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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 31, 2015
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General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes are canceled on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 4
Building hours 7:15am - 9:45pm
Library 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 5
Building hours 8:30am - 3:15pm
Library CLOSED

Sunday, September 6 & Monday, September 7
Building and Library CLOSED

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 1, from 11:30-1:30 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

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. 

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2015-2016 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall semester (including intersession classes listed on the Fall schedule; but not including Incomplete make-ups) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. (Please note that this is a change from the university’s prior policy, under which students were automatically enrolled in the insurance plan only if they were enrolled for 12 or more credits.)

The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $1,439 for individual coverage (please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550 for information about family coverage). You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form online at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1, 2015. IIT requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. The waiver process goes directly through Aetna Student Health Insurance. (Please note: If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you will not be permitted to waive the IIT health insurance.) If you do not waive coverage by September 1, you will be billed for the insurance. For more information about the plan, including waivers, go to http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 14, 2015 to August 11, 2016. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health has an app that will allow you to have your insurance card and benefit details on your smart device. To access the app, follow the instructions below. Insurance cards will not be mailed out unless a request is made by calling 800-841-3140. (If you have any questions about the app, contact Melody McCray at 312-567-7116 or jack@iit.edu.)

  • Download the Aetna App (click here for more information)
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At the Welcome screen, select ID card information
  • Select member (student or dependent names will appear in drop down)
  • View Card
  • Image of front and back of card appears

CyCKles: Chicago-Kent Bicycle Rental Program. Bicycle rentals are available at the Law School to students, faculty, and staff, made possible by a donation from a generous alum. Four bikes are available for rent at checkout rates listed in the current Bike Program rates & terms document. If you wish to rent a bike, visit the Bike Rental payment and checkout page and pay for the rental by using a credit card. General information on bike rentals can be found at the Chicago-Kent Bike rental page. If you have questions on this program, please contact the Office of Administration and Finance at 312.906.5100 or visit Suite 265.

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, updated 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.

Joke of the Week. Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.

To Entering Students:

Bar Exam and Character & Fitness Requirements. First-year students should familiarize themselves with the bar exam and character & fitness requirements of the state in which they anticipate taking the bar exam. For Illinois, this information is availalbe on the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website.

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 1, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 7:35-8:30 (Rm. 510). 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 29, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 29, 7:35-8:30 pm (Rm. 165)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Wednesday, November 10, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 10, 7:35-8:30 pm (Rm. 165)

ID Cards and U-Pass Distribution. If you have not picked up your ID card or U-Pass, you may do so in the Registrar's Office on the second floor.

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 Friday, September 4, 2015, 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 Friday, September 4, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections.
 Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 4, 2015. 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 2015 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 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 contct me by email no later than Friday, September 4, 2015, 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. Upper-level students interested in pursuing the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent of Pursue the Certificate in Business Law sometime during the semester to Nicole Lechuga outside room 827. Business Law Certificate students get registration priority for some courses and seminars; only students who have filed the notice are eligible for the priority. Business Law certificate students who will graduate this Fall should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by September 30, 2015. The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here. If you have any questions about the program, email Professor Howard Chapman, the Program Director, at hschpman@gmail.com. Important information for May 2016 graduates: Securities Regulation is one of three courses absolutely required to earn the Certificate. It is offered this semester on Monday and Wednesday from 8:50 to 10:30 a.m. It will also be offered in the Spring semester, but you should register for it this semester if it fits into your schedule. 

February 2016 and July 2016 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2016 bar exam are due by September 1, 2015 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2016 bar exam are due by February 15, 2016. 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.

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.

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 7, 2015. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 17 (the late deadline is September 24). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

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