& Annoucements From Prior Weeks -- 2003-2004 Archives
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Academic Calendar Reminder: In observance of Labor Day,
there will be no classes on Monday, September 1.
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.
U-Pass cards for the Fall semester are now available from
Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 receive 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
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 2003-2004 academic year, unless they have
waived coverage by submitting the proper forms. The deadline
for waiving coverage is September 3, 2003. If you are enrolled
for fewer than 12 hours and wish to elect coverage, or if
you would like to upgrade your coverage from the basic plan
to the comprehensive plan, the deadline is also September
3. For details about waiving coverage, about electing coverage,
and about the difference between the basic and comprehensive
plans, please visit the Counseling and Health Services Office
website at http://www.iit.edu/~shc.
If you have questions, please call 312/808-7100.
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.
Furniture in the 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.
Award to Tarek Fadel. I'm pleased to announce that
Tarek Fadel, the 2002-2003 president of the Chicago-Kent Student
Bar Association, was recently awarded the National Achievement
Award for SBA President of the Year at the ABA Law Student
Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As the winner of
this award, Tarek was invited as a guest panelist to provide
ideas and advice to SBA presidents and ABA student representatives
from across the country. The Chicago-Kent student newspaper,
the Commentator, was also nominated for three awards. Congratulations
to Tarek for this achievement, and to the Commentator.
To Entering Students:
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Please take time
to review the Student
Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct,
included in the Handbook. For future reference, there is a
permanent link to the Handbook on the main Student
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, or received a period of supervision
for, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking
violation, or is any charge now pending against you concerning
such an offense? (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?
ASP Program on Class Preparation & Socratic Method.
On Wednesday, August 27, the Academic Support Program will
present a program on how to prepare for class effectively
and how to get the most out of the Socratic Method used
by most of your professors. The program will be held in
the Auditorium from 4:00-5:00 pm. All students are invited
to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to
see a videotape of the program, contact Dean Sowle. Hold
the dates: The ASP program will also present a programs
on Outlining Your Courses (October 1), and Preparting for
and Taking Exams (November 12). Details will be announced
closer to those dates.
To Returning Students:
Initial Reading Assignments. Initial reading assignments
for many Fall semester courses 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).
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.
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.
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 earlier this month; and Prof. Dinwoodie's
Trademarks class will have a take-home rather than scheduled
Fall Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall
2003 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments,
to this page. Classroom assignments are also 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).
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
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.
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.
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
*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.
CALI Award Winners for Spring 2003. 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 2003 courses are
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.
We will hold a Student Awards Luncheon during the Fall semester
to recognize the CALI winners fromthe 2002-2003 academic
Grade Distributions for Spring 2003. The grade distributions
for Spring 2003 courses are linked
to this page.
Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs for Spring 2003. The GPA
cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2003 semester are linked
to this page.
London Law Consoritum 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 2004
semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure
from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). 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 12, 2003. If you wish to discuss
the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein
Joke of the week. A young man facing a murder charge
decided to bribe a kindly-looking juror to hold out for
a manslaughter verdict. After a long trial and and even
longer jury deliberation, the jury indeed returned a verdict
of manslaughter. Before being led off to prison, the young
man had a moment to talk with the juror he'd bribed. "Thank
you so much," he said. "How did you do it?"
The juror replied, "it wasn't easy. They all wanted
to acquit you!"
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