and GPA Cutoffs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2014 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2014" 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 2014 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.

Summer 2014 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You can find your personal exam schedule, including classroom assignments for your exams, by logging into Web for Students and navigating to the Summer 2014 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester).

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (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/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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.

Exam Method Notices.

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.

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

Joke of the Week. Don't trust atoms - they make up everything.


Weeks of July 7 and July 14, 2014

Spring 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Class Ranks and GPA Cutoffs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2014 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2014" 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 2014 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.
Summer 2014 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. 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. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

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


Weeks of June 23 and June 30, 2014

Spring 2014 Class Ranks and GPA Cutoffs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2014 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2014" 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 2014 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 announce that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

Peter Cheun Robert S. Jacobson
Angelo J. Christopher Brandon R. Kaster
Stephanie Crigler Richard A. Lintermans
Katlyn E. DeBoer Maria C. Martin
Joseph C. Deloney Matthew C. McElwee
Allison A. Evans Alexandra M. McNicholas
Beth L. Feller Ann C. Motto
Hayleigh Herchenbach Katherine E. Rhoades
Gregory M. Huffman Matthew Smart
Kyle J. Jacob Denis Yavorskiy

Law Review Summer Candidacy Program. For those interested in Law Review but who did not "grade on" based on their academic performance, the Law Review also holds a Summer Candidacy Program to "write on" to 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 Monday, June 23 through Monday, July 7. For details, click here.

Summer 2014 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 26-July 2. 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 in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, June 26. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 2, 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 26 - July 2. 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. 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.) 

To complete the form, log into your Web for Students account and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-and menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, June 26. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 2, 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. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

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 2014 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 tried to catch some fog the other day, but I mist!


Weeks of June 9 and June 16, 2014

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

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 2014 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. 

Spring 2014 Grade Submissions.
 Spring grades are due no later than four weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, four weeks from the last day of the exam period. All Spring grades should be in by Friday, June 13. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading. Note to Spring graduates: We have an earlier internal deadline for submission of graduating student grades. Although we do not have most graduating senior grades until after Commencement (even if you participated in the Commencement ceremony, your graduation is contingent on successful completion of all of your Spring courses), we will have your grades in time to submit Illinois bar certificates for you.

Joke of the Week. What do you call a dinosaur with a large vocabulary? A thesaurus!


Weeks of May 26 and June 2, 2014

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

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 2014 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. 

Spring 2014 Grade Submissions.
 Spring grades are due no later than four weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, four weeks from the last day of the exam period. All Spring grades should be in by Friday, June 13. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading. Note to Spring graduates: We have an earlier internal deadline for submission of graduating student grades. Although we do not have most graduating senior grades until after Commencement (even if you participated in the Commencement ceremony, your graduation is contingent on successful completion of all of your Spring courses), we will have your grades in time to submit Illinois bar certificates for you.

Notice About U-Passes.
As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation was Friday, May 16 (the last day of exams). This was the last day for the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Administrative Law, Property, and Criminal Law).

If you are a full-time student and do not register for the Summer term (and you are not graduating), your unlimited ride privileges will not be reactivated until the start of the Fall semester.

During breaks from school, you may continue to use your Ventra card if you add value to the card. You will be charged the regular fare amount. Please note: We have been informed that your Ventra card will continue to work during school breaks even if you do not add value to the card, but you will accrue a negative balance on your account. This can happen without your being aware of it. If you accrue a negative balance, the CTA will not activate your card for the next term until you pay off the balance. This means that, if you accrue a negative balance this week (since the end of the Spring riding privilege), your card will not be activated for the Summer term even if you are registered for one or more classes, and you may not be aware that you are continuing to accrue a negative balance. If you are registered for the Summer term, we recommend that, prior to May 27, you check your account to make sure you do not have a negative balance. (You can check your balance at https://www.ventrachicago.com.)

Summer 2014 Term Information.

•Loyola/DePaul Exchange. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Summer 2014 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 3, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 3. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link) for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Schedule Changes. Please note the following changes to the Summer 2014 class schedule:

Administrative Law: The class meeting time has been expanded by 15 minutes; it will now meet Mon. through Thurs. 9:00-10:30am (instead of 9:00-10:15am).

Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the  Summer 2014 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide page. Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Summer term must be made online no later than Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50pm. Not all courses are available for the pass/fail election. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the student handbook if you have any questions regarding pass/fail elections. In order to make an election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see Notice About U-Passes), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Administrative Law, Property, and Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2014 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2014 classes closed last week. The registration system will reopen on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so starting Tuesday, May 6. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

•Schedule Changes. The following changes have been made to the Fall 2014 class schedule:

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

Critical Legal Studies: This class has been canceled.

Entrepreneurship Law: The final schedule indicated that, if you registered for this class, you were required to register for a "tethered" section of Legal Writing 3 as well. We have eliminated that restriction - you may register for the "tethered" Legal Writing 3 section if you wish, but you are not required to do so.

Land Use: This class has been canceled.

Tax Procedure: This class has been canceled.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2014 courses will be posted no later than Thursday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 2014 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 second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.


SPRING 2014

Week of May 12, 2014

Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those who are graduating this semester, 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. 

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, 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 2014 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. 

Spring 2014 Grade Submissions.
 Spring grades are due no later than four weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, four weeks from the last day of the exam period. All Spring grades should be in by Friday, June 13. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading. Note to Spring graduates: We have an earlier internal deadline for submission of graduating student grades. Although we do not have most graduating senior grades until after Commencement (even if you participate in the Commencement ceremony, your graduation is contingent on successful completion of all of your Spring courses), we will have your grades in time to submit Illinois bar certificates for you.

Notice About U-Passes.
As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation will be Friday, May 16 (the last day of exams). This is the last day that you will be able to use your card with the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23.

If you are a full-time student and do not register for the Summer term (and you are not graduating), your unlimited ride privileges will not be reactivated until the start of the Fall semester.

During breaks from school, you may continue to use your Ventra card if you add value to the card. You will be charged the regular fare amount. Please note: We have been informed that your Ventra card will continue to work during school breaks even if you do not add value to the card, but you will accrue a negative balance on your account. This can happen without your being aware of it. If you accrue a negative balance, the CTA will not activate your card for the next term until you pay off the balance.

Spring 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule, including classroom assignments for your exams, by logging into Web for Students and navigating to the Spring 2014 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester).

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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. 

•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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday/Sundy: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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 about 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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 2014 Term Information.

•Loyola/DePaul Exchange. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Summer 2014 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 3, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 3. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link)for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Schedule Changes. Please note the following changes to the Summer 2014 class schedule:

Administrative Law: The class meeting time has been expanded by 15 minutes; it will now meet Mon. through Thurs. 9:00-10:30am (instead of 9:00-10:15am).

Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

•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 courses is available on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide page. Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail Elections. The online form for Summer pass/fail elections will be posted the week of May 19. 

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see Notice About U-Passes), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Administrative Law, Property, and Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2014 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2014 classes closed last week. The registration system will reopen on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so starting Tuesday, May 6. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

•Schedule Changes. The following changes have been made to the Fall 2014 class schedule:

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

Critical Legal Studies: This class has been canceled.

Entrepreneurship Law: The final schedule indicated that, if you registered for this class, you were required to register for a "tethered" section of Legal Writing 3 as well. We have eliminated that restriction - you may register for the "tethered" Legal Writing 3 section if you wish, but you are not required to do so.

Land Use: This class has been canceled.

Tax Procedure: This class has been canceled.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2014 courses will be posted no later than Thursday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 2014 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 second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

Joke of the Week. Why does Waldo wear stripes? Because he doesn't want to be spotted!


Week of May 5, 2014

Spring 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule, including classroom assignments for your exams, by logging into Web for Students and navigating to the Spring 2014 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester).

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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. 

•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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday/Sundy: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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 about 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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.

Notice About U-Passes. As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation will be Friday, May 16 (the last day of exams). This is the last day that you will be able to use your card with the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23.

If you are a full-time student and do not register for the Summer term (and you are not graduating), your unlimited ride privileges will not be reactivated until the start of the Fall semester.

During breaks from school, you may continue to use your Ventra card if you add value to the card. You will be charged the regular fare amount. Please note: We have been informed that your Ventra card will continue to work during school breaks even if you do not add value to the card, but you will accrue a negative balance on your account. This can happen without your being aware of it. If you accrue a negative balance, the CTA will not activate your card for the next term until you pay off the balance.

Summer 2014 Term Information.

•Loyola/DePaul Exchange. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Summer 2014 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 3, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 3. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link)for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Schedule Changes. Please note the following changes to the Summer 2014 class schedule:

Administrative Law: The class meeting time has been expanded by 15 minutes; it will now meet Mon. through Thurs. 9:00-10:30am (instead of 9:00-10:15am).

Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses will be available no later than Monday, May 12. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail Elections. The online form for Summer pass/fail elections will be posted next week. 

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see Notice About U-Passes), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 27, and end on Wednesday, July 23. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Administrative Law, Property, and Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2014 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2014 classes closed last week. The registration system will reopen on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so starting Tuesday, May 6. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

•Schedule Changes. The following changes have been made to the Fall 2014 class schedule:

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Negotiations: The listings for these courses initially indicated that students who had taken the Mediation and Other ADR Procedures Clinic could not take these courses. We have eliminated that restriction - if you have taken the Clinic, you may take for these courses.

Critical Legal Studies: This class has been canceled.

Entrepreneurship Law: The final schedule indicated that, if you registered for this class, you were required to register for a "tethered" section of Legal Writing 3 as well. We have eliminated that restriction - you may register for the "tethered" Legal Writing 3 section if you wish, but you are not required to do so.

Land Use: This class has been canceled.

Tax Procedure: This class has been canceled.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2014 courses will be posted no later than Thursday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 2014 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 second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

Joke of the Week. I went to buy camouflage pants today, but I couldn't find any.


Week of April 28, 2014

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3 - Tuesday, May 6 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7 - Friday, May 16

Fall 2014 Registration.

Final Fall 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Fall 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Saturday, April 26, at 9:00am through Wednesday, April 30, at 11:50pm. You may register at any time during that period – registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. After the end of the initial registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. 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.

The add/drop period for Fall 2014 will open on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Tuesday, May 6. 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 May 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Preliminary Spring 2015 Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2014 course schedule, a preliminary version of the Spring 2015 class schedule is available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 2014 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 second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

Note About Intellectual Property Classes in 2014-2015. The day sections of Copyright Law and Patent Law will be offered in Spring 2015 (the evening sections are scheduled for Fall 2014). The evening section of Trademarks and Unfair Competition will be offered in Spring 2015 (the day section is schedule for Fall 2014).

"Where Do We Go From Here?": Information for Students Entering Their Second Year. Click here for a guide that provides important information about graduation requirements, upper-level courses, and related subjects.

Loan Repayment Counseling. (From the Financial Aid Office:) We have partnered with Inceptia, a non-profit financial education organization, to provide you with free Grace Counseling service. Inceptia's Grace Counseling service counsels recently graduated students about their specific student loan repayment situation and provides free access to the most up-to-date federal student loan information, tools, and resources. If you choose to participate in this service, you will receive phone calls and emails from Inceptia's well-trained counselors during the federal student loan grace period. Click here for more information.

Spring 2014 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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. 

•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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday/Sundy: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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. 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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.

Joke of the Week. What do you call a group of whales?  A pod. What do you call a single whale? An ipod.


Week of April 21, 2014

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3 - Tuesday, May 6 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7 - Friday, May 16

Summer 2014 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2014 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes, so if you registered during the initial registration period, you were admitted into the classes(es) you registered for. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

Fall 2014 Registration.

Prelminary Fall 2014 Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2014 semester is available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available in the third floor elevator bay. Some additions and corrections may be made before the schedule is finalized.

Final Fall 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Fall 2014 Registration Bulletin will be issued on Wednesday, April 23. It will contain the final schedule, exam dates, course and exam grids, registration instructions, and academic information and regulations. A preliminary Spring 2015 schedule will also be issued prior to the start of Fall 2014 registration.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Saturday, April 26, at 9:00am through Wednesday, April 30, at 11:50pm. You may register at any time during that period – registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. After the end of the initial registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. 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.

The add/drop period for Fall 2014 will open on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Tuesday, May 6. 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 May 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 2014 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 second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

"Where Do We Go From Here?": Information for Students Entering Their Second Year. Click here for a guide that provides important information about graduation requirements, upper-level courses, and related subjects.

Spring 2014 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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. 

•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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday/Sundy: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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. 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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.

New Praxis Certificate Program. Beginning in Spring 2015, interested students will be able to opt into the Praxis Certificate Program. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study. Students will be required to opt in by their fourth full-time semester in law school. Completing the Praxis Certificate will be compatible with our other certificate programs.  It is focused on acquiring specific competencies in legal practice, not on completing a list of required classes. To that end the requirements that will need to be met in order to receive recognition upon graduation are

Complete 24 experiential or skills-based credits. All skills-based and experiential classes will be included as options for satisfying the 24-credits.  This includes but is not limited to all clinics, externships, legal writing classes (except for the seminar), trial and appellate advocacy courses, practicums, simulation, and capstone classes.

Satisfy a list of required core experiences that range from client development to written and oral advocacy.

