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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Record Archives for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Archive entries are in reverse chronological order.


FALL 2017

Week of December4, 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. 

•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. 

•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, 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).

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 and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct (located at the end of the Handbook). For future reference, there is a permanent link to the Handbook through the main Currest Students Portal page (under the Academics & Grades heading).

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
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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.

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