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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Record Archives for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.


SPRING 2018

Weeks of July 16 and July 23, 2018

Summer 2018 Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Summer 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments will be posted prior to the start of the Summer exam period.

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

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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) has provided detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. Please take special note of the following items:

  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 Handwriters.Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are a Spring graduate, 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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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, 2018.

Uniform Bar Exam Coming to Illinois. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar announced in June that Illinois will adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2019. The new format of the exam will be as follows (from the bar examiners' announcement):

The format of the Illinois bar examination will change from three Illinois Essay questions, one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) task, six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and the 200 question Multistate Bar Exam (MBE-multiple choice) to two MPT tasks, six MEE questions, and the MBE. In other words, an additional MPT will replace the Illinois Essay questions.

The announcement also states that "[t]he date Illinois will begin to accept applications to transfer UBE scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions to Illinois has yet to be determined." Please click here for the bar examiners' complete announcement; and click here for the UBE's main home page.

Revised Academic Calendar for 2018-2019. At its last faculty meeting of the year, the faculty approved the cancellation of classes starting before 4:00 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day), as a Day of Civic Engagement. Click here for the revised calendar. Classes will still end on Friday, December 7, although Friday classes will not meet on that day so that make-ups can be held for November 6 classes. The Fall read period and exam period remain unchanged.

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)




Weeks of July 2 and July 9, 2018

Additional Spring 2018 CALI Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following students for earning a CALI Award this past Spring. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Family & Employment Immigration Practice (Profs. Wintersteen and MacLean): Natalia Blauvelt and Solomila Yaremchuk
-Remedies (Prof. Drury): Roberto J. Fernandez and Elizabeth E. Grande

Summer 2018 Pass/Fail Revocations. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for all elective Summer courses is Thursday, July 12, at 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.

Uniform Bar Exam Coming to Illinois. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar announced in June that Illinois will adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2019. The new format of the exam will be as follows (from the bar examiners' announcement):

The format of the Illinois bar examination will change from three Illinois Essay questions, one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) task, six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and the 200 question Multistate Bar Exam (MBE-multiple choice) to two MPT tasks, six MEE questions, and the MBE. In other words, an additional MPT will replace the Illinois Essay questions.

The announcement also states that "[t]he date Illinois will begin to accept applications to transfer UBE scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions to Illinois has yet to be determined." Please click here for the bar examiners' complete announcement; and click here for the UBE's main home page.

Revised Academic Calendar for 2018-2019. At its last faculty meeting of the year, the faculty approved the cancellation of classes starting before 4:00 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day), as a Day of Civic Engagement. Click here for the revised calendar. Classes will still end on Friday, December 7, although Friday classes will not meet on that day so that make-ups can be held for November 6 classes. The Fall read period and exam period remain unchanged.

Summer 2018 Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Summer 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments will be posted prior to the start of the Summer exam period.

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

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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) has provided detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. Please take special note of the following items:

  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 Handwriters.Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are a Spring graduate, 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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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, 2018.

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 2018 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 got fired from my job at the bank today. A guy came in and asked me to check his balance, so I pushed him over.


Weeks of June 18 and June 25, 2018

Spring 2018 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2018 semester, and Spring 2018 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 2018" link under "Grades and Rank" in the leftside menu. (Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2017 or Summer 2017 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 2018 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.

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. 

Spring 2018 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 2018 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members.
 I'm happy to announce that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

William A. Ballentine Edgar Matias
Zachary J. Boyce Jamie N. Noonan
Samantha Damewood Hannah E. Schwab
Gabriel M. Drury Oliver G. Serafini
John R. Etchingham Heather H. Stirton
Shelley Geiszler Andrew H. Velzen
David Klein-Rodick Hubert J. Zanczak
Alec C. Kraus Jake A. Ziering
Clare B. Lilek  

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 have been notified by email by Dean Sowle. This year’s Summer Candidacy Program will run from Thursday, June 21 through Thursday, July 5. 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 are 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, are 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, 2018 to July 5, 2018. (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 held an informational session on Monday, June 4, 2018, where members answered questions about the Law Review, the Summer Candidacy Program, and the write-on process. If you were unable to attend the session, or have additional questions, please feel free to contact Executive Notes & Comments Editor Meg Tierney at mtierney1@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Thank you,

The Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board

Jack Amaro, Editor-in-Chief
Madeline Huerta, Managing Editor
Meg Tierney, Executive Notes & Comments Editor

Summer 2018 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 22. 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 Tuesday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 22, 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 22. 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 Tuesday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 22, at 5:00 pm.

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

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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Notices to Graduating Seniors.
 If you are a Spring graduate, 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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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, 2018.

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 2018 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. Dogs can't operate MRI machines. But cats can!


Weeks of June 4 and June 11, 2018

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 Thursday, June 21 through Thursday, July 5; the Law Review will hold an informational session onMonday, June 4, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 590. 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, 2018 to July 5, 2018. (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 Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm in Room 590, 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 Meg Tierney at mtierney1@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Thank you,

The Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board

Jack Amaro, Editor-in-Chief
Madeline Huerta, Managing Editor
Meg Tierney, Executive Notes & Comments Editor

Notices to Graduating Seniors.
 If you are a Spring graduate, 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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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, 2018.

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 2018 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 2018 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 8 (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 2018 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Joke of the Week. How can you get four suits for a dollar? Buy a deck of cards!


Weeks of May 21 and May 28, 2018

Notices to Graduating Seniors.
 If you are a Spring graduate, 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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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, 2018.

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 2018 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 2018 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 8 (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 2018 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Notices About U-Pass. 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 11 (the last day of exams) at midnight. 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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. 

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. 

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.

Summer 2018 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, 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.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2018 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2018 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we have not received an initial assignment from the professor; any additional assignments we receive will be emailed to students enrolled in the course(s). 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).

•Taking Classes at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School 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 on the links below to see the available courses:

Loyola courses
DePaul courses
John Marshall courses

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me to see if seats are still available. 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.

•Course Fee. 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, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). 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; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

•Pass/fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Summer term must be made online no later than Monday, May 28, 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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (e.g., Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2018 Registration. The Fall 2018 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 3 for students to see what Fall classs 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 7, at 9:00pm.

Wait List for Certain Fall Classes. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping manual wait lists for Prof. Schmidt's Constitutional Law section; for Ethics & Advocacy; and for Law, Literature & Feminism. If you attempted to register for any of these classes and were closed out, you were automatically placed on the wait list for the class. If you did not try to register for one of these classes but wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Schedule Changes. The following class has been added to the Fall 2018 schedule:

-Latinx and the Law (1 credit), Prof. Boni-Saenz, 297-01, Wed. 1:55-2:50pm.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide page.

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 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 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 2018 semester and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester. 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 for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Intensive Essay Writing Lab. This 2-credit class is offered in the Spring semester and is required for graduating students in the bottom 15% of their class (as determined by their class rank at the end of the previous Spring semester), and is strongly recommended for those in the remaining portion of the bottom 25% of the class. (Other students may petition to take the class but are not guaranteed entry.) Students in the bottom 15% may petition to opt out of the class. Taking the class will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement.

Joke of the Week. "On the other hand ... you have different fingers." (Steven Wright)


Week of May 7, 2018

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 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. 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 2018 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 2018 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 8 (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 2018 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Notices About U-Pass. 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 11 (the last day of exams) at midnight. 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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. 

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. 

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 2018 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams are also listed 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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify will record a start time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. You must download all of your self-scheduled exam files in Examplify ahead of time. However, you should not begin start the exam until you actually take the exam -- just download the files prior to the exam. Once you start 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 those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Take-Home Exam Submission Instructions:

• When you are ready to submit your exam answers, go to the Take-Home Exam Upload Site.
• You must be logged into your kentlaw.iit.edu account in order to upload your exam.
• Please upload your exam answer document in PDF format (you should not use the Examplify software for take home exams).
• The name of your answer document should be your five-digit Fall exam number.
• Your exam number should also be placed on the first line of your answer document; do not put your name in your answer document.
• Your exam will be time stamped when it is uploaded.

