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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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

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.

Money Managers: Xiao Zheng
Parternship Taxation 2: Thomas B. Murtagh
Remedies (Prof. Conviser): Andrea E. Forsyth

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).

Weather Closing Information. Flyers with information about emergency weather closings are available on the table outside the third-floor cafeteria. As explained in the flyer, you may find out whether the Law School is closed due to severe weather in any of the ways listed below. Please note: Information for the Law School will be listed under "IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law."

Radio: WGN 720 AM; WBBM 780 AM.
TV: CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN, Fox 32, CLTV News.
Phone: 847/238-1234.
Online: http://www.EmergencyClosings.com. (You may also sign up for personalized e-mail notifications at this site.)

Joke of the Week. If at first you don't succeed, stay away from skydiving.

Poem of the Week. In honor of Labor Day, this week's poem is "Shirt," by Robert Pinsky. (Thanks to Keith Ann Stiverson for suggesting this poem.)


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