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Academic Calendar Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 4.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 11:30-1:00 (for day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited. (PLEASE NOTE: The time for the evening student version was incorrectly listed as 4:00-5:00 when this was first announced - it will be held 5:00-6:00.)

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 available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your ID card or U-Pass, they are available in the Registrar's office.

Notice About U-Pass Fraud. We have been asked by the CTA to post the following notice (which is not directed at Chicago-Kent students specifically, but rather all participants in the U-Pass program generally): "The CTA has noticed an increase in fraudulent use by students this semester. Students are using various methods to either buy or sell U-Passes. U-Passes cannot be shared, sold or bought. Use of the U-Pass is exclusive to the student to whom it was issued. Students caught in the act of using a U-Pass that was not issued to them face confiscation and are subject to arrest."

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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Classes. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 3:00-4:00, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and on Monday, September 11, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (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 me. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars.

Time Management Skills for Law Students
Monday, September 25, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

Outlining Your Courses
Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, October 11, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00pm, Rm. 590
Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-6:00pm, Rm. 590

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

Spring 2006 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2006 semester are linked to this page.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review 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:

Megan Beseth Rajeev Khurana
Frank H. Bieszczat Yeongjoon M. Ko
Joseph A. Brabender Elizabeth A. Laughlin
Amy Z. Chiang Julia R. Lissner
Reetu Dua Dana E. Lobelle
Jennifer C. Erhard Rice Michael N. Loterstein
Jessica K. Fender Rachel E. Moran
Jedediah B. Forkner Justin N. Nemunaitis
Joshua A. Gad-Harf Jamie T. Newton
Juli D. Gilliam Sarah F. Suma
Ivan H. Golden Brandon S. Swider
Andrew F. Hettinga Paula K. Villela
Hunter Hogan Elena N. Vranas
Jacob L. Kahn Giles M. Walsh
Jonathan R. Kanter Kristin M. Weber
Elizabeth C. Katzman Christine M. Zeivel

Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

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 of $350 or more 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 2007 and July 2007 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2007 bar exam must be submitted by November 1, 2006 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by September 1, 2006 (if you have not previously filed a bar registration application). Applications for the July 2007 bar exam must be submitted by May 1, 2007 (if you previously filed a bar registration application) or by February 1, 2007 (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, 2006, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 26, 2006 (the late deadline is October 12).

Joke of the Week.
Question: Did you hear about the cannibal restaurant? Answer: Yeah, I heard it costs an arm and a leg! (In honor of Regina v. Dudley & Stephens.)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A Way to Make a Living," by James Wright.


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