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1L Your Way. The 1L Your Way program allows first-year full-time students to choose an elective class or Clinic Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. 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).

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.), Copyright Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), Criminal Procedure (3 cr.), and International Law (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 Clinic Rotation (see the description below).

Students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November. For the Clinical Rotation, 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 in the Rotation, 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 Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.)

Clinic Rotation Description: The Clinic Rotation option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. It matches first-year students with faculty practitioners, allowing students to gain exposure to three different practice areas and to the day-to-day activities of the clinical faculty. Based inside Chicago-Kent's in-house law firm, the Clinic Rotation course is the first of its kind in the country. The law firm's faculty practitioners participate as both teachers and mentors. Students enrolled in the Clinic Rotation spend four weeks with each of three practitioners, observing and participating in their day-to-day lawyering activities. In addition, 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, health and disability law, and tax law. Although student activities will vary from rotation to rotation, based upon current caseloads and calendars, students may be exposed to such activities as: accompanying lawyers to court appearances, proceedings at administrative agencies, or mediations; client meeting; document drafting; case strategizing; and simulated activites that help develop professional skills. The Clinic Rotation will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Fire Drill Follow-Up. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drills. We would also like to pass along a few reminders:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel during a building evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Tracey Harkins, 3L Student, to Argue Before 7th Circuit. One of Professor Richard Kling's students, Tracey Harkins, will be arguing an appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals from denial of a motion to suppress evidence based on Fourth Amendment grounds. The case is United States v. Hector Roman, Docket No. 14-03209. Tracey will be arguing for the appellant, and she also helped write the brief for the case. Argument is set for Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Courtroom, Room 2721, at the Dirksen Courthouse (219 S. Dearborn). All arguments are set for that time, but there is no way of knowing until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday what time she will actually argue, or before which panel.

Bridge of Spies: Advanced Screening Tickets Available. We have been offered free seats to an advanced screening of the Tom Hanks movie Bridge of Spies (directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the Coen brothers) exploring the dramatic U.S. efforts to free a U-2 pilot shot down over the USSR during the Cold War. See below for details. 

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00pm, AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611. Download passes here: (100 passes available)

Live Satellite Q&A with Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks, moderated by Jess Cagle:
Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm, AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611. Download passes here: (200 passes available)

Joke of the Week. A Roman centurion walks into a bar and says, "Give me a dry martinus." The bartender replies, "Don't you mean 'martini'?" The centurion snaps, "If I wanted a double, I would have asked for one."


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