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Record Archives for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.


SUMMER 2017

Weeks of July 17 and July 24, 2017

Fall 2017 Exchange Programs.
Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law -- and now also with John Marshall Law School -- that permits upper-level Chicgo-Kent students to take designated courses at the other schools. See below for more information on each school's offerings. Students pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. 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 from me and from the director of the relevant certificate program.

•New Program with John Marshall Law School.
We are pleased to announce that John Marshall Law School now has an exchange program with Chicago-Kent. Click here for a list of John Marshall classes open to Chicago-Kent students for the Fall 2017 term.

•Courses Offered by Loyola and DePaul. As previously announced, click here for a list of Loyola classes open to Chicago-Kent students for the Fall 2017 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. (Please note: the DePaul list has been updated since it was first posted to add Outer Space and Enviornmental Sustainability.)

Fall 2017 IPMM Courses Open to J.D. Students. As previously announced, the following courses in the Intellectual Property Markets and Management program are available for J.D. students to take in the Fall semester. If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please contact Dean Sowle.

IPMM 500 - Protecting IP in the Context of Innovation in Business. This is a survey class in the IP Management and Markets program that covers all the IP regimes-- patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark--specifically as intangible assets in business from the moment of conception through its life.  It is co-taught by Prof. Piatt of the law faculty and Prof. Jeremy Alexis of the Insitute of Design.  It is an intensive 4-credit-hour course taught in early to mid August before the semester begins (August 7-18, 2017).  

IPMM 502 - Intellectual Asset Management and Assessing IP. This class covers the basic IAM methodologies, tools used in support, valuation methods generally, approaches used in industry, case studies, and overview of the intellectual asset management professions and industries.  It is a 3-credit-hour course scheduled for Tuesdays, 9:00-11:45 am, in the Fall semester.  

IPMM 503 - Acquiring IP. This IPMM program class examines various ways in which businesses acquire IP in addition to creating it on their own.  Subjects include licensing of all IP regimes, creation of business relationships (such as joint ventures, business acquisitions, subsidiary relationships), purchase of portfolios, among other subjects.  It provides opportunities to work with a number of different technologies.  This 3-credit-hour course is scheduled for Mondays, 5:00-7:50 pm, in the Fall semester. 

Notices to May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

Joke of the Week. I'm not passive-aggressive ... unlike some people I know!


Weeks of July 3 and July 10, 2017

Summer 2017 Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Numbers. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Summer 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, along with exam room assignments.

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 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.

•Exams on Computer.


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.

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 Summer 2017 exams.

· Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT  is not supported.

· Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT, Windows 10 S and Windows 10 Creators are NOT supported. (Note: For computers with Windows 10 Creator, there is a workaround. These instructions can be found by clicking here. Despite the available workaround it is advised NOT to update to Windows 10 Creator until after the exams.)

· Windows Surface Pro requirements: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).

· Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

· The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

· Your laptop power cord

· Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 
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.

Fall 2017 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 Fall 2017 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. (Please note: the DePaul list has been updated to add Outer Space and Enviornmental Sustainability.) 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 May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

Joke of the Week. Why do sharks live in salt water? Because pepper water makes them sneeze.


Weeks of July 3 and July 10, 2017

Spring 2017 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 recipients for Spring 2017 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 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2017 semester, and Spring 2017 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students -- go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2017" 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 2016 or Summer 2016 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.

GPA Cut-offs: The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2017 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 will be entering that information early this week.

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 for purposes of class rank. 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.

Fall 2017 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 Fall 2017 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 2017 Pass/Fail Revocations. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for all elective Summer courses is Thursday, July 13, at 5:00pm.

Summer 2017 Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Numbers. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Summer 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, along with exam room assignments.

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 either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

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

•Exam Method Notices.


Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the 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 Summer 2017 exams.

· Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT  is not supported.

· Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT, Windows 10 S and Windows 10 Creators are NOT supported. (Note: For computers with Windows 10 Creator, there is a workaround. These instructions can be found by clicking here. Despite the available workaround it is advised NOT to update to Windows 10 Creator until after the exams.)

· Windows Surface Pro requirements: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).

· Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

· The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

· Your laptop power cord

· Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 
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.

Notices to May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We have provided a Certification of Juris Doctorate certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every May 2017 graduate (except for those with outstanding balances owed to the school).

Bar Exams in Other States.  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. The invention of the shovel was groundbreaking, but the invention of the broom swept the nation.


Weeks of June 19 and June 26, 2017

Spring 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2017 semester, and Spring 2017 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students -- go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2017" 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 2016 or Summer 2016 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.

GPA Cut-offs: The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2017 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 will be entering that information early this week.

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 for purposes of class rank. 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.

Note about Law Review eligibility: I have sent emails to those first-year students who earned an invitation to join Law Review based on their first-year grades. For first-year full-time students who are considering the summer write-on candidacy program, 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.

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:

Nicole M. Chimienti Jody-Anne M. Maxwell
Brian J. Crush Benjamin A. Rellinger
Patrick T. Demetrio Alexander J. Romano
Samuel W. Dixon Betul Serbest
Christine Dulaney Carl R. Sessions
Margaret Kamm Tamara M. Sonenshein
Sophia Khan Stephen I. Spector
Sylvia Leszanczuk Ashley L. Surinak
Mark A. Magas Nicole M. Young 

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 Wednesday, June 21 through Wednesday, July 5. For further details, see the message, below, from the Law Review’s Executive Board.

Message from Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board. Congratulations on completing the school year. This is a great accomplishment, and you should all be pleased with the progress you have made in your careers.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review would now like to formally invite you to participate in the Law Review's Summer Candidacy Program, which is the process for "writing on" to the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  This year, the Summer Candidacy Program will run from June 21, 2017 to July 5, 2017. (See Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook for eligibility criteria to participate in the Summer Candidacy Program.)

First, we would like to explain a little bit about Law Review, our role on campus, and the benefits that Law Review can offer you.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review is one of our oldest and most prestigious student organizations.  The Law Review compiles, writes, and edits articles spanning across all spectrums of the law, and our publications are shared throughout the nation and the world.  Law Review members will read and edit articles submitted from top legal scholars throughout the world, attend symposiums on Law Review topics, and research and prepare their own articles for publication.

As a Law Review Member, students have a number of unique opportunities, including:

- Access to a wide-ranging Law Review alumni network
- Ability to attend a pre-OCI panel with Law Review alumni who are partners and associates at many top firms in Chicago
- Participation in academic symposia and lectures
- Opportunity to become a published author
- Numerous happy hours, dinners, and an end-of-year banquet

The Law Review will be holding an informational session on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Room 270, where members will answer any questions you may have about the Law Review, the Summer Candidacy Program, or the write-on process.  If anyone cannot attend the session, or has additional questions, please feel free to contact Executive Notes & Comments Editor Mike Zolfo at mzolfo@kentlaw.iit.edu or 630-818-0033.  

Thank you,

The Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board

Anthony Joseph, Editor-in-Chief
Collin Pochie, Managing Editor
Mike Zolfo, Executive Notes & Comments Editor

Summer 2017 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 19 - June 23. 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 Monday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 23, 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 19 - June 23. Students have two choices for taking most exams: handwriting the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop 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. Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. 

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 Monday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 23, at 5:00 pm.

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.

Notices to May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  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. If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times -- don’t exaggerate!

Weeks of June 5 and June 12, 2017

Law Review Eligibility and Summer Candidacy Program.
Students may qualify for membership in the Chicago-Kent Law Review either based on academic performance (“grading on”), or through participation in the Law Review’s Summer Candidacy Program (“writing on”).  Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook explains the eligibility criteria for both grading on and writing on to Law Review. (Students who qualify for Law Review based on grades will be notified prior to the start of the Summer Candidacy Program.) This year’s Summer Candidacy Program will run from Wednesday, June 21 through Wednesday, July 5; there will be an informational session on Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 270. For further details, see the message, below, from the Law Review’s Executive Board.

Please note: The grade-on and write-on eligibility of first-year full-time Day Division students will be determined based on cumulative GPA and rank calculations that include all grades received in your first year, except that grades received for Legislation, or for an elective taken in place of Legislation, will not be considered.

Message from Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board:

Congratulations on completing the school year. This is a great accomplishment, and you should all be pleased with the progress you have made in your careers.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review would now like to formally invite you to participate in the Law Review's Summer Candidacy Program, which is the process for "writing on" to the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  This year, the Summer Candidacy Program will run from June 21, 2017 to July 5, 2017. (See Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook for eligibility criteria to participate in the Summer Candidacy Program.)

First, we would like to explain a little bit about Law Review, our role on campus, and the benefits that Law Review can offer you.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review is one of our oldest and most prestigious student organizations.  The Law Review compiles, writes, and edits articles spanning across all spectrums of the law, and our publications are shared throughout the nation and the world.  Law Review members will read and edit articles submitted from top legal scholars throughout the world, attend symposiums on Law Review topics, and research and prepare their own articles for publication.

