Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of May 1, 2000

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Academic Calendar Reminder.  The class schedule for the last week of the semester is as follows:
Monday, May 1: Monday classes meet (King Birthday make-up)
Tuesday, May 2: Friday classes meet (Good Friday make-up)
Wednesday, May 3: Wednesday classes meet (Professionalism Day make-up)
Thursday, May 4 is a Make-up Day.  Read period starts Friday, May5.  Exams start Monday, May 8 and end Friday, May 19.

Additional CALI Award Winners.  Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the Fall 1999 course indicated.  Other CALI Award winners were announced in the April 3 issue of the Record; that list is linked to this page.

Legal Drafting (Prof. Zamparo): Tina M. Paries
Pretrial Litigation (Prof. Norton): Donald Sullenger
Spring 2000 Exam Schedule.  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 2000 Registration.  The preliminary schedule of classes for Fall 2000 is available outside the third floor cateteria; it is also linked to this page.  The Registration Bulletin and final class schedule will be distributed on Monday, May 1 and will also be available on the Law School's Intranet site.

Correction to preliminary schedule:  The Day section of Evidence, with Professor Nance, was inadvertently listed as being two credit hours; it actually will be four credit hours.  The Evening section, with Professor Kling, was correctly listed as being three credit hours.

I will hold meetings with first-year students on Monday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. (Day Division students) and 5:15 p.m. (Evening Division students) in the Auditorium to discuss course selection for the Fall and suggestions for planning your legal education. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please feel free to contact me by e-mail, phone, or by stopping by my office. Upper-level students with comments on the preliminary schedule should also feel free to contact me.

As with summer registration, we will be conducting Fall registration online rather than through submission of paper forms.  To register, go to the Law School’s Intranet page ( and click on the link entitled “Online Summer Registration.”  You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

The online registration period will begin on Wednesday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. and will end on Friday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m.  You may register at any time during that period.  After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority.  In other words, registration will notbe conducted on a first-come, first served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students with your registration priority group. 

To learn what classes you have been admitted to, you must check the registration web site on or after Wednesday, May 10. You may do this by gong to the same site as the one used for initial registration (i.e., go to and click on “Online Summer Registration”). Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class – you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, May 10 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 1999 Grade Distributions.  The grade distributions for Fall 1999 courses are linked to this page.  The summary distributions (which group courses by category) were omitted when I first published the distributions in last week's Record.  They are now available by following the above link. Copies of the grade distributions are also posted on the second-floor bulletin board.

Fall 2000 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Books  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester will be posted on the Chicago-Kent Intranet page ( no later than Friday, August 4. 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 4 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as they are received. 

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer.  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 (

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 and certain other classes of other students. The survey will elicit your attitudes on a variety of issues relating to the law school's faculty, academic program, and administrative services. If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to complete and return it.

Joke of the Week.  Question:  How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  Answer:  Two -- one to hold the giraffe, the other to put the clocks in the bathtub.

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