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Record Archives for 2014-2015 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.

SUMMER 2015

Weeks of August 3 and August 10, 2015

Fall 2015 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2015 upper-level courses will be posted on Friday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2015 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.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Additional Seats Added.
We have added additional seats to the August session of Intensive Trial Advocacy. For more information about the course, please see the Intersession Courses page of the Fall 2015 schedule of classes, available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide 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 2015 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.

Summer 2015 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.

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. 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.

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: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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. Why is the person who invests all your money called a broker?


Weeks of July 20 and July 27, 2015

Summer 2015 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.

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. 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.

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: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Additional Seats Added. We have added additional seats to the August session of Intensive Trial Advocacy. For more information about the course, please see the Intersession Courses page of the Fall 2015 schedule of classes, available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page.

Reparations Clinic. [From Prof. Coyne:] Students entering their third year are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in the City of Chicago’s acknowledgment and redress efforts for acts of torture committed by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates. The “Reparations for Burge Torture Victims” Ordinance calls for an independent third party to determine eligibility for reparations for individuals who have not previously filed a claim with the City. Professor Daniel Coyne has been appointed to fill that role and is organizing a single semester clinic section for the purpose of receiving, evaluating, investigating, and determining eligibility for reparations for claims of torture that have not previously been raised.  Student involvement would include, but is not limited to, interviewing claimants, witnesses, factual research, document retrieval and review, claim analysis and drafting of preliminary findings. While the work of the clinic would begin in the near future, the majority of the work would be completed in the Fall 2015 semester, and thus credit for the course would be awarded for Fall 2015. Students should possess outstanding organizational, critical thinking and writing skills. To view the Resolution, Ordinance, FAQ’s and related documents regarding the claim process, please click here.

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 2015 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.

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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, 2015.

Joke of the Week. If you want to know more about paranoid people, follow them around.



Weeks of July 6 and July 13, 2015

Reparations Clinic. [From Prof. Coyne:] Students entering their third year are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in the City of Chicago’s acknowledgment and redress efforts for acts of torture committed by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates. The “Reparations for Burge Torture Victims” Ordinance calls for an independent third party to determine eligibility for reparations for individuals who have not previously filed a claim with the City. Professor Daniel Coyne has been appointed to fill that role and is organizing a single semester clinic section for the purpose of receiving, evaluating, investigating, and determining eligibility for reparations for claims of torture that have not previously been raised.  Student involvement would include, but is not limited to, interviewing claimants, witnesses, factual research, document retrieval and review, claim analysis and drafting of preliminary findings. While the work of the clinic would begin in the near future, the majority of the work would be completed in the Fall 2015 semester, and thus credit for the course would be awarded for Fall 2015. Students should possess outstanding organizational, critical thinking and writing skills. To view the Resolution, Ordinance, FAQ’s and related documents regarding the claim process, please click here.

Spring 2015 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 Sprig 2015 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. There will be a luncheon early in the Fall for all 2014-2015 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Spring 2015 Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2015 semester, and Spring 2015 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students (click on the Spring 2015 link under Grades and Rank in the left-hand menu). Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2014 or Summer 2014 links. Class ranks are based on cumulative (not just Spring semester) GPA. 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2015 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank. Graduating students should wait until later this week if they wish to request transcripts reflecting their class rank and/or graduation honors, as the Registrar's office is in the process of entering the information.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you are a first-year full-time student, the cumulative GPA for you in Web for Students includes all of your coursework through the end of the Spring semester. However, as previously announced, class ranks were determined by excluding Legislation or any elective course taken, in order to ensure that all first-year full-time students were assessed on a common set of courses. Likewise, probation and dismissal decisions, eligibility for Law Review, and eligibility for merit scholarships are based on first-year performance excluding Legislation or any elective course taken.

Summer 2015 Pass/Fail Revocations. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for all elective Summer courses, except Business Organizations, is Thursday, July 16, at 5:00pm. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for Business Organizations is Thursday, July 30, at 5:00pm. (Please contact me if you wish to revoke pass/fail for Business Organization after July 16, as we will have to process your revocation manually.)

Summer 2015 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 Information Technology Services department 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.

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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, 2015.

Joke of the Week. If you want to know more about paranoid people, follow them around.


Weeks of June 22 and June 29, 2015

Spring 2015 Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2015 semester, and Spring 2015 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students (click on the Spring 2015 link under Grades and Rank in the left-hand menu). Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2014 or Summer 2014 links. Class ranks are based on cumulative (not just Spring semester) GPA. 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. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2015 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank. Graduating students should wait until later this week if they wish to request transcripts reflecting their class rank and/or graduation honors, as the Registrar's office is in the process of entering the information.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you are a first-year full-time student, the cumulative GPA for you in Web for Students includes all of your coursework through the end of the Spring semester. However, as previously announced, class ranks were determined by excluding Legislation or any elective course taken, in order to ensure that all first-year full-time students were assessed on a common set of courses. Likewise, probation and dismissal decisions, eligibility for Law Review, and eligibility for merit scholarships are based on first-year performance excluding Legislation or any elective course taken.

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:

Naomi H. Bensdorf Frisch Bryce T. Hensley
Terrence R. Brennan Jeffrey T. Michalik
Molly J. Davis Andrea I. Savageau
Nicholas J. DeRyke Symone D. Shinton
Maxwell Eichenberger Theresa L. Starck
Jennifer Ellenby Karen E. Vaysman
Alexander J. Halaska Karolen S. Younan
Selma Haveric  

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 22 through Monday, July 6. For details, click here.

For first-year full-time students, the minimum GPA of 3.00 for eligibility is based on your grades excluding Legislation or any elective courses taken (as with the class rank calculations). However, because the cumulative GPA published on Web for Students includes Legislation and electives, please contact me if you have any uncertainty as to whether your academic performance qualifies you to take part in the candidacy program. 

Summer 2015 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 25 - July 1. 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, June 25; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 1, 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 with starting times less than 24 hours apart.

•Exam Method Registration: June 25 - July 1. 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-and menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, June 25; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 1, 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 Information Technology Services department 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.

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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, 2015.

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 2015 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. 

Changes to Academic Regulations. The Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, adopted the following changes to the Law School's academic regulations, effective with the Summer 2015 term:

*Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible to receive the CALI Award for the class.

*The following specialized Professional Responsibility classes are exempt from the mandatory curve: Ethics and Advocacy; Practice and Professionalism; and Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics.

*The 16-credit limit on taking clinical courses and externships has been increased to 24 credits.

*The cap of 19 credits on all variety of pass/fail credits has been eliminated.

*Part-time students may now take up to 13 credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) without special permission. If you are a part-time student and wish to take 12 or 13 credits in the Fall, please contact Dean Sowle to have your maximum credits adjusted in the system (we will need to make this adjustment manually for the Fall, as part-time students were already coded for 11 credits maximum prior to the rule change).

*Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may now work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are still prohibited from working more than 20 hours a week if they take 14 or more credits. Full-time first-year students are prohibted from working more than 20 hours a week even if they take 13 or fewer credits (e.g., full-time summer-start students, who take only 13 credits in the Fall, are still limited to working no more than 20 hours a week).

Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements 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 provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct. In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, considered and approved certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. The revisions are available by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. A barking dog never bites. Well, at least not while it's barking.


Weeks of June 8 and June 15, 2015

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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, 2015.

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 2015 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 2015 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 12. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2015 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.

Changes to Academic Regulations. The Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, adopted the following changes to the Law School's academic regulations, effective with the Summer 2015 term:

*Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible to receive the CALI Award for the class.

*The following specialized Professional Responsibility classes are exempt from the mandatory curve: Ethics and Advocacy; Practice and Professionalism; and Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics.

*The 16-credit limit on taking clinical courses and externships has been increased to 24 credits.

*The cap of 19 credits on all variety of pass/fail credits has been eliminated.

*Part-time students may now take up to 13 credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) without special permission. If you are a part-time student and wish to take 12 or 13 credits in the Fall, please contact Dean Sowle to have your maximum credits adjusted in the system (we will need to make this adjustment manually for the Fall, as part-time students were already coded for 11 credits maximum prior to the rule change).

*Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may now work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are still prohibited from working more than 20 hours a week if they take 14 or more credits. Full-time first-year students are prohibted from working more than 20 hours a week even if they take 13 or fewer credits (e.g., full-time summer-start students, who take only 13 credits in the Fall, are still limited to working no more than 20 hours a week).

Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements 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 provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct. In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, considered and approved certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. The revisions are available by clicking here.

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


Weeks of May 25 and June 1, 2015

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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, 2015.

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 2015 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 2015 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 12. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2015 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.
 With the end of the Spring semester, 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 15 (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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 

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.

Notice About Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall semester (including intersession classes listed on the Fall schedule; but not including Incomplete make-ups) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. (Please note that this is a change from the university’s prior policy, under which students were automatically enrolled in the insurance plan only if they were enrolled for 12 or more credits.)

The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $1,439 for individual coverage (please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550 for information about family coverage). You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form online at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance between June 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015. IIT requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. The waiver process goes directly through Aetna Student Health Insurance. (Please note: If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you will not be permitted to waive the IIT health insurance.) If you do not waive coverage by September 1, 2015, you will be billed for the insurance. For more information about the plan, including waivers, go to http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550.

Changes to Academic Regulations. The Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, adopted the following changes to the Law School's academic regulations, effective with the Summer 2015 term:

*Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible to receive the CALI Award for the class.