Attend a series of free workshops that will begin in Fall 2014 on creating online portfolios/profiles.

Complete a class integrating practice management and professional responsibility related issues. At present a new course, Practice and Professionalism, is being designed as a core offering for this requirement.

Beginning in Fall 2014, the Director of Experiential Learning (a new position) will be available to help guide and mentor students who wish to work toward satisfying the Praxis requirements. In the meantime, please see Professor Harding if you have questions (sharding@kentlaw.iit.edu), or visit

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 2014 as their final semester.

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

Joke of the Week. Question: Why do heroes wear big shoes? Answer: Because of their amazing feats!


Week of April 14, 2014

Summer 2014 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2014 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades"), or by clicking here. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 10, go to the Summer 2014 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 Friday, April 18. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 18. Starting on April 18, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50 pm.

Spring 2014 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Fall 2014 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2014 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 14.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. 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. 

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

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

Week of April 7, 2014

Summer 2014 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2014 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades"), or by clicking here. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 10, go to the Summer 2014 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 Friday, April 18. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 18. Starting on April 18, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50 pm.

Change of Division Requests. The period for requesting to change divisions for the Fall semester is now closed. If you requested a division change, we will notify you shortly about the status of your request.

Spring 2014 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Fall 2014 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2014 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 14.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. 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. 

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

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


Week of March 31, 2014

Summer 2014 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2014 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available no later than Friday, April 4, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 10, go to the Summer 2014 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 Friday, April 18. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 18. Starting on April 18, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50 pm.

Change of Division Requests: March 27 - April 4. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2014 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 Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 4, at 5:00 pm. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. 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.

Spring 2014 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 27 - April 4. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 4, 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 27 - April 4. Students generally 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. 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.) 

To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 4, 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Joke of the week. Why did the cookie go to the doctor? Because he felt kind of crumby.


Week of March 24, 2014

Change of Division Requests: March 27 - April 4. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2014 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 Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting the form is Friday, April 4, at 5:00 pm. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. 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.

Spring 2014 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 27 - April 4. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, April 4, 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.

U nder 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 27 - April 4. Students generally 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. 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.) 

To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 27; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 4, 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. The Computer Center's laptops 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Joke of the week. A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says, "five beers, please."


Week of March 17, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 15, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Joke of the week. Two atoms are walking down the street. One says to the other, “I think I just lost an electron.” “Are you sure?” “I’m positive.”


Week of March 10, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 15, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Information Reception for J.D. Certificate Programs. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, March 12, 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

Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the university has revised its Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. The VAWA amendments also require certain changes to the Law School's Code of Conduct. Specifically, the VAWA requires that schools prohibit certain specified categories of sexual misconduct; provide definitions of those offenses, and the definition of consent, consistent with applicable provisions of federal and state law; and institute certain procedural protections for alleged victims of sexual misconduct. The revised university Policy is available by clicking here. The revised Code of Conduct provisions are available by clicking here.

Although these revisions are required by federal law, a faculty committee will be considering possible refinements to the specific language. Any student with comments should email me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and I will provide those comments to the committee for consideration. (Please note that the Code retains the existing requirement that its terms apply only to conduct that affects or threatens another member of the IIT community, or occurs on IIT premises or at an event sponsored by IIT or a student organization.)

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. 

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. In particular, thefts of cell phones have increased nationwide, including a recent incident here at Chicago-Kent.

Joke of the week. Two atoms are walking down the street. One says to the other, “I think I just lost an electron.” “Are you sure?” “I’m positive.”


Week of March 3, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 15, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 24.

Information Reception for J.D. Certificate Programs. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, March 12, 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

Joke of the week. Patient: "Doctor, I've broken my arm in several places." Doctor: "Well, don't go to those places!"


Week of February 24, 2014

Study Abroad Information Session. The Office of International Law and Policy will host a study abroad information session on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 345. Pizza will be served.

In addition to the many study abroad options typically offered, Chicago-Kent's partner school, Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), in Chongqing, China is offering a special two-week summer program for our students in which accommodations, organized activities, and meal allowances will be provided.  This program is not for course credit, and the content will include some limited instruction on the Chinese legal system, and China's economy, culture, and society.  Even though the program is not for credit, it provides a great opportunity for our students to explore China at a very reasonable price.  Contact Dean Edward Harris at eharris@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information. Please note that the application for this program is due by March 1, 2014.

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. 

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 27, 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 alum, Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at barprepclass@gmail.comIn your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for (if not Illinois) and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

Joke of the week. Why did Karl Marx dislike Earl Grey tea? Because all proper tea is theft.


Week of February 17, 2014

Fall 2013 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 Fall 2013 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 2013 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2013 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2013" link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand 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 2013 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Fall 2013 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester are available by clicking here.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 17. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 27, 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 alum, Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at barprepclass@gmail.comIn your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for (if not Illinois) and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

Joke of the week. Some people say jokes don't always translate well between text and speech, but I disagree. I guess it's as they say ... Tomato, tomato. 


Week of February 10, 2014

Fall 2013 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 Fall 2013 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 2013 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2013 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2013" link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand 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 2013 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Fall 2013 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester are available by clicking here.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 17. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Student Complaint Procedures. Students who wish to raise issues or concerns about the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with ABA standards of accreditation should consult the policy contained in section 14.19 of the Student Handbook, which provides a set of procedures for filing a complaint.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 27, 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 alum, Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at barprepclass@gmail.comIn your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for (if not Illinois) and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

Joke of the week. I'm reading a book on the history of glue -- I can't put it down.


Week of February 3, 2014

Fall 2013 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2013 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2013" link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand 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 2013 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Fall 2013 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester are available by clicking here.

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, February 4, 2014. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on "Application for Graduation" under "Online Forms" in the lefthand menu. Please complete every field in the form, and click Submit when done. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes. Also note that, although the Registrar's Office does conduct graduation audits on all applications, it is your responsibility to make certain all requirements for graduation are met. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

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 Tuesday, February 4.

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 Tuesday, February 4.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 17. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Business Law Certificate Program. Certificate students who will graduate in May 2014 should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law as soon as your Spring semester schedule is finalized, but no later than January 31, 2014. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

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 first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, 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.

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

Joke of the week. What do you get when you cross a rhetorical question with a joke?


Week of January 27, 2014

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, February 4, 2014. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on "Application for Graduation" under "Online Forms" in the lefthand menu. Please complete every field in the form, and click Submit when done. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes. Also note that, although the Registrar's Office does conduct graduation audits on all applications, it is your responsibility to make certain all requirements for graduation are met. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

Faculty-Student Happy Hour. The Student Life Committee is sponsoring the first 2014 Student/Faculty Happy Hour on Thursday, January 30, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the First Floor Lobby. Stop by and enjoy the food, spirits and conversation with faculty and students.

