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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of January 19, 2015
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Welcome Back! Congratulations to all first-year students on completing your first semester of law school, and to upper-level students for making it one semester closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break.

Building Closed on Monday, January 19.
 Classes will not be held on Monday, January 19, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 20). Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 19. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 18 (10:00-5:00), the Library will be closed that day.

Accessing Your Fall 2014 Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Exams ended on Friday, December 19, so all Fall grades should be in by Friday, January 23. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2014 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Passes for Spring 2015. 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, as well as LL.M. students who are registered for 12 or more credits for the Spring. Your current Ventra U-Pass card will be activated to work from Tuesday, January 20 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 15 (the last day of exams). If you registered for Spring classes on or after January 14, you will have to contact Jenna Abhijeet ( to arrange for your card to be activated for the Spring semester. If you were absent in the Fall and do not have a Ventra card, please contact Jenna Abhijeet as well.

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, February 3, 2015. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at 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.

Spring 2015 Semester Information. The Spring 2015 Quick Guide page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Spring semester -- click here, or go to the main Current Students Portal page and click on the Spring 2015 Quick Guide link under "Academic & 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
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments)
Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby before classes start.

Course Information Updates
This document lists all changes to the final Spring 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.

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).

Adding and Dropping Classes
You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring 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 Tuesday, February 3, 11:00pm.

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 during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Tuesday, February 3, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. 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.

2014-2015 Academic Calendar

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits upper-level 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 here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students for the Spring 2015 semester; click here for a list of DePaul classes. 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 of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts.
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 Friday, January 30, 2015, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to Academic Policies. The faculty recently adopted two changes to academic policy:

•Recording of Classes: The policy on the recording of classes has been revised to expand the circumstances in which students may record classes. The new policy is:

"Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty 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." (Student Handbook §9.3) The prior policy required consent of all persons present before recording was permitted.

•Eligibility of Pass/Fail Students for CALI Award: Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible for the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in the professor's discretion:

"Students taking a class pass/fail are eligible for the CALI award, in the discretion of the professor." (Student Handbook §6.16) The prior policy prohibited pass/fail students from receiving the CALI Award.

Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least 12 hours in the Fall, regardless of their division, were automatically billed $1,159 for student health insurance for the entire year, unless you submitted and were approved for a waiver. If you were registered for fewer than 12 credit hours in the Fall semester but register for at least 12 hours in the Spring semester, you will not be automatically enrolled in the IIT Student Health Plan – you will need to elect coverage if you wish to be enrolled (see below for enrollment instructions). If you elect coverage, you will be charged a fee of $698 for Spring semester coverage.

If you were covered in the Fall semester, are taking fewer than 12 hours in the Spring semester, and do not want coverage in the Spring semester, you may request cancellation of the student insurance by January 26, 2015, and your student account will be refunded for the Spring portion. You will not receive a refund if the waiver is not received by January 26 and you will continue to be covered by the insurance until August 13, 2015. If you intend to waive the student insurance coverage, please read the waiver instructions in the insurance brochure carefully. For more information about the plan, including waivers, click here.

If you have previously waived the insurance, your waiver only applies to the current academic year and you must waive the insurance at the beginning of every academic year. If you are a returning student who has waived the IIT Student Health Insurance in the past, you must fill out the waiver again this year and at the beginning of every subsequent academic year. If you waived coverage in a prior semester and now wish to enroll in the student health insurance plan, or you are not currently covered for any other reason and wish to enroll, you must apply for the insurance. For more information on applying for insurance, click here. Students must enroll by January 26, 2015.

Business Law Certificate Program
. Students graduating in May 2015 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit an Application for the Certificate by February 2, 2015. Other students interested in pursuing the Certificate should submit a Notice of Intent to Pursue a Certificate in Business Law by February 20, 2015. Some courses give registration priority to Business Law Certificate students who have filed a Notice of Intent by that date. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here.

Academic Calendar for 2015-2016. The academic calendar for next academic year (2015-2016), as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

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.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. Law School regulations provide that full-time Day Division students may not be employed for more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. If a full-time Day Division student must work more than 20 hours per week, the student must transfer to the part-time Day Division or the Evening Division.

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 (, phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

July 2015 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2015 bar exam are due by February 15, 2015. 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.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 (see information above for how to file one) 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.

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).

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 28, 2015. You may register online by clicking 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.

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.

Joke of the week. Did you know that milk is the fastest liquid on earth? Yeah - it's pasteurized before you even see it.


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