Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of December 6, 1999

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Good Luck and Happy Holidays.  I wish all of you the best of luck on your exams, and a joyous holiday season.

New Spring 2000 Course: Disability Law.  This course has been added to the Spring schedule. The instructor will be Kevin Conlon, District Counsel for the Communications Workers of America. The course number for Day Division students is 437-001-02, and for Evening Division students is 437-051-02.  The course is worth two credits and will meet Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:50 p.m.  The exam will be Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.

Fall Final Exams.  Final exams for the Fall semester begin on Tuesday, December 7, and end on Saturday, December 18.  The final exam schedule is linked to this page.  Room assignments for exams will be posted in the main lobby and on the second-floor bulletin 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 (312/906-5130) 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 in the Student Handbook.

Spring 2000 Initial Reading Assignments.  Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester will be posted on the Chicago-Kent Intranet page (http://ck.kentlaw.edu) no later than Monday, December 20. If you will not have Internet access over the holiday break, 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 break; or fill out the bottom portion of a form that is available at my office and outside the third floor cafeteria.  Assignments not received by December 20 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as they are received.

Purchasing Books for Spring 2000 Semester.  You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over break.  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 web by clicking on the bookstore link on the Chicago-Kent Intranet page (http://ck.kentlaw.edu).

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, 2000.  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, we will hold a meeting to discuss the bar application early in the Spring semester.

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 to work on it during the holiday break.

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 2000 Illinois Bar Application.  The July 2000 Illinois bar applications are available in the Registrar’s office.  Applications must be postmarked by Feburary 1, 2000.  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, we will hold a meeting to discuss the bar application early in the Spring semester.

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.

Joke of the Week.  A guy complains to his psychiatrist that he's been having strange dreams.  "One night I dream I'm a teepee, the next night I dream I'm a wigwam -- every night, either a teepee or a wigwam.  It's really starting to get to me."  The psychiatrist responds, "It's clear what your problem is.  You're two tents!"


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