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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 30, 2004
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Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 6.

Spring 2004 Class Ranks/GPA cut-offs.
The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2004 semester are linked to this page.

ASP Program: How to Prepare For and Get the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program will present a program next week on how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 11:30-12:30 in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, September 1, 5:00-5:50 pm in Rm. C50 (for evening students). All students are invited to attend, but first -year students are particularly encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

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 (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, 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.

Chicago-Kent Law Review: Updated List of New Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition. I hope you will take the opportunity to congratulate the students you know.

Adam M. Burns Ashlee B. Mehl
Matthew S. Burns Andrew F. Merrick
Kevin Case John G. New
Virginia A. Chentis Kevin A. O'Connor
Michael G. Congiu Matthew C. Oesterle
Claire M. Forster Tressa A. Pankovits
Diana E. Fridman Benjamin D. Panter
Steven D. Garden Jared B. Pinkus
Patrick B. Haggerty Joy L. Powers
Darrin R. Halcomb Stephen J. Rice
Christian B. Hennion Tracey L. Schielie
Cherish M. Keller Luke T. Shannon
Marjorie Ruth Kohls Matthew V. Topic
Nicholas J. Logan Ryan M. Wilson
Jason T. Manning Sheri L. Wong
Stacy A. Manning  

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 2005 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 10, 2004. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2005. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying a late fee of $350 imposed on those who register at any point after March 1 of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.

February 2005 and July 2005 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2005 bar exam must be postmarked by September 1, 2004; applications for the July 2005 Illinois bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 2005. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but substantial penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org/. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you did not register during your first year, you will need a separate set of application materials, which contains both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you obtain the correct materials. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed the equivalent of two full academic years of law school, i.e., after you have completed two-thirds of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree. Applications for the next exam, on November 12, 2004, are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the November exam is October 5, 2004 (the late deadline is October 21).

Cafeteria: Now Accepting Credit Cards. The cafeteria now accepts credit or debit charges (VISA and MasterCard only) for orders of $5.00 or more.

Joke of the week. "Somewhere on the glove, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped." (Sam Levenson)
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