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Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs

Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of October 22, 2018

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Illinois Bar Exam Application and Character & Fitness Process: Session with Bar Examiners. Vanessa Williams from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Monday, October 29, 3:00-3:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in Rm. C20 to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of their bar applications and the character and fitness process. We recommend that you review the application materials and instructions available on the bar examiners' web site before the October 29 program. (If you are unable to make either session and would like to view a videotape, please let me know.)

Bar Readiness Series. The next session of the Bar Readiness Series for 3L/4L students will feature Professor Greg Reilly giving a refresher on Civil Procedure on Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 270.  Snacks and drinks will be provided. Click here for a list of all of the events in the Bar Readiness Series.

Katherine LaRosa, class of 2018, said this about last year's Bar Readiness Series:

"The C-K bar refresher series was a great help to jump start bar prep. It's shocking how you little you remember from 1L, and the bar refresher helps jog your memory as a reminder how much you have to review. I was really glad I attended the majority of the refresher series by the time bar prep rolled around after graduation because I already had an overview of the material. With only 10 weeks between graduation and the bar, it can't be overstated how important and helpful it is to start early."
Contact Prof. Kari Johnson,, if you have questions.

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.), Criminal Procedure: Investigative Process ( 3 cr.), Employment Relationships (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 First Year Clinic option (see the description below).

First-year students who choose to take an elective or the First Year Clinic will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. For the First Year Clinic, 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, 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 First Year Clinic option is graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.)

First Year Clinic (with rotation option): The First Year Clinic option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. Based on the medical school model, this opportunity allows first-year students to participate along with upper level students as members of either one or two clinic sections (at the student's election) taught by faculty practitioners from the C-K Law Group, allowing students to learn applicable skills as they assume various practice roles. Students enrolled in the program become actual members of a clinic section and have the option either to stay with one practice area for the entire semester, or to rotate to a second practice area mid-semester. In addition to weekly section meetings, 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. Depending on the practice area and each professo'rs caseload at the time, students may be exposed to such activities as: legal and factual research, client interviews, document drafting, discovery review, administrative hearings and negotiations, trial team strategy sessions, court appearances, and motion calls. The First Year Clinic will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.  

Leaving Children Unattended. This is a reminder that any children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the Chicago-Kent campus. This is a university-wide policy. If you cannot physically be with your child while you are on campus, please arrange for other means of adult-supervised care for your child.

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