Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of January 17, 2000

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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 2000 Initial Reading Assignments.  Initial assignments for many Spring 2000 courses are linked to this page.  Additional assignments submitted to my office after December 20 are posted on the second-floor bulletin board.

Spring 2000 Classroom Assignments.  Classroom assignments for Spring courses are posted in the lobby and on the second-floor bulletin board.

New Additions to Spring 2000 Schedule.
New Advanced Research Section.  We have added an additional Advanced Research section to the Spring schedule.  The section is entitled Advanced Research for Legal Scholars and will meet on Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:50 p.m.  The course number is 422-004-02, and the instructor will be Professor Kari Aamot.  If you would like to take this course, please complete an Add/Drop form in the Registrar's office.

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 Divisions students is 437-051-02.  The course is worth two credits and will meet Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:50 p.m.  The exam will be Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to take this course, please complete an Add/Drop form in the Registrar's office.

Operation Kosovo Opportunity.  The Ministry of Reconstruction and Development of the Interim Government of Kosovo has asked Chicago-Kent to provide technological assistance and legal advice on a variety of issues relating to investment in Kosovo and restarting economic enterprises.  Projects for students include drafting investment agreement language, advising the ministry on property ownership issues, and developing implementing language for development funds.  Dean Perritt, Professor Hill, and other faculty members are available to supervise student projects.  One credit of Independent Research credit is available.  Please contact Dean Sowle (SSOWLE) if you are interested in working on one of these projects.

Other Spring 2000 Schedule Changes.
Canceled courses.  The following courses have been canceled for lack of adequate enrollment: 

Bankruptcy Litigation (Prof. Reibman).
Civil RICO seminar (Prof. Foster).
Consumer Health Benefits (Prof. Kraus).
Other changes and corrections to the final schedule of classes were announced in my section of the November 29, 1999 Record

Spring 2000 Final Exams.  The final exam schedule for the Spring 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.

Enterprising Students Wanted for IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPRO's).  In the mood for a different educational experience?  IIT has pioneered in offering undergraduate and graduate students experience working in team projects to provide solutions for problems provided by industry.  Groups are investigating how to present documentary evidence at the Balkans War Crimes trials; how to educate individuals all over the world about common problems and strategies in asylum cases; how to plan for economic revitalization of the Bronzeville area; how to allocate legal liability for a Mars mission; and how to protect inventions to facilitate exercise for individuals with disabilities, among others.  Please contact Professor Krent (HKRENT; Room 735) if you are interested in these or other possible IPROs.

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 is scheduled for Monday, January 24, 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, 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; details will be announced in the Student Services section of the Record.

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 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; details will be announced in the Student Services section of the Record.

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. 

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 10, 2000, are available in the Registrar's office.  The deadline for applying for the March 10 exam is February 1, 2000 (the late deadline is February 17).

Bread & Butter Luncheon Seminars.  The North Suburban Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association are sponsoring a series of luncheon seminars.  Law students are welcome.  All events will take place at 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 201, Skokie, IL. Thursday, Feburary 24, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Drafting of Special Needs Trusts (call 847/729-0797 to make a reservation); Thursday, March 23, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: New Law Practice Model Using Hosted Technology (call 847/724-1696 to make a reservation); Thursday, April 27, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Issues in the Workplace as Relates to Employer and Employee (call 847/272-0800 to make a reservation); Thursday, May 25, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Consumer Fraud (call 847/272-0800 to make a reservation).

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