Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of August 21, 2000

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Initial Reading Assignments (Advanced Courses).  Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester that we received by August 4 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 are posted on the second-floor bulletin board.

Fall Course Information -- Updates.  Changes to the Fall 2000 schedule that were made over the summer are linked to this page.  Among the changes are these two recent changes:

New Section of Legal Drafting:  A new section of Legal Drafting has been added to the Fall schedule. It will meet on Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:50 p.m.  It will be a Commercial Law section, taught by Professor John Levin. The course number is 424-053. Two credits.
Additional Seats in Legal Drafting/ Research Section: We have added an additional 15 seats to Professor Strzynski's section, Legal Drafting/Resarch for the International Lawyer, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:25 p.m. The course number is 457-052. Three credits.
Fall Classroom Assignments.  A revised copy of the Fall 2000 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.  A copy is also posted in the lobby and on the second-floor bulletin board.

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.

CALI Award Winners for Spring 2000.  The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for most Spring 2000 courses are linked to this page. If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record.

Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.  All recipients of the award will be invited to the annual Student Awards Luncheon later this Fall.  Students' names will appear on the award certificates and in the luncheon program as they appear on the list linked to this page. Please e-mail me if you want to make any changes.

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.

First Year Students: Amendments to Your Applications for Admission.  The Illinois bar examiners reserve the right to check information you disclose to them on your bar application for consistency with the information you provided on your application for admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their own investigations to ensure that you disclosed all relevant information on your bar application and your law school application.  Some students have had considerable difficulty in the past when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information disclosed to them and the information on their law school applications, or when they discovered relevant information omitted from both.

I recommend that you review your answers to the questions asked on our application for admission and amend your application if any relevant information was excluded.  You can amend your application by sending a memo to my attention describing the omitted information and explaining why you did not include the information on your application.  In some cases, disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate.  But it is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer whatever consequences may ensue, than to be called before the bar examiners three years from now to explain a discrepency or omission.

Most problems in the past have arisen with respect to the following two questions on the application:

17. Have you ever been found guilty of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or is any charge now pending against you concerning any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violateion? (A "minor traffic violation" is a violation for which only a citation was issued, e.g., speeding. You must report any other traffic offense, including any offense in which acting under the influence of a drug or alcohol was an element of the offense.)

18. Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic or social probation or warning, or otherwise disciplined by any college or university for any reason?

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.  The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2000 semester are linked to this page.

Furniture in Classrooms.  If you have any reason to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them promptly.  Missing furniture can cause serious inconvenience to instructors and students.

Joke of the Week.  A priest, a minister, and a rabbi go into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, suspiciously, "is this some kind of joke?"


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