As a Law Review Member, students have a number of unique opportunities, including:

- Access to a wide-ranging Law Review alumni network
- Ability to attend a pre-OCI panel with Law Review alumni who are partners and associates at many top firms in Chicago
- Participation in academic symposia and lectures
- Opportunity to become a published author
- Numerous happy hours, dinners, and an end-of-year banquet

The Law Review will be holding an informational session on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Room 270, where members will answer any questions you may have about the Law Review, the Summer Candidacy Program, or the write-on process.  If anyone cannot attend the session, or has additional questions, please feel free to contact Executive Notes & Comments Editor Mike Zolfo at mzolfo@kentlaw.iit.edu or 630-818-0033.  

Thank you,

The Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board

Anthony Joseph, Editor-in-Chief
Collin Pochie, Managing Editor
Mike Zolfo, Executive Notes & Comments Editor

Notices to May 2017 Graduates.
 If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  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 2017 Grade Submissions. For courses with fixed exams, grades are due four weeks from the date of the exam. For courses with take-home exams, grades are due no later than four weeks from the final due date for the exam. For courses with self-scheduled exams or no exam, grades are due no later than Friday, June 9, 2017 (four weeks from the last day of the exam period). You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Fall 2017 Registration. The Fall 2017 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 4 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 1, at 11:50pm.

Wait List for Prof. Shapiro's Section of Constitutional Law. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping a manual wait list for Prof. Shapiro's Constitutional Law section. If you attempted to register for Prof. Shapiro's section but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Wait List for Ethics and Advocacy.  We are also keeping a manual wait list for Ethics and Advocacy. If you attempted to register for this class but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 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.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 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 2017 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, September 1, 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. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

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 Dean Sowle’s 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. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

Joke of the Week. What’s the tallest building in the city? The library, of course -- it has the most stories.

Weeks of May 22 and May 29, 2017

Notices to May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, 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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 11, 2017.

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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  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 2017 Grade Submissions. For courses with fixed exams, grades are due four weeks from the date of the exam. For courses with take-home exams, grades are due no later than four weeks from the final due date for the exam. For courses with self-scheduled exams or no exam, grades are due no later than Friday, June 9, 2017 (four weeks from the last day of the exam period). You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

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 12 (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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 

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

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

Summer 2017 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, 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.

•Loyola and 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. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. 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.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2017 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. Pass/fail elections for the Summer term must be made online no later than Monday, May 29, 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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 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 (Criminal Law and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2017 Registration. The Fall 2017 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 4 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 1, at 11:50pm.

Wait List for Prof. Shapiro's Section of Constitutional Law. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping a manual wait list for Prof. Shapiro's Constitutional Law section. If you attempted to register for Prof. Shapiro's section but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Wait List for Ethics and Advocacy.  We are also keeping a manual wait list for Ethics and Advocacy. If you attempted to register for this class but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 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.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 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 2017 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, September 1, 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. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

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 Dean Sowle’s 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. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the two guys who stole a calendar? They each got six months.



SPRING 2017

Week of May 8, 2017

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, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, 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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  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 2017 Grade Submissions. For courses with fixed exams, grades are due four weeks from the date of the exam. For courses with take-home exams, grades are due no later than four weeks from the final due date for the exam. For courses with self-scheduled exams or no exam, grades are due no later than Friday, June 9, 2017 (four weeks from the last day of the exam period). You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

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 12 (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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 

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

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

Spring 2017 Final Exams.
 

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. To find your personal exam schedule and exam room assignments, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for downloading - click here for instructions on downloading the software.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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.

Fall 2017 Registration. The Fall 2017 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 4 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 1, at 11:50pm.

Wait List for Prof. Shapiro's Section of Constitutional Law. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping a manual wait list for Prof. Shapiro's Constitutional Law section. If you attempted to register for Prof. Shapiro's section but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Schedule Changes. Please note the following changes to the Fall schedule.

Additonal sections of Legal Writing 3
. We have added two new sections of Legal Writing 3, 431-07 and 431-08. Both sections will meet Mondays, 4:00-5:50pm.

Canceled classes. The following classes have been canceled for the Fall semester.

*The Challenge of Green Energy (289-81 & 922-81) (we hope to offer this class in the Spring 2018 semester).

*Legal Writing 3, 431-54 (Mon/Wed. 7:35-8:30pm).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 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.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 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 2017 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, September 1, 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. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

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 Dean Sowle’s 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. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

Summer 2017 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, 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.

•Loyola and 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. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. 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.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2017 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 the week before Summer classes start.

•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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 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 (Criminal Law and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Joke of the Week. Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way. (Steve Martin)


Week of May 1, 2017

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for downloading - click here for instructions on downloading the software.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 12 (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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 

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

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

Summer 2017 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, 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.

•Loyola and 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. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. 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.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses will be available no later than Monday, May 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2017 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 the week before Summer classes start.

•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 Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 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 (Criminal Law and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2017 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for Fall 2017 will open on Thursday, May 4. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after May 4. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after May 4 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 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.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 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 2017 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, September 1, 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. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

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 Dean Sowle’s 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. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

Joke of the Week. What do you call it when you loan money to a bison? A buffa-loan!


Week of April 24, 2017

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 28 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)

Read Period: Saturday, April 29 - Tuesday, May 2 

Exam Period:
 Wednesday, May 3 - Friday, May 12

Fall 2017 Registration.

Final Fall 2017 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Fall 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link. Print copies will be available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 25, 9:00am through Friday, April 28, 11:50pm. 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 Thursday, May 4. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Thursday, May 4 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Exam Information. Information about exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

Schedule changes/additions. The following list indicates additions and changes made since the issuance of the preliminary Fall schedule:

Additions to the Schedule

Antitrust (363-51): This course has been added to the Fall schedule. It will meet MW 6:00-7:25pm.
Business Entity Transactions (345-01): This course was inadvertently omitted from the first version of the preliminary schedule. It will meet MTTh 1:55-2:50pm. Pass/fail is not available. Business Organizations is a prerequisite.
Corporate Finance (360-81): This course was inadvertently omitted from the first version of the prelminary schedule. It will meet Tu 4:00-5:50pm.
Juvenile Law (329-51): This course has been added to the Fall schedule. It will meet Wed. 7:35-9:25pm.
Lawyers as Social Innovators (200-01): This course has been added to the Fall schedule. It will meet Wed. 10:10-12:00 noon.

Other Changes to the Schedule

Cyber Fraud and Privacy Class Actions (285-51): This course was listed as day/time TBA on the preliminary schedule. It will meet Tues. 6:00-7:50pm.
Employment Litigation (324-51): This course will meet MW 6:00-7:25pm (note TTh 6:00-7:25pm).
Pretrial Litigation (502-51): This course will meet Wed. 4:00-4:55pm/Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not Wed. 4:00-5:50pm/Thurs. 4:00-4:55pm).

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 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 2017 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, September 1, 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. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

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 Dean Sowle’s 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. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

•Experiential Course Requirement. Students who began in Summer 2016 or later must complete a total of six credits from an approved list of experiential courses (click here for the list). Most students will already satisfy four of these credits through the required sequence of Legal Writing 3 and Legal Writing 4. However, students who opt for the Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class (see below) should consult the list of approved courses to determine whether the qualifying activity counts toward the experiential requirement. Law Review does not count toward the requirement.

•IPMM Courses Open to J.D. Students. The following courses in the Intellectual Property Markets and Management program are available for J.D. students to take in the Fall semester. If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please contact Dean Sowle.

IPMM 500 - Protecting IP in the Context of Innovation in Business. This is a survey class in the IP Management and Markets program that covers all the IP regimes-- patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark--specifically as intangible assets in business from the moment of conception through its life.  It is co-taught by Prof. Piatt of the law faculty and Prof. Jeremy Alexis of the Insitute of Design.  It is an intensive 4-credit-hour course taught in the first two weeks of August before the semester begins (August 5-18, 2017).  

IPMM 502 - Intellectual Asset Management and Assessing IP. This class covers the basic IAM methodologies, tools used in support, valuation methods generally, approaches used in industry, case studies, and overview of the intellectual asset management professions and industries.  It is a 3-credit-hour course scheduled for 9-noon on Tuesdays in the Fall semester.  

IPMM 503 - Acquiring IP. This IPMM program class examines various ways in which businesses acquire IP in addition to creating it on their own.  Subjects include licensing of all IP regimes, creation of business relationships (such as joint ventures, business acquisitions, subsidiary relationships), purchase of portfolios, among other subjects.  It provides opportunities to work with a number of different technologies.  This 3-credit-hour course is scheduled for 5-8 on Wednesdays in the Fall semester. 

•"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. 

