Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of September 18, 2000

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More CALI Award Winners for Spring 2000.  Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated.  Other CALI Award winners were announced in the August 21 and August 28 issues of the Record.  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 here.  Please e-mail me if you want to make any changes.
Estate Planning (Prof. Rosenberg): Sheila F. Polcyn
Mediation (Prof. Myers): Matthew J. Labkon
Tax Accounting (Prof. Palmer): Kimberly Whalen
Courses Subject to Mandatory Curve for Elective Courses.  A list of Fall 2000 elective courses with at least 25 students enrolled, and thus subject to the mandatory curve for elective courses, is linked to this page.

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 will be available in the Registrarís office next month (watch for an announcement here).  The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2001.  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.  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 they are available and begin working on 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 Registrarís office and in my office. 

July 2001 Illinois Bar Application.  The July 2001 Illinois bar applications will be available in the Registrarís office office next month (watch for an announcement here).  Applications must be postmarked by Feburary 1, 2001Please note:  Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application by February 1.  If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate application packet, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet.

Joke of the Week.  A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After a while, the hotel manager came out and asked them to disperse, explaining, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."


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