If you have problems uploading your answer document using the online form, please email your answer document to: exams@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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. Earlier exams 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. 

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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) has provided detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. Please take special note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software is now available for download.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 Handwriters. 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 2018 Registration. The Fall 2018 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 3 for students to see what Fall classs 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 7, at 9:00pm.

Wait List for Certain Fall Classes. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping manual wait lists for Prof. Schmidt's Constitutional Law section; for Ethics & Advocacy; and for Law, Literature & Feminism. If you attempted to register for any of these classes and were closed out, you were automatically placed on the wait list for the class. If you did not try to register for one of these classes but wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Schedule Changes. The following class has been added to the Fall 2018 schedule:

-Latinx and the Law (1 credit), Prof. Boni-Saenz, 297-01, Wed. 1:55-2:50pm.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide page.

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 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 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 2018 semester and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester. 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 for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Intensive Essay Writing Lab. This 2-credit class is offered in the Spring semester and is required for graduating students in the bottom 15% of their class (as determined by their class rank at the end of the previous Spring semester), and is strongly recommended for those in the remaining portion of the bottom 25% of the class. (Other students may petition to take the class but are not guaranteed entry.) Students in the bottom 15% may petition to opt out of the class. Taking the class will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement.

•"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 2018 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, 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.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2018 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we have not received an initial assignment from the professor; any additional assignments we receive will be emailed to students enrolled in the course(s). 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).

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2018 Quick Guide page.

•Taking Classes at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School 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 on the links below to see the available courses:

Loyola courses
DePaul courses
John Marshall courses

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me to see if seats are still available. 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.

•Course Fee. 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, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). 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; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

•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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (e.g., Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.


Joke of the Week. What do you get when you cross a judge with poison ivy? Rash decisions.


Week of April 30, 2018

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams are also listed 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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify will record a start time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. You must download all of your self-scheduled exam files in Examplify ahead of time. However, you should not begin start the exam until you actually take the exam -- just download the files prior to the exam. Once you start 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 those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Take-Home Exam Submission Instructions:

• When you are ready to submit your exam answers, go to the Take-Home Exam Upload Site.
• You must be logged into your kentlaw.iit.edu account in order to upload your exam.
• Please upload your exam answer document in PDF format (you should not use the Examplify software for take home exams).
• The name of your answer document should be your five-digit Fall exam number.
• Your exam number should also be placed on the first line of your answer document; do not put your name in your answer document.
• Your exam will be time stamped when it is uploaded.

If you have problems uploading your answer document using the online form, please email your answer document to: exams@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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. Earlier exams 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. 

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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) has provided detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. Please take special note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software is now available for download.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 Handwriters. 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 About U-Pass. 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 11 (the last day of exams) at midnight. 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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. 

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. 

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.

Speaker Event on Preparing for the Bar Exam. (From the Bar Preparation Committee:) Hear from a recent bar exam passer about how to study for, prepare for, and take the bar exam. Anthea Fuentes '17, an associate at Vedder Price, passed the Illinois bar exam after taking it for the second time in February. The presentation will be on Tuesday, May 1, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. RSVP at this link

She will address the following topics:

  • Resources--traditional and non-traditional
  • The bar exam on a budget
  • Testing conditions in July v. February
  • Studying in the summer v. in the winter
  • Learning from a failed exam
  • Studying while working v. not working
  • Emotional challenges
  • The bar exam and social media

In addition, Anthea will raffle off a set of Critical Pass flashcards.

Summer 2018 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, 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.

•Taking Classes at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School 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 on the links below to see the available courses:

Loyola courses
DePaul courses
John Marshall courses

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.

•Course Fee. 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, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). 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; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

•Summer Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week on the Summer 2018 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 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2018 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 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (e.g., Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2018 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for Fall 2018 will open on Thursday, May 3, at 9:00 am. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after May 3. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after May 3 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 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2018 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 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 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 2018 semester and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester. 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 for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Intensive Essay Writing Lab. This 2-credit class is offered in the Spring semester and is required for graduating students in the bottom 15% of their class (as determined by their class rank at the end of the previous Spring semester), and is strongly recommended for those in the remaining portion of the bottom 25% of the class. (Other students may petition to take the class but are not guaranteed entry.) Students in the bottom 15% may petition to opt out of the class. Taking the class will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement.

•"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. 

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 2018 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. Did you hear about the new corduroy pillows? They're making headlines.


Week of April 23, 2018

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 27 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)

Read Period: Saturday, April 28 - Tuesday, May 1 

Exam Period:
 Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 11

Fall 2018 Registration.

Final Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Fall 2018 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide page by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall 2018 Quick Guide link.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 24, at 9:00am through Friday, April 27, at 9:00pm. 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. Click here for instructions on how to access the registration system in the myIIT portal.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Thursday, May 3. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Thursday, May 3, to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

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.)

Schedule Changes/Additions. Please note the following changes/additions made since the issuance of the preliminary Fall 2018 schedule.

Additions to the Schedule:

-Securities Regulation (361-51): This class has been added to the Fall schedule. It will meet MW 6:00-7:25pm.

Other Changes to the Schedule:

-Comparative Law (430-01): Pass/fail is not available for this class.
-Employment Litigation (324-51): This class will meet MW 6:00-7:25pm (not TTh 6:00-7:25pm).
-Justice and Technology Practicum (506-81): This class will meet Tues. 4:00-5:50pm (not Wed. 4:00-5:50pm).
-Law and Religion (433-81 or 944-81): In response to student inquiries, we are clarifying that Constitutional Law is not a prerequisite for taking this class (which may be taken either as a course or a seminar).

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 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 2018 semester and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester. 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 for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Intensive Essay Writing Lab. This 2-credit class is offered in the Spring semester and is required for graduating students in the bottom 15% of their class (as determined by their class rank at the end of the previous Spring semester), and is strongly recommended for those in the remaining portion of the bottom 25% of the class. (Other students may petition to take the class but are not guaranteed entry.) Students in the bottom 15% may petition to opt out of the class. Taking the class will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement.

•"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 2018 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2018 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, 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. Please note: Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law, listed on the original Summer schedule, has been canceled.

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series. Thinking about the bar exam? So are we! Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now is your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series. The final session of the series will feature Professor Baker, who will review the fundamental principles of Property law, a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination.

This session will be held on Friday, April 27, 12:00-2:00 pm in Rm. C40, and will offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. To RSVP for this session, please click here. Snacks will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

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

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software is now available for download.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 Handwriters. 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.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms are available now (see below) and will remain online through the last day of classes, Friday, April 27. Although you can complete the forms at any time through April 27, 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, 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.

Deadline for Revoking Spring 2018 Pass/Fail Elections.. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, April 26, at 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 2018 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 put instant coffee in the microwave and almost went back in time." (Steven Wright)


Week of April 16, 2018

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

Last day of classes: Friday, April 27 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)

Read Period: Saturday, April 28 - Tuesday, May 1 

Exam Period:
 Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 11

Teaching Evaluations.
Teaching evaluations will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms are available now (see below) and will remain online through the last day of classes, Friday, April 27. Although you can complete the forms at any time through April 27, 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, 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 2018 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2018 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, 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. Please note: Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law, listed on the original Summer schedule, has been canceled.

Fall 2018 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule for Fall 2018 classes will be issued this Tuesday, April 17. The final schedule, along with the Registration Bulletin, will be issued on Friday, April 20. Registration will take place during the week of April 23 (details will be included with the preliminary schedule).

Deadline for Revoking Spring 2018 Pass/Fail Elections..
 A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, April 26, at 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 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response shortly from 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download by April 16, 2018.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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 2018 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) will be holding its final Spring office hours at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, April 19, 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

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.

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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Joke of the Week. What is faster -- hot or cold? Hot, because you can catch a cold.