*The following specialized Professional Responsibility classes are exempt from the mandatory curve: Ethics and Advocacy; Practice and Professionalism; and Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics.

*The 16-credit limit on taking clinical courses and externships has been increased to 24 credits.

*The cap of 19 credits on all variety of pass/fail credits has been eliminated.

*Part-time students may now take up to 13 credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) without special permission. If you are a part-time student and wish to take 12 or 13 credits in the Fall, please contact Dean Sowle to have your maximum credits adjusted in the system (we will need to make this adjustment manually for the Fall, as part-time students were already coded for 11 credits maximum prior to the rule change).

*Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may now work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are still prohibited from working more than 20 hours a week if they take 14 or more credits. Full-time first-year students are prohibted from working more than 20 hours a week even if they take 13 or fewer credits (e.g., full-time summer-start students, who take only 13 credits in the Fall, are still limited to working no more than 20 hours a week).

Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements 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 provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct. In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, considered and approved certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. The revisions are available by clicking here.

Summer 2015 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 2015 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 2, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 2. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link) for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore.

•Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Summer term must be made online no later than Tuesday, June 2, 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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 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 (Business Organizations, Property, Criminal Law, and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2015 Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Tuesday, May 5 for students to see what Fall 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 now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 4, at 11:50pm.

The final Fall 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay (for the print copies, the schedule and the grids are attached to the Registration Bulletin).

Schedule Changes/Additions. 

The following course has been added to the Fall schedule:

Law of Data Privacy (192-51; 2 credits; Prof. Prewitt): Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm. Course description: The proliferation of electronic data recording personal information has prompted extensive legislative and enforcement activity at both the federal and state level. This course will provide an introduction to the principal federal statutes protecting consumer and patient data, data breach notification laws, enforcement by federal and state agencies, and current trends in class action data privacy litigation.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2015 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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 24 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation.

Joke of the Week. "Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories." (Steven Wright)


SPRING 2015

Week of May 11, 2015

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 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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 2015 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 2015 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 12. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2015 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 15 (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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 

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.

Notice About Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall semester (including intersession classes listed on the Fall schedule; but not including Incomplete make-ups) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. (Please note that this is a change from the university’s prior policy, under which students were automatically enrolled in the insurance plan only if they were enrolled for 12 or more credits.)

The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $1,439 for individual coverage (please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550 for information about family coverage). You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form online at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance between June 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015. IIT requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. The waiver process goes directly through Aetna Student Health Insurance. (Please note: If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you will not be permitted to waive the IIT health insurance.) If you do not waive coverage by September 1, 2015, you will be billed for the insurance. For more information about the plan, including waivers, go to http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550.

Spring 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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/Sunday: 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.

Exams Method Notices. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Proposed Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements 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 provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty will be considering certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. In addition, in response to other guidance provided by the Department of Education in interpreting the federal Title IX statute, the faculty will consider whether to change the standard of proof (from clear and convincing evidence to preponderance of the evidence) for violations of some or all of the offenses listed in the Code of Conduct. A list of the proposals that will be considered by the faculty is available by clicking here. Any students who wish to submit comments on the proposals should submit them to Dean Sowle by Monday, May 11.

Summer 2015 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 2015 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 2, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 2. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link) for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore.

•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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 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 (Business Organizations, Property, Criminal Law, and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2015 Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Tuesday, May 5 for students to see what Fall 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 now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 4, at 11:50pm.

The final Fall 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay (for the print copies, the schedule and the grids are attached to the Registration Bulletin).

Schedule Changes/Additions. 

The following course has been added to the Fall schedule:

Law of Data Privacy (192-51; 2 credits; Prof. Prewitt): Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm. Course description: The proliferation of electronic data recording personal information has prompted extensive legislative and enforcement activity at both the federal and state level. This course will provide an introduction to the principal federal statutes protecting consumer and patient data, data breach notification laws, enforcement by federal and state agencies, and current trends in class action data privacy litigation.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2015 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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. The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.


Week of May 4, 2015

Spring 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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/Sunday: 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.

Exams Method Notices. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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 15 (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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 

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.

Proposed Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements 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 provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty will be considering certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. In addition, in response to other guidance provided by the Department of Education in interpreting the federal Title IX statute, the faculty will consider whether to change the standard of proof (from clear and convincing evidence to preponderance of the evidence) for violations of some or all of the offenses listed in the Code of Conduct. A list of the proposals that will be considered by the faculty is available by clicking here. Any students who wish to submit comments on the proposals should submit them to Dean Sowle by Monday, May 11.

Summer 2015 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 2015 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 2, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 2. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link) for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses will be available no later than Monday, May 11. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2015 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 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 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 (Business Organizations, Property, Criminal Law, and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2015 Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2015 classes closed last week. The registration system will reopen on Tuesday, May 5, 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 5. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 4, at 11:50pm.

The final Fall 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay (for the print copies, the schedule and the grids are attached to the Registration Bulletin).

Schedule Changes/Additions. 

The following course has been added to the Fall schedule:

Law of Data Privacy (192-51; 2 credits; Prof. Prewitt): Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm. Course description: The proliferation of electronic data recording personal information has prompted extensive legislative and enforcement activity at both the federal and state level. This course will provide an introduction to the principal federal statutes protecting consumer and patient data, data breach notification laws, enforcement by federal and state agencies, and current trends in class action data privacy litigation.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2015 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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. What do you call a napping bull? A bulldozer!


Week of April 27, 2015

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 1 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 2 - Tuesday, May 5 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 6 - Friday, May 15

Fall 2015 Registration. 

Final Fall 2015 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Fall 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay (for the print copies, the schedule and the grids are attached to the Registration Bulletin).

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Saturday, April 25, at 9:00am through Wednesday, April 29, 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 2015 will open on Tuesday, May 5, at 9:00amTo learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Tuesday, May 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after May 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2015 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 2015 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. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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/Sunday: 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.

Exams Method Notices. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Deadline for Revoking Pass/Fail Elections. The deadline for revoking pass/fail elections for the Spring semester is Friday, May 1, at 5:00pm.

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 2015 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. Why does Humpty Dumpty love autumn? Because he had a great fall!


Week of April 20, 2015

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

Last day of classes: Friday, May 1 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 2 - Tuesday, May 5 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 6 - Friday, May 15

Summer 2015 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2015 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 2, at 11:50 pm -- unless otherwise noted in the Summer schedule, 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 2015 Registration. 

Prelminary Fall 2015 Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2015 semester is available on the Fall 2015 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 2015 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Fall 2015 Registration Bulletin will be issued on Wednesday, April 22. It will contain the final schedule, exam dates, course and exam grids, registration instructions, and academic information and regulations. A preliminary Spring 2016 schedule will also be issued prior to the start of Fall 2015 registration.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Saturday, April 25, at 9:00am through Wednesday, April 29, 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 2015 will open on Tuesday, May 5, at 9:00amTo learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Tuesday, May 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after May 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2015 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 2015 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. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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.

•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/Sunday: 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.

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.

Exams Method Notices. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Deadline for Revoking Pass/Fail Elections. The deadline for revoking pass/fail elections for the Spring semester is Friday, May 1, at 5:00pm.

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 2015 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 13, 2015

Summer 2015 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are availble by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes started on Thursday, April 9, and continues through Tuesday, April 14, at 11:50 pm. To register, go to the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page and click on the Online Registration link.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. 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 17. 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 17 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 17. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 2, at 11:50 pm.

Summer I.P. Writing Class. From Prof. Ed Lee: The Summer I.P. Writing Class is open to current first-year and second-year students. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a topic in intellectual property law. Students who wish to publish a note with a law review are encouraged to apply. Law firms value a published student note on the resume. No prior experience with IP law is required. The class is expected to meet once a week at a time so as not to conflict with any of the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail). For more information and submission of your application, email Prof. Patrick Goold at pgoold@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Spring 2015 Final Exams.


Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you have not received a response to your request, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu). 

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

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2015 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 13.

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.

Trial Team Tryouts. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team is holding tryouts for first-year students, and upper-level students who are not graduating this year, on April 8 at 5:00pm in the Marovitz Courtroom. No sign-up is necessary. Tryouts involve preparing, for either side of the State v. Robert Duffie case, a 3-5 minute opening statement; a 10-5 question direct examination; a 10-15 question cross examination; and a 3-5 minute closing argument. Case packets for State v. Robert Duffie with instructions can be found in the Marovitz Courtroom, in the third-floor elevator bay, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). If you have any questions, please email Ana Montelongo at amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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

Joke of the week. Elevators don't break down - they just turn into stairs!



Week of April 6, 2015

Summer 2015 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are availble by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 9, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 14, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 9, go to the Summer 2015 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 17. 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 17 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 17. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 2, at 11:50 pm.

Summer I.P. Writing Class. From Prof. Ed Lee: The Summer I.P. Writing Class is open to current first-year and second-year students. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a topic in intellectual property law. Students who wish to publish a note with a law review are encouraged to apply. Law firms value a published student note on the resume. No prior experience with IP law is required. The class is expected to meet once a week at a time so as not to conflict with any of the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail). For more information and submission of your application, email Prof. Patrick Goold at pgoold@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Spring 2015 Final Exams.


Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you have not received a response to your request, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu). 

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

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2015 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 13.

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.

