Office of Academic Administration
and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen
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of August 26, 2002
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Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor
Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 2.
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 2 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin
board as we receive them.
Fall Course Information -- Updates. A list of all changes
to the Fall 2002 class schedule since the Fall Registration
Bulletin was issued is linked
to this page (scroll to bottom of linked page).
Fall Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall
2002 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments,
to this page.
Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2002 exam schedule
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.
Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course
without special permission until the end of the first week
of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an
open course only with permission of the instructor. You may
not add a course after the second week of the semester. You
may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical
course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy
at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper
(see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition
penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of
classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if
you drop a course after the second week of classes.
CALI Award Winners for Spring 2002. 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 2002 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.
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.
London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers
a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as
part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested
in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2003 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 13, 2002.
Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2003 Semester.
A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester
to this page. Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary
and subject to change.
Just the Beginning Foundation--Guided Research. The
Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) is seeking about five
upper-level Chicago-Kent students to assist federal judges
and law clerks in conducting research about the integration
of the federal judiciary, the federal judicial appointment
process, and Fourteenth Amendment. JTBF is a not-for-profit
foundation established to educate the public about the integration
of the federal judiciary. In pursuit of this goal, JTBF is
developing an educational CD-ROM that will educate high school
students about the Fourteenth Amendment and the integration
of the federal judiciary. Students are needed to review historical
documents, conduct research, and assist in writing the curriculum.
Students will be supervised by Assistant Dean Michael Burns,
the Judge Ann C. Williams, and Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan.
This is an excellent opportunity to work with federal judges
and law clerks on the Seventh Circuit and Northern District
of Illinois. One credit hour (pass/fail). If you're interested
or have questions, please contact Dean Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder
that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply
to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled
in upper-level writing courses (Advanced Research, Legal Drafting,
Research/Drafting combined sections, and all seminars). The
Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism,
to this page. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines
recently, please do so.
SBA Picnic for Students, Faculty, and Staff. The Student
Bar Association is sponsoring a picnic for students, faculty,
and staff on Friday, August 30, from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in
Grant Park (corner of Columbus and Balbo). Food (BBQ) will
be served from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and there will be volleyball
and softball courts reserved for our use.
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 2002-2003 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
September 6, 2002. To examine the differences in the
two plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services
Office website at http://www.iit.edu/~chs/index2.htm.
You can enroll in the comprehensive insurance plan in the
Registrar's office no later than the September 6 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
2002-2003 health plan brochure and all relevant information
are available at the Counseling and Health Services Office
web site (see above), or by contacting the office at 312/808-7100.
An Adobe Acrobat version of the brochure can be viewed and
Notice to Evening Division students: If registering
for Intensive Trial Advocacy brings your total credit hours
for the Fall semester to at least 12 hours, you will automatically
be billed for health insurance unless you waive coverage.
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 (if any), 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
"16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or
nolo contendere to, received a period of supervision for,
or is any charge now pending against you concerning, any offense
other than a minor traffic or parking violation? (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.) You must
disclose each instance regardless of whether a conviction
was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or
"17. 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 2002 semester are linked
to this page.
Furniture in the Classroom. 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. Question: Why can't bicycles
stand up on their own? Answer: Because they're two-tired.
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