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Week 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, is linked to this page.

Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2002 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.

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 is linked 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

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, are linked 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 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 printed here.

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 expunged."

"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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