Summer 2017 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2017 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.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, 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.

•Loyola and DePaul Courses Available to Chicago-Kent Students. 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. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. 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.

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for downloading - click here for instructions on downloading the software.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, April 27, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations this semester will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes (for now, those will continue to be done on paper forms). The forms are avalable now (see below) and will remain available through the last day of classes (Friday, April 28). Although you can complete the forms at any time through April 28, we have asked faculty members to provide time in an upcoming class session for you to complete them. 

The forms are available on the local Web for Students system, available at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu. Once you log into Web for Students, click on the link for Course Evaluations under the "Online Forms" heading in the lefthand menu.

Teaching 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.

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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

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

Joke of the Week. I heard that exaggerations went up by a million percent last year!


Week of April 17, 2017

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 28 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)

Read Period: Saturday, April 29 - Tuesday, May 2 

Exam Period:
 Wednesday, May 3 - Friday, May 12

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations this semester will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes (for now, those will continue to be done on paper forms). The forms are avalable now (see below) and will remain available through the last day of classes (Friday, April 28). Although you can complete the forms at any time through April 28, we have asked faculty members to provide time in an upcoming class session for you to complete them. 

The forms are available on the local Web for Students system, available at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu. Once you log into Web for Students, click on the link for Course Evaluations under the "Online Forms" heading in the lefthand menu.

Teaching 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.

Summer 2017 Registration.  The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2017 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 Monday, May 29, 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 2017 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule for Fall 2017 classes will be issued this Tuesday, April 18. The final schedule, along with the Registration Bulletin, will be issued on Friday, April 21. Registration will take place during the week of April 24 (details will be included with the preliminary schedule).

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule and have not yet received a response, please email Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu).

•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for downloading - click here for instructions on downloading the software.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, April 27, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

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 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  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. 

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) holds periodic office hours at Chicago-Kent. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining date for Spring office hours is:

-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

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


Week of April 10, 2017

Summer 2017 Class Schedule and Registration.
 The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are now available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades."

•Course Fee.
As previously announced, a course fee of $350, in addition to regular tuition, will be charged to full-time students for regular classroom courses taken during the Summer term, including any courses taken through our exchange program with DePaul and Loyola and universities abroad, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students, and also does not apply to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent. If you qualify for financial aid loans, those can be used to cover the cost of the fee. (Notice to part-time students: you may see the course fee on your account if you take a regular classroom course, but a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge.)

•Exchange Programs. Information will be availabile within the next two weeks about courses available this summer through our exchange programs with DePaul and Loyola.

•Registration Instructions.
Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 11, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. (Please note: If you do not register during this initial registraiton period, you will still be able to register for any open class during the add/drop period, which will start on April 14; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 6, go to the Summer 2017 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 14. 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 14 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

•Add/Drop Period.
The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 14. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm.

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response shortly from Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu).

•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for downloading - click here for instructions on downloading the software.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 2017 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2017 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 17.

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


Week of April 3, 2017

Summer 2017 Class Schedule and Registration.
 The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are now available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades."

•Course Fee.
As previously announced, a course fee of $350, in addition to regular tuition, will be charged to full-time students for regular classroom courses taken during the Summer term, including any courses taken through our exchange program with DePaul and Loyola and universities abroad, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students, and also does not apply to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent. If you qualify for financial aid loans, those can be used to cover the cost of the fee. (Notice to part-time students: you may see the course fee on your account if you take a regular classroom course, but a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge.)

•Exchange Programs. Information will be availabile within the next two weeks about courses available this summer through our exchange programs with DePaul and Loyola.

•Registration Instructions.
Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 11, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. (Please note: If you do not register during this initial registraiton period, you will still be able to register for any open class during the add/drop period, which will start on April 14; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 6, go to the Summer 2017 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 14. 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 14 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

•Add/Drop Period.
The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 14. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm.

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response shortly from Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu).

•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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.

Intensive International Trial Advocacy in Ireland Course. This summer, Chicago-Kent, in cooperation with the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, the Bar Council of Ireland, and the Irish Supreme Court, will again be offering the Intensive International Trial Advocacy in Ireland course. This is a three-credit course designed to give students a comparative overview of advocacy in the United States and Ireland with classroom instruction before and after a trip to Dublin scheduled from May 26 to June 3, 2017. During the Dublin component of the course, students will have unparalleled interaction with leading members of the Irish bench and bar, including members of the Supreme Court of Ireland and member of the Oireachtas Eireann (Irish parliament). In addition to conducting simulated mock trial exercises in Dublin, students will accompany senior barristers for trial proceedings and motion practice. This course is open to all upper-level students who are not scheduled to graduate in May 2017). Evidence is a prerequisite. There will be a mandatory informational meeting for all interested students on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. C50.  Availability is very limited, so interested students who are unable to attend the meeting should contact Adjunct Professor Lance Northcutt right away at lance@lnorthcuttlaw.com or at 312-953-9252.

Journal of Intellectual Property: Positions Available. Message from the Journal of Intellectual Property Executive Board: We are looking to fill 3-5 Executive Articles Editors ("EAE") positions for the 2017-2018 academic year. The EAEs duties include editing submissions for publications, participating in the selection of new membership in the Journal, supervising and assisting the Associate Editors in the completion of editing assignments, supervising and assisting the Associate Editors in the completion of their student notes, and completing any other assignments given by the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Journal. See JIP Website. The EAE position requires some knowledge of The BlueBook Rules. Interested students can go on the JIP Website and complete a statement of interest indicating their interest in the EAE position. 

We are also looking to fill about 20-25 Associate Editor positions. Associate Editors duties entail editing approved submissions to the Journal for publication, ensuring that the submissions conform to the standards outlined in the Journal Editor's Manual as well as The Bluebook Rules. This position does not require Bluebook experience. Thus, it is open to all students. Interested students should apply as soons as possible by going to the JIP Website.

Trial Team Tryouts: Date Change. Are you interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to first-year students and to upper-level students who are not graduating this year, and will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (not April 6, as previously announced), at 5:30pm, in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available in the third floor elevator bay, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 

Fall 2017 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2017 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 17.

Joke of the Week. Why can't a bike stand by itself? Because it's two tired.


Week of March 27, 2017

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, March 31, 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 at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to handwrite the exam.)

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

To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 Librar.

Change of Division Requests: March 23-March 31. Students wishing to request a change ofdivision for the Fall 2017 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time daydivision, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 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 Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2017 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available on Monday, April 3, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 11, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. (Please note: If you do not register during this initial registraiton period, you will still be able to register for any open class during the add/drop period, which will start on April 14; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 6, go to the Summer 2017 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 14. 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 14 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 14. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm.

Trial Team Tryouts: Date Change. Are you interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to first-year students and to upper-level students who are not graduating this year, and will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (not April 6, as previously announced), at 5:30pm, in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available in the third floor elevator bay, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 

Joke of the Week. A plateau is the highest form of flattery.


Week of March 20, 2017

Spring 2017 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 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam. 

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, March 31, 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 at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to handwrite the exam.)

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

To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 2017 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.  Windows 8 RT is not supported.
  • Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for 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.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 Librar.

Change of Division Requests: March 23-March 31. Students wishing to request a change ofdivision for the Fall 2017 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time daydivision, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 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 Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.

Trial Team Tryouts: Date Change. Are you interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to first-year students and to upper-level students who are not graduating this year, and will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (not April 6, as previously announced), at 5:30pm, in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available in the third floor elevator bay, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 

Independent Research Opportunity with Prof. Nahmod. Prof. Nahmod is seeking interested students to pursue Independent Research projects for the Fall or Spring (Fall is preferable) in any of the following areas: constitutional law, free speech, religion, civil rights and liberties, and/or the Second Amendment. The Independent Research may be either the regular variety or for seminar credit. Both varieties are one credit, graded pass/fail.

Institute of Design is Seeking Law Students for a Two-Week Project in May. Announcement from Institute of Design: We are bringing an exciting thinker, Bruno Torturra, to the Institute of Design during the weeks of May 8th and 15th to work with a mixed group of students and faculty from design, law, applied technology, and business for a two-week project. Bruno Torturra is a civic journalist and activist responsible for starting Midia Ninja, an activist movement in Brazil. His current work looks at the political, social, and economic implications of using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to express and consume "news" and political opinion. He is currently developing a digital platform that would allow people to publish and consume news using current technology, yet would implement an editorial process. Click here to view a TED talk he gave in 2014. Law student interested in learning more about the project should contact Ashley Lukasik at ashley@id.iit.edu or 312-595-4920.

Joke of the Week. What happens to a frog's car when it breaks down? It gets toad away


Week of March 13, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Spring Break begins Saturday, March 11, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 20.