Trial Team Tryouts. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team is holding tryouts for first-year students, and upper-level students who are not graduating this year, on April 8 at 5:00pm in the Marovitz Courtroom. No sign-up is necessary. Tryouts involve preparing, for either side of the State v. Robert Duffie case, a 3-5 minute opening statement; a 10-5 question direct examination; a 10-15 question cross examination; and a 3-5 minute closing argument. Case packets for State v. Robert Duffie with instructions can be found in the Marovitz Courtroom, in the third-floor elevator bay, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). If you have any questions, please email Ana Montelongo at amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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

10th Annual Silk Road Conference. Prominent representatives of the Central Asian diplomatic community, business community, and academia will return to Chicago to participate in the 10th Annual Silk Road Conference on Monday, April 27, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, in the Chicago-Kent Auditorium. The conference is organized by the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, a strategic alliance of professionals representing government, business, and academia from  nations along the Silk Road region; and is sponsored by Northern Illinois University. Chicago-Kent Students may attend for the special rate of $15. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please email Harry Lepinske at lepinske@sbcglobal.net and identify yourself as a Chicago-Kent student.

Joke of the week. How do babies break the law when they refuse to nap? They're resisting a rest!


Week of March 30, 2015

Spring 2015 Final Exams.


Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 25-April 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Thursday, April 2, 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 25-April 2. 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 Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Change of Division Requests: March 25-April 2. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2015 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2015 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available no later than Friday, April 3, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 9, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 14, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 9, go to the Summer 2015 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 17. 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 17 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 17. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 2, at 11:50 pm.

Trial Team Tryouts. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team is holding tryouts for first-year students, and upper-level students who are not graduating this year, on April 8 at 5:00pm in the Marovitz Courtroom. No sign-up is necessary. Tryouts involve preparing, for either side of the State v. Robert Duffie case, a 3-5 minute opening statement; a 10-5 question direct examination; a 10-15 question cross examination; and a 3-5 minute closing argument. Case packets for State v. Robert Duffie with instructions can be found in the Marovitz Courtroom, in the third-floor elevator bay, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). If you have any questions, please email Ana Montelongo at amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Lean Launchpad: Business Course Opportunity. IIT will be offering a Lean Launchpad course this summer. Students will learn about various aspect of starting a high-tech company, including dealing with customers, partners, and competitors. Students will work in small interdisciplinary teams (3-6 students) to develop a business model through articulating assumptions about their business and then testing those assumptions with potential customers. Students will talk to customers and partners, build a business model canvas, prototype their main product, and develop pitches to funders. Students must apply as teams and meet with the instructor before enrolling. Click here for more information about the class, including scheduling. If you may be interested in taking the course, please email both Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and Prof. Libby Hemphill (lhemphil@iit.edu).

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has set up a news rack on the west wall on the Concourse level with a limited number of free copies of the newspaper and its sister magazine, Chicago Lawyer. Chicago-Kent students can get free access to the online edition of the LawBulletin by registering at www.lawbulletin.com/students.

Electronic Discovery Program. The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery is sponsoring an event for law students on April 15, 2015, which will feature a screening of The Decade of Discovery, the story of a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, and a teacher who took a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier—and the attendant revolution in the way law is practiced and the government operates. The film (trailer here) charts their 10-year journey – and the surprising truths – they found.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of attorneys nationally recognized for their prominence in the field of eDiscovery. The panel will focus upon eDiscovery’s impact on the next decade and next generation of attorneys. The event will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago, and is free of charge.  Please register here: Registration Page.

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


Week of March 23, 2015

Spring 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 25-April 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Thursday, April 2, 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 25-April 2. 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 Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Change of Division Requests: March 25-April 2. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2015 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has set up a news rack on the west wall on the Concourse level with a limited number of free copies of the newspaper and its sister magazine, Chicago Lawyer. Chicago-Kent students can get free access to the online edition of the LawBulletin by registering at www.lawbulletin.com/students.

Electronic Discovery Program. The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery is sponsoring an event for law students on April 15, 2015, which will feature a screening of The Decade of Discovery, the story of a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, and a teacher who took a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier—and the attendant revolution in the way law is practiced and the government operates. The film (trailer here) charts their 10-year journey – and the surprising truths – they found.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of attorneys nationally recognized for their prominence in the field of eDiscovery. The panel will focus upon eDiscovery’s impact on the next decade and next generation of attorneys. The event will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago, and is free of charge.  Please register here: Registration Page.

Joke of the week. Here's a classic: "Doctor, I broke my arm in three places!" "Well, don't go to those places!"



Week of March 16, 2015

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 14, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 23.

Joke of the week. If I had a dime for every book I’ve ever read, I’d say, “Wow, that’s a strange coincidence.”


Week of March 9, 2015

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 14, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 23.

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 Thursday, March 12, 4:15-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). 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)
-Praxis
-Public Interest Law

Joke of the week. I hate it when people ask me what I'll be doing in 5 years. I don't have 2020 vision!


Week of March 2, 2015

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 14, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 23.

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 Thursday, March 12, 4:15-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). 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)
-Praxis
-Public Interest Law

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

Joke of the week. An optimist sees a glass as half full.  A pessimist sees a glass that's half empty.  An engineer sees a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be.


Week of February 23, 2015

Faculty-Student Happy Hour. The Student Life Committee is sponsoring a Faculty-Student Happy Hour on Thursday, February 26, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the First Floor Lobby. Stop by and enjoy appetizers, spirits, and conversation with faculty and students.

Jump Start Bar Preparation Programs for Graduating Students. [Message from Dean Krent and Asst. Dean Sowle:] As you may know, in the last couple years the passing percentage on the Illinois bar has been going down (as it has in many states). And now the Illinois bar examiners have announced plans to increase the required score to pass the bar exam beginning this summer. Although we are pleased that our graduates have performed well on the bar exam in recent years, we want to make sure this trend continues and that you, too, are successful.

To that end, we are offering graduating J.D. and LL.M. students the following jump start bar preparation opportunities free of charge, made possible by the generosity of BARBRI: (1) A bar preparation course (no-credit) that will meet six times over the course of the semester, starting on March 4; and (2) two Sunday bar preparation workshops further enhancing the skills you need for the three distinctly different parts of the bar exam. Details about these programs are available by clicking here.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities whether you plan on taking the bar in Illinois or in another state. Please note that these programs are intended to help give you a jump-start on bar preparation, not as a replacement for a full-fledged bar review course, which we strongly encourage you to register for now, if you have not already done so. Additionally, by attending the weekend workshops and/or the preparation course you will receive a Conviser Grant of $100 towards your BARBRI Bar Review Course ($200 if you attend both).

If you are interested in signing up for the workshops and/or the bar preparation course, please do so by clicking here. The deadline for signing up is Tuesday, February 24.

Finally, we encourage you to minimize work or other commitments during the period in which you are studying for the bar exam after graduation.

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


Week of February 16, 2015

Additional Fall 2014 CALI Winners. Congratulations to the following students for earning CALI Awards this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Energy Law (Prof. Tarlock): Philip M. Musolf
-Pretrial Litigation (Prof. Leader): Lauren M. Gonzalez
-Securities Reg. (Prof. Tucker): Yuan Zhou and Kevin D. Erker

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into 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. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here

Paris II Study Abroad Program. The deadline for Chicago-Kent's study abroad application with Pantheon-Assas Paris II University is March 1, 2015. Students who complete the yearlong program will graduate with an LL.M. in European Law from Paris II in addition to their J.D. from Chicago-Kent (Note: there is an additional fee for this program). More information can be found by clicking here.  If you have any questions, please contact Britney Macdonald at bmacdonald@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Joke of the week. 
A guy calls his doctor and says, "Doc, I broke my arm in two places!  What should I do?"  The doctor replies, "Well, I certainly wouldn't go back to either of those places."


Week of February 9, 2015

Fall 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 Fall 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. There will be a luncheon early next Fall for all 2014-2015 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Fall 2014 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2014 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2014" 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 2014 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2014 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 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into 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.

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.

Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards: Call for Nominations. [From the IIT Office of Spiritual Life, Diversity, and Service:] The Office of Spiritual Life, Diversity, and Service is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards. No other IIT member embraces the immediacy of the civil rights movement quite like Sheldon H. Nahmod, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. His amazing work in supporting civil rights inspires us all. As a result, we would like to honor members of the Illinois Institute of Technology Community who are working to positively impact their communities and effect change.

Eligibility is limited to current members of the IIT community — students, student organizations, IPROs, faculty, and staff. You can read more about eligibility and nomination criteria here. The following categories are open to students, student organizations, IPROs, faculty and staff:

Social Action
This award recognizes outstanding commitment to the promotion of positive change and development has had a progressive impact on their community.

Social Justice
This award honors and spotlights those who continuously and effectively fight inequality within their schools and community.

Vision
This award is given to those who envision and work toward implementing change by breaking down barriers of race, class, gender, and sexuality and that promotes unity through diversity.

To nominate a student, student organization, IPRO, faculty or staff member, please fill out this form. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, February 12. Please contact Lynne Meyer, director of diversity, spiritual life, and service, at diversity@iit.edu with any questions.

Cost of Living Survey: Student Input Requested. [From the Chicago-Kent Office of Financial Aid:] Please help the Office of Financial Aid by completing this confidential survey to determine how much living expense funds a student may receive. It is important that we receive all student input by February 10th so that financial aid applicants can receive the most accurate Cost of Attendance budget for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information provided will be used in conjunction with other sources to determine the average cost of each budget item. The cost of attendance budget is comprised of tuition and living expenses. Students cannot receive financial aid over the cost of attendance budget. That is why completing this survey is very important. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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


Week of February 2, 2015

Fall 2014 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2014 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2014" 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 2014 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2014 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 3, 2015. 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 3, 11:00pm.