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 Tuesday, February 4.

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 Tuesday, February 4.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 17. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, 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 Wednesday, January 29. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Business Law Certificate Program. Certificate students who will graduate in May 2014 should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law as soon as your Spring semester schedule is finalized, but no later than January 31, 2014. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

IIT Policy on Firearms and Weapons on Campus. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) Because of recent changes in Illinois law, the University has had to update its policy prohibiting firearms and weapons on campus. Despite this update, the substance of IIT’s policy remains the same: In general, carrying or bringing any type of firearm or other weapon in, on or to the campus or property of IIT is expressly prohibited.  This prohibition applies even if you have all of the requisite permits to carry the firearm or weapon, including a concealed carry permit.  The policy expressly defines “firearm,” “weapon,” “campus” and “property of IIT.” The policy does contain a very limited number of narrowly tailored exceptions, such as allowing ROTC to utilize firearms for training and permitting personnel of the Department of Public Safety and on duty police officers to carry firearms.

The link to the full, updated policy is provided below and everyone should familiarize themselves with it, as the policy will be strictly enforced: Concealed Carry and Prohibition Regarding Firearms and Weapons On Campus Policy.

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.

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 first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, 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 Student Health and Wellness Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-7550. 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 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. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) Because there will be a number of political campaigns at the national and state level in 2014, it is important to review IIT's policy on political activity as well as its policy on the use of space for partisan purposes during the campaign season. As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university's tax-exempt status.

While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, that individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university in any way in connection with any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

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

Further, until after the general election in November 2014, no political candidate or campaign may use or rent any IIT facilities on any of its campuses. Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events hosted by the university or a unit of the university. However, no invitation for such an event should be extended without the extending party first discussing the proposed activity with the General Counsel's Office to ensure that it complies with applicable laws.

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

Any questions about this policy should be directed to Anthony D. D'Amato, General Counsel, at 7-8821.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. This is a reminder that 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, 2014. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site at 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.

July 2014 Illinois Bar Application. This is a reminder that applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 15, 2014. 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.orgPlease 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 (see information above for how to file one) 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on March 29, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 4 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 20). 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.)

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Week of January 20, 2014

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 on Monday, January 20.
 As in past years, classes will not be held on Monday, January 21, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 21). Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 20. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 19 (10:00-5:00), the Library will be closed that day.

Fall 2013 Grade Submissions.
 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. Exams ended on Friday, December 20, so all Fall grades should be in by Friday, January 24. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2013 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Passes for Spring 2014. All full-time J.D. students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) are enrolled in the U-Pass program, as well as LL.M. students who are registered for 12 or more credits for the Spring. Your current Ventra U-Pass card will be activated to work from Tuesday, January 21 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 16 (the last day of exams). If you registered for Spring classes on or after January 9, you will have to contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to arrange for your card to be activated for the Spring semester. If you were absent in the Fall and do not have a Ventra card, please contact Jenna Abhijeet as well.

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, February 4, 2014. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on "Application for Graduation" under "Online Forms" in the lefthand menu. Please complete every field in the form, and click Submit when done. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes. Also note that, although the Registrar's Office does conduct graduation audits on all applications, it is your responsibility to make certain all requirements for graduation are met. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

Faculty-Student Happy Hour. The Student Life Committee is sponsoring the first 2014 Student/Faculty Happy Hour on Thursday, January 30, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the First Floor Lobby. Stop by and enjoy the food, spirits and conversation with faculty and students.

Spring 2014 Semester Information. The Spring 2014 Quick Guide 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 Current Students Portal page and click on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academic & Grades." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay. 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.

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).

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 Tuesday, February 4.

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 Tuesday, February 4.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 17. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Bookstore Hours

2013-2014 Academic Calendar

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least 12 hours in the Fall, regardless of their division, were automatically billed $890 for student health insurance for the entire year. If you were registered for fewer than 12 credit hours in the Fall semester but register for at least 12 hours in the Spring semester, you will not be automatically enrolled in the IIT Student Health Plan – you will need to elect coverage if you wish to be enrolled (see below for enrollment instructions). If you elect coverage, you will be charged a fee of $532 for Spring semester coverage. You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form by January 26, 2014.

If you were covered in the Fall semester, are taking fewer than 12 hours in the Spring semester, and do not want coverage in the Spring semester, you may request cancellation of the student insurance by January 26, 2014, and your student account will be refunded $415. You will not receive a refund if the waiver is not received by January 26 and you will continue to be covered by the insurance until August 13, 2014. If you intend to waive the student insurance coverage, please read the waiver instructions in the insurance brochure carefully. For more information about the plan, including waivers, click here.

If you have previously waived the insurance, your waiver only applies to the current academic year and you must waive the insurance at the beginning of every year. If you are a returning student who has waived the IIT Student Health Insurance in the past, you must fill out the waiver again this year and at the beginning of every academic year. If you waived coverage in a prior semester and now wish to enroll in the student health insurance plan, or you are not currently covered for any other reason and wish to enroll, you must apply for the insurance. For more information on applying for insurance, click here. Students must enroll by January 26, 2014.

Business Law Certificate Program.
Certificate students who will graduate in May 2014 should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law as soon as your Spring semester schedule is finalized, but no later than January 31, 2014. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

Academic Calendar for 2014-2015. The academic calendar for next academic year (2014-2015), as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

IIT Policy on Firearms and Weapons on Campus. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) Because of recent changes in Illinois law, the University has had to update its policy prohibiting firearms and weapons on campus. Despite this update, the substance of IIT’s policy remains the same: In general, carrying or bringing any type of firearm or other weapon in, on or to the campus or property of IIT is expressly prohibited.  This prohibition applies even if you have all of the requisite permits to carry the firearm or weapon, including a concealed carry permit.  The policy expressly defines “firearm,” “weapon,” “campus” and “property of IIT.” The policy does contain a very limited number of narrowly tailored exceptions, such as allowing ROTC to utilize firearms for training and permitting personnel of the Department of Public Safety and on duty police officers to carry firearms.

The link to the full, updated policy is provided below and everyone should familiarize themselves with it, as the policy will be strictly enforced: Concealed Carry and Prohibition Regarding Firearms and Weapons On Campus Policy.

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.

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.iit.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Notice About Recording of Classes. This is a reminder that you are not permitted to 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.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. This is a reminder that 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, 2014. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site at 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.

July 2014 Illinois Bar Application. This is a reminder that applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 15, 2014. 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.orgPlease 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 (see information above for how to file one) 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on March 29, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 4 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 20). 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.)

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.

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FALL 2013

Week of December 16, 2013


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 Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2013 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Spring 2014 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2014 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, January 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide 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 break. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students Portal page.

