Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle  for the week of May 3, 1999

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Academic Calendar Reminder.  The academic calendar for the remainder of the semester is as follows: 
Last regular day of classes: Monday, May 3 
Wednesday classes meet (Professionalism Day make-up): Tuesday, May 4 
Read Period: Wednesday, May 5 - Sunday, May 9 
Final Exams: Monday, May 10 - Saturday, May 22
Spring 1999 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. Room assignments for exams will be posted in the main lobby and on the second-floor bulltein board at a later time.  If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Chris Matheny (312/906-5271) or me (312/906-5282) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct on pages 67-69 of the Student Handbook

Fall 1999 Registration. 
Add/Drop Day. Evening Division students should submit add/drop forms by Tuesday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m.; Day Division students, by Wednesday, May 5, at 12:00 noon. See the Registrar's section of the Record for details. If you were initially closed out of a course and find that it has open seats at the end of initial registration, this may be a result of the fact that, with some courses, we reserve a certain number of seats for Day students and a certain number for Evening students during initial registration.  For example, if a course is allocated 10 seats for Day students and 5 seats for Evening students, an Evening student may be closed out of the course during initial registration if 5 or more Evening students with higher registration priority registered for the course.  However, if fewer than 10 Day students register for the course, there will be empty seats in the course at the end of initial registration. Any student Day or Evening   may register for those seats on Add-Drop Day. 

After Add/Drop Day.  After Add/Drop Day, if seats becomes available in a course that was previously closed, this will be noted on the Class Status Report posted on the second floor bulletin board; the seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats often do become available in closed courses after registration and before Fall classes start, so it is a good idea to check the Class Status Report occasionally. This applies to summer session classes as well. 

Immigration Law & Policy.  Constitutional Law is no longer listed as recommended preparation for the course. 

International Law Courses.  The International Policing course, and both courses offered by Professor Blum (The Arab-Israeli Conflict in International Law, and The Charter of the United Nations), will count toward the Certificate in International and Comparative Law. 
 
Fall 1999 Initial Reading Assignments.  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester will be posted on the Chicago-Kent Intranet page (http://ck.kentlaw.edu/) no later than Friday, August 6, under the Registrar's heading. If you will not have Internet access in August, please notify us that you would like a paper copy mailed to you by sending me an e-mail (SSOWLE) with the address where you can be reached over the summer; or fill out the bottom portion of a form that will be available at my office and outside the third floor cafeteria. Assignments not received by August 6 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as they are received. 

Dean's Certificate for the Illinois Bar Exam.  We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed. The certificates will be in Springfield before the deadline. 

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions.  If you plan to tkae a bar exam outside of Illinois, you must provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the law school to complete as soon as possible. 

Survey of Student Attitudes.  I will soon be mailing out a survey to graduating seniors, first-year Evening Division students, and second-year Day Division students. The survey will elicit your attitudes on a variety of issues relating to the law school's faculty, academic program, and administrative services. Please take a few minutes to complete and return the survey. 

Good Luck!  I wish all of you -- those who are graduating and those who will be returning in the Fall -- the best of luck with your exams and with your summer activities. For those who will be taking the bar exam this summer, my only advice is to study hard and keep in mind that the pain is of relatively short duration. You will soon be lawyers instead of law students, and I'm sure you'll do yourselves (and the school) proud. 


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