Week of April 9, 2018

Deadline for Revoking Spring 2018 Pass/Fail Elections.. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, April 26, at 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.

Summer 2018 Class Schedule and Registration.
  The Summer 2018 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer 2018 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay.

•Course Fee.
 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, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). 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; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

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

•Registration Instructions.
 Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 10, 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 13; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 5, go to the Summer 2018 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 13. 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 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

•Add/Drop Period.
 The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 13Starting on April 13, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 28, at 11:50 pm.

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response shortly from 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download by April 16, 2018.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Fall 2018 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2018 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 16.

Joke of the Week. Question: What did Delaware? Answer: A New Jersey!


Week of April 2, 2018

Summer 2018 Class Schedule and Registration.  The Summer 2018 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 2018 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." Print copies will be available on the table in the third floor elevator bay.

•Course Fee.
 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, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). 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; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

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

•Registration Instructions.
 Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 10, 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 13; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 5, go to the Summer 2018 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 13. 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 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

•Add/Drop Period.
 The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 13Starting on April 13, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 28, at 11:50 pm.

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response shortly from 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download by April 16, 2018.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Fall 2018 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2018 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 16.

Joke of the Week. Question: How many dull people does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One.


Week of March 26, 2018

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 22- March 30.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 22; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, March 30, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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

Exams Method Registration: March 22-March 30. 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 onlyif 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 in to Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 22; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, March 30, at 5:00 pm.

Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download by April 16, 2018.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2018 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 22. 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 30, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2018 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2018 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available on Monday, April 2, through the Summer 2018 Quick Guide link on the Current Students Portal page.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 10, 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 13; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 5, go to the Summer 2018 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 13. 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 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 13Starting on April 13, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 28, at 11:50 pm.

Joke of the Week. Remember -- avoid cliches like the plague!


Week of March 19, 2018

Spring 2018 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Spring 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

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 2-May 11). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside 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 the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify 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).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

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

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

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, May 6, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 11. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 11, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on May 11 and return it after that date.

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 then in print form to the Registrar's Office.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 22- March 30.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 22; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, March 30, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

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

Exams Method Registration: March 22-March 30. 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 onlyif 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 in to Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 22; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, March 30, at 5:00 pm.

Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) 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 fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the Examplify name or under the earlier SoftTest name) will not work for Spring 2018 exams. You must also re-regiser the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download by April 16, 2018.
  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2018 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 22. 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 30, at 5:00 pm.

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series.
�Planning on taking the bar exam this summer? Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now�s your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series. Two of the five sessions in the series still remain. You will hear an experienced 1L professor review the fundamental principles of a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination. The remaining topics are Civil Procedure and Property.

The sessions are on�selected Fridays from�12:00-2:00pm�and offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. Professor Reilly will conduct the next session in the series with a review of Civil Procedure law on Friday, March 23 at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. To RSVP for this session, please click here. The next (and last) refresher session will be on Property and will be held on Friday, April 27, 12:00 noon in Rm. C40.

Snacks will be served. Questions? Please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at�edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Trial Team Tryouts. 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 upper-level students who are not graduating this year; they will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom (callbacks will be held the following day, March 22, at 5:30 pm). Informational packets with everything you need to know will be available on March 5 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.

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 remaining dates for Spring office hours are:

-Tuesday, March 20
-Thursday, April 19

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Improv for Innovation Workshop Series. [From IIT's Institute of Design] We want to let Chicago-Kent students know about an exciting new workshop that is being offered on the IIT Campus starting this Monday, March 19. It's a six-week improv class taught by one of the country's most respected improv teachers, Jimmy Carrane. Jimmy has taught at Second City, iO Chicago and for Fortune 500 companies (jimmycarrane.com). And here is the best news: It's only $195 and you don't have to leave campus to take it. Jimmy is coming to us! The first class is this Monday, March 19, from 12:30-2:00 pm in the 5th floor student lounge. If you are interested, sign up by clicking here.

In this six-week class you will learn to: be more insightful; be more confident in your presentations; work more effectively with a team; be able to think on your feet; be able to problem solve, coming up with creative solutions; deal with pressure situations better; and have lots and lots of fun!

Hear what some other IIT students who just took Improv For Innovation Level 1 are saying about this class:

Sonial Lala: "Improv has had a profound impact on turning around a bad day. I've come to class a few times exhausted, upset, down or not in the mood to participate in anything. An hour-and-a-half later I've been shocked by the change in my mood. Don't think of it as another thing to do that will take from you it's the thing that could re-energize and focus you for the rest of the day!"

Denise Broz: "I highly recommend this improv workshop. It is for everyone. No acting ability required. It is great for helping focus on being in the moment and it truly helps reduce stress. As the saying goes, 'laughter is the best medicine.'"

If you have any questions, you can contact Jimmy directly at jimcarrane@gmail.com or at 855-4-Improv. 

Volunteers Needed for ACLU Annual Luncheon. The ACLU Annual Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 23.  As in years past, they are looking for volunteers to help out with greeting, registration, and other needs. Volunteers would need to be available from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The event will beheld at the Hilton Chicago, and the keynote speaker is Amy Siskind.  If there are any available seats, volunteers may be able to sit at one of the open tables at the luncheon.  But regardless of seating, they will still be able to hear the program.  In addition, this is a high profile event, which presents a great networking opportunity. Any interested students should e-mail Liesl Pereira at LPereira@ALCU-il.org. She will provide any additional details. Please contact Professor Bailey at kbailey@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

Joke of the Week. My friend asked me to help round up his 37 sheep. I said, "40."


Week of March 12, 2018

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

Trial Team Tryouts. 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 upper-level students who are not graduating this year; they will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom (callbacks will be held the following day, March 22, at 5:30 pm). Informational packets with everything you need to know will be available on March 5 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.

Volunteers Needed for ACLU Annual Luncheon. The ACLU Annual Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 23.  As in years past, they are looking for volunteers to help out with greeting, registration, and other needs. Volunteers would need to be available from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The event will beheld at the Hilton Chicago, and the keynote speaker is Amy Siskind.  If there are any available seats, volunteers may be able to sit at one of the open tables at the luncheon.  But regardless of seating, they will still be able to hear the program.  In addition, this is a high profile event, which presents a great networking opportunity. Any interested students should e-mail Liesl Pereira at LPereira@ALCU-il.org. She will provide any additional details. Please contact Professor Bailey at kbailey@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

Joke of the Week. We just got a fax. At work. We didn't even know we had a fax machine. The entire department just stared at it. I poked it with a stick.


Week of March 5, 2018

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

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 Monday, March 5, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs; snacks will be served. 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
-Joint LADR/Labor & Employment
-Labor & Employment Law
-Legal Innovation & Technology
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Praxis
-Public Interest Law

Trial Team Tryouts. 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 upper-level students who are not graduating this year; they will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom (callbacks will be held the following day, March 22, at 5:30 pm). Informational packets with everything you need to know will be available on March 5 in the third floor elevatory bay, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Volunteers Needed for ACLU Annual Luncheon. The ACLU Annual Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 23.  As in years past, they are looking for volunteers to help out with greeting, registration, and other needs. Volunteers would need to be available from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The event will beheld at the Hilton Chicago, and the keynote speaker is Amy Siskind.  If there are any available seats, volunteers may be able to sit at one of the open tables at the luncheon.  But regardless of seating, they will still be able to hear the program.  In addition, this is a high profile event, which presents a great networking opportunity. Any interested students should e-mail Liesl Pereira at LPereira@ALCU-il.org. She will provide any additional details. Please contact Professor Bailey at kbailey@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

College Essay Volunteer Opportunity. Please contact Professor Julie Schrager at jschrager@kentlaw.iit.edu if you would like to volunteer at Amundsen High School on Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 am to help high school juniors with their college essays. We will be volunteering through the organization OneGoal.

Joke of the Week. Why did the dog cross the road twice? He was trying to catch a boomarang.