Spring 2014 Registration.
 

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2014 classes closed on December 3. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 6, 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 Tuesday, February 4. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2014 schedule. A revised version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page.

Additional courses/sections:

-Legal Writing 4: Environmental Law (432-56): A section of Legal Writing 4: Environmental Law has been added. It will meet Thurs. 6:00-8:50pm and will be taught by Prof. Luis Oviedo.

-Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property (432-81): A second section of Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property has been added. It will meet Thurs. 4:00-6:50pm and will be taught by Prof. Heather Schafer.

Other changes/corrections:

-Environmental Law & Policy 2 (441-81): The original version of the Evening Division schedule listed the days/times incorrectly (the Day Division schedule listed it correctly). The class will meet Tues./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not Tues. 4:00-5:50pm).

-Illinois Evidence seminar (924-81): Evidence, or Evidence & the Art of Advocacy, is a prerequisite for taking this seminar.

-International Business Transactions (387-01): This class will meet Mon. 9:35-11:25am and Wed. 9:35-10:30am (not Mon/Wed. 10:00-11:25am).

-Partnership Tax 2 (708-51): The exam for this class will be Friday, May 16, 6:00pm) (not Wednesday, May 14, 6:00pm).

-Property (Section B, Prof. Atuahene) (261-02): This section of Property will meet Mon/Thurs. 12:50-2:40pm (not Mon/Wed/Thurs. 12:50-2:05pm).

-Torts and Bioethics seminar (927-81). The original version of schedule listed the ending time incorrectly. The class will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not 5:00pm).

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Spring 2014 semester; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 2013 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on the weekends.

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.

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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 20. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 21 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break if you add value to the card.

Adjunct Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos Seeks Research Assistants. Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos is looking for one or more students with outstanding research and writing skills to assist with research on a book focused on intimate partner violence and the workplace. The work will primarily involve researching case law and writing various drafts. The students would receive one credit each of Independent Research. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Paziotopoulos at pampaz@forestadvisors.com.

Joke of the week. Darth Vader:  LUKE SKYWALKER, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY.  Luke: How do you know?  Darth Vader:  I FELT YOUR PRESENTS.


eek of December 9, 2013

Academic Calendar Reminder. Read period runs from Saturday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 10. Exams start on Wednesday, December 11 and end on Friday, December 20.

Fall 2013 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on the weekends.

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.

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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2014 Registration.
 

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2014 classes closed on December 3. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 6, 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 Tuesday, February 4. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2014 schedule. A corrected version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page.

-Environmental Law & Policy 2 (441-81): The original version of the Evening Division schedule listed the days/times incorrectly (the Day Division schedule listed it correctly). The class will meet Tues./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not Tues. 4:00-5:50pm).

-Illinois Evidence seminar (924-81): Evidence, or Evidence & the Art of Advocacy, is a prerequisite for taking this seminar.

-Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property (432-81): A second section of Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property has been added. It will meet Thurs. 4:00-6:50pm and will be taught by Prof. Heather Schafer.

-Torts and Bioethics seminar (927-81). The original version of schedule listed the ending time incorrectly. The class will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not 5:00pm).

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 20. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 21 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break if you add value to the card.

Adjunct Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos Seeks Research Assistants. Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos is looking for one or more students with outstanding research and writing skills to assist with research on a book focused on intimate partner violence and the workplace. The work will primarily involve researching case law and writing various drafts. The students would receive one credit each of Independent Research. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Paziotopoulos at pampaz@forestadvisors.com.

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


Week of December 2, 2013

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

Monday, December 2: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 6: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 10. Exams start on Wednesday, December 11 and end on Friday, December 20.

Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration.
 

Final Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2014 schedule. A corrected version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page.

-Environmental Law & Policy 2 (441-81): The original version of the Evening Division schedule listed the days/times incorrectly (the Day Division schedule listed it correctly). The class will meet Tues./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not Tues. 4:00-5:50pm).

-Illinois Evidence seminar (924-81): Evidence, or Evidence & the Art of Advocacy, is a prerequisite for taking this seminar.

-Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property (432-81): A second section of Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property has been added. It will meet Thurs. 4:00-6:50pm and will be taught by Prof. Heather Schafer.

-Torts and Bioethics seminar (927-81). The original version of schedule listed the ending time incorrectly. The class will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not 5:00pm).

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Monday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 3, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. 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 6. 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 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, 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. First-year students may not register for any courses other than the ones identified for their section on the schedule of courses.

Fall 2013 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on the weekends.

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.

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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

Joke of the week. "I'm shopping, and I caught this guy who's comparing apples and oranges. So I walked over and said, 'Hey, you can't do that.' He said, 'Why not?' 'Because it would be like . . . forget it.'" (James Leemer)


Week of November 25, 2013

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December1. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.

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

Monday, December 2: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 6: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 10. Exams start on Wednesday, December 11 and end on Friday, December 20.

Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration.
 

Final Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2014 schedule. A corrected version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page.

-Environmental Law & Policy 2 (441-81): The original version of the Evening Division schedule listed the days/times incorrectly (the Day Division schedule listed it correctly). The class will meet Tues./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not Tues. 4:00-5:50pm).

-Torts and Bioethics seminar (927-81). The original version of schedule listed the ending time incorrectly. The class will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not 5:00pm).

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Monday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 3, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. 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 6. 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 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, 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. First-year students may not register for any courses other than the ones identified for their section on the schedule of courses.

Fall 2013 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 Conflicts/Reschedules. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you submitted a reschedule request and have not received a response, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Exam Method. 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

•Update for Mac Users. We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

Joke of the week. "The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face." (Jack Handey)


Week of November 18, 2013

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December1. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.

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

Monday, December 2: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 5: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 6: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 10. Exams start on Wednesday, December 11 and end on Friday, December 20.

Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration.
 

Final Spring 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Wednesday, November 20, and will be posted here and through the Current Students Portal page. Print copies will be available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Monday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 3, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. 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 notbe 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 6. 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 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 2014 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 Friday, January 31, 2014, 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. First-year students may not register for any courses other than the ones identified for their section on the schedule of courses.

Fall 2013 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.  If you submitted a reschedule request and have not received a response, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

•Update for Mac Users. We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

Business Law Certificate Program. Business Law certificate students who will graduate in December 2013 should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by November 30, 2013. Other students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law. Submit the forms to Nicole Lechuga outside Rm. 827. The Program’s requirements and forms are available on the table in the third floor elevator alcove and at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/business-law. If you have any questions about the program, email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at hschpman@gmail.com.

Zipcar Membership Discounts. The university has partnered with Zipcar to make membership discounts available for faculty and staff (click here) and for students (click here).

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. 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.

