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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Weeks of May 21 and May 28, 2018
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Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are a Spring graduate, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, July 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate. 

•Student Health Insurance. If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 11, 2018.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2018 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

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

Spring 2018 Grade Submissions. For courses with fixed exams, grades are due four weeks from the date of the exam. For courses with take-home exams, grades are due no later than four weeks from the final due date for the exam. For courses with self-scheduled exams or no exam, grades are due no later than Friday, June 8 (four weeks from the last day of the exam period). You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2018 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Notices About U-Pass. As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation will be Friday, May 11 (the last day of exams) at midnight. This is the last day that you will be able to use your card with the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Monday, May 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. 

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

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

Go to the CTA's Ventra site for more information on adding funds to your card. For more information about how the Ventra U-Pass functions when school is out of session, go to the CTA's U-Pass site. If you have questions or problems, you may contact Ventra Customer Service at the CTA's Ventra site or by calling 877-669-8368.

The CTA has asked us to remind students that the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card.

Summer 2018 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 28, at 11:50 pm. Unless otherwise noted in the Summer schedule, you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

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

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

•Taking Classes at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click on the links below to see the available courses:

Loyola courses
DePaul courses
John Marshall courses

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me to see if seats are still available. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Course Fee. A course fee of $350, in addition to regular tuition, will be charged to full-time students for regular classroom courses taken during the Summer term, including any courses taken through our exchange program with DePaul, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. Please note that the fee applies to both parts of Evidence and the Art of Advocacy (i.e., it will be charged to the Evidence component and also to the Trial Advocacy component). If you qualify for financial aid loans, those can be used to cover the cost of the fee. Notice to part-time students: you may see the course fee on your account if you take a regular classroom course; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.)

•Pass/fail Elections. The online form for Summer pass/fail elections will be posted the week before Summer classes start.

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see "Notice About U-Passes"), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Monday, May 21, and end on Wednesday, July 18. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (e.g., Criminal Law). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

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

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 3 for students to see what Fall classs they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 7, at 9:00pm.

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

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

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

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

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students page.

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

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2018 semester and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•Pass/Fail Limitations for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6-credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on Dean Sowle’s section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 24 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

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

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

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