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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of January 22, 2007
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Welcome Back! Congratulations to all first-year students on completing your first semester of law school, and to upper-level students for making it one semester closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break.

U-Pass Distribution.
The CTA is late in getting us the Spring U-Passes. Our latest information is that they will arrive Friday morning, January 19. Assuming they arrive as promised, our first distribution will take place in the front lobby on Friday, January 19, from 12:00-2:00pm. The complete distribution schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 19, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm (front lobby).
Monday, January 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm (front lobby).
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm -4:00 pm (front lobby).

After Tuesday, January 23, you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

If you were not registered as a full-time, day division student or as an LL.M. student by December 15, 2006, or you had a financial hold on your account on that date, or you did not have an ID picture on file in the Registrar's office by that date, you will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period. Students who qualify for the U-Pass after December 16 or were not included in the initial Spring U-Pass request sent to the CTA will have passes ordered for them on Monday, January 29, 2006.

Spring 2007 Semester Information.
The Spring 2007 Term Information page has most of the information you will need for the start of the Spring semester. (Permanent links for term information pages appear on the Student 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. Reading assignments for the first week of the Spring semester are available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page. The Initial Reading Assignments list has been revised (through January 18) as follows:

*New entries added 1/10/07: Antitrust (Prof. Hannay); Corporate Tax (LL.M.) (Prof. Larvick); Law of Trade Secrets (Prof. Parkhurst); Legal Writing 4: Criminal Appellate Advocacy (Prof. T. Gonzalez).

*New entry added 1/18/07: Banking Law (LL.M.) (Prof. McCauley).

*Corrected assignments revised 1/18/07: Access to Justice & Technology Seminar (Prof. Staudt); Business Organizations (Prof. Batlan); Copyright Law (Prof. Staudt); Gender & the Law (Prof. Batlan).

Course Information Updates. Course information updates for Spring classes are available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page.

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments). A revised copy of the Spring 2007 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page. Classroom assignments are also posted in the front lobby.

Adding and Dropping Classes. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring 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 Spring 2007 exam schedule is available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester through Web for Students.

A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Spring semester, a list of section assignments is available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page. Note: If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed to enter.

Bookstore Hours. The bookstore's hours are available on the Spring 2007 Term Information page.

2006-2007 Academic Calendar. The academic calendar for the Spring semester is linked to this page.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

Announcement About Prof. Sherman's Classes. As announced in the Initial Reading Assignments document, Professor Sherman's classes (Gift & Estate Tax, and Law & Literature) will start the week of January 29. Thus, the first meeting of Gift & Estate Tax will be Monday, January 29, and the first meeting of Law & Literature will be Tuesday, January 30.

Illinois Bar Examiners: Information Sessions. The Illinois Bar Examiners will be at the Law School on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, to answer questions regarding the bar registration process for 1Ls, and to answer questions about the final bar application process for students graduating this year.

1L Sessions:
January 23, 12:00 pm, Rm. 510
January 23, 5:00 pm, Rm. C40

For more details about the bar registration process, see the separate entry below.

Graduating Senior Sessions:
January 23, 12:00 pm, Rm. 210
January 23, 5:00 pm, Rm. 590

All students planning to graduate this year should try to attend one of the presentations on January 23 regarding the final bar application process. You must complete the final bar application even if you registered as a 1L. For more details about the bar application process, see the separate entry below.

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 8, 2007 (extended from March 1, the previously announced deadline). 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 $450 or more if you apply to take the bar at any point after March 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.

July 2007 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the July 2007 bar exam must be submitted by February 22, 2007 (extended from February 1, the previously announced deadline). You must apply by February 22 whether or not you filed a bar registration application as a first year student. (An announcement last Fall incorrectly stated that the deadline was later for those who filed a bar registration application in their first year.) All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in print form. You may file a late application 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 May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in 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 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 March 10, 2007, 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 March exam is January 30, 2007 (the late deadline is February 15).

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. Patient: Doctor, I just swallowed a pillow! Doctor: How do you feel? Patient: A little down in the mouth.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Kentucky River Junction," by Wendell Berry.


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