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News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of August 20, 2001

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Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials for Advanced Courses.  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 changes to the Fall class schedule).  Initial reading assignments received after August 3 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

Health Insurance Deadline.  Continuing students who were enrolled in the university's student health insurance program last year and who are currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and new students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in the basic health plan for the 2001-2002 academic year, unless they have waived coverage by submitting the proper forms.  If you would like to enroll in the comprehensive plan, you must do so by August 31, 2001. To examine the differences in the two plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services Office website at  You can enroll in the comprehensive insurance plan by e-mailing Babette Jenkins ( in the Counseling and Health Services Office no later than the August 31 deadline.

Students who do not meet the 12 credit hour threshold for automatic enrollment may elect to receive coverage by completing the necessary documents and paying the insurance fee.

The 2001-2002 health plan brochure and all relevant information are available at the Counseling and Health Services Office web site, or by contacting the office at 312/808-7100.  An Adobe Acrobat version of the brochure can be viewed and printed here.

Fall Course Information -- Updates.  A list of all changes to the Fall 2001 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page.

Fall Classroom Assignments.  A revised copy of the Fall 2001 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is linked to this page.  A copy is also posted in the front lobby.

Fall Exam Schedule.  A copy of the Fall 2001 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 2001.  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 2001 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.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2001.  The grade distributions for Spring 2001 courses are linked to this page.

London Law Consortium Program.  Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each spring semester as part of a consortium with seven other schools.  If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2002 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure outside Dean Sowle's office.  Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Friday, September 14, 2001.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2002 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 2001 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 guy complains to his psychiatrist that he's been having strange dreams.  "One night I dream I'm a Porsche, the next night I dream I'm a Trans Am -- every night, I'm some kind of sports car.  It's really starting to get to me."  The psychiatrist responds, "Relax, you're just having an auto-body experience."

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