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 3, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into 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.

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. The petition form itself is available by clicking here. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Monday, February 2. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Business Law Certificate Program
. Students graduating in May 2015 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit an Application for the Certificate by February 2, 2015. Other students interested in pursuing the Certificate should submit a Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law by February 20, 2015. Some courses give registration priority to Business Law Certificate students who have filed a Notice of Intent by that date. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) The Program’s requirements and forms are available 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.

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:) 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

July 2015 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
 Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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.

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 Saturday, March 28, 2015. You may register online by clicking here. The regular registration deadline for applying for the March exam is February 5 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 12). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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


Week of January 26, 2015

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 3, 2015. 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 3, 11:00pm.

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 3, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into 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 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to Academic Policies. The faculty recently adopted two changes to academic policy:

•Recording of Classes: The policy on the recording of classes has been revised to expand the circumstances in which students may record classes. The new policy is:

"Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty in charge of the class and reasonable notice to all those in attendance. The faculty member in charge of the class is permitted but not required to impose additional reasonable conditions on recording, including, but not limited to, consent of the entire class and a prohibition on posting the recording on the internet or through any forms of social media." (Student Handbook §9.3) The prior policy required consent of all persons present before recording was permitted.

•Eligibility of Pass/Fail Students for CALI Award: Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible for the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in the professor's discretion:

"Students taking a class pass/fail are eligible for the CALI award, in the discretion of the professor." (Student Handbook §6.16) The prior policy prohibited pass/fail students from receiving the CALI Award.

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. The petition form itself is available by clicking here. Petitions to participate in the Spring Semester are due on Monday, February 2. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Business Law Certificate Program
. Students graduating in May 2015 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit an Application for the Certificate by February 2, 2015. Other students interested in pursuing the Certificate should submit a Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law by February 20, 2015. Some courses give registration priority to Business Law Certificate students who have filed a Notice of Intent by that date. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) The Program’s requirements and forms are available 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.

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:) 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.

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

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

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

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

July 2015 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
 Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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.

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 Saturday, March 28, 2015. You may register online by clicking here. The regular registration deadline for applying for the March exam is February 5 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 12). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of January 19, 2015

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 19.
 Classes will not be held on Monday, January 19, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 20). Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 19. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 18 (10:00-5:00), the Library will be closed that day.

Acessing Your Fall 2014 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. Exams ended on Friday, December 19, so all Fall grades should be in by Friday, January 23. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Passes for Spring 2015. 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 20 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 15 (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 3, 2015. 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.

Spring 2015 Semester Information. The Spring 2015 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 2015 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 3, 11:00pm.

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 3, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into 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.

2014-2015 Academic Calendar

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 upper-level 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 2015 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.

Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits upper-level 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to Academic Policies. The faculty recently adopted two changes to academic policy:

•Recording of Classes: The policy on the recording of classes has been revised to expand the circumstances in which students may record classes. The new policy is:

"Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty in charge of the class and reasonable notice to all those in attendance. The faculty member in charge of the class is permitted but not required to impose additional reasonable conditions on recording, including, but not limited to, consent of the entire class and a prohibition on posting the recording on the internet or through any forms of social media." (Student Handbook §9.3) The prior policy required consent of all persons present before recording was permitted.

•Eligibility of Pass/Fail Students for CALI Award: Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible for the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in the professor's discretion:

"Students taking a class pass/fail are eligible for the CALI award, in the discretion of the professor." (Student Handbook §6.16) The prior policy prohibited pass/fail students from receiving the CALI Award.

Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least 12 hours in the Fall, regardless of their division, were automatically billed $1,159 for student health insurance for the entire year, unless they submitted and were approved for a waiver. 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 $698 for Spring semester coverage.

You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form by January 26, 2015. 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, 2015, and your student account will be refunded for the Spring portion. 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, 2015. 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, go to http://www.iit.edu/shwc/insurance.

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 academic 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, go to http://www.iit.edu/shwc/insurance. Students must enroll by January 26, 2015.

Business Law Certificate Program. Students graduating in May 2015 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit an Application for the Certificate by February 2, 2015. Other students interested in pursuing the Certificate should submit a Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law by February 20, 2015. Some courses give registration priority to Business Law Certificate students who have filed a Notice of Intent by that date. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here.

Academic Calendar for 2015-2016. The academic calendar for next academic year (2015-2016) is available here.

IIT Policy on Firearms and Weapons on Campus. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) 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.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).

July 2015 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
 Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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.

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 Saturday, March 28, 2015. You may register online by clicking here. The regular registration deadline for applying for the March exam is February 5 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 12). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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.


FALL 2014

Week of December 15, 2014

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 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 19. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Assuming you will be enrolled for the Spring semester, your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 20 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break, but you will need to add funds to the card (as with a regular Ventra card). Go to the CTA's Ventra site for more information on adding funds to your card. For more information about how theVentra U-Pass functions when school is out of session, go to the CTA's U-Pass site. If you have questions or problems, you may contact Ventra Customer Service at the CTA's Ventra site or by calling 877-669-8368.

The CTA has asked us to remind students that the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card. Upon confiscation, a student will not be eligible for another U-Pass until Fall 2015.

Spring 2015 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2015 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, January 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2015 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 2015 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2015 classes closed on December 2. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 5, for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Spring add/drop period, which will extend through Tuesday, February 3, at 11:00pm. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide link.

•Changes to Schedule. Please note the following changes, corrections, additions, and cancellation. A revised version of the schedule incorporating these changes has been posted on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page.

Changes/Corrections:

-ADR in the Workplace (427-01) (intensive class): Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Labor and Employment Law Certificate.

-Madrid System for Int'l Registration of Marks (287-01) (intensive class): This class will meet 9:00-12:00 noon each day from Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16 (previously, the precise hours each day had not been determined).

-Semester Law Firm Associate Program (570-01): The class session for this externship will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:30pm (not 4:00-4:55pm).

-Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law (169-01): If you enroll in the course and later decide not to take it, you must drop it no later than Wednesday, January 7, or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Praxis Certificate.

-Strategies in Intellectual Property (309-81): This course was previously listed as open only to I.P. Certificate students. It is now open also to non-Certificate students who have taken at least one I.P. course and receive permission from Prof. Schwartz. It is also open to LL.M. students with permission of Prof. Schwartz.

-Trial Advocacy 1 (Friday morning section): The course number for this section is 555-02 (not 555-01).

Additions:

Futures and Derivatives Law and Regulation (2 credits)
167-51
Prof. Ann Cresce
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
Exam: Thurs., 5/7/14, 6:00pm
Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the law governing the futures and derivatives markets.  Topics include the history of the futures markets and their regulation, the mechanics of trading and clearing futures and other derivatives instruments, the use of these markets for hedging, speculation and price discovery, the organization of contract and derivative markets and the dramatic and on-going reforms called for by the Dodd-Frank Act and the practical application of related regulations.

Intellectual Property Law Survey (3 credits)
148-81
Prof. Xiang
Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:00-5:25pm
Exam: Sat., 5/9/14, 1:15pm
Description: This course provides a basic general overview of major U.S. intellectual property laws: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. It explores (1) the historic development, underlying policies, and fundamental concepts of these laws, and (2) how these laws interrelate and interact with each other.  The course may include a simulation project where students learn to assess the patentability of an invention, assert a claim over own creative content, and/or protect a trademark or a trade secret.  If time allows, we may also discuss the current hot issues in these laws and/or these laws' interactions with international intellectual property law regimes. This course is especially well-suited for students who do not necessarily want to practice in intellectual property, but who want some familiarity with I.P. laws given their importance for businesses.  No science or technical background is required. No prior I.P. course is required or expected. This course is not open to students who have taken two or more I.P. courses such as courses in Patents, Copyrights, or Trademarks & Unfair Competition. However, students who take this class will be allowed to take these and any other I.P. courses later if they wish.

Madrid System for International Registration of Marks (1 credit)
287-01
Prof. Mariano Municoy
The class will meet Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16, for three hours each day; the exact times will be announced later. There will be a take-home exam early in the Spring semester.
Description: There is no prerequisite for this class. The class will analyze what is currently known as the “Madrid System” for the international registration of marks (the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1891 and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement adopted in 1989). The procedures to achieve the registration and maintenance of a mark in the International Register administered by WIPO will be reviewed in detail as well as the relationship of the Madrid System with other international IP agreements. Additionally, the factors to be considered when assessing the pros and cons of using the Madrid System instead of the alternatives (national or regional registration systems) will also be covered.

U.S. Supreme Court Theory and Practice (2 credits)
147-01
Prof. Michael Scodro
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
No final exam
Description: This class examines many facets of the U.S. Supreme Court, including practice before the Court at the certiorari and merits stages, oral argument, the methods by which the Court processes cases, and popular and scholarly debates over the Court’s role. In addition to class participation, students are graded on a legal brief (generally 15-25 pages in length) and on their performance in a moot court.

Cancellation:

International Patent Law: This course/seminar has been canceled due to lack of enrollment.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule and your exam number, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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.

•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.

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.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. 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.

Please note that SofTest does not work on all operation systems. In addition, all students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Please go to the Information Technology Services' exam information page for detailed information on using SofTest, including downloading and updating instructions.

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: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Certificate in Business Law. Students in the Business Law certificate program who will graduate in May 2015 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, 2015. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

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


Week of December 8, 2014

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule and your exam number, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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.

•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.

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.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. 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.