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


Week of November 11, 2013


Flu Shots. IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30-6:30 pm, in Rm. C20. 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. Any student who has the IIT Aetna Student Health Insurance does not need to pay for the flu shot.

Change of Division Requests. The period for requesting to change divisions for the Spring semester is now closed. If you requested a division change, you should have received an email concerning your request. Please contact me if you have not been contacted.

Fall 2013 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. 

Exam Method Registration: October 24 - November 4. 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

Spring 2014 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2014 preliminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2013 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule and Registration Bulletin on Wednesday, November 20; it will be posted here and through the Current Students Portal page. Registration will take place from Monday, November 25, through Tuesday, December 3. 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.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. 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.

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


Week of November 4, 2013

Flu Shots. IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30-6:30 pm, in Rm. C20. 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. Any student who has the IIT Aetna Student Health Insurance does not need to pay for the flu shot.

Change of Division Requests: October 24 - November 4. 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 Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2013 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: October 24 – November 4. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 4, 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).

Exam Method Registration: October 24 - November 4.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 handwrite 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to handwrite 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 4, 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: SofTest currently does not support the new OS X Mavericks operating system. Although that could change by the time exams start, we recommend that you defer updating to Mavericks until after exams if you wish to use your laptop for exams.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 5, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 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 2014 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2014 preliminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2013 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule early in the week of November 18.

Joke of the week. A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After a while, the hotel manager came out and asked them to leave, explaining, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer." 


Week of October 28, 2013

Change of Division Requests: October 24 - November 4. 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 Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2013 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: October 24 – November 4. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 4, 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).

Exam Method Registration: October 24 - November 4.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 handwrite 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to handwrite 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 4, 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: SofTest currently does not support the new OS X Mavericks operating system. Although that could change by the time exams start, we recommend that you defer updating to Mavericks until after exams if you wish to use your laptop for exams.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 5, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 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. Question: What do you call 100 rabbits jumping backwards in unison?  Answer: A receding hare line. 


Week of October 21, 2013

Change of Division Requests: October 24 - November 4. 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 Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 2013 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: October 24 – November 4. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 4, 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).

Exam Method Registration: October 24 - November 4.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 handwrite 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 unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to handwrite 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 4, 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: SofTest currently does not support the new OS X Mavericks operating system. Although that could change by the time exams start, we recommend that you defer updating to Mavericks until after exams if you wish to use your laptop for exams.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters 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 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

Notice About Using Your Ventra U-Pass Card.
We have learned (and the CTA has confirmed) that some Ventra card users are having their credit or debit cards charged for the cost of some rides. This seems to be happening if the user taps his or her wallet on the card reader, rather than removing the Ventra card and tapping it alone. The card reader apparently picks up the first signal it receives, which can be a credit or debit card rather than the Ventra card if both are in range of the reader. Please be sure to remove your Ventra card from your wallet before using it. If you have had charges to your credit or debit card, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and I will forward your information to the CTA with a request for assistance in getting the charges removed.

Joke of the week. Weird fact: Neil Armstrong's name backwards is "Gnorts, Mr. Alien."


Week of October 14, 2013

Notice About Using Your Ventra U-Pass Card. We have learned (and the CTA has confirmed) that some Ventra card users are having their credit or debit cards charged for the cost of some rides. This seems to be happening if the user taps his or her wallet on the card reader, rather than removing the Ventra card and tapping it alone. The card reader apparently picks up the first signal it receives, which can be a credit or debit card rather than the Ventra card if both are in range of the reader. Please be sure to remove your Ventra card from your wallet before using it. If you have had charges to your credit or debit card, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and I will forward your information to the CTA with a request for assistance in getting the charges removed.

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. You must use your Kent email address when signing up. Click here to take advantage of this offer. The law school with the highest percentage of students who subscribe will be presented with a trophy (and bragging rights) by the Law Bulletin. 

Joke of the week. "My grandma says she has eyes in the back of her head. I hope it's not hereditary." (Steven Wright)


Week of October 7, 2013

Notice About Using Your Ventra U-Pass Card. We have learned (and the CTA has confirmed) that some Ventra card users are having their credit or debit cards charged for the cost of some rides. This seems to be happening if the user taps his or her wallet on the card reader, rather than removing the Ventra card and tapping it alone. The card reader apparently picks up the first signal it receives, which can be a credit or debit card rather than the Ventra card if both are in range of the reader. Please be sure to remove your Ventra card from your wallet before using it. If you have had charges to your credit or debit card, please contact me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and I will forward your information to the CTA with a request for assistance in getting the charges removed.

Constitution Day Observance: Symposium on Same-Sex Marriage Cases. Chicago-Kent will host a Constitution Day celebration on Thursday, October 10, from 3:30-5:00 pm, in the Auditorium. The event will be a symposium on the Supreme Court's recently decided same-sex marriage cases and what they may mean for the future of constitutional interpretation.  Panelists include Professor Katharine Baker and Professor Carolyn Shapiro, as well as Ilya Somin from George Mason University School of Law. Professor Steven Heyman will moderate the event.

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. You must use your Kent email address when signing up. Click here to take advantage of this offer. The law school with the highest percentage of students who subscribe will be presented with a trophy (and bragging rights) by the Law Bulletin. 

Joke of the week. Question: What do you feed a teddy bear? Answer: Nothing -- it's already stuffed.


Week of September 30, 2013

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 1, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 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

Fire Drill Follow-Up. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drill. We would also like to pass along a few reminders:

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

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

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

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

Failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel during a building evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

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. You must use your Kent email address when signing up. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

Joke of the week. Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.


Week of September 23, 2013

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 1, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 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

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

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

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

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

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

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

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. You must use your Kent email address when signing up. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

Joke of the week. "I took up meditation. I like to have an espresso first just to make it more interesting." (Betsy Salkind)


Week of September 16, 2013

Meet your Librarians: Pizza and Beer Event for First-Year Students. Take a break from studying and get to know your librarians on Thursday, September 19, from 3:00-4:30 (for day students) or from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the 10th floor Event Room. They'll be serving up slices of Chicago pizza from Lou Malnati’s and cracking open local beers from Revolution Brewing. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the people in the Library who are always eager to assist you with your research.

Summer 2013 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 Summer 2013 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Joke of the week. Why are builders afraid to have a 13th floor, but book publishers aren't afraid to have a Chapter 11?


Week of September 9, 2013

Family and Friends Day. This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, September 28, 9:00-12:45. The program gives parents, spouses, partners, siblings, children, and other important people in your life the opportunity to visit Chicago-Kent and get a taste of what you are experiencing as a student. The program will include mini-classes taught by Professors Brill, Buccafusco, Heyman, and Sowle, and a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. The day will start with registration and continental breakfast at 9:00, and a welcome at 9:30. Mini-classes will be held from 9:45-10:30, followed by the mock trial at 10:45. Students and their guests will break out into mock juries following the trial, and will gather again at 12:30 for a discussion of the trial and concluding remarks. If you plan to attend, please register here no later than Friday, September 20, 2013.

