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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 29, 2005
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Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 5.

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.

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.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not picked up your U-Pass or ID card, you may do so from Denise Lang in 320C (just outside my office) between 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00 any day this week. (If you are a continuing student and already have an ID card, you do not need a new one.) For more details about the U-Pass program, see our U-Pass FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

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 (starting Monday, August 29), 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.

Private Area for Prayer. If you would like a private area in the Library to use for prayer, please contact the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk.

ASP Workshop: How to Prepare For and Get the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program will present a program this week on how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 3:00-4:00 (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students), in Rm. 590. 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.

Additional Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following students, who received the highest grades in the courses indicated. Other CALI Award winners were announced in last week's Record; the complete list of CALI winners is linked to this page.

Antitrust: Daniel S. Konar II
Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing: Christian G. Stahl & Gregory M. Zinkl
International Criminal Law: Yelena A. Dolgosheeva
International Labor & Employment Law: Elizabeth A. Noonan
International Organizations: Ravi Rao
International Trade: Lan Zhang & Marc E. McCallister
Law in Contemporary East Asia: Miwako Iida

Spring 2005 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2005 semester are linked to this page.

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 (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

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.

Andrew W. Bateman Kevin C. Keenan
Muniza Bawaney Jonathan R. Lahn
Valerie R. Calhoun Robert J. Lapointe
Ian A. Campbell Louis J. Manetti
Roy Chamcharas Steven A. Markoff
Eric Y. Choi Deborah S. Nall
Erin R. Conway Dean F. Pettinga
Aaron Davis Christopher R. Proesel
Joel D. Eagle Benjamin H. Shanbaum
Sepideh Esmaili Suzanne E. Smith
Scott C. Fanning Daniel S. Stringfield
Kelly L. Gawne Julie A. Sullivan
Adrienne K. Goss Kathryn C. Vikingstad
Andrew M. Graap Nicholas D. Vogel
Andrew N. Hamm Clare Gaynor Willis
Victoria L. Holland Sarah A. Zielinski
Benjamin A. Householder  

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 submitted by March 1, 2006. All registration applications must be submitted both electronically and in print form. 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 additional fees ranging from $350 to $450 if you apply to take the bar 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 2006 and July 2006 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2006 bar exam must be submitted by November 1, 2005 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by September 1, 2005 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). Applications for the July 2006 bar exam must be submitted by May 1, 2006 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by February 1, 2006 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in print form. 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 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Law School later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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 two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Applications for the next exam, on November 4, 2005, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/mpre.htm. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 27, 2005 (the late deadline is October 12).

Joke of the Week. Question: How many paranoiacs does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: WHO WANTS TO KNOW?!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Three Goals," by David Budbill.

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