Please note that SofTest does not work on all operation systems. In addition, all students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Please go to the Information Technology Services' exam information page for detailed information on using SofTest, including downloading and updating instructions.

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: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

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

Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2015 classes closed on December 2. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 5, for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Spring add/drop period, which will extend through Tuesday, February 3, at 11:00pm. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide link.

•Changes to Schedule. Please note the following changes, corrections, additions, and cancellation. A revised version of the schedule incorporating these changes has been posted on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page.

Changes/Corrections:

-ADR in the Workplace (427-01) (intensive class): Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Labor and Employment Law Certificate.

-Madrid System for Int'l Registration of Marks (287-01) (intensive class): This class will meet 9:00-12:00 noon each day from Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16 (previously, the precise hours each day had not been determined).

-Semester Law Firm Associate Program (570-01): The class session for this externship will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:30pm (not 4:00-4:55pm).

-Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law (169-01): If you enroll in the course and later decide not to take it, you must drop it no later than Monday, December 22, or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Praxis Certificate.

-Strategies in Intellectual Property (309-81): This course was previously listed as open only to I.P. Certificate students. It is now open also to non-Certificate students who have taken at least one I.P. course and receive permission from Prof. Schwartz. It is also open to LL.M. students with permission of Prof. Schwartz.

-Trial Advocacy 1 (Friday morning section): The course number for this section is 555-02 (not 555-01).

Additions:

Futures and Derivatives Law and Regulation (2 credits)
167-51
Prof. Ann Cresce
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
Exam: Thurs., 5/7/14, 6:00pm
Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the law governing the futures and derivatives markets.  Topics include the history of the futures markets and their regulation, the mechanics of trading and clearing futures and other derivatives instruments, the use of these markets for hedging, speculation and price discovery, the organization of contract and derivative markets and the dramatic and on-going reforms called for by the Dodd-Frank Act and the practical application of related regulations.

Intellectual Property Law Survey (3 credits)
148-81
Prof. Xiang
Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:00-5:25pm
Exam: Sat., 5/9/14, 1:15pm
Description: This course provides a basic general overview of major U.S. intellectual property laws: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. It explores (1) the historic development, underlying policies, and fundamental concepts of these laws, and (2) how these laws interrelate and interact with each other.  The course may include a simulation project where students learn to assess the patentability of an invention, assert a claim over own creative content, and/or protect a trademark or a trade secret.  If time allows, we may also discuss the current hot issues in these laws and/or these laws' interactions with international intellectual property law regimes. This course is especially well-suited for students who do not necessarily want to practice in intellectual property, but who want some familiarity with I.P. laws given their importance for businesses.  No science or technical background is required. No prior I.P. course is required or expected. This course is not open to students who have taken two or more I.P. courses such as courses in Patents, Copyrights, or Trademarks & Unfair Competition. However, students who take this class will be allowed to take these and any other I.P. courses later if they wish.

Madrid System for International Registration of Marks (1 credit)
287-01
Prof. Mariano Municoy
The class will meet Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16, for three hours each day; the exact times will be announced later. There will be a take-home exam early in the Spring semester.
Description: There is no prerequisite for this class. The class will analyze what is currently known as the “Madrid System” for the international registration of marks (the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1891 and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement adopted in 1989). The procedures to achieve the registration and maintenance of a mark in the International Register administered by WIPO will be reviewed in detail as well as the relationship of the Madrid System with other international IP agreements. Additionally, the factors to be considered when assessing the pros and cons of using the Madrid System instead of the alternatives (national or regional registration systems) will also be covered.

U.S. Supreme Court Theory and Practice (2 credits)
147-01
Prof. Michael Scodro
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
No final exam
Description: This class examines many facets of the U.S. Supreme Court, including practice before the Court at the certiorari and merits stages, oral argument, the methods by which the Court processes cases, and popular and scholarly debates over the Court’s role. In addition to class participation, students are graded on a legal brief (generally 15-25 pages in length) and on their performance in a moot court.

Cancellation:

International Patent Law: This course/seminar has been canceled due to lack of enrollment.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 19. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Assuming you will be enrolled for the Spring semester, your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 20 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break, but you will need to add funds to the card (as with a regular Ventra card). Go to the CTA's Ventra site for more information on adding funds to your card. For more information about how theVentra U-Pass functions when school is out of session, go to the CTA's U-Pass site. If you have questions or problems, you may contact Ventra Customer Service at the CTA's Ventra site or by calling 877-669-8368.

The CTA has asked us to remind students that the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card. Upon confiscation, a student will not be eligible for another U-Pass until Fall 2015.

Academic Calendar for 2015-2016. The academic calendar for next academic year (2015-2016), as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

Certificate in Business Law. Students in the Business Law certificate program who will graduate in May 2015 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, 2015. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

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


Week of December 1, 2014

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

Monday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 2: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 3: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 5: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 9. Exams start on Wednesday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 19.

Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration.
 

Final Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

•Changes to Schedule. Please note the following changes, corrections, additions, and cancellation. A revised version of the schedule incorporating these changes has been posted on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page.

Changes/Corrections:

-ADR in the Workplace (427-01) (intensive class): Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Labor and Employment Law Certificate.

-Madrid System for Int'l Registration of Marks (287-01) (intensive class): This class will meet 9:00-12:00 noon each day from Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16 (previously, the precise hours each day had not been determined).

-Semester Law Firm Associate Program (570-01): The class session for this externship will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:30pm (not 4:00-4:55pm).

-Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law (169-01): If you enroll in the course and later decide not to take it, you must drop it no later than Monday, December 22, or you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student takes your seat. Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Praxis Certificate.

-Strategies in Intellectual Property (309-81): This course was previously listed as open only to I.P. Certificate students. It is now open also to non-Certificate students who have taken at least one I.P. course and receive permission from Prof. Schwartz. It is also open to LL.M. students with permission of Prof. Schwartz.

-Trial Advocacy 1 (Friday morning section): The course number for this section is 555-02 (not 555-01).

Additions:

Futures and Derivatives Law and Regulation (2 credits)
167-51
Prof. Ann Cresce
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
Exam: Thurs., 5/7/14, 6:00pm
Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the law governing the futures and derivatives markets.  Topics include the history of the futures markets and their regulation, the mechanics of trading and clearing futures and other derivatives instruments, the use of these markets for hedging, speculation and price discovery, the organization of contract and derivative markets and the dramatic and on-going reforms called for by the Dodd-Frank Act and the practical application of related regulations.

Intellectual Property Law Survey (3 credits)
148-81
Prof. Xiang
Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:00-5:25pm
Exam: Sat., 5/9/14, 1:15pm
Description: This course provides a basic general overview of major U.S. intellectual property laws: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. It explores (1) the historic development, underlying policies, and fundamental concepts of these laws, and (2) how these laws interrelate and interact with each other.  The course may include a simulation project where students learn to assess the patentability of an invention, assert a claim over own creative content, and/or protect a trademark or a trade secret.  If time allows, we may also discuss the current hot issues in these laws and/or these laws' interactions with international intellectual property law regimes. This course is especially well-suited for students who do not necessarily want to practice in intellectual property, but who want some familiarity with I.P. laws given their importance for businesses.  No science or technical background is required. No prior I.P. course is required or expected. This course is not open to students who have taken two or more I.P. courses such as courses in Patents, Copyrights, or Trademarks & Unfair Competition. However, students who take this class will be allowed to take these and any other I.P. courses later if they wish.

Madrid System for International Registration of Marks (1 credit)
287-01
Prof. Mariano Municoy
The class will meet Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16, for three hours each day; the exact times will be announced later. There will be a take-home exam early in the Spring semester.
Description: There is no prerequisite for this class. The class will analyze what is currently known as the “Madrid System” for the international registration of marks (the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1891 and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement adopted in 1989). The procedures to achieve the registration and maintenance of a mark in the International Register administered by WIPO will be reviewed in detail as well as the relationship of the Madrid System with other international IP agreements. Additionally, the factors to be considered when assessing the pros and cons of using the Madrid System instead of the alternatives (national or regional registration systems) will also be covered.

U.S. Supreme Court Theory and Practice (2 credits)
147-01
Prof. Michael Scodro
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
No final exam
Description: This class examines many facets of the U.S. Supreme Court, including practice before the Court at the certiorari and merits stages, oral argument, the methods by which the Court processes cases, and popular and scholarly debates over the Court’s role. In addition to class participation, students are graded on a legal brief (generally 15-25 pages in length) and on their performance in a moot court.

Cancellation:

International Patent Law: This course/seminar has been canceled due to lack of enrollment.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 2, 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 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Registration for First-Year Students. First-year Day Division students should register for Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 for the Spring semester. (Please be careful to register for the Civil Procedure and Property classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.) For their final course, full-time Day Division students should also register for one of the "1L Your Way" options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts and Legal Writing 2; Evening Division students may also register for the evening section of Property, or may defer Property to the Summer 2015 term.

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and are selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed below. If you register for, but are not admitted into, an elective class, you will be able to register for Legislation or another available elective during the add/drop period. If you do not take Legislation in the Spring, you will be required to take it in Fall of your second year. You may also register for electives other than those listed above, if they fit into your schedule and you receive permission; contact Dean Sowle if you are interested in registering for such an elective.

Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.

The Clinical Rotation (2 credits). We were able to accept all students who applied for the Clinical Rotation, including those who applied after the initial deadline. We will notify you prior to the start of registration as to the specific rotations you were selected for.

An elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening. A second section of Business Organizations will be offered at 4:00. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule and your exam number, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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.