At the conclusion of the Family and Friends day program, we encourage you and your guests to attend the Law School's 125 Anniversary Block Party, which will be held from 11:00am to 8:00pm on the street just outside the building entrance. For more information about the Block Party, click here. (RSVPs are encouraged but not required to attend the Block Party - if you do RSVP, you qualify for raffle prizes!)

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 first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, 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.

Student Complaint Procedures. Students who wish to raise issues or concerns about the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with ABA standards of accreditation should consult the policy contained in section 14.19 of the Student Handbook, which provides a set of procedures for filing a complaint. 

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.

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. In particular, thefts of cell phones have increased nationwide, including a recent incident here at Chicago-Kent.

Joke of the week. Question: What do you call a camel without a hump? Answer: Humphrey.


Week of September 2, 2013

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Classes are canceled on Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, August 31 (8:30 am - 1:00 pm), and the building will be closed on Sunday, September 1 and on Labor Day itself. The Library will be closed all three days.

In addition, due to a religious holiday, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 4 (4:00 and after); and on Thursday, September 5 (day and evening).

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 first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, 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 Distributions. 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. 

Student Complaint Procedures. Students who wish to raise issues or concerns about the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with ABA standards of accreditation should consult the policy contained in section 14.19 of the Student Handbook, which provides a set of procedures for filing a complaint. 

New Grading Curve for Required Courses. The faculty has adopted a new grading curve for required courses. The new curve allows more grades in certain grade ranges, and increases the maximum percentages in all cumulative grade ranges below A. Click here to see both the new and the old curves.

Joke of the week. If a parsley farmer goes bankrupt, can they garnish his wages?

To Entering Students:

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 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 1, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 1, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

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. In addition to the workshop series described agove, the program also holds 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 do 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 Tuesday, September 3. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials are due by March 1, 2014. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site at 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here.

To Returning Students:


Adding and Dropping Classes. 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 Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period).

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 by Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 9, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections.
 Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 9. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2013 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 2013 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 Monday, September 9, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

London Law Consortium. 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 2014 semester, please go to the London Law Consortium web site for the brochure and other details. Brochures are also available from Theda Mickey just outside my office (320C). If you are interested in applying, please contact me before doing so.

February 2014 and July 2014 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2014 bar exam are due by September 1, 2013 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 15, 2014. 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.orgPlease 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on November 2, 2013. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 26). 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.)


Week of August 26, 2013

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 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.

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.iit.edu or office 310A).

Counseling Services.
IIT's Student Health and Wellness Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-7550. There is no charge for these counseling services.

New Grading Curve for Required Courses. The faculty has adopted a new grading curve for required courses. The new curve allows more grades in certain grade ranges, and increases the maximum percentages in all cumulative grade ranges below A. Click here to see both the new and the old curves.

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.

Michael H. Adler Kelly K. Koss
Michael H. Anderson Paulina Lopez Caballero Ferrer
Iman Boundaoui Teri N. McClerklin
Heather N. Collinet Ashley N. Moscarello
Lucas H. Dahlin Matthew Mulroe
Shohreh Davoodi Malinda L. Pileggi
Susan Dewey Jacob Radecki
Melody L. Gaal David S. Repking
Paul T. Geske Kara N. Ryan
Martin D. Gould Eric J. Shinabarger
Ryan P. Hanneken Gabriella Sneeringer
Aon S. Hussain Michael R. Spanel
John Jefferson Richard Wilson
Daniel C. Kirby Jing Zhang
Adrienne N. Kitchen  

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available here; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page. This site includes all events scheduled at the Law School, including student organization events, and the Academic 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 2013-2014 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQImportant note: IIT now requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. If you are a full-time student and previously waived your insurance, you will need to do so again this year and every year you attend IIT or you will be automatically billed for the Aetna Student Health plan. If you have outside coverage, please follow the instructions at this link to waive your insurance coverage.  If you do not do so by September 1, 2013, you will be charged $830 for coverage from IIT for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you are a full-time student enrolled for at least 12 credits, and you do not waive participation in the Student Health Insurance Plan before the deadline, you will be enrolled automatically and billed $890 for annual coverage or $532 for the spring coverage.

As noted above, full-time students are enrolled automatically in the Aetna Student Health plan (unless they waive coverage), but only if they are enrolled for at least 12 credits. If you are a full-time student, are enrolled for fewer than 12 credits, and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enroll in the plan. Part-time students are not automatically enrolled in health insurance; if you are a part-time student and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enroll in the plan. Information about enrolling in the plan is available here.

The health insurance coverage began August 14, 2013 and will end August 13, 2014. You may view full benefit details here. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health is introducing an app that will allow you to have your insurance card and benefit details on your smart device. To access the app, follow the instructions below. Insurance cards will not be mailed out unless a request is made by calling 800-841-3140. (If you have any questions about the app, contact Melody McCray at 312-567-7116 or jack@iit.edu.)

  • Download the Aetna App
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At welcome screen, select ID card information
  • Select member (student or dependent names will appear in drop down)
  • View Card
  • Image of front and back of card appears

If you have any questions or problems with respect to student health insurance, contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5005. You can also contact the Student Health and Wellness Center directly at 312-567-7550, or email Melody McCray at  jack@iit.edu with questions.

Meditation and Lactation Rooms. There are meditation and lactation rooms located in the Library. For more information, 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 executive 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 Anthony D'Amato, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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

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

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

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 through the main Currest Students Portal page (click on Academic Affairs & Registrar in the left-hand menu, then on Student Handbook).

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 consistencey 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 applicaiton 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 qustions asked in 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 probems in the past have arisen with respect to the following two questions in Section 13 of the application:

1. 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.

2. 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 will email invitations this week to selected students 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 is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Tuesday, September 3. 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 Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 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 1, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 1, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. We have been informed by the CTA's new U-Pass vendor that U-Passes for Fall-start first-year students will arrive sometime on Monday, August 26. I will send an email to all first-year students once we have them in hand. If they are in before 11:00 am, we will distribute them (along with the cards we already have for upper-level students) in the front lobby from 11:00 to 1:00. If they arrive after that, we will set up a special distribution time and place later in the day. (In the past, we have always had the U-Passes by Thursday of Orientation week. Unfortunately, with the new vendor, we were unable to get them this week despite our best efforts.)

For those of you who didn't pick up your ID card at last night's Dean's Party, we will also distribute those on Monday along with the U-Passes.