Trial Team Tryouts. Are you iInterested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to first-year students and to upper-level students who are not graduating this year, and will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 5:30pm, in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available in the third floor elevator bay, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 

Independent Research Opportunity with Prof. Nahmod. Prof. Nahmod is seeking interested students to pursue Independent Research projects for the Fall or Spring (Fall is preferable) in any of the following areas: constitutional law, free speech, religion, civil rights and liberties, and/or the Second Amendment. The Independent Research may be either the regular variety or for seminar credit. Both varieties are one credit, graded pass/fail.

Joke of the Week. Don't you hate it when people answer their own questions? I do.


Week of March 6, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 11, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 20.

Use of MacBook Pro with Touchbar for Exams. In preparation for the upcoming Final Exam period, we are soliciting information from students who plan to use the MacBook Pro with Touchbar for their exams?. We have ?learned that there may be potential issues with respect to using the SofTest exam software with the MacBook Pro with Touchbar. If you have this laptop and are interested in using it for this semester's final exams, please click here.

Praxis Certificate: Spring Enrollment Deadline and Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its spring luncheon, on "Being Indispensible," on Tuesday, March 7, 12:00-1:00pm, in Rm. 370. The luncheon will feature a panel of attorneys and legal professionals including Elizabeth Cibula, Midwest Director of Training and Development, Sidley Austin; Robert Surrette, Partner, McAndrews Held & Malloy; and Ian Turvill, Chief Marketing Officer, Freeborn & Peters.   A complimentary lunch will be served.

This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to students who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Eligibility requiremens are available by clicking here. Students already enrolled in the Praxis program will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste as soon as possible at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) holds periodic office hours at Chicago-Kent. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Spring office hours are:

-Thursday, March 9
-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

Independent Research Opportunity with Prof. Nahmod. Prof. Nahmod is seeking interested students to pursue Independent Research projects for the Fall or Spring (Fall is preferable) in any of the following areas: constitutional law, free speech, religion, civil rights and liberties, and/or the Second Amendment. The Independent Research may be either the regular variety or for seminar credit. Both varieties are one credit, graded pass/fail.

Joke of the Week. What are the strongest days of the week? Saturday and Sunday - the rest are all weekdays.


Week of February 27, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 11, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 20.

CK Now: Panel on Public Protest and the Law. As part of its CKNow series, the Chicago-Kent CLE Department is presenting a panel discussion on "Public Protest and the Law" on Thursday, March 2, 4:00-6:00pm, in Rm. 590. The panel will include Prof. Sheldon Nahmod; Molly Armour of the National Lawyers Guild; and Ed Mullen of Bucktown Law. The panelists will discuss First Amendment rights as they relate to protests, local protest permit laws and how they relate to spontaneous protests, issues that undocumented immigrant and non-citizen protesters might face if arrested, and more. The event is free and open to all members of the Chicago-Kent community and to the public. If you plan to attend, please register by clicking here. MCLE credit is available for attorneys admitted in Illinois.

Praxis Certificate: Spring Enrollment Deadline and Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its spring luncheon, on "Being Indispensible," on Tuesday, March 7, 12:00-1:00pm, in Rm. 370. The luncheon will feature a panel of attorneys and legal professionals including Elizabeth Cibula, Midwest Director of Training and Development, Sidley Austin; Robert Surrette, Partner, McAndrews Held & Malloy; and Ian Turvill, Chief Marketing Officer, Freeborn & Peters.   A complimentary lunch will be served.

This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to students who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Eligibility requiremens are available by clicking here. Students already enrolled in the Praxis program will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste as soon as possible at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Joke of the Week. Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.


Week of February 20, 2017

Informational 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 Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

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

There will also be a separate information session for our newest program, Financial Markets Compliance -- see separate announcement below.

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. Knock-knock. Who's there? To. To who? No, it's to whom


Week of February 13, 2017

Public Safety Notice. We are sharing the following announcement from the Public Safety Department in the wake of a recent incident in the building in which a member of the Law School community was followed and harassed by someone from the general public.  The offender was apprehended and is now barred from the campus:

If you feel threatened by another person in the building, you should immediately go to the Security Desk in the 1st floor front lobby, if you can do so safely, and report the incident.  You can also reach Security by calling 6-5030 from any house phone (located across from the drinking fountains on each floor), or by calling 312-906-5030 from your cell phone (we recommend programming that number into your phone).  Calling 911 is also an option in any situation where you feel concerned for your safety or you feel threatened.  To the extent you can, please note the physical characteristics and clothing of the person so that you can share the information when reporting the incident.

Informational 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 Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

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

There will also be a separate information session for our newest program, Financial Markets Compliance -- see separate announcement below.

Additional Fall 2016 CALI Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following students for earning a CALI Award this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Legal Writing 1 (Prof. Healey): Mary E. LaFleur and Susana A. Sandoval Vargas.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 13, 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.

Study Abroad Information Session for J.D. Students. The Office of International Law and Policy will host a one-hour information session for JD students who are considering studying abroad in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 355. In case you attended the study abroad information session held in the Fall 2016 semester, this upcoming session will focus more on the process of receiving Chicago-Kent's nomination and gearing up for your semester at one of our partner schools. If you were not able to attend the Fall 2016 session, please review the Study Abroad webpages on the Chicago-Kent website prior to coming to this session. Pizza and soft drinks will be served for interested J.D. students on a first-come, first-served basis.

J.D. Certificate in Financial Compliance: Information Meeting.  As announced last month, Chicago-Kent now offers a Certificate in Financial Compliance for J.D. students. The certificate, which is one of the first of its kind in a law school, provides students with substantive knowledge and signals to employers a student’s interest in financial markets compliance. There will be an information meeting about the certificate for interested students on Wednesday, Febrary 15, 3:00-4:00 pm, in Rm. 345.

First Defense Legal Aid Panel on CrImmigation Law. First Defense Legal Aid will hold a panel on CrImmigration Law, including Chicago-Kent's Richard Kling, on Friday, February 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave, #208. Click here for more information on the panel.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) holds periodic office hours at Chicago-Kent. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Spring office hours are:

-Thursday, February 16
-Thursday, March 9
-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

July 2017 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you anticipate taking the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 18, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 2). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Joke of the Week. My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are. But I laugh more.


Week of February 6, 2017

Additional Fall 2016 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following students for earning a CALI Award this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Advertising and Marketing Law (Profs. Gordon & Newman): Nirupa A. Kartha
-Ethics and Advocacy (Profs. Erickson & Telisman): Margaret A. Wojkowski
-Legal Writing 3 (Prof. Boulware): Jessabelle Maxilom and Philip Vieira
-Pretrial LItigation (Prof. Gonzalez): Stephanie A. Gerstetter and Carly E. Kenny
-Torts (Prof. Wright) (day section): Samuel M. Paullin, Rebecca O. Spira
-Torts (Prof. Wright) (evening section): Christine Dulaney
-Trial Advocacy 2 (Prof. McKay): Warren J. Fasone

Fall 2016 GPAs and Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2016 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2016" link under "Grades and Rank" in 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 2016 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2016 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 13, 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.

Study Abroad Information Session for J.D. Students. The Office of International Law and Policy will host a one-hour information session for JD students who are considering studying abroad in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 355. In case you attended the study abroad information session held in the Fall 2016 semester, this upcoming session will focus more on the process of receiving Chicago-Kent's nomination and gearing up for your semester at one of our partner schools. If you were not able to attend the Fall 2016 session, please review the Study Abroad webpages on the Chicago-Kent website prior to coming to this session. Pizza and soft drinks will be served for interested J.D. students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Forum on Immigration Policy in Transition. Do you want to know more about Trump’s recent executive orders, their impact, and practical guidance? The Immigration Law Society and the SBA Diversity Committee are co-sponsoring an informational lecture on the executive orders, BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream & Grow our Economy) Act, and volunteer opportunities, on Wednesday, February 8, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 520. Speakers will include: Ruth Lopez McCarthy '09, managing attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center; Robert Milla '06, Milla & Associates; and Samantha Lloyd '13, RC Immigration. For more information, contact Tasha Kincade at tkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu.

First Defense Legal Aid Panel on CrImmigation Law. First Defense Legal Aid will hold a panel on CrImmigration Law, including Chicago-Kent's Richard Kling, on Friday, February 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave, #208. Click here for more information on the panel.

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 2017 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you anticipate taking the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 18, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 2). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Joke of the Week. My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are. But I laugh more.


Week of January 30, 2017

Fall 2016 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2016 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2016" link under "Grades and Rank" in 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 2016 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2016 semester are available by clicking here.

Fall 2016 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 2016 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.

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, January 31. 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, January 31, 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, January 31, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 13, 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 Spring 2017 semester, and you 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 Tuesday, January 31, 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. If you have any questions about your financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

Notice About Recording of Classes. Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty member 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.