•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.

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. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for download.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion, Mac Lion, and Mac OS X "Yosemite" are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are not supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Academic Calendar for 2015-2016. The academic calendar for next academic year (2015-2016), as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

Certificate in Business Law. Students in the Business Law certificate program who will graduate in May 2015 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, 2015. Applications are available from Nicole Lechuga, outside room 827, or by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Week of November 24, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. Classes resume on Monday, December 1. The building will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday, November 28. Click here for information about building and Library hours over the weekend (scroll down to the Building and Library Hours section).

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

Monday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 2: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 3: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 5: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 9. Exams start on Wednesday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 19.

Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration.
 

Final Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

•Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes/corrections to the final schedule. A revised version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide page.

Corrections:

-ADR in the Workplace (427-01) (intensive class): Priority for this class will be given to students seeking the Labor and Employment Law Certificate.

-Semester Law Firm Associate Program (570-01): The class session for this externship will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:30pm (not 4:00-4:55pm).

-Trial Advocacy 1 (Friday morning section): The course number for this section is 555-02 (not 555-01).

Additions: We have added the following courses.

Madrid System for International Registration of Marks (1 credit)
287-01
Prof. Mariano Municoy
The class will meet Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16, for three hours each day; the exact times will be announced later. There will be a take-home exam early in the Spring semester.
Description: There is no prerequisite for this class. The class will analyze what is currently known as the “Madrid System” for the international registration of marks (the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1891 and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement adopted in 1989). The procedures to achieve the registration and maintenance of a mark in the International Register administered by WIPO will be reviewed in detail as well as the relationship of the Madrid System with other international IP agreements. Additionally, the factors to be considered when assessing the pros and cons of using the Madrid System instead of the alternatives (national or regional registration systems) will also be covered.

U.S. Supreme Court Theory and Practice (2 credits)
147-01
Prof. Michael Scodro
Thursdays 6:00-7:50pm
No final exam
Description: This class examines many facets of the U.S. Supreme Court, including practice before the Court at the certiorari and merits stages, oral argument, the methods by which the Court processes cases, and popular and scholarly debates over the Court’s role. In addition to class participation, students are graded on a legal brief (generally 15-25 pages in length) and on their performance in a moot court.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 2, 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 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Registration for First-Year Students. First-year Day Division students should register for Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 for the Spring semester. (Please be careful to register for the Civil Procedure and Property classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.) For their final course, full-time Day Division students should also register for one of the "1L Your Way" options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts and Legal Writing 2; Evening Division students may also register for the evening section of Property, or may defer Property to the Summer 2015 term.

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and are selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed below. If you register for, but are not admitted into, an elective class, you will be able to register for Legislation or another available elective during the add/drop period. If you do not take Legislation in the Spring, you will be required to take it in Fall of your second year. You may also register for electives other than those listed above, if they fit into your schedule and you receive permission; contact Dean Sowle if you are interested in registering for such an elective.

Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.

The Clinical Rotation (2 credits). We were able to accept all students who applied for the Clinical Rotation, including those who applied after the initial deadline. We will notify you prior to the start of registration as to the specific rotations you were selected for.

An elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening. A second section of Business Organizations will be offered at 4:00. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason.

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

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Praxis Certificate Enrollment Still Open. The Praxis Certificate program is still accepting enrollment of second-year full time students, and second-year and third-year part-time students. Students may enroll online up to January 20, 2015, by clicking here. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing an experiential course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students learn about some of the most important "practice competencies" of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. Click here for more details about the program requirements. If you have questions about the program, please contact Professor Maureen Aidasani (maidasan@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Teaching Assistant Applications for Spring 2015. We are soliciting applications from upper-level students for the following Spring 2015 Teaching Assistant positions:

Day Division
Civil Procedure (Prof. Steinman, Prof. Rosen, Prof. Laser)
Legislation (Dean Sowle)
Property (Prof. Perritt, Prof. Boni-Saenz, Prof. Stern, Prof. Baker)

Evening Division
Contracts (Prof. Rosado)
Property (Prof. Atuahene)

Click here for more information on being a Teaching Assistant and for the application form. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 26.

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. I remember the first time I saw a universal remote control. I thought to myself, "this changes everything!"


Week of November 17, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. Classes resume on Monday, December 1. The building will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday, November 28. Click here for information about building and Library hours over the weekend (scroll down to the Building and Library Hours section).

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

Monday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 2: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 3: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-ups)
Thursday, December 4: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 5: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 9. Exams start on Wednesday, December 10 and end on Friday, December 19.

Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration. 

Final Spring 2015 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Thursday, 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 Tuesday, November 25, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 2, 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 5. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Registration for First-Year Students. First-year Day Division students should register for Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 for the Spring semester. (Please be careful to register for the Civil Procedure and Property classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.) For their final course, full-time Day Division students should also register for one of the "1L Your Way" options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts and Legal Writing 2; Evening Division students may also register for the evening section of Property, or may defer Property to the Summer 2015 term.

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and are selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed below. If you register for, but are not admitted into, an elective class, you will be able to register for Legislation or another available elective during the add/drop period. If you do not take Legislation in the Spring, you will be required to take it in Fall of your second year. You may also register for electives other than those listed above, if they fit into your schedule and you receive permission; contact Dean Sowle if you are interested in registering for such an elective.

Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.

The Clinical Rotation (2 credits). We were able to accept all students who applied for the Clinical Rotation. We will notify you prior to the start of registration as to the specific rotations you were selected for.

An elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening, as will a second section of Business Organizations. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason.

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

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Teaching Assistant Applications for Spring 2015. We are soliciting applications from upper-level students for the following Spring 2015 Teaching Assistant positions:

Day Division
Civil Procedure (Prof. Steinman, Prof. Rosen, Prof. Laser)
Legislation (Dean Sowle)
Property (Prof. Perritt, Prof. Boni-Saenz, Prof. Stern, Prof. Baker)

Evening Division
Contracts (Prof. Rosado)
Property (Prof. Atuahene)

Click here for more information on being a Teaching Assistant and for the application form. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 26.

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. "I suffer from two phobias: (1) Phobia-phobia -- the fear you're unable to get scared, and (2) Xylophataquieopiaphobia -- the fear of not pronouncing words correctly." (Brad Stine)


Week of November 10, 2014

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.

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.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason.

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

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

1L Your Way. Full-time first-year students will be able to choose an elective class or Clinical Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term).

Full-time students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.?

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening, as will a second section of Business Organizations. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.?

Taking the new Clinical Rotation (2 credits). Click here for more information about the Clinical Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinical Rotation are due no later than Friday, November 14. Although we expect to have sufficient spots to accommodate all students who wish to do the Clinical Rotation, we will conduct a lottery to select the students if demand exceeds our expectations. If a lottery is necessary, we will give preference to students who decided to attend Chicago-Kent earlier in the admissions process (as announced on the Admissions website during the admissions process). Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

Registration for Spring classes will take place later this month; the final Spring class schedule will be issued the week of November 17, along with registration instructions. A copy of the preliminary Spring schedule is available by clicking here (there will be some additions and changes before it is finalized). During the registration period, you will register for your required Spring courses (Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2), as well as one of the above options (Legislation; an elective; or the Clinical Rotation).

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Spring 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2015 prelminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2014 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule during the week of November 17.

Joke of the Week. If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving probably isn't for you.

Week of November 3, 2014

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 3:00-4:00 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 370). 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. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Change of Division Requests: October 23 - November 3.
 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 23. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 23-November 3. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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

Exams Method Registration: October 23-November 3. 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, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

1L Your Way. Full-time first-year students will be able to choose an elective class or Clinical Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term).

Full-time students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.?

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening, as will a second section of Business Organizations. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.?

Taking the new Clinical Rotation (2 credits). Click here for more information about the Clinical Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinical Rotation are due no later than Friday, November 14. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places in the Rotation, we will conduct a lottery to select the students.? Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

Registration for Spring classes will take place later this month; the final Spring class schedule will be issued the week of November 17, along with registration instructions. A copy of the preliminary Spring schedule is available by clicking here (there will be some additions and changes before it is finalized). During the registration period, you will register for your required Spring courses (Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2), as well as one of the above options (Legislation; an elective; or the Clinical Rotation).

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Spring 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2015 prelminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2014 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule during the week of November 17.

Joke of the Week. People are making apocalypse jokes like there's no tomorrow.

Week of October 27, 2014

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 3:00-4:00 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 370). 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. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 23-November 3. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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

Exams Method Registration: October 23-November 3. 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, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Change of Division Requests: October 23 - November 3. 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 23. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year.

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the big paddle sale? It was quite an ordeal!

Week of October 20, 2014

Flu Shots. IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, October 20, 3:00-6:00 pm, in Rm. C20. Shots will cost $20. Payment should be made ahead of time by clicking here (please bring your receipt with you). Any student who has the IIT Aetna Student Health Insurance does not need to pay for the flu shot. Although faculty and staff do have to pay the fee if they get the shot here, you can avoid the fee, if you have the university's Blue Cross/Blue Shield health coverage, by going to any in-network provider (e.g., many local pharmacies accept the university insurance).  

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 23-November 3. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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

Exams Method Registration: October 23-November 3. 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, October 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pm.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Change of Division Requests: October 23 - November 3. 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 23. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 3, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year.

New Praxis Certificate Program: Information Session on October 21. Professor Maureen Aidasani will be holding an information session on the new Praxis Certificate program on Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 580.  Pizza will be served. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing an experiential course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students will learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs.

