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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Week of August 18, 2003

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General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 12:00-2:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (Please note: For students participating in the on-campus interviewing program, there is a mandatory meeting from 12:00-1:10 on August 26. You will have time to attend the program and still participate in the Fair.)

New Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. A new Master Calendar for the Law School was launched over the summer. The site is linked to this page; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page and from the Record web pages (see, e.g., the link to the right on this page). This site brings together the following different calendars: the Academic Calendar, Admissions Calendar, Alumnae/i Calendar, Events Calendar, and Student Calendar. You can view events in calendar or list format; by day, week, month, or year; and may look at one specific kind of calendar or all calendars together.

CTA U-Pass Program. As announced last Spring, Chicago-Kent has joined the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. The U-Pass also qualifies holders for discounts of up to 50% at over 750 merchants throughout Chicago. Participating merchants include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre, museums, dry cleaners, restaurants, and comedy clubs. All full-time students will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 25 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. For more details, visit the CTA's U-Pass web site. We will also distribute informational brochures along with the U-Pass cards. Details about when and how the cards will be distributed will appear in next week's Record.

To Entering Students:

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!
For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does. In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student. I work closely with the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I supervise the Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5130), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE). If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction. My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by. I hope you have a great year.

Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you arrive on August 18. In addition, the Admissions Office has created a special web page for entering students with links to lots of useful information.

To Returning Students:

Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year. If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me (906-5130), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester are linked to the Student Portal Page, along with other information you will find useful as the new school year starts (including links to the 2003-2004 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 6 will be posted on the second-floor bulletin board as we receive them.

If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course books for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Fall Course Information -- Updates. A list of all changes to the Fall 2003 class schedule since the Fall Registration Bulletin was issued is linked to this page. I would like to highlight three new additions to the Fall schedule:

Intellectual Property Patent Clinic. This new clinical program will be supervised by Adjunct Professor Robert Barrett; it will meet Mondays, 4:00-5:50 pm. See the list of Fall schedule changes for a description of the clinic. Three credits.

Lobbying for the Polish Community. Under the guidance of the Polish-American lawyer Christopher Kurczaba, students will research and prepare to lobby Washington legislators. There is a possibility of a trip to Washington D.C. for some students. The course will meet Tuesday at 3:00 pm, or at a time to be announced. Contact Professor Warner (312/906-5340; e-mail: RWARNER) for more information. One credit.

Building an Online Political Website. This project will be supervised by Dean Krent and Professor Warner. Contact Professor Warner (312/906-5340; e-mail: RWARNER) for more information. One credit.

In addition, the 431-018 section of Legal Writing 3 has been canceled since the initial list of schedule changes was issued last week; and Prof. Dinwoodie's Trademarks class will have a take-home rather than scheduled exam.

Fall Classroom Assignments.
A revised copy of the Fall 2003 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, will be linked to this page and to the Student Portal page, early in the week of August 18. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby.

Fall Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2003 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 Jamie Lake, the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).

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.

Notice About Upper-Level Legal Writing Courses. Please review the following provisions, which address the Legal Writing 4 equivalents for students enrolled in Law Review, Appellate Advocacy, Pretrial Litigation, or Judicial Externship.

*Third-year students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the two-credit version of the course (not the new three-credit version).

*Second-year students enrolled in Pretrial Litigation and Appellate Advocacy should also register for the two-credit version of Appellate Advocacy; they will satisfy the Legal Writing 4 equivalency in Pretrial Litigation.

*Second-year students who receive credit for Law Review and are enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the three-credit version of Appellate Advocacy, and should inform Ryan Liebl on the Law Review staff that they are fulfilling the Legal Writing 4 equivalency through Appellate Advocacy (these students will be excused from the Law Review research training sessions).

*Second-year students who are doing Judicial Externships and are also enrolled in Appellate Advocacy should register for the three-credit version of Appellate Advocacy.

*Second-year students who are doing Judicial Externships, and who are not receiving credit for Law Review, Appellate Advocacy, or Pretrial Litigation, should join the Law Review’s research training sessions (meeting Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00) if they want to fulfill the Legal Writing 4 requirement through an equivalent.

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 2004 Semester. A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is listed on pages 13-15 of the Fall Registration Bulletin. Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

Joke of the week. Did you hear about the woman who was dating a tractor salesman? They broke up when she wrote him a John Deere letter.

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