Week of February 26, 2018

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

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 Monday, March 5, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs; snacks will be served. 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
-Joint LADR/Labor & Employment
-Labor & Employment Law
-Legal Innovation & Technology
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Praxis
-Public Interest Law

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 remaining dates for Spring office hours are:

-Tuesday, February 27
-Tuesday, March 20
-Thursday, April 19

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Joke of the Week. "Hey, this Magic 8-Ball just keeps saying, 'It Depends.'" "Oh, that's the special Lawyers' Edition." (Thanks to Karen Maxwell for this week's joke.)


Week of February 19, 2018

Screening of "Marshall" and Panel Discussion. The Black Law Students Association and Power Rogers & Smith, LLP are co-hosting an event to celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 21, at 5:30 pm, in the first floor lobby and the Ogilvie Auditorium. The event, entitled Black Letter Law, will begin with a reception (5:30 pm), followed by a panel discussion (6:15 pm) and a screening of the film "Marshall" (7:00 pm). The panelists will be Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr., of the Illinois Appellate Court; Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke of the Cook County Circuit Court; Larry R. Rogers, Sr., of Power Rogers & Smith, LLP (founding partner); and Larry R. Rogers, Jr., of Power Rogers & Smith (partner). All Chicago-Kent students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited, and outside guests are also welcome. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by clicking here.

Study Abroad Information Session for J.D. Students. The Office of International Law and Policy will host an information session for J.D. students who are interested in studying abroad in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 3:00-4:00 pm, in Rm. 590. Information about Chicago-Kent's study abroad opportunities is available by clicking here.

Joke of the Week. I did a book signing yesterday. I'm now banned from the library.


Week of February 12, 2018

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

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

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

  4. Submit your selection

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

Academic 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. 

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series. Planning on taking the bar exam this summer? Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now’s your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series; three of the five sessions in the series still remain. You will hear an experienced 1L professor review the fundamental principles of a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination.

The sessions will be on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm and will offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. Professor Bailey will conduct the next session in the series with a review of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure on Friday, February 16, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. To RSVP for this session, please click here.

The complete schedule of remaining sessions is as follows:

*Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure, Prof. Bailey, Friday, February 16, Rm. 510

*Civil Procedure, Prof. Reilly, Friday, March 23, Rm. 510

*Property, Prof. Baker, Friday, April 27, Rm. C40.

Snacks will be served. Questions? Please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu.

July 2018 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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.org.

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 “Certification of Juris Doctorate” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar 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 24, 2018. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is February 8). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school (other states may have different rules).

Joke of the Week. What kind of person wears two watches at once? Someone with too much time on their hands.

Week of February 5, 2018

Additional Fall 2017 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.

-Comparative Law (Prof. Harding): Brenda A. Capistran and Alexandrina Shrove
-Lawyers as Social Innovators (Prof. Curran): Sarah M. Williams
-Practice & Professionalism (Profs. Katz & Hornsby): Ann M. Alexander

Fall 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2017 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2017" 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 2017 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2017 semester are available by clicking here.

Influenza Announcement. (From the IIT Student Health and Wellness Center) Influenza (flu) season is in full swing in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) sends a gentle reminder to all faculty, staff, and students to stay home and rest should you come down with the flu or have flu-like symptoms. Please help to keep our campus community healthy and safe by staying home, seeing a health care provider as soon as possible, and getting your flu vaccine.

What do FLU symptoms look like?

  • Sudden onset of high fever (101–103 °F)
  • Sudden onset of nausea (urge to vomit), vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Body aches and fatigue (tiredness)
  • These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by upper-respiratory symptoms such as a cough, a runny nose, or a sore throat

Stay Healthy!

  • Remember to stay hydrated
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Get plenty of rest (6–8 hours/night)
  • Contact your health care provider or come in to the SHWC (SHWC services are available for all registered students; faculty and staff, please contact your health care provider)
  • Get vaccinated against the FLU
    • The FLU vaccine is available to faculty, staff, and students at the SHWC

Influenza information:  Visit the website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information about the FLU (www.cdc.gov/flu).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Any SHWC member at 312.567.7550 or student.health@iit.edu

Anita Opdycke, NP-C: Associate Vice Provost for the Student Health and Wellness Center (aopdycke@iit.edu)

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 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.

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.

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series. Planning on taking the bar exam this summer? Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now’s your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series; three of the five sessions in the series still remain. You will hear an experienced 1L professor review the fundamental principles of a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination.

The sessions will be on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm and will offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. Professor Bailey will conduct the next session in the series with a review of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure on Friday, February 16, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. To RSVP for this session, please click here.

The complete schedule of remaining sessions is as follows:

*Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure, Prof. Bailey, Friday, February 16, Rm. 510

*Civil Procedure, Prof. Reilly, Friday, March 23, Rm. 510

*Property, Prof. Baker, Friday, April 27, Rm. C40.

Snacks will be served. Questions? Please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu.

July 2018 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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.org.

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 “Certification of Juris Doctorate” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar 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 24, 2018. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is February 8). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school (other states may have different rules).

Joke of the Week. "I had a dream I was a muffler. I woke up exhausted." (Thanks to Daniel Wartan for this week's joke.)

Week of January 29, 2018

Fall 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2017 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2017" 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 2017 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2017 semester are available by clicking here.

Fall 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 winners for Fall 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.

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

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 30. 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 30, 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 30, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 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 2018 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 2018 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 30, 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.

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.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students and all courses, 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.

Dean's Certificates for February Bar Exam. The law school will automatically send a certificate certifying your graduation to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who filed an Application for Graduation showing Fall 2017 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 2018 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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.org.

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 “Certification of Juris Doctorate” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar 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 24, 2018. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is February 8). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school (other states may have different rules).

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).

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:

Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday, February 27
Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, April 19

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Joke of the Week. Why did the pirate go on vacation? He wanted some Arrr and Arrr.


Week of January 22, 2018

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 30. 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 30, 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 30, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 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 2018 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 2018 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 30, 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 is available on the ASP web site. Information about petitioning for the Spring ASP small groups will be available shortly.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students and all courses, 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.

Dean's Certificates for February Bar Exam. The law school will automatically send a certificate certifying your graduation to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who filed an Application for Graduation showing Fall 2017 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 2018 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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.org.

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 “Certification of Juris Doctorate” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester. Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar 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 24, 2018. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is February 8). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school (other states may have different rules).

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.

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, 2018, 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, 2018. 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, 2018.

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.

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:

Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday, February 27
Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, April 19

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

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. 6:30 is the best time on the clock -- hands down.


Week of January 15, 2018

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 15. Classes will not be held on Monday, January 15, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 16). 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 15. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 14 (10:00am - 11:00pm), the Library will be closed on Sunday.

Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum. Please join us for Chicago-Kent's Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm (reception to follow).

TopicThe Impact of Hate Speech on Our Community.  Join experts and community leaders for a discussion addressing hate speech, its impact on specific communities, and how advocacy groups and other organizations are responding.

Panelists:

Amanda Antholt, Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality
Becky Carroll, President and CEO of C-Strategies LLC
Steven Heyman, Professor and First Amendment scholar at Chicago-Kent College of Law
Julie Justicz, Program Development Counsel at Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Norman White, Hate Crimes Victim Specialist for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations

The event is free of charge, but if you plan on attending, please register online at alumni.kentlaw.iit.edu/MLK-Forum-2018.

Accessing Your Fall 2017 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 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Spring 2018 Semester Information. The Spring 2018 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 2018 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials
An updated list of initial reading assignments has been posted; assignments were added for Civil Procedure (Prof. Rosen), and Products Liability (Prof. Jacobs) 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 will also 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).

Canceled Classes and Sections. The following Spring classs and sections have been canceled due to low enrollment or other reasons.