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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Spring office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The dates for the remaining Spring office hours are:

-Thursday, February 16
-Thursday, March 9
-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

July 2017 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you anticipate taking the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 18, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 2). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Employment Limitation. Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are 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).

Joke of the Week. My dog used to chase people on a bike. It got so bad, I had to take his bike away.


Week of January 23, 2017

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, January 31. 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, January 31, 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, January 31, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 13, 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 Spring 2017 semester, and you 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 Tuesday, January 31, 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. If you have any questions about your financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.

Academic Support Program. Information about the Academic Support Program for first-year students, including 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 Wednesday, January 25. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

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.

New J.D. Certificate in Financial Markets Compliance. Chicago-Kent and its Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets is thrilled to announce that students may earn a certificate in compliance along with their J.D.'s. Chicago-Kent offers a rich curriculum in financial markets regulation, which includes classes in securities, commodities, and banking regulation, along with its capstone compliance course. The certificate, which is one of the first of its kind in a law school, provides students with substantive knowledge and signals to employers a student’s interest in financial markets compliance.

The Institute also works to facilitate internships and externships for students, hosts lunch time compliance chats, and holds a number of conferences for the broader compliance community each semester.

If you are interested in learning more about the certificate program, please contact Prof. Felice Batlan (fbatlan@kentlaw.iit.edu) who is the Director of the Institute.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

Notice About Recording of Classes. Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty member 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.

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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Spring office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The dates for Spring office hours are:

-Thursday, February 16
-Thursday, March 9
-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

Dean's Certificate for February Bar Exam. The law school will automatically send a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who filed an Application for Graduation showing Fall 2016 as their final semester. If you are a Fall graduate and plan on taking the bar in another state, please submit the appropriate dean's certification form to the Registrar's office as soon as possible. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

July 2017 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you anticipate taking the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 18, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 2). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall (including intersession classes), including both full-time and part-time students, were automatically billed for student health insurance for the entire year, unless they submitted and were approved for a waiver.

If you were covered in the Fall semester and do not want coverage in the Spring semester, you may request cancellation of the student insurance by January 26, 2017, 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 11, 2017. 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 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, 2017.

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. 

Health insurance cards and documents are mailed upon request only. You may contact Aetna Student Health directly at 800.841.3140. You may also create your profile to access these documents through your smart device.

Employment Limitation. Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are 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).

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 available by clicking here. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information" (which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion) and the information published in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

Joke of the Week. A dry erase board? Why, that's remarkable!


Week of January 16, 2017

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 16. Classes will not be held on Monday, January 16, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 17). Because Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 17. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 15 (10:00am - 11:00pm), the Library will be closed on Sunday.

Accessing Your Fall 2016 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 2016 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Spring 2017 Semester Information. The Spring 2017 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 2017 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments
An updated list of initial reading assignments has been posted; assignments were added for Property (Prof. Perritt) and Regulation of New Technologies (Prof. Perritt), and a revised assignment for Copyright Law (Prof. Lee) was posted. Please note: Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore (if the professor is assigning texts sold through the Bookstore).

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments and Exam Information)
Classroom assignments are also posted in the front lobby. This version of the schedule has exam information for Spring classes. You may have an exam rescheduled if you have an "exam conflict" (as defined below). 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 Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, January 31. 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.

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.

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, January 31, 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, January 31, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 13, 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.

Taking Classes at DePaul and Loyola
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.

Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class
Students this semester who take Criminal Litigation 1 or are doing a Judicial Externship may satisfy the Legal Writing 4 requirement either by taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class, or by taking the Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester. Note: You must register for the Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester (listed on page 2 of the Schedule of Classes), in addition to participating in the qualifying course or activity, in order to place out of taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class -- it is not sufficient just to participate in the qualifying course or activity. The Equivalency Class must be taken in the same semester as the course or activity that qualifies you to take the Equivalency Class -- you may not defer the Equivalency Class to a later semester.

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits 
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 Spring 2017 semester, and you 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 Tuesday, January 31, 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. If you have any questions about your financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.

U-Passes for Spring 2017
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 17 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 12 (the last day of exams).

Notice About Recording of Classes. Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty member 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.

Dean's Certificate for February Bar Exam. The law school will automatically send a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who filed an Application for Graduation showing Fall 2016 as their final semester. If you are a Fall graduate and plan on taking the bar in another state, please submit the appropriate dean's certification form to the Registrar's office as soon as possible. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall (including intersession classes), including both full-time and part-time students, were automatically billed for student health insurance for the entire year, unless they submitted and were approved for a waiver.

If you were covered in the Fall semester and do not want coverage in the Spring semester, you may request cancellation of the student insurance by January 26, 2017, 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 11, 2017. 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 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, 2017.

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. 

Health insurance cards and documents are mailed upon request only. You may contact Aetna Student Health directly at 800.841.3140. You may also create your profile to access these documents through your smart device.

Academic Calendar for 2017-2018. The academic calendar for next academic year, as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

Reminder About 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. Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are 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).

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).

Joke of the Week. How does the man in the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!


FALL 2016

Week of December 12, 2016

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 2016 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 16. 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 17, the first day of the Spring semester. Note to students taking January intersession classes: Because we must submit uniform dates for all students, U-Passes for intersession students will be effective on January 17 as well, and not during the intersession period.

Students 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 the Ventra 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.

Spring 2017 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
 A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2017 courses will be posted on Friday, January 6. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2017 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 2017 Schedule and Registration.
 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Friday, December 2, for students to see what Spring 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 Spring add/drop period on Tuesday, January 31, at 11:00pm. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available on the Spring 2017 Quick Guide page

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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.

Fall 2016 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule is available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, as are room assignments for fixed exams.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for download. Click here for information on downloading and installing SofTest.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. These operating systems can be either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported)
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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. How does the man in the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!


Week of December 5, 2016

Fall 2016 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule is available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, as are room assignments for fixed exams.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for download. Click here for information on downloading and installing SofTest.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. These operating systems can be either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported)
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 2017 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Friday, December 2, for students to see what Spring 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 Tuesday, January 31, at 11:00pm. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available on the Spring 2017 Quick Guide page

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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.

Academic Calendar for 2017-2018. The academic calendar for next academic year, as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 16. 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 17 (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 the Ventra 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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) holds periodic office hours at Chicago-Kent. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining date for Fall office hours is:

Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

Joke of the Week. I bought a thesaurus the other day, but all the pages were blank. I have no words to describe how annoyed I was.


Week of November 28, 2016

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

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Wednesday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 2: Friday classes meet and Tuesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur eve. make-ups)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Tuesday, December 6. Exams start on Wednesday, December 7 and end on Friday, December 16.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration. 

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2017 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the initial registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 2. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Exam Information. Information about exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Spring semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

Intersession classes. Please note that we will have several January intersession classes offered in the week prior to the start of the Spring semester -- see pages 13 and 14 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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.

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 fourth 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, Property, and Legal Writing 2. (Please note: We will not be offering Property in the Summer 2017 term, so all first-year evening students should register for it in the Spring, along with Contracts and Legal Writing 2.)

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following as their fourth course: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and were selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed on page 1 of the final class schedule. 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. If you elect to take Legislation in the Spring, please register for Prof. Sowle’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Johnson, Healey, Godfrey, or Strubbe; please register for Prof. Heyman’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Kreis, De Armond, Ehrenberg, or Streseman.

• 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 certain courses as automatically available for first-year students; see page 1 of the final class schedule for the list. 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 2016 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule is available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, as are room assignments for fixed exams.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

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

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one 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/Tablets 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 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.

•Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams is now available for download. Click here for information on downloading and installing SofTest.
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. These operating systems can be either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported)
  • Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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. I bought a thesaurus the other day, but all the pages were blank. I have no words to describe how annoyed I was.


Week of November 21, 2016

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. The library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 23; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 27.

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

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Wednesday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 2: Friday classes meet and Tuesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur eve. make-ups)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Tuesday, December 6. Exams start on Wednesday, December 7 and end on Friday, December 16.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

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.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration. 

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2017 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the initial registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 2. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Exam Information. Information about exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Spring semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

Intersession classes. Please note that we will have several January intersession classes offered in the week prior to the start of the Spring semester -- see pages 13 and 14 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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.

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 fourth 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, Property, and Legal Writing 2. (Please note: We will not be offering Property in the Summer 2017 term, so all first-year evening students should register for it in the Spring, along with Contracts and Legal Writing 2.)

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following as their fourth course: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and were selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed on page 1 of the final class schedule. 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. If you elect to take Legislation in the Spring, please register for Prof. Sowle’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Johnson, Healey, Godfrey, or Strubbe; please register for Prof. Heyman’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Kreis, De Armond, Ehrenberg, or Streseman.

• 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 certain courses as automatically available for first-year students; see page 1 of the final class schedule for the list. 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 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•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 Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet to discuss your situation.

