Office of Academic Administration
and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen
Week of August 15, 2005
Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization
Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, 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.
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 15. In addition, the Admissions Office has
created a special
web site for entering students with links to lots of useful
information. (A password is required for access to this site;
contact the Office of Admissions if you don't have a password.)
Academic Support Program. You will receive information
during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which
is designed to assist first-year students in developing the
skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic
Support Program section of the Record later this week
(it has not yet been updated) for more information about the
Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for
ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into
the small groups. Information about the program and study
resources is also available on the ASP
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 will be issued a U-Pass card valid
from August 22 (the first day of classes) through December
21 (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 to first-year students will be sent
by e-mail, and will appear in next week's Record.
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 2005 Semester Information. The Fall
2005 Term Information page has most of the information
you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester.
(Permanent links for term information pages appear on the
Portal page, under "Academic term information.")
Print copies of many of the documents described below are
available outside the third floor cafeteria.
Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester
are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. (Please note: The list
of initial assignments has been updated since it was first
posted last week, 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 materials 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
materials over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link
on the Student
Course Information Updates. Cours information updates
for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. (Please note: This
document has been updated since it was first posted last week,
and further changes may be made before the start of Fall classes).
A revised version of the Fall class schedule incorporating
these changes, as well as revised course and exam grids, are
available outside the third floor cafeteria; online versions
are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page.
Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the Fall 2005 Schedule of Classes, including
classroom assignments, is available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will
also be posted in the front lobby later this week.
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.
Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2005 exam schedule
is available on the Fall
2005 Term Information 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 available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page.
Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall
semester are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page.
2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar
for 2005-2006 is linked
to this page.
Appellate Courts & Procedure: Consider Taking This
Fall Course. (A notice from Prof. Steinman.) All through
law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps
you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate
review? about who can appeal, when, where, and how? about
the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you
understand what the various standards of review really mean,
and what standard the courts will apply to what issues? Are
you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and
the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial
court limit what you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered
when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they
leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate
appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the
volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate
(their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure
of appellate court systems), and the implications of those
changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much
about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy,
or the role of amicus curiae? If these questions interest
you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure, MWTh
9:35-10:30 am. We'll be using brand new materials by Meador,
Baker, & Steinman.
Legal, Ethical & Political Issues in Business:
Cross-Listed Course. This course is being offered by the
Stuart Graduate School of Business and is open to upper-level
law students. It will meet Fridays, 6:00-9:15 pm, and will
be taught by Sharon O'Bryan, President and CEO of O'Bryan
Advisory Services, Inc. The Stuart School course number is
MGT 556-077. The course will meet on the Stuart School's calendar
(Fall quarter). If you are interested in this course, please
contact Dean Sowle.
Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class
schedule for the Spring 2006 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. The final Spring
2006 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration
for Spring 2006 classes will also take place.
At this point, we anticipate adding the following
courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: Federal Courts
(in the day); and Nonprofit Law (in a 4:00 slot).
U-Pass Distribution. 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 22 (the first day of classes)
through December 21 (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. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our
FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass
web site. Distribution of Fall 2005 U-Passes to continuing
students will take place on the following dates:
*Wednesday, August 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.
If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture
in the ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please
let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm
your status, we will order one for you.
Spring 2005 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 2005 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,
or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations
to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud
of your achievement.
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 2006 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 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more
detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Joke of the week. In honor of our new Legislative
Process course, here are a few "dumb laws" on the
books in Illinois (according to the Dumb
Laws web site):
*You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least
one dollar bill on your person.
*You must contact the police before entering the city in an
*You may not eat in a place that is on fire (Chicago only).
(I suspect some of these laws could be challenged on grounds