-Elder Law seminar (Prof. Boni-Saenz) (933-81): Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm
-Health Care Compliance (Prof. Lebow) (175-81): Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm
-International Criminal Law (Prof. B. Brown) (675-8): Mon. 4:00-5:50pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Public Defender Practice (Prof. Smith) (432-51): Mon/Wed. 6:00-7:25pm
-Legal Writing 4: International Business (Prof. Strzynski) (432-54): Tues/Thurs. 6:00-7:25pm
-Patent Institutions seminar (Prof. Reilly) (942-81): Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm
-Tax Planning for Passthrough Entities (LL.M. - Prof. Levun) (708-51): Thurs. 5:50-7:30pm
-U.S. International Tax in World of Tax Havens (Prof. Beiler) (310-51): Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm

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 30. 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 30, 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 30, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 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, Loyola, and John Marshall 
Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School 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. As announced last month, the Spring 2018 courses open to Chicago-Kent students are provided on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide page. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. (Because DePaul classes have already started, it is likely too late to add one of their classes.) 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. Important 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.

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits 
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 2018 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 30, 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 2018
All full-time day division 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 16 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 11 (the last day of exams).

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series. Planning on taking the bar exam this summer? Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now’s your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series; four of the original five sessions in the series still remain (Prof. Baker gave a session on Contracts last semester). You will hear an experienced 1L professor review the fundamental principles of a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination.

The sessions will be on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm and will offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. Professor Heyman will conduct the next session in the series with a review of Tort law on Friday, January 19, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. To RSVP for this session, please click here.

The complete schedule of remaining sessions is as follows:

*Torts, Prof. Heyman, Friday, January 19, Rm. 510

*Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure, Prof. Bailey, Friday, February 16, Rm. 510

*Civil Procedure, Prof. Reilly, Friday, March 23, Rm. 510

*Property, Prof. Baker, Friday, April 27, Rm. C40.

Snacks will be served. Questions? Please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Dean's Certificates for February Bar Exam. The law school will automatically send a certificate certifying your graduation to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who filed an Application for Graduation showing Fall 2017 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, 2018, 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, 2018. 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, 2018.

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.

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:

Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday, February 27
Tuesday, March 20
Thursday, April 19

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Academic Calendar for 2018-2019. 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 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 2017

Week of December 11, 2017

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 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 15, at 12:00 midnight. 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 16, 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 16 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.

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots (rescheduled from an earlier date) at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, December 12, 2:00-5:00 pm, in Rm. 290. 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).

Spring 2018 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2018 courses will be posted on Friday, January 5. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2018 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 2018 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Monday, December 4, 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 add/drop period on Tuesday, January 30, at 11:00pm.

Schedule Revisions. Please note the schedule revisions:

Health Care Compliance (175-81): This course has been canceled.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 2018 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 30, 2018, 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.

•Two Independent Research Opportunities. (1) Students may earn one credit of Independent Research (graded pass/fail) by attending the conference on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, which will be held at the Law School on Sunday, January 7, 2018, and then writing a paper under the supervision of Prof. Batlan. Contact Prof. Batlan at fbatlan@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

(2) Professor Carolyn Shapiro is seeking students interested in a possible Independent Research during the Spring semester. The work would involve researching and reporting on legal and policy problems of interest to the Illinois Attorney General's Office and/or local nonprofit law firms. Please email Professor Shapiro at cshapiro1@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information. 

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Exam Times for Self-Scheduled Exams:
While in the Examplify program your download time and upload time will appear and be documented, you are responsible for knowing how much time is allotted for you to take your exam and for complying with that time. Date/time sheets and download/upload times will be reviewed for apparent time violations and those with apparent time violations will be referred to the professor. All students must abide by the rules stated in each exam; this includes the time of the exam (number of hours) as well as the items that you are allowed to use during an exam. Failure to abide by the rules governing each exam will result in a formal complaint to the Dean resulting in a Code of Conduct hearing.

Classroom Use for Self-Scheduled Exams:
The list of rooms available for self-scheduled exams will be listed at the Exam Administration table each morning. Please pay attention as the rooms may change each day. The fifth floor will only be used for fixed exams; students will not be allowed to use the 5th floor for self-scheduled exams. All designated self-scheduled classrooms are “unlimited access” rooms and can be quietly entered into and departed from at any time during the examination period for the purpose of writing a final exam. Exam rooms should not be used as quiet study space or to take practice exams. Students who use the exam rooms for other purposes will be asked to leave. A note about ear plugs and headphones: If you are taking an exam in one of the designated classrooms, you may not use headphones or other electronic devices to block sound. To ensure a quiet exam environment, you may use earplugs.

Take Home Exams 

Take-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; in other stiuations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick the exam up in the Registrar's office. Most take-home exams this semester will be submitted electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The Registrar's Office hours during exams will be as follows:

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. 

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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 completed no later than Friday, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and then submit your answers after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Take-Home Exam Submission Instructions:

• When you are ready to submit your exam answers, go to the Take-Home Exam Upload Site.
• You must be logged into your kentlaw.iit.edu account in order to upload your exam.
• Please upload your exam answer document in PDF format (you should not use the Examplify software for take home exams).
• The name of your answer document should be your five-digit Fall exam number.
• Your exam number should also be placed on the first line of your answer document; do not put your name in your answer document.
• Your exam will be time stamped when it is uploaded.

If you have problems uploading your answer document using the online form, please email your answer document to: exams@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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. Earlier exams 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. 

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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. Please click here for information on taking exams on computer, including information about downloading and installing the Examplify exam-taking software and supported operating systems. 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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.

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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to discuss your situation.

•Notice to Handwriters. 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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will holding its final Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on Tuesday, December 12, 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

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.

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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Joke of the Week. My friend said to me, "What rhymes with orange." I said, "No it doesn't."


Week of December 4, 2017

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Exam Times for Self-Scheduled Exams:
While in the Examplify program your download time and upload time will appear and be documented, you are responsible for knowing how much time is allotted for you to take your exam and for complying with that time. Date/time sheets and download/upload times will be reviewed for apparent time violations and those with apparent time violations will be referred to the professor. All students must abide by the rules stated in each exam; this includes the time of the exam (number of hours) as well as the items that you are allowed to use during an exam. Failure to abide by the rules governing each exam will result in a formal complaint to the Dean resulting in a Code of Conduct hearing.

Classroom Use for Self-Scheduled Exams:
The list of rooms available for self-scheduled exams will be listed at the Exam Administration table each morning. Please pay attention as the rooms may change each day. The fifth floor will only be used for fixed exams; students will not be allowed to use the 5th floor for self-scheduled exams. All designated self-scheduled classrooms are “unlimited access” rooms and can be quietly entered into and departed from at any time during the examination period for the purpose of writing a final exam. Exam rooms should not be used as quiet study space or to take practice exams. Students who use the exam rooms for other purposes will be asked to leave. A note about ear plugs and headphones: If you are taking an exam in one of the designated classrooms, you may not use headphones or other electronic devices to block sound. To ensure a quiet exam environment, you may use earplugs.

Take Home Exams 

Take-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; in other stiuations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick the exam up in the Registrar's office. Most take-home exams this semester will be submitted electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The Registrar's Office hours during exams will be as follows:

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. 

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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 completed no later than Friday, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and then submit your answers after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

Take-Home Exam Submission Instructions:

• When you are ready to submit your exam answers, go to the Take-Home Exam Upload Site.
• You must be logged into your kentlaw.iit.edu account in order to upload your exam.
• Please upload your exam answer document in PDF format (you should not use the Examplify software for take home exams).
• The name of your answer document should be your five-digit Fall exam number.
• Your exam number should also be placed on the first line of your answer document; do not put your name in your answer document.
• Your exam will be time stamped when it is uploaded.

If you have problems uploading your answer document using the online form, please email your answer document to: exams@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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. Earlier exams 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. 

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•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. Please click here for information on taking exams on computer, including information about downloading and installing the Examplify exam-taking software and supported operating systems. 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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.

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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to discuss your situation.

•Notice to Handwriters. 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 2018 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Monday, December 4, 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 add/drop period on Tuesday, January 30, at 11:00pm.

Schedule Revisions. Please note the schedule revisions:

Health Care Compliance (175-81): This course has been canceled.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 2018 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 30, 2018, 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.