The Praxis Certificate program is now open for enrollment to all second-year full-time students, and second-year and third-year part-time students.  Students may enroll online at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/praxis-program/enrollment, or contact Professor Aidasani (maidasan@kentlaw.iit.edu) with questions.

Joke of the Week. "Why do they call it a 'building'? It looks like they're finished. Why isn't it a 'built'?" (Jerry Seinfeld)

Week of October 13, 2014

New Praxis Certificate Program: Enrollment Form Now Available. The new Praxis Certificate program is now open for enrollment to second-year full-time students, and to second-year and third-year part-time students.  Professor Maureen Aidasani will be holding information sessions for students interested in learning more about the program. These optional sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:00 pm in Rm. C40, and Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 580. Refreshments will be served.

The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students will learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. Full-time students must enroll no later than the beginning of their fourth full semester of law school; part-time students must enroll by the beginning of their third year.  Eligible students may enroll online at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/praxis-program/enrollment. Separate information sessions will be held for first-year students in the Spring 2015 semester. Please contact Professor Aidasani (maidasan@kentlaw.iit.edu) if you have any questions.

Joke of the Week. An expectant father calls the hospital, panicked: "My wife just went into labor!" "Is this her first child?" "No, this is her husband!"


Week of October 6, 2014

New Praxis Certificate Program. Professor Maureen Aidasani will be holding information sessions for second-year full-time students, and for second-year and third-year part-time students, interested in enrolling in the new Praxis Certificate Program. These optional sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:00 pm in Rm. C40, and Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 580.  Refreshments will be served.

The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students will learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. Full-time students must enroll no later than the beginning of their fourth full semester of law school; part-time students must enroll by the beginning of their third year. For more information, visit: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/praxis-program. Separate information sessions will be held for first-year students in the Spring 2015 semester. Please contact Professor Aidasani (maidasan@kentlaw.iit.edu) if you have any questions.

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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.

1L Your Way. As announced last year, full-time first-year students will be able to choose an elective class or Clinical Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term).

Full-time students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course).

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Patent Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). With the exception of International Law, which will be offered in the evening, all of these courses will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). Some additional classes may be added to the list, and students may petition to take other elective classes that fit their schedules (petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the professors teaching the courses). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students.

Taking the new Clinical Rotation (see the description below).

Students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. For the Clinical Rotation, an application will be due prior to Spring registration (we will give ample notice of when and how to apply). If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places in the Rotation, we will conduct a lottery to select the students. In addition, depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take one of the designated electives classes, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students. To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. (As noted below, the Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.)

Clinical Rotation Description: The Clinical Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. Based on the medical school model, the intensive clinical rotation matches first-year students with a trio of faculty practitioners, allowing students to immerse themselves in several practice areas and to learn the diverse skills demanded. Students enrolled in the rotation will spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, shadowing them as they work and taking part in virtually every phase of the cases they handle. Practice areas include civil litigation, criminal defense, employment law, entrepreneurial law, tax and probate law, health and disability law, and family law. Students will participate in legal and factual research, client interviews, document drafting, discovery review, administrative hearings and negotiations, trial strategy sessions, court appearances, and motion calls. The Clinical Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Joke of the Week. I dreamt about mufflers last night - I woke up exhausted.


Week of September 29, 2014

1L Your Way. As announced last year, full-time first-year students will be able to choose an elective class or Clinical Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term).

Full-time students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course).

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Patent Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). With the exception of International Law, which will be offered in the evening, all of these courses will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). Some additional classes may be added to the list, and students may petition to take other elective classes that fit their schedules (petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the professors teaching the courses). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students.

Taking the new Clinical Rotation (see the description below).

Students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. For the Clinical Rotation, an application will be due prior to Spring registration (we will give ample notice of when and how to apply). If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places in the Rotation, we will conduct a lottery to select the students. In addition, depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take one of the designated electives classes, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. (As noted below, the Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.)

Clinical Rotation Description: The Clinical Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. Based on the medical school model, the intensive clinical rotation matches first-year students with a trio of faculty practitioners, allowing students to immerse themselves in several practice areas and to learn the diverse skills demanded. Students enrolled in the rotation will spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, shadowing them as they work and taking part in virtually every phase of the cases they handle. Practice areas include civil litigation, criminal defense, employment law, entrepreneurial law, tax and probate law, health and disability law, and family law. Students will participate in legal and factual research, client interviews, document drafting, discovery review, administrative hearings and negotiations, trial strategy sessions, court appearances, and motion calls. The Clinical Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Student/Faculty Happy Hour. The Student Life Committee is sponsoring a Faculty-Student Happy Hour on Thursday, October 2, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the First Floor Lobby. Stop by and enjoy appetizers, spirits, and conversation with faculty and students.

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, September 30, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590). 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. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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 an evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference. The 4th annual Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference will be held Friday, October 3, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Law School. For information on the conference, click here. To register (Chicago-Kent students may attend free of charge), click here. For more information, please contact Abby Eisenberg at Abby.eisenberg@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Joke of the Week. I dreamt about mufflers last night - I woke up exhausted.


Week of September 22, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Rosh Hashanah, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 24 (4:00 and after); and on Thursday, September 25 (all day and evening).

Student/Faculty Happy Hour. The Student Life Committee is sponsoring a Faculty-Student Happy Hour on Thursday, October 2, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the First Floor Lobby. Stop by and enjoy appetizers, spirits, and conversation with faculty and students.

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, September 30, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590). 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. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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 an evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference. The 4th annual Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference will be held Friday, October 3, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Law School. For information on the conference, click here. To register (Chicago-Kent students may attend free of charge), click here. For more information, please contact Abby Eisenberg at Abby.eisenberg@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Joke of the Week. "What time is it?" "I don't know, it keeps changing!"


Week of September 15, 2014

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Rosh Hashanah, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 24 (4:00 and after); and on Thursday, September 25 (all day and evening).

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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 may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

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 18, 3:30-5:30 pm in the 10th floor event room. They'll be serving up slices of Chicago pizza and local beers. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the people in the Library who are always eager to assist you with your research.

Institute for Compliance: Career Chat with Nayra Calderon Najera.
 
The Institute for Compliance invites all students to a series of informal discussions with alumni about careers in compliance. The next compliance chat will feature Nayra Calderon Najera and will be held Tuesday, September 16, 12:00 pm in Rm. 345. Lunch will be provided. Ms. Calderaon Najera is a Vice President and Regional Compliance Manager in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. She has been with Goldman Sachs since 2010 and is responsible for all compliance matters of the firm's Chicago Private Wealth Management office. The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community.

Family and Friends Day.
 This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, September 27, 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 Buccafusco, Walters, Warner, 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 19.

Constitution Day Observances. The Law School will be hosting two events in commemoration of Constitution Day.

*On Monday, September 15, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom, there will be a panel discussion on the topic of "The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution."  Panelists will include Sonja West of Georgia Law, RonNell Anderson Jones of BYU Law, and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Kent's own Prof. Carolyn Shapiro will be returning to campus to moderate the panel.

*On Wednesday, September 17, 3:00-4:00 pm in Rm. 520, Prof. Steven Heyman will give a lecture titled "Conservative Libertarianism and the Transformation of First Amendment Jurisprudence." Prof. Christopher Schmidt will offer a short comment on Prof. Heyman's lecture. This event is being organized by Chicago-Kent's student chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference. The 4th annual Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference will be held Friday, October 3, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Law School. For information on the conference, click here. To register (Chicago-Kent students may attend free of charge), click here. For more information, please contact Abby Eisenberg at Abby.eisenberg@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Joke of the Week. There's a group of thieves in town who are systematically shoplifting clothes in size order. The police say they're still at large.


Week of September 8, 2014

Family and Friends Day. This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, September 27, 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 Buccafusco, Walters, Warner, 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 19.

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.

Summer 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 Summer 2014 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Constitution Day Observances. The Law School will be hosting two events in commemoration of Constitution Day.

*On Monday, September 15, from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom, there will be a panel discussion on the topic of "The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution."  Panelists will include Sonja West of Georgia Law, RonNell Anderson Jones of BYU Law, and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Kent's own Prof. Carolyn Shapiro will be returning to campus to moderate the panel.

*On Wednesday, September 17, 3:00-4:00 pm in Rm. 520, Prof. Steven Heyman will give a lecture titled "Conservative Libertarianism and the Transformation of First Amendment Jurisprudence." Prof. Christopher Schmidt will offer a short comment on Prof. Heyman's lecture. This event is being organized by Chicago-Kent's student chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Institute on Compliance: Career Chat with Ron Gieseke. The Institute on Compliance invites all students to a series of informal discussions with alumni about careers in compliance. The next compliance chat will feature Ron Gieseke and will be held Monday, September 8, at 12:00 in Rm. 580. Lunch will be provided. Mr. Gieseke has been in -house counsel for Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years. He manages the corporate team at Ameren, an electric and natural gas utility with headquarters in St. Louis. His team is princiapply responsible for corporate compliance, governance, securities regulation, and finance. The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community.

Student Health Insurance Waiver Deadline Extended. Please note that the deadline to waiver the student health Insurance plan had been extend to Monday, September 15, 2014.  If you are currently enrolled in the plan and would like to waive, you may do so online here. As a reminder, all students who are registered for 12 or more credit hours or who are on an F1 or J1 visa are automatically enrolled in the plan.

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.

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 8, at 11:50pm (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 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. 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 2014 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 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 Monday, September 8, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

Joke of the Week. I decided to sell my vacuum cleaner. It was just collecting dust.


