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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of September 1, 2014
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General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Classes are canceled on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, August 29
Building Hours 8:00 am – 9:45 pm 
Library 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 30 
Building Hours 8:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Library CLOSED

Sunday, August 31 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library CLOSED

Monday, September 1 
Building Hours CLOSED 
Library Hours CLOSED

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

Academic Resource Library. The Office of Student Services maintains a resource library of study aids and other materials for first year classes and for many upper-level classes. Students can borrow materials for up to two weeks. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310A. Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles. 

Joke of the Week. What do you call a dinosaur with a large vocabulary? A thesaurus!

To Entering Students:

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 2, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web site.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had these workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 30, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Wednesday, November 5, 3:00-4:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 4, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 590)

ID and U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass (for full-time students) or ID card, they are available in the Registrar's office. 

Illinois Bar Exam. The Illinois bar examiners have abolished their former procedure for first-year students to submit a registration application. Beginning with Fall 2014 law school entrants, you no longer have to file any documents until you actually apply for the bar exam during or shortly before your final year of law school. There will be information in the Record at that time about when and how to apply for the Illinois bar exam.

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 read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here.

To Returning Students:

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 Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm (the end of the add/drop period).

You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course by Monday, September 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections.
 Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

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

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

  4. Submit your selection

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

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, 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 2014 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 contct me by email no later than Monday, September 8, 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.

Business Law Certificate Program. [Message from Prof. Chapman:] Students in the Business Law Certificate Program who will graduate at the end of the current Fall 2014 semester should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by September 30, 2014. Other students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent of Pursue a Certificate in Business Law sometime during the semester to Nicole Lechuga outside room 827. The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here. If you have any questions about the program, please email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at hschpman@gmail.com.

Important information for Spring 2015 graduates. Securities Regulation is one of three courses absolutely required to earn the Certificate. It is offered this semester on Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 pm. At this time, the administration is not certain if it will be offered in the Spring semester. You should try to register for it this semester if you have not taken it yet.

February 2015 and July 2015 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2015 bar exam are due by September 1, 2014 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, 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.

Civil Procedure Being Added To MBE:
Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, Civil Procedure -- already a topic on the Multistate Essay Exam -- will be added as a topic on the Multistate Bar Exam (the multiple-choice portion of the multistate exam).

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 read the revised admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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 1, 2014. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 25). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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