Two Independent Research Opportunities for Spring 2018.

(1) Students may earn one credit of Independent Research (graded pass/fail) by attending the conference on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, which will be held at the Law School on Sunday, January 7, 2018, and then writing a paper under the supervision of Prof. Batlan. Contact Prof. Batlan at fbatlan@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

(2) Professor Carolyn Shapiro is seeking students interested in a possible Independent Research during the Spring semester. The work would involve researching and reporting on legal and policy problems of interest to the Illinois Attorney General's Office and/or local nonprofit law firms. Please email Professor Shapiro at cshapiro1@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information. 

Academic Calendar for 2018-2019. The academic calendar for next academic year, as adopted by the faculty, is available by clicking here.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 15, at 12:00 midnight. 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 16, 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 16 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.

Joke of the Week. What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel!


Week of November 27, 2017

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

Monday, November 27: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 28: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanskgiving make-up)
Thursday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving Friday and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Friday, December 1: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 5. Exams start on Wednesday, December 6 and end on Friday, December 15.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline.
 A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, November 30, 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 2018 Schedule and Registration. 

Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Spring 2018 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide page by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide link.

Corrections/Additions to the Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2018 schedule. These corrections are reflected in the version of the schedule on the Quick Guide page.

-Critical Legal Studies (163-51): The listing for the course option incorrectly listed the ending time; it will meet Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm (not 6:00-7:25pm).

-Legal Writing 4 (432-09): This new section, focused on Labor & Employment Law, has been added to the schedule. It will meet Tues/Thurs. 10:00-11:25am and will be taught by Christopher Garcia.

-Patent Institutions (942-81): Students must have compleed Patent Law, or receive permission from Prof. Reilly, to take this seminar.

-Trial Advocacy 2 (LL.M. Section, 558-02): This section will meet on Thursdays (not Fridays) 9:00-12:00 noon.

-Intensive Essay Writing Lab (2 credits): Two sections of this seminar will be offered in the Spring, one on Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (943-01), the other on Mon. 6:00-7:50pm (943-51). The seminar is pass/fail only, but will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement. The seminar will sharpen analytic and writing skills needed for practice as well as for success on the bar exam. It will include sessions during which students will write essay answers to questions of the sort asked by bar exams and will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Preference will be given to students in their final semester whose GPA places them in the bottom 20% as of the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and who plan to take the Illinois bar exam in Summer 2018. . Students who do not fall within that group but who have reason to believe they are in particular need of this seminar can petition for entry by submitting a letter to Prof. Elizabeth De Armond (edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu) detailing the reasons for wanting to take the seminar.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 21, 9:00am through Tuesday, November 28, 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. Click here for instructions on how to access the registration system in the myIIT portal.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Monday, December 4, 9:00am. 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 Monday, December 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 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 page 13 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Pass/Fail Limitations for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 2018 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 30, 2018, 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 options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts, Property, and Legal Writing 2.

1L Your Way. For their fourth course, full-time Day Division students should register for Legislation, or for one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. If you decide to take Legislation, please register for Prof. Shapiro's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. De Armond, Kries, Schrager, or Streseman; please register for Prof. Sowle's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Gentithes, Godfrey, Jacobs, or Johnson.

• The Clinic 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.

Independent Research Opportunity. Students may earn one credit of Independent Research (graded pass/fail) by attending the conference on Countering the Financing of Terrorism, which will be held at the Law School on Sunday, January 7, 2018, and then writing a paper under the supervision of Prof. Batlan. Contact Prof. Batlan at fbatlan@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

Teaching Evaluations.
 Teaching evaluations will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms became available on Wednesday, November 15, and will remain available through the last day of classes, Friday, December 1. Although you can complete the forms at any time through December 1, 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, 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.

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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; in other stiuations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick the exam up in the Registrar's office. Most take-home exams this semester will be submitted electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The Registrar's Office hours during exams will be as follows:

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 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

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. Earlier exams 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  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). Click here for more information about downloading and installing the software. 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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.

Please note of the following items; complete information about Examplify is available by clicking here:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to discuss your situation.

•Notice to Handwriters. 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. The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.


Week of November 20, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26. Classes resume on Monday, November 27. The library will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 22; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 26.

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

Monday, November 27: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 28: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanskgiving make-up)
Thursday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving Friday and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Friday, December 1: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 5. Exams start on Wednesday, December 6 and end on Friday, December 15.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline.
 A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, November 30, 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 done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms became available on Wednesday, November 15, and will remain available through the last day of classes, Friday, December 1. Although you can complete the forms at any time through December 1, 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, 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.

Spring 2018 Schedule and Registration.
 

Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Spring 2018 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide page by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.

Corrections/Additions to the Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2018 schedule. These corrections are reflected in the version of the schedule on the Quick Guide page.

-Critical Legal Studies (163-51): The listing for the course option incorrectly listed the ending time; it will meet Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm (not 6:00-7:25pm).

-Legal Writing 4 (432-09): This new section, focused on Labor & Employment Law, has been added to the schedule. It will meet Tues/Thurs. 10:00-11:25am and will be taught by Christopher Garcia.

-Patent Institutions (942-81): Students must have compleed Patent Law, or receive permission from Prof. Reilly, to take this seminar.

-Trial Advocacy 2 (LL.M. Section, 558-02): This section will meet on Thursdays (not Fridays) 9:00-12:00 noon.

-Intensive Essay Writing Lab (2 credits): Two sections of this seminar will be offered in the Spring, one on Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (943-01), the other on Mon. 6:00-7:50pm (943-51). The seminar is pass/fail only, but will satisfy the graduation seminar requirement. The seminar will sharpen analytic and writing skills needed for practice as well as for success on the bar exam. It will include sessions during which students will write essay answers to questions of the sort asked by bar exams and will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Preference will be given to students in their final semester whose GPA places them in the bottom 20% as of the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and who plan to take the Illinois bar exam in Summer 2018. . Students who do not fall within that group but who have reason to believe they are in particular need of this seminar can petition for entry by submitting a letter to Prof. Elizabeth De Armond (edearmond@kentlaw.iit.edu) detailing the reasons for wanting to take the seminar.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 21, 9:00am through Tuesday, November 28, 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. Click here for instructions on how to access the registration system in the myIIT portal.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Monday, December 4, 9:00am. 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 Monday, December 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 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 page 13 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

•Pass/Fail Limitations for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 2018 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 30, 2018, 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 options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts, Property, and Legal Writing 2.

1L Your Way. For their fourth course, full-time Day Division students should register for Legislation, or for one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. If you decide to take Legislation, please register for Prof. Shapiro's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. De Armond, Kries, Schrager, or Streseman; please register for Prof. Sowle's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Gentithes, Godfrey, Jacobs, or Johnson.

• The Clinic 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 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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; in other stiuations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick the exam up in the Registrar's office. Most take-home exams this semester will be submitted electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The Registrar's Office hours during exams will be as follows:

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 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. 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. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). Click here for more information about downloading and installing the software. 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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.

Please note of the following items; complete information about Examplify is available by clicking here:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Joke of the Week. I used to have a job in a calendar factory, but I got fired when I took a few days off. (Thanks to Larry Adamiec for this week's joke.)


Week of November 13, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26. Classes resume on Monday, November 27. The library will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 22; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 26.

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

Monday, November 27: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 28: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 29: Thursday classes meet (Thanskgiving make-up)
Thursday, November 30: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving Friday and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Friday, December 1: Make-up Day.

Read period runs from Saturday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 5. Exams start on Wednesday, December 6 and end on Friday, December 15.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, November 30, 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 2018 Schedule and Registration. The Spring 2018 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Thursday, November 16, 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 21, 9:00am through Tuesday, November 28, 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.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms will be avalable starting this Wednesday, November 15, and will remain available through the last day of classes, Friday, December 1. Although you can complete the forms at any time through December 1, we have asked faculty members to provide time in an upcoming class session for you to complete them. 

