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Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs

Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of June 29 and July 6, 2020

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Notices to Graduating Seniors.

•Email and Network Accounts. 
Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you choose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, September 14 (the first Monday after the Illinois bar exam).

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 9, 2020.

•Lockers.
 We are working on arrangements for getting your locker contents to you. I will email the graduating class once we have arrangements in place.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar.
 We will mail a Dean's Certification form to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student prior to the July 31 deadline We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2020 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 (by email to regq@kentlaw.iit.edu). 

Spring 2020 GPAs, Class Ranks, and GPA Cut-Offs.
Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2020 semester, and Spring 2020 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students -- go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2020" link under "Grades and Rank" in the leftside menu. (Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2019 or Summer 2019 links.) Class ranks are based on cumulative GPAs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2020 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2020 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. Even though Spring grades were pass/fail, faculty members were permitted to submit CALI awards if they wished. The CALI award recipients for Spring 2020 courses are available by clicking here. Please note: we are still in the process of checking on CALI awards for certain classes; we will update the list with additional information as we receive it. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement. 

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to announce that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance.

Zoe G. Appler Mary K. Roth
Mitchell E. Caminer Robert D. Rucker
William T. Dallas Kevin J. Scott
Aiden E. Dolik Taylor B. Shuman
Audrey T. Gallagher David A. White
Ryan C. Muhlstock Caitlyn D. Worley
Mia R. Rivecco  


Journal of Intellectual Property. The Journal of INtellectual Property is currently accepting applications from students entering their second, third, or fourth years for next year’s Submissions Editor and Executive Articles Editor positions, If you are interested in Intellectual Property or are interested in gaining Bluebook editing experience, this would be a great opportunity. As a Submissions Editor, you would help evaluate and select the articles that the Journal is set to publish. Executive Articles Editors would be responsible for reviewing the articles to ensure the accuracy and quality for the author. Additionally, these roles would enable you to take further leadership roles on-down-the-line or to write an article for the Journal for credit. To apply, please email a resume and statement of interest to journal@kentlaw.iit.edu or you can apply via our website.

The Journal is a student-run publication, which publishes two issues per year. These publications offer in-depth analyses of fundamental issues affecting intellectual property rights and timely, succinct analyses of current intellectual property issues. The Journal is the official publication of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association.

Fall 2020 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for Fall 2020 opened on Monday, June 1. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. Please note: Registering for a class during the initial registration period (May 20 - May 26) is not a guarantee that you were admitted into the class. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration system.

Wait Lists for Certain Courses. Although we normally do not keep wait lists, we have created one for Prof. Schmidt's Constitutional Law section and for the intersession class, Public Interest Housing Workshop. Those not admitted into Prof. Schmidt's section have automatically been placed on the wait list for the class. If you did not try registering for Prof. Schmidt's class or the Public Interest Housing Workshop during the initial registration period, but would like to be added to the wait list, please email me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2020 courses will be posted no later than Monday, August 10. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2020 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2020 Quick Guide link).

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 Fall 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. J.D. students graduating at the end of the Fall 2020 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 2020 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 Tuesday, September 8Please 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) Taxation and Financial Services LL.M. courses; (5) 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. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.


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