After Monday, U-Passes and ID cards will be available for pick-up in the Registrar's Office on the second floor.

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 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

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, 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.

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.iit.edu).

Fall 2013 Semester Information. The Fall 2013 Quick Guide page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the Current Students Portal page and click on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." 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.
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

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

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

Course Information Updates.
This document lists all changes to the final 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.

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 2013 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

2013-2014 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 Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period).

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 by Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 9, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 9. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Spring 2014 Preliminary Schedule. 
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2014 semester is available on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide pagePlease 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 2014 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul.
Chicago-Kent has entered into an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. (This is an extension of an arrangement that we previously had only with Loyola.) 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; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2013 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 2013 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 Monday, September 9, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Certificate in Business Law. Business Law certificate students who will graduate this Fall should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by September 30. Other students interested in pursuing the certificate should submit the Notice of Intent of Pursue a Certificate in Business Law sometime during the semester. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) Submit the forms to Alison Steiner in room 871. The Program’s requirements and forms are available here. If you have any questions about the program, email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at hschpman@gmail.com. Important information for May 2014 evening division graduates: Securities Regulation is one of three courses absolutely required to earn the Certificate. It will be offered in the day division in the Spring 2014 semester, but not in the evening division. You should register for it this semester if you have not taken it yet.

Fall U-Pass Distribution. The remaining U-Pass distribution is Monday, August 26, from 11:00am - 1:00pm in the Front Lobby. After Monday, August 26, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office. After Monday, August 26, 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 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

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, 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-Offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2013 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2013 " link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those J.D. students who graduated in May, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2013 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.

London Law Consortium. 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 2014 semester, please go to the London Law Consortium web site for the brochure and other details. Brochures are also available from Theda Mickey just outside my office (320C). If you are interested in applying, please contact me before doing so.

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.iit.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Changes in Rule 711. Law students in Illinois may obtain a license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 to perform certain types of legal representation subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Rule. Effective July 1, 2013, students only need to complete 44 credit hours (50% of the credit hours required for graduation) in order to obtain a 711 license (formerly, students were required to complete two-thirds of their required credits). Application forms are available by clicking here

February 2014 and July 2014 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2014 bar exam are due by September 1, 2013 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 15, 2014. 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.orgPlease 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on November 2, 2013. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 26). 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.)


Week of August 19, 2013

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 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.

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.iit.edu or office 310A).

Counseling Services.
IIT's Student Health and Wellness Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-7550. There is no charge for these counseling services.

New Grading Curve for Required Courses. The faculty has adopted a new grading curve for required courses. The new curve allows more grades in certain grade ranges, and increases the maximum percentages in all cumulative grade ranges below A. Click here to see both the new and the old curves.

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.

Michael H. Adler Kelly K. Koss
Michael H. Anderson Paulina Lopez Caballero Ferrer
Iman Boundaoui Teri N. McClerklin
Heather N. Collinet Ashley N. Moscarello
Lucas H. Dahlin Matthew Mulroe
Shohreh Davoodi Malinda L. Pileggi
Susan Dewey Jacob Radecki
Melody L. Gaal David S. Repking
Paul T. Geske Kara N. Ryan
Martin D. Gould Eric J. Shinabarger
Ryan P. Hanneken Gabriella Sneeringer
Aon S. Hussain Michael R. Spanel
John Jefferson Richard Wilson
Daniel C. Kirby Jing Zhang
Adrienne N. Kitchen  

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available here; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page. This site includes all events scheduled at the Law School, including student organization events, and the Academic 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 2013-2014 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQImportant note: IIT now requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. If you are a full-time student and previously waived your insurance, you will need to do so again this year and every year you attend IIT or you will be automatically billed for the Aetna Student Health plan. If you have outside coverage, please follow the instructions at this link to waive your insurance coverage.  If you do not do so by September 1, 2013, you will be charged $830 for coverage from IIT for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you are a full-time student enrolled for at least 12 credits, and you do not waive participation in the Student Health Insurance Plan before the deadline, you will be enrolled automatically and billed $890 for annual coverage or $532 for the spring coverage.

As noted above, full-time students are enrolled automatically in the Aetna Student Health plan (unless they waive coverage), but only if they are enrolled for at least 12 credits. If you are a full-time student, are enrolled for fewer than 12 credits, and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enroll in the plan. Part-time students are not automatically enrolled in health insurance; if you are a part-time student and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enroll in the plan. Information about enrolling in the plan is available here.

The health insurance coverage began August 14, 2013 and will end August 13, 2014. You may view full benefit details here. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health is introducing an app that will allow you to have your insurance card and benefit details on your smart device. To access the app, follow the instructions below. Insurance cards will not be mailed out unless a request is made by calling 800-841-3140. (If you have any questions about the app, contact Melody McCray at 312-567-7116 or jack@iit.edu.)

  • Download the Aetna App
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At welcome screen, select ID card information
  • Select member (student or dependent names will appear in drop down)
  • View Card
  • Image of front and back of card appears

If you have any questions or problems with respect to student health insurance, contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5005. You can also contact the Student Health and Wellness Center directly at 312-567-7550, or email Melody McCray at  jack@iit.edu with questions.

Meditation and Lactation Rooms. There are meditation and lactation rooms located in the Library. For more information, 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 executive 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 Anthony D'Amato, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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

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

Joke of the week. Question: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Answer: Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.

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.iit.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.

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 Tuesday, September 3. 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 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

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. We will notify first-year full-time students once we have received your U-Passes. For more details, 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.iit.edu).

Fall 2013 Semester Information. The Fall 2013 Quick Guide page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the Current Students Portal page and click on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." 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.
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

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

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

Course Information Updates.
This document lists all changes to the final 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.

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 2013 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

2013-2014 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 Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period).

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 by Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 9, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 9. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Spring 2014 Preliminary Schedule. 
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2014 semester is available on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide pagePlease 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 2014 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul.
Chicago-Kent has entered into an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. (This is an extension of an arrangement that we previously had only with Loyola.) 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; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2013 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 2013 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 Monday, September 9, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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

*Thursday, August 22, 12:00noon - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 26, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 26, 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 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

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, 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-Offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2013 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2013 " link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those J.D. students who graduated in May, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2013 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.

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.iit.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Changes in Rule 711. Law students in Illinois may obtain a license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 to perform certain types of legal representation subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Rule. Effective July 1, 2013, students only need to complete 44 credit hours (50% of the credit hours required for graduation) in order to obtain a 711 license (formerly, students were required to complete two-thirds of their required credits). Application forms are available by clicking here

February 2014 and July 2014 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2014 bar exam are due by September 1, 2013 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 15, 2014. 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.orgPlease 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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on November 2, 2013. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 26). 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.)

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