The forms will be 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.

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Session on Contracts. Professor Baker will recap key content from Contracts to help give 3L/4L students a jump start on bar preparation. The session will be Friday, November 17, 12:00-2:00 pm in Rm. 510. Snacks will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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; in other stiuations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick the exam up in the Registrar's office. Most take-home exams this semester will be submitted electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The Registrar's Office hours during exams will be as follows:

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 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. 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. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 (ITS) department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Joke of the Week. A guy walked into a bank and asked the teller to check his balance. So she pushed him.


Week of November 6, 2017

ASP Workshop on Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's final Fall workshop will address how to prepare for, and take, final exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (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.)

Spring 2018 Course Schedule. The Spring 2018 course schedule will be issued the week of November 13. 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).

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Session on Contracts. Professor Baker will recap key content from Contracts to help give 3L/4L students a jump start on bar preparation. The session will be Friday, November 17, 12:00-2:00 pm in Rm. 510. Snacks will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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. In addition, some take-home exams may be distributed and/or returned electronically. Details will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do notneed to use Examplify 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, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

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

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 30 - November 8. Students have two choices for taking most exams: handwriting 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 handwrite 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 Monday, October 30; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 (ITS) department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests: October 30 - November 8. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2018 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 Monday, October 30. 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 Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Absent unusual circumstances, students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-6:30 pm, in Rm. 290. 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).

1L Your Way. All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. 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). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

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

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). This is the "default" option unless you choose to take one of the 1L Your Way choices below.

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), International Law (3 cr.), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (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).

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 can't you trust atoms? Because they make up everything.


Week of October 30, 2017

ASP Workshop on Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's final Fall workshop will address how to prepare for, and take, final exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (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.)

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. She will be available for individual counseling by appointment only. All students using services for the first time will need an intake appointment, which at this time, will be done at the Main campus; the counseling sessions will then be conducted at the downtown campus. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-7550. There is no charge for these counseling services.

In addition, group therapy sessions will be provided at the Law School on Wednesdays from 1:00 -2:00 pm in Rm. 290. Any and all students are invited to participate. There is no official sign up for these sessions, but it first come/first served with a cut off time of 1:00 pm.

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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. In addition, some take-home exams may be distributed and/or returned electronically. Details will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do notneed to use Examplify 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, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

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

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 30 - November 8. Students have two choices for taking most exams: handwriting 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 handwrite 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 Monday, October 30; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 (ITS) department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests: October 30 - November 8. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2018 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 Monday, October 30. 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 Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Absent unusual circumstances, students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-6:30 pm, in Rm. 290. 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).

1L Your Way. All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. 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). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

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

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). This is the "default" option unless you choose to take one of the 1L Your Way choices below.

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), International Law (3 cr.), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (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).

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 can't you trust atoms? Because they make up everything.


Week of October 23, 2017

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (December 6-15). You do not need to pre-schedule 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 Examplify (formerly known as SoftTest). Examplify will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in Examplify, 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. In addition, some take-home exams may be distributed and/or returned electronically. Details will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do notneed to use Examplify 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, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly, unless your exam is authorized for electronic distribution and/or submission. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, December 8, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)

The last day of exams is Friday, December 15. 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, December 15. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on December 15 and return it after that date.

If your take-home exam requires in-person pick up and/or submission, you must pick up and return the exam yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf.

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

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams Method Registration: October 30 - November 8. Students have two choices for taking most exams: handwriting 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 handwrite 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 Monday, October 30; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pm.

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the  Examplify exam-taking software (formerly known as SofTest). 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 Examplify.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify 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 (ITS) department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions (under the SoftTest name) will not work for Fall 2017 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Windows 10 Creators version 1703 is supported, however, the Fall update, version 1709, is NOT supported at this time.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versionf of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devises are NOT supported.
  • "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS 10.12 (Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is not currently supported.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • 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 ITS 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) 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. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Change of Division Requests: October 30 - November 8. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring 2018 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 Monday, October 30. 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 Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 pmPlease note: Absent unusual circumstances, students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. 

Flu Shots. The IIT Student Health and Wellness Center will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-6:30 pm, in Rm. 290. 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).

1L Your Way. All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. 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). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

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

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). This is the "default" option unless you choose to take one of the 1L Your Way choices below.

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), International Law (3 cr.), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (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).

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. How do you know the moon is going broke? It's down to its last quarter.


Week of October 16, 2017

1L Your Way.
All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. 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). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

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

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). This is the "default" option unless you choose to take one of the 1L Your Way choices below.

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), International Law (3 cr.), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (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).

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. A neutron goes into a bar and orders a drink. When the drink arrives, the neutron asks how much he owes. The bartender says, "for you, no charge."


Week of October 9, 2017

1L Your Way.
All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. 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). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

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.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), International Law (3 cr.), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (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).

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.

eDiscovery Conference Student Essay/Video Contest. Would you like to present an innovative, thoughtful law+tech idea to bench and bar, alongside professors, judges and attorneys, before you graduate?  If so, submit a 2,000-word essay (or a 15-minute YouTube video, or a multi-pic Instagram Feed, or … ) on a futuristic trend, technology, challenge, development, event, or concept that relates to law, affects e-discovery, yields new litigation evidence, or is just plain fascinating.  Examples include cryptocurrencies, the dark web, machine learning, smart cities, covert e-mail tracking, and robotics. Submissions must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 15, 2017. If selected, you will be given a 15minute slot for a TED Talk-style speech to the audience at the 2017 Chicago-Kent eDiscovery Institute. Click here for more information about the conference and the contest.

Event on Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Turkey. Chicago-Kent students are invited to attend an event on Understanding the Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Turkey on on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 10:00am at the conference center of Turkey's consulate general office in Chicago, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Suite 200. Zafer Karaca, of Karaca and Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, of Istanbul and London, will conduct the seminar. Turkish Consul General Umut Acar will give the official welcome with comments about Turkey’s business environment. The event is being organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, in cooperation with the Turkish Consulate General.There is no registration fee, but registration is required. To register, email lepinske@sbcglobal.net and identify yourself as a Chicago-Kent student.

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


Week of October 2, 2017

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (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.)

Institute for Compliance: Career Chat with Lindsey Simon. The Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets will present a Career Chat with Lindsey Simon on Wednesdsay, October 4, at 3:00pm in Rm. 270. Lindsey Simon is a securities professional with over twenty years of experience. She served as a Senior Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Carpe Diem Capital Management. She currently runs Simon Compliance, a compliance consulting firm.

eDiscovery Conference Student Essay/Video Contest. Would you like to present an innovative, thoughtful law+tech idea to bench and bar, alongside professors, judges and attorneys, before you graduate?  If so, submit a 2,000-word essay (or a 15-minute YouTube video, or a multi-pic Instagram Feed, or … ) on a futuristic trend, technology, challenge, development, event, or concept that relates to law, affects e-discovery, yields new litigation evidence, or is just plain fascinating.  Examples include cryptocurrencies, the dark web, machine learning, smart cities, covert e-mail tracking, and robotics.  If selected, you will be given a 15minute slot for a TED Talk-style speech to the audience at the 2017 Chicago-Kent eDiscovery Institute. Click here for more information about the conference and the contest.

Joke of the Week. Did you hear about the mathemetician who was afraid of negative numbers? She would stop at nothing to avoid them.


Week of September 25, 2017

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (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 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.

Joke of the Week. A guy went to the optometrist's office. "I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes," he said. The receptionist asked, "Have you seen a doctor?" "No," the guy replied, "just the spots."


Week of September 18, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Due to Rosh Hashanah, classes starting 4:00 and after are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 20; and all classes (day and evening) are canceled on Thursday, September 21.

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.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2017, there will be a panel discussion on "The Constitution and the Trump Presidency," featuring Dean Harold Krent and Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Mark Rosen, and Carolyn Shapiro, on Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:15pm, in Rm. C50.The event is free and open to the public.