Week of September 1, 2014

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Classes are canceled on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, August 29
Building Hours 8:00 am – 9:45 pm 
Library 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 30 
Building Hours 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Library CLOSED

Sunday, August 31 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library CLOSED

Monday, September 1 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library Hours CLOSED

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.

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 up to two weeks. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310A. Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles. 

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

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 2, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590). 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 site.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had these workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590)

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

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

Illinois Bar Exam. The Illinois bar examiners have abolished their former procedure for first-year students to submit a registration application. Beginning with Fall 2014 law school entrants, you no longer have to file any documents until you actually apply for the bar exam during or shortly before your final year of law school. There will be information in the Record at that time about when and how to apply for the Illinois bar exam.

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 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 8, at 11:50pm (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 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections.
 Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. 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 2014 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 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 Monday, September 8, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

Business Law Certificate Program. [Message from Prof. Chapman:] Students in the Business Law Certificate Program who will graduate at the end of the current Fall 2014 semester should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by September 30, 2014. Other students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent of Pursue a Certificate in Business Law sometime during the semester to Nicole Lechuga outside room 827. The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here. If you have any questions about the program, please email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at hschpman@gmail.com.

Important information for Spring 2015 graduates. Securities Regulation is one of three courses absolutely required to earn the Certificate. It is offered this semester on Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 pm. At this time, the administration is not certain if it will be offered in the Spring semester. You should try to register for it this semester if you have not taken it yet.

February 2015 and July 2015 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2015 bar exam are due by September 1, 2014 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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 revised 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 Saturday, November 1, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 25). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of August 25, 2014

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Classes are canceled on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, August 29
Building Hours 8:00 am – 9:45 pm 
Library 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 30 
Building Hours 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Library CLOSED

Sunday, August 31 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library CLOSED

Monday, September 1 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library Hours CLOSED

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 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.
 IIT Alert is an emergency alert notification system that the university uses to broadcast important information via text, phone, and email in the event of severe weather or an ongoing situation that affects the safety of our campus communities. 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, at (312) 906-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu, or stop by 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 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.

Elizabeth Butler Kayla Higgins
Peter Cheun Gregory M. Huffman
Angelo J. Christopher Kyle J. Jacob
Stephanie Crigler Robert S. Jacobson
Dana Cronkite Justin Joffe
Katlyn A. DeBoer Gordon Klein
Joseph C. Deloney Maria C. Martin
Brian Dodds Matthew C. McElwee
Kevin Doran James McKay
Allison A. Evans Alexandra M. McNicholas
Beth L. Feller Ann C. Motto
Samantha Gaul Anna Onley
Gayathri Priya Gopalakrishnan Matthew Smart
Andrew Hemmer Michael J. Vignone
Hayleigh Herchenback Nicolette Ward
  Maria A. Zyskind

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 Law School policy, no recordings may be made without the consent of all of those present.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. Law School policy provides 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 2014-2015 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ. All students registered for at least 12 hours in the Fall semester (including intersession classes) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. A student registered for fewer than 12 credit hours, whether in the Day or Evening Division, will not be covered by student insurance, unless the student elects to obtain coverage. If you are making up an Incomplete, those credits will not count in determining whether you will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan.

To waive coverage, elect coverage, or enroll dependents, click here. The deadline for electing coverage, enrolling dependents, or waiving coverage is September 1, 2014. Important note: IIT 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.

The university has renegotiated student health insurance rates and benefits in response to the federal Affordable Care Act and other factors. The rates have increased, especially for family coverage. Click here for information from the central univeristy about the new rates and options for obtaining insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange. For those who need family coverage, you will likely find that obtaining coverage through the exchange will give you considerable savings. If you have any questions, please contact Melody McCray at 312-567-5866 or jack@iit.edu.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 14, 2014 to August 13, 2015. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health has 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 (click here for more information)
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At the 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

Meditation and Lactation Rooms. There are meditation and lactation rooms located in the Library. For more information, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5005.

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 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 (312) 567-8821.

Smoking Outside the Building. 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. I decided to sell my vacuum cleaner; it was just collecting dust.

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 questions 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 Wednesday, 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 2, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590). 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 site.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had these workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590)

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

ID and U-Pass Distribution. We will distribute Ventra U-Pass cards for first-year students in the full-time J.D. program on Monday, August 25, outside one of your classrooms. If you do not yet have your ID card, we will also make those available 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 Ventra U-Pass card valid from August 25 (the first day of classes) through December 19 (the end of Fall exams). You will keep your Ventra card until you graduate. The Ventra 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 at (312) 906-5282, come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Fall 2014 Semester Information. The Fall 2014 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 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academics & 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 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 Fall 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, and you may not defer the Equivalency Class to a future semester.

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).

Applications for Graduation.  J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Monday, September 8, 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.

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.

Bookstore Hours.

2014-2015 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 8, at 11:50pm (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 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. 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 2015 Preliminary Schedule. 
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2015 semester is available on the Fall 2014 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 2015 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 
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. 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 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 Monday, September 8, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

MBA Course on Creating and Financing New Tech Ventures.  The Stuart School of Business is offering a course entitled Creating and Financing New Tech Ventures and is inviting upper-level law students to take the class. The course (MBA 576-01) is three credits and will meet Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm. It will be taught by Thomas Mozer, a serial entrepreneur who, after starting four companies, has decided to devote his energy to teaching others about the process. The course will focus on the practical aspects of evaluating new technologies for their commercial potential. Students will interact directly with a number of leading researchers at IIT, assessing their technologies for their commercial potential, and with a number of entrepreneurs who have started their own companies. J.D. students interested in taking this course should contact Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) and Prof. Mozer (tmozer@stuart.iit.edu) with any questions.

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 (click here, then click on the "Spring 2014" 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 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.

Fall U-Passes. 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. Your current Ventra U-Pass card will be activated to work from Monday, August 25 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, December 19 (the last day of exams). If you have any questions or problems with respect to your U-Pass or your eligibility, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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 2015 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. Information about other opportunities to study abroad may be obtained from the office of Assistant Dean Edward Harris on the third floor.

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), by phone at (312) 906-5282, or by stopping by my office (320C).

February 2015 and July 2015 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2015 bar exam are due by September 1, 2014 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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 revised 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 Saturday, November 1, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 25). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.



Week of August 18, 2014

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair. 
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 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.
 IIT Alert is an emergency alert notification system that the university uses to broadcast important information via text, phone, and email in the event of severe weather or an ongoing situation that affects the safety of our campus communities. 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, at (312) 906-5005 or jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu, or stop by 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 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.

Elizabeth Butler Kayla Higgins
Peter Cheun Gregory M. Huffman
Angelo J. Christopher Kyle J. Jacob
Stephanie Crigler Robert S. Jacobson
Dana Cronkite Justin Joffe
Katlyn A. DeBoer Gordon Klein
Joseph C. Deloney Maria C. Martin
Brian Dodds Matthew C. McElwee
Kevin Doran James McKay
Allison A. Evans Alexandra M. McNicholas
Beth L. Feller Ann C. Motto
Samantha Gaul Anna Onley
Gayathri Priya Gopalakrishnan Matthew Smart
Andrew Hemmer Nicolette Ward
Hayleigh Herchenbach Maria A. Zyskind

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 Law School policy, no recordings may be made without the consent of all of those present.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. Law School policy provides 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 2014-2015 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ. All students registered for at least 12 hours in the Fall semester (including intersession classes) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. A student registered for fewer than 12 credit hours, whether in the Day or Evening Division, will not be covered by student insurance, unless the student elects to obtain coverage. If you are making up an Incomplete, those credits will not count in determining whether you will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan.

To waive coverage, elect coverage, or enroll dependents, click here. The deadline for electing coverage, enrolling dependents, or waiving coverage is September 1, 2014. Important note: IIT 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.

The university has renegotiated student health insurance rates and benefits in response to the federal Affordable Care Act and other factors. The rates have increased, especially for family coverage. Click here for information from the central univeristy about the new rates and options for obtaining insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange. For those who need family coverage, you will likely find that obtaining coverage through the exchange will give you considerable savings. If you have any questions, please contact Melody McCray at 312-567-5866 or jack@iit.edu.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 14, 2014 to August 13, 2015. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health has 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 (click here for more information)
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At the 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

Meditation and Lactation Rooms. There are meditation and lactation rooms located in the Library. For more information, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5005.

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 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 (312) 567-8821.

Smoking Outside the Building. 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: What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday? Answer: Aye Matey!

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 at (312) 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 Wednesday, 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 25 (the first day of classes) through December 19 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is uses the Ventra card, which you will keep until you graduate. The cards require activation each semester; 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 registered 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 at (312) 906-5282, come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Fall 2014 Semester Information. The Fall 2014 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 2014 Quick Guide link under "Academics & 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 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 Fall 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, and you may not defer the Equivalency Class to a future semester.

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).

Applications for Graduation.  J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Fall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Monday, September 8, 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.

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.

Bookstore Hours.

2014-2015 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 8, at 11:50pm (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 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. 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 2015 Preliminary Schedule. 
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2015 semester is available on the Fall 2014 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 2015 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 
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. 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 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 Monday, September 8, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

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 (click here, then click on the "Spring 2014" 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 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.

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), by phone at (312) 906-5282, or by stopping by my office (320C).

February 2015 and July 2015 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2015 bar exam are due by September 1, 2014 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE: Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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 revised 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 Saturday, November 1, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 25). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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