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

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

Joke of the Week. Why is Dublin the biggest city in Ireland? Because it's always Dublin! (say it out loud....)


Week of November 14, 2016

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. The library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 23; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 27.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration. The Spring 2017 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Thursday, November 17, 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 will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 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.

Full registration instructions, including instructions for first-year students, will accompany the final schedule. Note to full-time first year students: Information about the 1L Your Way program is provided further down on page (scroll to the bottom).

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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The evening version of the final Fall ASP workshop (rescheduled from last week) will be held this Tuesday, November 15, 7:35-8:25pm (Rm. 210). (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.)

Trial Team Open House. Do you want to be part of Chicago-Kent's Trial Team, ranked #3 in the country by U.S. News and World Report? Then come to the Trial Team Open House on Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Front Lobby. Meet students on the team as well as the trial lawyers and sitting judges who coach them. Enjoy some pizza and beer and find out what it's like to be on a winning team. All 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out for Trial Team are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Ana Montelongo amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Fall office hours are:

-Monday, November 14
-Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

Fall 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•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 Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet to discuss your situation.

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

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

Joke of the Week. What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Their middle names.


Week of November 7, 2016

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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25pm (Rm. 210). 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.)

Election Day Class Absences.
 In order to facilitate student participation in theelection process, a "liberal leave" policy will be in effect on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8), which means that faculty will not count election-related absences against students on that day.

Spring 2017 Course Schedule.
The Spring 2017 course schedule will be issued the week of November 14. Registration dates and instructions will be issued along with the schedule. Note to full-time first year students: Information about the 1L Your Way program is provided further down on page (scroll to the bottom).

Trial Team Open House. Do you want to be part of Chicago-Kent's Trial Team, ranked #3 in the country by U.S. News and World Report? Then come to the Trial Team Open House on Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Front Lobby. Meet students on the team as well as the trial lawyers and sitting judges who coach them. Enjoy some pizza and beer and find out what it's like to be on a winning team. All 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out for Trial Team are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Ana Montelongo amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu

Fall 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•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 Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Fall office hours are:

-Monday, November 14
-Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

1L Your Way. As explained below, first-year full-time students will be able to choose an elective class or the Clinic Rotation in the Spring 2017 semester, if they wish, in lieu of Legislation. 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 are required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their final course, students may select from the following three options:

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

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available (subject to space) for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 cr.), Patent Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle after the Spring schedule has been published). 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 Wrting 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 Clinic Rotation (2 credits, pass/fail only). Click here for more information about the Clinic Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinic Rotation are due no later than Monday, November 14. If applications exceed the number of spaces, students will be chosen by lottery. Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

As noted above, students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation next Fall.

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 Clinic Rotation is graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.

Joke of the Week. I may get a job cleaning mirrors -- it's something I can see myself doing.


Week of October 31, 2016

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25pm (Rm. 210). 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.)

Election Day Class Absences.
 In order to facilitate student participation in theelection process, a "liberal leave" policy will be in effect on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8), which means that faculty will not count election-related absences against students on that day.

Fall 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. 

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

    •No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. 

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 20-October 31. 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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, October 31, 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 at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 20-October 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to hand write the exam.)

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

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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, October 31, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 20-October 31. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2017 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 20. 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, October 31, at 5:00 pmPlease note:Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

New Joint Certificate Program in LADR and Labor & Employment. Can't decide between the Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR) Certificate or the Labor and Employment Certificate? For the first time, students can now opt to enroll in the new Joint LADR/Labor & Employment Certificate. For more information or to enroll, please contact Prof. Richard Gonzalez at rgonzale@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Students who elect this new joint certificate need to fulfill the following requirements:

Required:
-Labor Law
-Employment Relationships
-Evidence
-Legal Writing 4 for Labor & Employment
-A seminar in a labor or employment related topic
-Either Pretrial Litigation or Employment Litigation
-Either Mediation & Other ADR Procedures Clinic or ADR in the Workplace intensive intersession course

Plus two of the following courses:
-Employment Discrimination
-Labor/Employment Externship & Class
-Either the Civil Litigation Clinic or the Plaintiffs Employment Clinic
-Trial Advocacy 1

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The dates for Fall office hours are:

-Monday, October 31
-Monday, November 14
-Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

1L Your Way. As explained below, first-year full-time students will be able to choose an elective class or the Clinic Rotation in the Spring 2017 semester, if they wish, in lieu of Legislation. 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 are required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their final course, students may select from the following three options:

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

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available (subject to space) for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 cr.), Patent Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle after the Spring schedule has been published). 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 Wrting 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 Clinic Rotation (2 credits, pass/fail only). Click here for more information about the Clinic Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinic Rotation are due no later than Monday, November 14. If applications exceed the number of spaces, students will be chosen by lottery. Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

As noted above, students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation next Fall.

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 Clinic Rotation is graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.

Joke of the Week. What did one tectonic plate say when it bumped into another? "Sorry, my fault." (Thanks to Prof. Brill for this week's joke.)


Week of October 24, 2016

Fall 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 20-October 31. 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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, October 31, 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 at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 20-October 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to hand write the exam.)

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

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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, October 31, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 20-October 31. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2017 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 20. 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, October 31, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

New Joint Certificate Program in LADR and Labor & Employment. Can't decide between the Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR) Certificate or the Labor and Employment Certificate? For the first time, students can now opt to enroll in the new Joint LADR/Labor & Employment Certificate. For more information or to enroll, please contact Prof. Richard Gonzalez at rgonzale@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Students who elect this new joint certificate need to fulfill the following requirements:

Required:
-Labor Law
-Employment Relationships
-Evidence
-Legal Writing 4 for Labor & Employment
-A seminar in a labor or employment related topic
-Either Pretrial Litigation or Employment Litigation
-Either Mediation & Other ADR Procedures Clinic or ADR in the Workplace intensive intersession course

Plus two of the following courses:
-Employment Discrimination
-Labor/Employment Externship & Class
-Either the Civil Litigation Clinic or the Plaintiffs Employment Clinic
-Trial Advocacy 1

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The dates for Fall office hours are:

-Monday, October 31
-Monday, November 14
-Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

1L Your Way. The 1L Your Way program allows first-year full-time students to choose an elective class or Clinic 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.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). (Please note that this list is subject to change.) Students may also 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 Clinic Rotation (see the description below).

The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. First-year students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. 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.)

Clinic Rotation Description: The Clinic Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. It matches first-year students with faculty practitioners, allowing students to gain exposure to three different practice areas and to the day-to-day activities of the clinical faculty. Based inside Chicago-Kent's in-house law firm, the Clinic Rotation course is the first of its kind in the country. The law firm's faculty practitioners participate as both teachers and mentors. Students enrolled in the Clinic Rotation spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, observing and participating in their day-to-day lawyering activities. In addition, there is a weekly plenary classroom session that covers lawyering activities that arise within real life law practice. The available practice areas include criminal defense, employment/civil litigation, entrepreneurial law, family law, vaccine injury litigation, and tax law. Although student activities will vary from rotation to rotation, based upon current caseloads and calendars, students may be exposed to such activities as: accompanying lawyers to court appearances, proceedings at administrative agencies, or mediations; client meeting; document drafting; case strategizing; and simulated activites that help develop professional skills. The Clinic Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Joke of the Week. Why are doctors always calm? They have lots of patients.


Week of October 17, 2016

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, October 19, 2:00-6:00 pm, in Rm. 583. Any student who has the IIT Aetna Student Health Insurance does not need to pay for the flu shot. For all others, the flu shots cost $20. Payment should be made ahead of time by clicking here (please bring your receipt with you). 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 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

   Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.

B ecause the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-homeexam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 9, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 16. If you have a take-home examthat allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, December 16. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 16 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on December 16.

You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Finally, SofTest does not need to be used for take-home exams.  In addition you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 20-October 31. 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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, October 31, 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 at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 20-October 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to hand write the exam.)

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

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 20; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, October 31, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

 

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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 20-October 31. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2017 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 20. 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, October 31, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

1L Your Way. The 1L Your Way program allows first-year full-time students to choose an elective class or Clinic 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.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). (Please note that this list is subject to change.) Students may also 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 Clinic Rotation (see the description below).

The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. First-year students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. 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.)

Clinic Rotation Description: The Clinic Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. It matches first-year students with faculty practitioners, allowing students to gain exposure to three different practice areas and to the day-to-day activities of the clinical faculty. Based inside Chicago-Kent's in-house law firm, the Clinic Rotation course is the first of its kind in the country. The law firm's faculty practitioners participate as both teachers and mentors. Students enrolled in the Clinic Rotation spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, observing and participating in their day-to-day lawyering activities. In addition, there is a weekly plenary classroom session that covers lawyering activities that arise within real life law practice. The available practice areas include criminal defense, employment/civil litigation, entrepreneurial law, family law, vaccine injury litigation, and tax law. Although student activities will vary from rotation to rotation, based upon current caseloads and calendars, students may be exposed to such activities as: accompanying lawyers to court appearances, proceedings at administrative agencies, or mediations; client meeting; document drafting; case strategizing; and simulated activites that help develop professional skills. The Clinic Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Joke of the Week. What do you call a bear in the rain? A drizzly bear.