Joke of the Week. Why are pirates called pirates? They just arrrr!


Week of September 11, 2017

Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Due to Rosh Hashanah, classes starting 4:00 and after are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 20; and all classes (day and evening) are canceled on Thursday, September 21.

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.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2017, there will be a panel discussion on "The Constitution and the Trump Presidency," featuring Dean Harold Krent and Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Mark Rosen, and Carolyn Shapiro, on Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:15pm, in Rm. C50.The event is free and open to the public.

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

Joke of the Week. What was the best thing before sliced bread?


Week of September 4, 2017

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 5, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 510). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this and the remaining workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.) 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.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Assisting Victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help those affected by Hurrican Harvey, Texas officials are encouraging donations to the American Red Cross. You can make a $10 donation by texting the word HARVEY to 90999; by visiting http://www.redcross.org; or by calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. For more information on how law students, in particular, can help, the ABA and the ABA Young Lawyers Division have created a website with information and resources: http://abaforlawstudents.com/harvey.

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.

Summer 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 list of CALI Award winners for Summer 2017 courses is available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

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.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2017, there will be a panel discussion on "The Constitution and the Trump Presidency," featuring Dean Harold Krent and Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Mark Rosen, and Carolyn Shapiro, on Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:15pm, in Rm. C50.The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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

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


Week of August 28, 2017

General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes are canceled on Monday, September 4, 2017, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 1
Building hours 7:15am - 9:45pm
Library 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 2
Building hours 8:30am - 4:00pm
Library CLOSED

Sunday, September 3 & Monday, September 4
Building and Library CLOSED

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 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. (Please note: The initial announcement incorrectly listed the evening version as 4:30-6:30pm.)

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students and all courses, 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 2017-2018 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, 2017 to August 11, 2018. 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 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.

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

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT's tax-exempt status; however, no 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.

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.

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; and/or the IIT Center for Disability Resources, at (312) 567-5744 or disabilities@iit.edu).

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.

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).

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. 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:

August: Tuesday 8/29
S
eptember: Tuesday 9/12
October: Thursday 10/12
November: Tuesday 11/14
December: Tuesday 12/12

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

UIC Urban Forum. The University of Illinos Chicago invites Chicago-Kent students to its Urban Forum, titled "The Infrastructure of Work and Play," on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Click here for more information.

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

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. 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 5, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 510). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this and the remaining workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.) 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.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. 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.

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 21 (the first day of classes) through December 15 (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:


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 1, 2017. 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 1, 2017, 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 the add/drop deadline of Friday, September 1, 2017, at 11:50pm. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after that date.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. 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 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 Fall 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 Friday, September 1, 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.

ADR Team Tryouts. The ADR Team is looking to add several new members to the team this year. It is a great forum for students to learn and participate in client representation in a fun and competitive setting. Tryouts will be held from 6:00-9:00pm on August 28, August 29, August 30, and August 31. Each tryout will last approximately 15-30 minutes. Additional dates will be added if necessary. Please email kentadrteam@gmail.com to schedule a tryout.

February 2018 and July 2018 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2018 bar exam are due by September 15, 2017 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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 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 4, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 14 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is September 21). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of August 21, 2017

General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 29, from 11:30-1:30 (for day students) and from 4:30-6:30 (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.

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).

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have joined the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition.

Jack M. Amaro Samantha M. Ruben
Erika Auger Benjamin E. Schwab
Patrick T. Demetrio Betul Serbest
Samuel W. Dixon Carl R. Sessions
Christine Dulaney Brianna J. Siebken
Emily M. Edwards Tamara M. Sonenshein
Kimberly A. Herring Rebecca O. Spira
Madeline F. Huerta Ashley L. Surinak
Margaret Kamm Meghan Tierney
Timothy Lavino Nicholas C. Ulen
Mark A. Magas Alice C. Ward
Patrick P. Manion Benjamin West
Jody-Anne M. Maxwell Andrew S. Willis
Alan M. Montera Nicole M. Young
Dawn M. Peacock David Zumba
Robert J. Romano  

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 2017-2018 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, 2017 to August 11, 2018. 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.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university’s tax-exempt status.

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

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

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

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT's tax-exempt status; however, no 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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. 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:

August: Tuesday 8/29
S
eptember: Tuesday 9/12
October: Thursday 10/12
November: Tuesday 11/14
December: Tuesday 12/12

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Students Working as Paid Research Assistants. If you have made arrangements to work as a research assistant for a professor for pay (as opposed to academic credit), please contact Ramona Lewis in the Administration and Finance Office (rlewis7@kentlaw.iit.edu) before you begin work.

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. Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?  The food is great, but there's no atmosphere.

To Entering Students:

Student Handbook, Academic Policies, and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student Handbook, which includes information about academic policies and procedures, including the rules governing academic probation and dismissal, grading curves, graduation requirements, and 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 Current Students Portal page (under the Academics heading).

Amending Your Application 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 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.

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 5, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 510). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this and the remaining workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.) 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.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. 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.

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 21 (the first day of classes) through December 15 (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 2017 Semester Information. The Fall 2017 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 2017 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: Constitutional Law (Prof. Shapiro), and Health Care Law (Profs. Coffey & Sullivan); and the following assignmens have been revised: Bankruptcy (Prof. S. Harris), and Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Prof. S. Harris). 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 1, 2017. 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, DePaul, and John Marshall. 
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.

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.) 

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.

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 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.  

2017-2018 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 1, 2017, 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 the add/drop deadline of Friday, September 1, 2017, at 11:50pm. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after that date.

Pass/Fail Elections. 

Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. 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 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 Fall 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 Friday, September 1, 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 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 21 (the first day of regulare classes) through Friday, December 15 (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.

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 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 Fall 2016 or Summer 2016 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 2017 graduates: For J.D. students who graduated at the end of Spring 2017, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you finished your first year as a full-time student at the end of Spring 2017, 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.

February 2018 and July 2018 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2018 bar exam are due by September 15, 2017 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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 4, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 14 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is September 21). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


Week of August 14, 2017

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 2017-2018 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, 2017 to August 11, 2018. 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 21 (the first day of classes) through Friday, December 15 (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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. 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:

August: Tuesday 8/29
S
eptember: Tuesday 9/12
October: Thursday 10/12
November: Tuesday 11/14
December: Tuesday 12/12

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

Joke of the Week. What did the fish say when he hit the concrete wall? Dam!

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 2017 Semester Information. The Fall 2017 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 2017 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: Constitutional Law (Prof. Shapiro), and Health Care Law (Profs. Coffey & Sullivan); and the following assignmens have been revised: Bankruptcy (Prof. S. Harris), and Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Prof. S. Harris). 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 1, 2017. 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, DePaul, and John Marshall. 
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.

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.) 

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.

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.  

2017-2018 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 1, 2017, 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 the add/drop deadline of Friday, September 1, 2017, at 11:50pm. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after that date.

Pass/Fail Elections. 

Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. 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 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 Fall 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 Friday, September 1, 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.

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 2017-2018 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, 2017 to August 11, 2018. 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

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 21 (the first day of regulare classes) through Friday, December 15 (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.

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 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 Fall 2016 or Summer 2016 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 2017 graduates: For J.D. students who graduated at the end of Spring 2017, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you finished your first year as a full-time student at the end of Spring 2017, 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.

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).

Students Working as Paid Research Assistants. If you have made arrangements to work as a research assistant for a professor for pay (as opposed to academic credit), please contact Ramona Lewis in the Administration and Finance Office (rlewis7@kentlaw.iit.edu) before you begin work.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. 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:

August: Tuesday 8/29
S
eptember: Tuesday 9/12
October: Thursday 10/12
November: Tuesday 11/14
December: Tuesday 12/12

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. 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 regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450 (if you have previously visited LAP's office, please note that this is a new Suite number). Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

February 2018 and July 2018 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2018 bar exam are due by September 15, 2017 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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 4, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 14 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is September 21). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Joke of the Week. What did the fish say when he hit the concrete wall? Dam!




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