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 semeter closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break and that your Spring semester is productive and interesting. There are several important announcements in the Registrar's section of this Record, including procedures and deadlines for adding and dropping courses, making pass-fail elections, and waiving insurance coverage. Please review these announcements carefully.
Spring 1999 Initial Reading Assignments. Initial assignments for many Spring 1999 courses are linked to this page. Additional assignments submitted to my office after December 21 are posted on the second-floor bulletin board.
New Addition to Spring 1999 Schedule: Children and the Law. If there is sufficient student interest, we will add this course to the Spring schedule. It will be taught by Professor Susan Adams, and students will be able to choose between taking it as a regular course (with a final exam instead of a paper) or for seminar credit (with a seminar paper required). If you are interested in taking the course, please contact me no later than Friday, January 22, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (312/906-5130). If there is sufficient interest, we will then try to find a meeting time convenient for all concerned. A course description follows:
This course examines the precarious balance of rights, power, and obligations among children, their parents, and the state. We will first study different conceptions of “children’s rights” and current notions of children as legal persons. In light of these principles, the course will focus on the child in custody/foster care/adoption settings; on children’s rights in school settings; and on state intervention in cases of child abuse and neglect.Other Spring 1999 Schedule Changes. The following courses and sections have been canceled for lack of adequate enrollment or other reasons:
Advanced Research (Prof. Quinn's section).Other changes to the final schedule of classes were announced in my section of the November 23, 1998 Record.
Spring 1999 Classroom Assignments. Classroom assignments for Spring courses are posted in the lobby and on the second-floor bulletin board.
Spring 1999 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny, the Director of Students Services.
Monthly Meeting with SBA Advisory Committee. I meet once a month with officers and representatives of the Student Bar Association to discuss issues of concern to students. Members of the general student body are welcome to attend the meetings. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 744.
Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. Registration packets are available in the Registrar’s office. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 1999. The fee for registering is $175 ($50 to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, and $125 to the National Conference of Bar Examiners). Note: Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917. In addition, Chris Matheny, the Director of Stuents Services, will hold information sessions to discuss the bar application on Thursday, Janaury 21, at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. in Room 580.
The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as possible and begin working on it.
One of the forms in the registration packet is a “Certificate of the Dean of Law School – Proof of Commencement of Legal Study.” We send a Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who began at Chicago-Kent last Fall, so you can discard this form.
All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration 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.
First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.
July 1999 Illinois Bar Application. The July 1999 Illinois bar applications are available in the Registrar’s office. Applications must be postmarked by Feburary 1, 1999. There are two separate application packets: one for students who filed a registration application with the bar examiners during their first year of law school, and a separate one for students who did not register. The packet for students who did not register includes both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet. If you have questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917. In addition, Chris Matheny, the Director of Stuents Services, will hold information sessions to discuss the bar application on Thursday, Janaury 21, at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. in Room 580.
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 May, so you may discard the one included in the application materials. If you did not file a registration application during your first year of law school, you may also ignore the “Certificate of the Dean of Law School – Proof of Commencement of Legal Study” in the application materials, so long as you began your legal studies at Chicago-Kent. We sent a Certificate for every student who began at Chicago-Kent to the Illinois bar examiners, and they will have your Certificate in their files.
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.
Special note from the Illinois bar examiners: Applications for students who began law school in 1993 or later who did not register as first-year law students do not contain the Illinois state police form. The forms are on backorder and will be sent to the Chicago-Kent Registrar's office as soon as they are received. Please return to the Registrar's office to obtain the form to submit to the Board with your application.
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, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on March 12, 1999, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the March 12 exam is February 2, 1999 (the late deadline is February 18).
Chancellor Kent Colloquium. What's in a name? Come
help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chancellor Kent's ascension to
the bench. There will be a colloquium exploring Chancellor Kent's
profound impact on the legal profession on Monday, January 25, at
4:00 in Room 590.
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