Week of October 10, 2016

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Yom Kippur, classes starting 4:00 and after are administratively canceled on Tuesday, October 11, and all classes (day and evening) are canceled on Wednesday, October 12.

1L Your Way. The 1L Your Way program allows first-year full-time students to choose an elective class or Clinic 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.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). (Please note that this list is subject to change.) Students may also 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 Clinic Rotation (see the description below).

The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. First-year students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. 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.)

Clinic Rotation Description: The Clinic Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. It matches first-year students with faculty practitioners, allowing students to gain exposure to three different practice areas and to the day-to-day activities of the clinical faculty. Based inside Chicago-Kent's in-house law firm, the Clinic Rotation course is the first of its kind in the country. The law firm's faculty practitioners participate as both teachers and mentors. Students enrolled in the Clinic Rotation spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, observing and participating in their day-to-day lawyering activities. In addition, there is a weekly plenary classroom session that covers lawyering activities that arise within real life law practice. The available practice areas include criminal defense, employment/civil litigation, entrepreneurial law, family law, vaccine injury litigation, and tax law. Although student activities will vary from rotation to rotation, based upon current caseloads and calendars, students may be exposed to such activities as: accompanying lawyers to court appearances, proceedings at administrative agencies, or mediations; client meeting; document drafting; case strategizing; and simulated activites that help develop professional skills. The Clinic Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Mindfulness Meditation Session. The Dean's Office will host a free mindfulness meditation session for the entire law school community (students, faculty, and staff) on Tuesday, October 11, 12:15-1:00pm, in Rm. 520. The session will be led by attorney Jeffrey H. Bunn, a Chicago mediator and business litigator. Mr. Bunn is chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Mindfulness and the Law Committee. Mr. Bunn will provide an introduction to meditation, a 10-minute meditation group sitting, and a brief discussion on how you can incorporate meditation into your working day to improve your work/study performance, effectiveness, and resilience. Click here to RSVP online (myIIT login required).

Joke of the Week. Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. However, all the league records were unfortunately destroyed in a fire. Thus we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.


Week of October 3, 2016

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Rosh Hashanah, all classes (day and evening) are administratively canceled on Monday, October 3. Due to Yom Kippur, classes starting 4:00 and after are administratively canceled on Tuesday, October 11, and all classes (day and evening) are canceled on Wednesday, October 12.

1L Your Way. The 1L Your Way program allows first-year full-time students to choose an elective class or Clinic 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.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). (Please note that this list is subject to change.) Students may also 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 Clinic Rotation (see the description below).

The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. First-year students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. 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.)

Clinic Rotation Description: The Clinic Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. It matches first-year students with faculty practitioners, allowing students to gain exposure to three different practice areas and to the day-to-day activities of the clinical faculty. Based inside Chicago-Kent's in-house law firm, the Clinic Rotation course is the first of its kind in the country. The law firm's faculty practitioners participate as both teachers and mentors. Students enrolled in the Clinic Rotation spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, observing and participating in their day-to-day lawyering activities. In addition, there is a weekly plenary classroom session that covers lawyering activities that arise within real life law practice. The available practice areas include criminal defense, employment/civil litigation, entrepreneurial law, family law, vaccine injury litigation, and tax law. Although student activities will vary from rotation to rotation, based upon current caseloads and calendars, students may be exposed to such activities as: accompanying lawyers to court appearances, proceedings at administrative agencies, or mediations; client meeting; document drafting; case strategizing; and simulated activites that help develop professional skills. The Clinic Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Interested in Studying Abroad at a Chicago-Kent Partner School? The Office of International Law and Policy would like to invite any interested J.D. students to an informal information session on Chicago-Kent's study abroad programs on October 4, 12:00-1:00pm, in Rm. 345. The session will provide information on the available options as well as an overview of the process.  Although first-year J.D. students are not eligible to study abroad until completing their first year, first-year students who want an early start on planning are welcome to attend this session, or they can attend a second session planned for the Spring semester. 

Fire Drill Follow-Up. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drills. 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 result in a disciplinary charge.

Mindfulness Meditation Session. The Dean's Office will host a free mindfulness meditation session for the entire law school community (students, faculty, and staff) on Tuesday, October 11, 12:15-1:00pm, in Rm. 520. The session will be led by attorney Jeffrey H. Bunn, a Chicago mediator and business litigator. Mr. Bunn is chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Mindfulness and the Law Committee. Mr. Bunn will provide an introduction to meditation, a 10-minute meditation group sitting, and a brief discussion on how you can incorporate meditation into your working day to improve your work/study performance, effectiveness, and resilience. Click here to RSVP online (myIIT login required).

CBA Program on Running for Public Office. The Chicago Bar Association will host a program entitled Running for Public Office: How to Get on the Ballot and Win on October 5, 3:00-6:00pm, at 321 S. Plymouth Court. The program is free for area law students who attend in-person.

Click here to register if you are a CBA member. If you are not a CBA member, send an email to seminars@chicagobar.org with your name, law school, address, phone number, and email address.

Joke of the Week. Why is can crushing the saddest job in the world? Because it's soda pressing.


Week of September 26, 2016

Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Rosh Hashanah, all classes (day and evening) are administratively canceled on Monday, October 3. Due to Yom Kippur, classes starting 4:00 and after are administratively canceled on Tuesday, October 11, and all classes (day and evening) are canceled on Wednesday, October 12.

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 27, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210). 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 result in a disciplinary charge.
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Joke of the Week. What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.


Week of September 19, 2016

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2016, Professors Christopher Schmidt and Carolyn Shapiro of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States will give a talk titled "Crisis on the Court? The Constitution, Politics, and the Vacancy on the Supreme Court" on Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm, in Rm. 510. The event is free and open to the public.

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 27, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210). 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 result in a disciplinary charge.
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Joke of the Week. Thanks for explaining the word "many" to me -- it means a lot.


Week of September 12, 2016

Summer 2016 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 list of CALI Award winners for Summer 2016 courses is available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2016, Professors Christopher Schmidt and Carolyn Shapiro of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States will give a talk titled "Crisis on the Court? The Constitution, Politics, and the Vacancy on the Supreme Court" on Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm, in Rm. 510. The event is free and open to the public.

Praxis Certificate: September 13 Fall Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its fall kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, September 13 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in Rm. 170.  A complimentary lunch will be served. This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to any upper-class J.D. students with at least three semesters remaining who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis.  Tuesday'sluncheon will include a review of the Praxis program to date and feature speakers from the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago-Kent's Office of Career Services.   Enrolled Praxis students will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste as soon as possible at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

Labor and Employment Law Program: Information Session. The Program in Labor and Employment Law will hold an information session on Tuesday, September 13 at 4:00 pm in Rm. 370. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Come learn about the opportunities in labor and employment law at Chicago-Kent, including the certificate program, special scholarships for students in the program, opportunities to work on Institute for Law and the Workplace journals and a variety of co-curricular activities. Come also to mingle informally with labor/employment faculty and current students in the program.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

Joke of the Week. Q: What is heavy forward but not backward? A: Ton.


Week of September 5, 2016

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 6, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 210). 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 27, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

Praxis Certificate: Information Sessions and Enrollment Instructions for Upper-Level Students: Professor Van Neste will hold information sessions on Tuesday, September 6 at 12:00 noon and Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00 pm for students interested in enrolling in the Praxis Certificate.  Both sessions will be held in Rm. 844. Come learn about the Praxis Certificate and how completion of the program can help you develop vital professional practice skills and stand out to employers.  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. Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining (including this semester). For students who wish to begin the program this semester, you must be enrolled by September 13.  For more information, or to enroll online, visit: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/praxis-program.  Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

Praxis Certificate: September 13 Fall Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its fall kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, September 13 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in Rm. 170.  A complimentary lunch will be served. This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to any upper-class J.D. students with at least three semesters remaining who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Enrolled Praxis students will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Labor and Employment Law Program: Information Session. The Program in Labor and Employment Law will hold an information session on Tuesday, September 13 at 4:00 pm in Rm. 370. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Come learn about the opportunities in labor and employment law at Chicago-Kent, including the certificate program, special scholarships for students in the program, opportunities to work on Institute for Law and the Workplace journals and a variety of co-curricular activities. Come also to mingle informally with labor/employment faculty and current students in the program.

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.

Meditation Room. Rm. C86 is availble for meditation or contemplation. The room is located in the hallway on the southeast side of the Concourse level.

