Office of Academic Administration
and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen
Week of August 16, 2004
Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization
Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 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.
CTA U-Pass Program. Chicago-Kent is a participant in
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. All
full-time day students (determined by your official division
status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular
semester) will be issued a U-Pass card valid from August 23
(the first day of classes) through December 18 (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,
see our U-Pass
FAQ, and 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 be sent to students by e-mail,
and 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 supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses,
administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records.
I oversee 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 (906-5282), 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.
Orientation Week. The final schedule for Orientation
week will be distributed in the packets you receive when you
arrive on August 16. In addition, the Admissions Office has
created a special
web page for entering students with links to lots of useful
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 (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C),
or e-mail me (SSOWLE).
Fall 2004 Semester Information. You may access initial
reading assignments, course information updates, Trial Advocacy
section assignments, and other Fall semester information by
following the links provided below, or by going to the Fall
2004 Term Information page. (Permanent links for term
information pages appear on the Student
Portal page, under "Academic term information").
Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester
to this page. (Please note: The list of initial
assignments has been updated since it was first posted, and
may be updated again if we receive additional assignments.)
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 through
Bookstore web site.
Course Information Updates. Changes to the Fall 2004
class schedule are linked
to this page. Some of these changes have been previously
announced; further changes may be made before the start of
Fall classes. A revised version of the Fall class schedule
incorporating these changes is available outside the third
floor cafeteria; an online version is linked to this page.
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.
Classroom Assignments. A revised copy of the Fall
2004 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments,
to this page. Classroom assignments will also be posted
in the front lobby.
Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2004 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 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.
Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall
semester are linked to this page.
2004-2005 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar
for 2004-2005 is linked
to this page.
Spring 2005 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class
schedule for the Spring 2005 semester is linked to this page.
Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there
will be additions to the class list (in particular, we anticipate
adding several seminars) and other changes made before the
schedule is finalized.
At this point, we anticipate adding the following
courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: E-Commerce (in
the day); Education Law; Energy Law (in a 4:00 slot); and
Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing.
In addition, the following courses listed on the preliminary
Spring schedule will not be offered: Civil Procedure
2; Computers & Legal Reasoning; Law, Economics & Justice
seminar; and Topics in E-Commerce seminar. The final Spring
2005 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration
for Spring 2005 classes will also take place.
Spring 2004 CALI Award Winners. 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 Spring 2004 courses are linked
to this page. If a section or a course is not listed,
that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award.
Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you
should be proud of your achievement.
Joke of the week. "You can't have everything.
Where would you put it?" (Steven Wright)