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Informational Reception for J.D. Certificate Programs. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Tuesday, February 9, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack! All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

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

Business Law Certificate Program. Students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent to Pursue the Certificate in Business Law. There is no deadline for submission, but you should submit the form as soon as you think you might be interested in the Certificate. Business Law Certificate students get registration priority for some courses and seminars; only students who have filed the notice are eligible for the priority. Business Law Certificate students who will graduate in May 2016, should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by February 5, 2016. The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here. If you have any questions about the program, please email Professor Adrian Walters, the Program Director, at awalters@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Praxis Certificate: Enroll through February 9. [From Prof. Maureen Van Neste:] Are you an upper-class student with at least three semesters of study remaining, and looking for another opportunity to distinguish yourself? Consider enrolling in the Praxis Certificate. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study, including simulation courses, clinics, and externships. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining (including this semester). For more information, or to enroll online, click here. Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

Praxis Certificate: February 9 Spring Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its spring kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, February 9 from 12 - 1 pm in Room 165. Ian Turnvill and Jessica Coutre (C-K '14) of Freeborn and Peters LLP will be the featured guests for an engaging program on networking and business development. Students will learn how attorneys can successfully "ask" for business and how law students can also use these business development techniques in the career search process. Professor Van Neste will also discuss spring semester requirements and deadlines for Praxis students. A complimentary lunch will be served. The program is open to all Praxis students, as well as any upper-class J.D. students with at least three semesters remaining who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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

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

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, , at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 2016 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2016 bar exam are due by February 15, 2016. You may file a late application up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

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

Dean's Certificate: The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation (see information above for how to file one) at the begclicking here. The regular registration deadline for applying for the March exam is February 5 (the late deadline, with an extra fee, is February 12). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.inning 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.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March or April, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on Saturday, March 19, 2016. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 28 (the late deadline is February 4). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education Records. The Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies regarding access to educational records. Please review sections 14.4 and 14.5, which are linked to this page. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information" (which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion) and the information published in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

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