Lactation Room. There is a lactation room available in the Library. For more information, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5005.

Joke of the Week. Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.


Week of August 29, 2016

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes are canceled on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 2
Building hours 7:15am - 9:45pm
Library 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 3
Building hours 8:30am - 4:00pm
Library CLOSED

Sunday, September 4 & Monday, September 5
Building and Library CLOSED

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 30, from 11:30-1:30 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in 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. 

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/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. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 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 at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. 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, 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.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. 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 the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or student.health@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

Reminder About 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.

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.

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.

Joke of the Week. Why don’t you ever see a hippopotamus hiding in a tree? Because they’re really good at it.

To Entering Students:

Bar Exam and Character & Fitness Requirements. First-year students should familiarize themselves with the bar exam and character & fitness requirements of the state in which they anticipate taking the bar exam. For Illinois, this information is availalbe on the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website.

Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year J.D. 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 this week to selected students to join these sessions. Other students may petition to join the sessions by clicking here. Petitions are due no later than Thursday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 210). 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 27, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

ID Cards and U-Passes. If you have not picked up your ID card or U-Pass, you may do so in the Registrar's Office on the second floor.

To Returning Students:

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of theFall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. 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 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 Friday, September 2, 2016, 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 Friday, September 2, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. Please review § 2.4 of 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 2016 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 2016 semester, and you 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, September 2, 2016, 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.

Praxis Certificate: Information Sessions and Enrollment Instructions for Upper-Level Students: Professor Van Neste will hold information sessions on Tuesday, September 6 at 12:00 noon and Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00 pm for students interested in enrolling in the Praxis Certificate.  Both sessions will be held in Rm. 844. Come learn about the Praxis Certificate and how completion of the program can help you develop vital professional practice skills and stand out to employers.  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. Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining (including this semester). For students who wish to begin the program this semester, you must be enrolled by September 13.  For more information, or to enroll online, visit: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs/praxis-program.  Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

Praxis Certificate: September 13 Fall Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its fall kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, September 13 from 12 noon - 1:00 pm. The Room is TBD.  A complimentary lunch will be served. This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to any upper-class J.D. students with at least three semesters remaining who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Enrolled Praxis students will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.

February 2017 and July 2017 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2017 bar exam are due by September 15, 2016 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 15, and for the July bar up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 5, 2016. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 15 (the late deadline is September 22). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of August 22, 2016

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 30, from 11:30-1:30 (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 Academic Administration and Student Affairs, 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.

Kara E. Angeletti Anthony R. Joseph
Gabriel J. Aprati Mark Kifarkis
Zachary S. Auslander Mateusz Kita
Daniel H. Broaddus Cody L. Lipke
Kristen Farr Capizzi Haley Loutfy
Stefanie L. Ferrari Dina Lupancu
Thomas Ford Ben J. Mahon
Christopher L. Gerardi Zachary J. McCullough
Stephanie Gerstetter Robin Mohr
Matthew Griffin Colin Pochie
Matthew Guerrero Emily Shaw
Kiersten Hansen Alexandrina Shrove
Alison M. Heydorn Sarah M. Williams
Stephan Hoffman Michael Zolfo
Anna Jirschele  

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. Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty member 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.

Employment Limitation. Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are 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).

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/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. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 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 at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. 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, 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.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. 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 the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or student.health@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

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 available by clicking here. 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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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.

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).

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 intend to live forever, or die trying!

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 (under the Academics & Grades heading).

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 J.D. 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 early in the semester to join these sessions. 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 6, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 210). 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 27, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. If you have not picked up your ID card, you may do so in the Registrar's Office on the second floor.

We are awaiting arrival of the CTA U-Passes and will send an email when they arrive.

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 22 (the first day of classes) through December 16 (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 2016 Semester Information. The Fall 2016 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 2016 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. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. Initial reading assignments for first-year courses are not included in this list.

Please note that the following assignments have been added since the list was first posted: Lawers as Social Innovators, and Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar. The list may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.

Revised Fall Schedule of Classes.
This version of the Fall schedule includes exam information and classroom assignments.

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. Important 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. The Equivalency Class must be taken in the same semester as the activity that qualifies you to take the Equivalency Class - you may not defer the Equivalency Class to a later semester.

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 theFall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. 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 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.

2016-2017 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 Friday, September 2, 2016, 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 Friday, September 2, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 

Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. Please review § 2.4 of 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 2016 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 2016 semester, and you 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, September 2, 2016, 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.

Changes to Student Handbook. The following changes have been made to the Chicago-Kent Student Handbook.

Code of Conduct Provisions on Sexual Misconduct. In response to a new Illinois law, the university now has a uniform policy for all academic colleges and departments concerning sexual misconduct allegations made against students. More specifically, Chicago-Kent students are now subject to the university-wide policies, provisions, and procedures available at http://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/handbook/fine-print/sexual-harassment (sexual harassment), at https://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/vawa-save-acts (sexual misconduct), and at https://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/handbook/fine-print/conduct-discipline (disciplinary procedures). All allegations concerning sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will be adjudicated in accordance with these university-wide policies, provisions, and procedures rather than those of the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct.

Grade Appeals. [Grade appeals are now initiated by submitting a petition to the Dean (rather than to the full faculty), and must be filed no more than 90 days after the student receives the grade (formerly there was no time limit). The substantive grounds for filing a grade appeal remain unchanged. The revised language is available here (scroll down to section 7.9).

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 30, from 11:30-1:30 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/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. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 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 at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. 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, 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.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. 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 the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or student.health@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

Spring 2016 CALI Winners. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Spring 2016 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 in the Fall for all 2015-2016 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Spring 2016 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2016 semester, and Spring 2016 class ranks for J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the Spring 2016 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 2015 or Summer 2015 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 2016 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who graduated in May, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you were a first-year full-time student in the Spring, 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.

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 22 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, December 16 (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.

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 2017 and July 2017 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2017 bar exam are due by September 15, 2016 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 15, and for the July bar up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 5, 2016. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 15 (the late deadline is September 22). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of August 15, 2016

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'm also in charge of 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 J.D. 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 early in the semester to join these sessions. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/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. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 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 at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. 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, 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.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. 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 the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or student.health@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

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 Monday, August 22 (the first day of classes) through Friday, December 16 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA uses the Ventra card, which you will keep until you graduate. The cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. We will notify first-year full-time students once we have received your U-Passes. For more details, visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

Note to International LL.M. students and visiting students: You qualify for a U-Pass if you are registered for at least 12 credit hours for the Fall semester. If you are 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 2016 Semester Information. The Fall 2016 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 2016 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. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. Initial reading assignments for first-year courses are not included in this list.

Please note that the following assignments have been added since the list was first posted: Lawers as Social Innovators, and Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar. The list may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.

Revised Fall Schedule of Classes.
This version of the Fall schedule includes exam information and classroom assignments.

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. Important 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. The Equivalency Class must be taken in the same semester as the activity that qualifies you to take the Equivalency Class - you may not defer the Equivalency Class to a later semester.

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 theFall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. 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 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.

2016-2017 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 Friday, September 2, 2016, 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 Friday, September 2, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 

Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. Please review § 2.4 of 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 2016 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 2016 semester, and you 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, September 2, 2016, 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.

Changes to Student Handbook. The following changes have been made to the Chicago-Kent Student Handbook.

Code of Conduct Provisions on Sexual Misconduct. In response to a new Illinois law, the university now has a uniform policy for all academic colleges and departments concerning sexual misconduct allegations made against students. More specifically, Chicago-Kent students are now subject to the university-wide policies, provisions, and procedures available at http://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/handbook/fine-print/sexual-harassment (sexual harassment), at https://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/vawa-save-acts (sexual misconduct), and at https://web.iit.edu/student-affairs/handbook/fine-print/conduct-discipline (disciplinary procedures). All allegations concerning sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will be adjudicated in accordance with these university-wide policies, provisions, and procedures rather than those of the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct.

Grade Appeals. [Grade appeals are now initiated by submitting a petition to the Dean (rather than to the full faculty), and must be filed no more than 90 days after the student receives the grade (formerly there was no time limit). The substantive grounds for filing a grade appeal remain unchanged. The revised language is available here (scroll down to section 7.9).

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/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. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 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 at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. 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, 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.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. 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 the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or student.health@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

Spring 2016 CALI Winners. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Spring 2016 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 in the Fall for all 2015-2016 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Spring 2016 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2016 semester, and Spring 2016 class ranks for J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the Spring 2016 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 2015 or Summer 2015 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 2016 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who graduated in May, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you were a first-year full-time student in the Spring, 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.

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 22 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, December 16 (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.

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 2017 and July 2017 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2017 bar exam are due by September 15, 2016 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 15, and for the July bar up to May 15, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 5, 2016. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 15 (the late deadline is September 22). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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