Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of August 14, 2000

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To Entering Students:

Welcome to Chicago-Kent! For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community.  You have an exciting several years ahead of you. 

What My Office Does.  In my capacity as Assistant Dean, I supervise two offices that will be an important part of your life at Chicago-Kent. 

  • Registrar's office:  I work closely with the Registrar's office, headed by Chris Matheny, on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records.
  • Student Services office:  I work with the Student Services staff, also headed by Chris Matheny, on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the academic regulations contained in the Student Handbook.
More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible.  But questions and problems undoubtedly will arise for some of you.  If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5130), come by my office (Suite 320), or e-mail me (SSOWLE; or click on the link at the top of this page).  If I can't help you, I'll point you in the right direction.  My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by.  I wish you the best of luck at the start of an exciting year.

To Continuing Students:

Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year.  If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me at 906-5130, come by my office (Suite 320), or e-mail me (SSOWLE; or click on the link at the top of this page). 

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to this page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the Academic Calendar, the bookstore's hours, Trial Advocacy section assignments, the Fall final exam schedule, and information about configuring your laptop computer to the new Chicago-Kent computer network).  Assignments received after August 4 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you.  If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 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 (

Fall Course Information -- Updates.  Changes to the Fall 2000 schedule that were made over the summer are linked to this page.

Fall Classroom Assignments.  A revised copy of the Fall 2000 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.

Fall Exam Schedule.  A copy of the Fall 2000 exam schedule 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.  Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.  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 in the Registrar's office.

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments.  If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is linked to this page.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2001 Semester.  A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page.  Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change. 

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